Mercer County's COVID cases up 6.9%; Illinois cases fall 5.2%
Illinois reported 25,084 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Aug. 21, down 5.2% from the previous week. The previous week had 26,462 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Illinois ranked 18th 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 11.2% from the week before, with 707,345 cases reported. With 3.81% of the country's population, Illinois had 3.55% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, eight states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Mercer County reported 31 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 29 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,502 cases and 51 deaths.
Across Illinois, cases fell in 57 counties, with the best declines in Cook County, with 8,883 cases from 9,429 a week earlier; in DuPage County, with 1,806 cases from 2,098; and in Lake County, with 1,410 cases from 1,503.
Within Illinois, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Hardin County with 968 cases per 100,000 per week; Gallatin County with 601; and Johnson County with 564. 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 8,883 cases; DuPage County, with 1,806 cases; and Lake County, with 1,410. Weekly case counts rose in 41 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Coles, Peoria and Henry counties.
In Illinois,72 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 142 people were reported dead.
A total of 3,645,961 people in Illinois have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 39,180 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 93,641,944 people have tested positive and 1,041,149 people have died.
Illinois' COVID-19 hospital admissions staying flat
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Aug. 21. Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 3,346
- The week before that: 3,291
- Four weeks ago: 3,368
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 68,647
- The week before that: 69,679
- Four weeks ago: 73,529
Hospitals in 14 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 19 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 20 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.