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COVID-19 roundup: Hospitalizations, ICU usage still on the decline

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022

* IDPH reported 5,183 hospitalizations as of midnight. Our seven-day average daily decrease is now 2.9 percent, a little below yesterday’s average of 3.11 percent. The seven-day average daily decrease for ICU usage is 2.34 percent, down a tic from yesterday’s average of 2.74. But, hey. The trend is still friendly. These are steady declines, no matter how you look at it.

ICU availability is still not abundant anywhere, but things are still particularly tight in Region 3, which includes Springfield, and in Region 5, which is most of southern Illinois outside the Metro East. Only 6 ICU beds are available in Region 3 and just 2 are available in Region 6. But you’d never know it if you read the SJ-R or the Southern Illinoisan newspaper.

* Chicago hospitalizations down that much in a single week is really quite something. That’s a four percent average daily decrease. As explained in comments, those are new hospitalizations. The average daily decrease is actually 3.29 percent, which is still pretty darned good…

* Daily Herald

On Monday, 29,570 more COVID-19 shots were administered. The seven-day average is 41,692.

So far, 8,330,026 people have been fully vaccinated or 65.7% of Illinois’ 12.7 million population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The CDC defines fully vaccinated as two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s.

Of those people who are fully vaccinated, 46% have received a booster shot.

Maybe it’s the weather, or maybe the fear and concern over omicron are subsiding a bit leading to a dip in recent vaccines.

* Highland Park will not buckle under pressure from a handful of anti-vax protesters

Highland Park’s city council on Monday decided to extend a temporary order requiring proof of vaccination.

The order requiring proof of vaccination for “on-premise dining establishment” began Jan. 7 and was extended to Feb. 14 at the council’s meeting Monday night. […]

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 82.39% of Highland Park residents are fully vaccinated.

* More…

* Two years — and five surges — after Illinois’ first COVID-19 case, latest metrics ‘headed in the right direction’

* Embattled suburban COVID testing company searched by FBI: report

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  1. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 3:00 pm:

    ==Maybe it’s the weather, or maybe the fear and concern over omicron are subsiding a bit leading to a dip in recent vaccines.==

    Also, there’s an upper limit to how many people can actually get vaccinated. The closer we get to that limit, the more vaccinations will slow down.

  2. - Benjamin - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 3:25 pm:

    ==Maybe it’s the weather, or maybe the fear and concern over omicron are subsiding a bit leading to a dip in recent vaccines.==

    There may have been a bump as the kind of parents who wanted to vaccinate their kids got them their shots, but perhaps the early adopters have mostly done so by now. Absent more vaccination requirements, vaccination numbers seem likely to stall, unfortunately.

  3. - GoBullz - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 3:28 pm:

    ==Also, there’s an upper limit to how many people can actually get vaccinated. The closer we get to that limit, the more vaccinations will slow down.==

    Also, one model ( estimates 20% of our state has caught COVID in the past 6 weeks. Many of those people are unvaccinated and probably not rushing out to get vaccinated given they just recovered and the new CDC quarantine rules grant 90 days exemption post infection.

  4. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 3:51 pm:

    That test site billed a 120 million. I would have taken 80. Greed gets you every time

  5. - Chicago Blue - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 3:57 pm:

    My 6 year old daughter had to present her vaccine card to get into her swimming and dance classes here in Chicago after the new year. That may have led to a temporary bump as well.

  6. - Livco - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 4:08 pm:

    Chicago hospitalization reports from the city dashboard are new hospitalizations, not total. IDPH reports Chicago had 1713 total hospitalizations on 1/15 and 1323 on 1/24. Down 23%. Still a real improvement.

  7. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 4:36 pm:

    ===Down 23%. Still a real improvement. ===

    Yep. 3.29 percent 7-day rolling average decrease.

