Illinois reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 183,722 new cases. That's down 11.3% from the previous week's tally of 207,203 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Illinois ranked 27th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 14.9% from the week before, with 4,770,122 cases reported. With 3.81% of the country's population, Illinois had 3.85% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 27 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Many counties did not report during data during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, disrupting the current and previous weeks' statistics. Week-to-week comparisons are skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.
Henry County reported 825 cases and three deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 925 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 11,200 cases and 102 deaths.
Across Illinois, cases fell in 54 counties, with the best declines in Cook County, with 56,650 cases from 69,479 a week earlier; in DuPage County, with 12,512 cases from 14,715; and in Will County, with 8,075 cases from 9,959.
Illinois ranked 21st among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 74.8% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 75.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Sunday, Illinois reported administering another 360,631 vaccine doses, including 120,636 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 292,806 vaccine doses, including 74,289 first doses. In all, Illinois reported it has administered 20,966,686 total doses.
Within Illinois, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Brown County with 10,185 cases per 100,000 per week; Randolph County with 3,625; and Cass County with 3,416. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Cook County, with 56,650 cases; DuPage County, with 12,512 cases; and Lake County, with 10,017. Weekly case counts rose in 48 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in McHenry, Williamson and Kane counties.
In Illinois, 746 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 738 people were reported dead.
A total of 2,773,362 people in Illinois have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 32,278 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 70,700,678 people have tested positive and 866,540 people have died.
Illinois's COVID-19 hospital admissions falling
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 23.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
Last week: 6,696
The week before that: 7,978
Four weeks ago: 5,620
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
Last week: 188,864
The week before that: 197,883
Four weeks ago: 99,261
Hospitals in 25 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 22 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 30 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Star Courier: Henry County COVID cases increased by 825 this week