Metrics show slight increases in suburban Chicago communities – NBC Chicago

While most of the state of Illinois is experiencing stability or even downward trends in COVID metrics, several communities in the Chicago area are seeing slight increases in positivity rates in recent days.

According to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the highest positivity rate among the state’s 11 health care regions is in Region 8, made up of Kane and DuPage counties.

On March 17, the region hit a 2% positivity rate, but just eight days later that number jumped back up to 2.7%, bucking a statewide trend of positivity rates. lower and number of COVID cases in recent weeks.

The availability of intensive care beds in the region has stabilized and the number of COVID patients currently hospitalized in the region has also been on a downward trend, decreasing in nine of the past 10 days, according to data from the IDPH.

Region 9, made up of McHenry and Lake counties, has seen its positivity rates increase from 1.6% to 2% in recent days, while Region 7, made up of Will and Kankakee counties, has also increased to 2%.

ICU bed availability has also dropped in Region 7, falling to 21%, but that’s not just due to COVID cases, IDPH officials say.

Even with these numbers, most of the state is still doing well across all metrics. This is especially true in Region 4, located near St. Louis in the southwest corner of the state. There, the positivity rate fell to 1.1% and the availability of intensive care beds jumped to 34%.

In Region 5, made up of 20 counties in the southern tip of Illinois, the positivity rate has fallen to 1.2% in recent days.

In total, the state of Illinois is seeing a 1.5% positivity rate on all COVID tests, a slight increase from a week ago. The state currently has 59 patients in intensive care beds with COVID, the lowest number on record during the pandemic, and hospitalizations have continued to decline, with 461 patients currently in hospital beds after COVID diagnoses. according to state officials.

Here are the metrics from Illinois’ 11 healthcare regions:

Region 1 (Northwestern Illinois):

Positivity rate – 1.6% (down)

Availability of intensive care beds – 24% (increasing)

Hospitalization trends – 7/10 days decreasing or stable

Region 2 (West Central Illinois):

Positivity rate – 1.5% (declining)

Availability of intensive care beds – 26% (increasing)

Hospitalization trends – 8/10 days decreasing or stable

Region 3 (Western Illinois):

Positivity rate – 1.6% (stable)

Availability of intensive care beds – 28% (increasing)

Hospitalization trends – 6/10 days decreasing or stable

Region 4 (Southwestern Illinois):

Positivity rate – 1.1% (down)

Availability of intensive care beds – 34% (increasing)

Hospitalization trends – 10/10 days decreasing or stable

Region 5 (southern Illinois):

Positivity rate – 1.2% (down)

Availability of ICU beds – 16% (stable)

Hospitalization trends – 9/10 days decreasing or stable

Region 6 (East Central Illinois):

Positivity rate – 1.4% (stable)

Availability of intensive care beds – 31% (increasing)

Hospitalization trends – 8/10 days decreasing or stable

Region 7 (Will, Kankakee Counties):

Positivity rate – 2% (increasing)

Availability of ICU beds – 21% (stable)

Hospitalization trends – 8/10 days decreasing or stable

Region 8 (Kane, DuPage counties):

Positivity rate – 2.7% (stable)

Availability of ICU beds – 29% (stable)

Hospitalization trends – 10/10 days decreasing or stable

Region 9 (McHenry, Lake Counties):

Positivity rate – 2% (increasing)

Availability of intensive care beds – 30% (down)

Hospitalization trends – 7/10 days decreasing or stable

Region 10 (suburb of Cook County):

Positivity rate – 1.7% (increasing)

Availability of ICU beds – 23% (stable)

Hospitalization trends – 9/10 days decreasing or stable

Region 11 (Chicago):

Positivity rate – 1.2% (stable)

Availability of intensive care beds – 18% (down)

Hospitalization trends – 9/10 days decreasing or stable

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