  8. - cermak_rd - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 4:37 pm:

    I hope they nail the owners of that lab’s heads to the wall (well not literally, of course). Who knows how many people thought they were infected or conversely thought they weren’t then went and visited elderly parents. Ghouls.

  9. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 4:37 pm:

    I expect that vaccine uptake will plateau at some point. Perhaps doctors might have success in convincing hold outs over time. It’s too bad that the mandates failed as it probably would have been a good last push to get the numbers up. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that a new variant isn’t around the corner.

  10. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 4:55 pm:

    It’s great seeing this downward trend, it appears we’re on the backside of this surge, peak, and now trying to get to a better place medically.

    I’m struggling with multiple family in different stages of their own infections, some likely facing greater challenges but hopeful for all.

    The vaccinated I feel better about as they battle, 2 unvaccinated are still early in this.

    Here’s a big hug and thank you to first responders on the front line; doctors, nurses, hospital housekeeping personnel (real unsung heroes as they work keeping things clean as chaos at times surrounds them), all who find themselves at a workplace where this virus engulfs the surroundings, and totally unavoidable as they work.

    Good news, let’s keep these numbers falling.

  11. - LINK - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 5:31 pm:

    Ditto to Oswego Willy’s hug and thoughts to ALL those front-line responders- where ever they are and who ever they are and whatever they do.

    I thanked a number today as my daughter “requested” I get checked, since I have been dealing with but a couple of the symptoms since the weekend (Congestion, coughing and a slight sore throat).

    I felt good that I was okay as I thought it was but a simple cold/URI. And when the nurse/phlebotomist came in to do the swabs, I closed my eyes, tilted my head back and opened my mouth really wide…only to discover they were swabbing my nose.

    Then 20 minutes later I am in shock as I have tested positive.

    How can that be?

    I wear a mask and use sanitizer but then realized I haven’t been as careful as I was ALL last year.

    I also had the vaccine…but like my getting out of the habit of wearing a mask and using sanitizer, I realized I was late in getting my booster. Now I have to wait to get the booster.

    Yet, I remain positive and am sequestering myself for at least five days as I await my recovery…or not.

    In any case, the nurse said it was a relief to have me as a patient today as I made her laugh, as not many people have been so nice to her lately (and she too just got over COVID), so that pleased me. Not so much that my humor worked but that I brought a little something to lift her spirits during these days.

    I realize for the most part I am preaching to the choir here, thankfully, but please use a mask, use hand sanitizer and by all means get the initial vaccines AND stay up to date on the booster(s).

    We may not always agree on politics but we should care about the health, safety and well-being of ALL our fellow residents.

    Nuff said.

  12. - anon - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 5:32 pm:

    Whats going on in Mchenry County. Hopefully a data error

  13. - Lotso - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 5:41 pm:

    Can’t wait for the 6th wave we get in late March and April. The new variant will doom us all.

  14. - NonAFSCMEStateEmployeeFromChatham - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 5:46 pm:

    Still glad that the Governor and the teachers unions reached the paid leave compromise yesterday offering paid time off for Vaccinated Teachers.

    That’s all well and good. Now when do Vaccinated State Employees (and in some cases Boosted–I am among them) get their turn in the line to get their paid leave? This compromise was a slap in the face to us State Employees who try to behave responsibly, avoid large crowds, and always wear masks, and got vaccinated. Especially those employees who are not allowed to work from home and still have to report to the office regularly while Omicron is still ranging (and perhaps another variant looming).

  15. - Proud Papa Bear - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 5:48 pm:

    “ Whats going on in Mchenry County. Hopefully a data error”
    I watch McHenry County closely. I don’t think it’s an error. I think it’s a little anomaly right now that should flatten soon.
    Anecdotally, I’m surrounded by positive cases.

  16. - Highland Park - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 6:21 pm:

    I live in Highland Park. Glad to see our City Council did not back down. I believe we’re the only Lake County town to follow the lead of Chicago and Cook County (we do border Cook County, but other border communities did not do this).

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