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Illinois Hospitalization Numbers – Is Omicron the dominant strain in Illinois?

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On January 4, 2022

Illinois (ECWd) –

While the most recent variant of COVID-19 captures the news, we must once again drill down on facts rather than the hype that appears to be the primary narrative from the mainstream media.

Who knew Omicron variant only accounts for a very minor fraction of the COVID-19 cases in Illinois?  As of yesterday, January 3rd, 2022, IDPH reported a whopping total Omicron variant at 765 cases, which is 123 more than the total listed for December 31, 2021.  Considering IDPH reports 20,886 COVID cases for a single day, January 3, 2021, it’s clear the new variant has yet to become the dominant strain.

Looking at hospitalization, we find the narrative from the government and the news media is not quite as they would have us believe.

We wonder why IDPH reports 1,086 COVID-19 Patients occupying 2,977 Staffed ICU Beds but does not include how many ICU patients do not have COVID-19 in that sentence? Found below in a graph on the IDPH website, is the fact there are 1575 ICU beds being used by non-COVID-19 patients, meaning COVID-19 patients are not the ones overwhelming ICU beds.

The same can be found in the reporting for ventilator use.  Why does IDPH publish COVID-19 figures for ventilators in one sentence and not point out that over twice that number of ventilators are being used on NON-COVID-19 patients: “652 COVID-19 Patients on ventilators of 5,470 staffed ventilators”.  The graph at the bottom of the page reflects 1,233 NON-COVID-19 patients on a ventilator.  Thus, again, COVID-19 patients are not overwhelming ventilator use.

While the media narrative has pushed towards hospital beds being a concern, what does the actual data say as of January 3, 2022?

  • State Wide Hospital Beds Open – 6,453,
  • State Wide Hospital Beds used for NON-COVID-19 Patients – 18,729
  • State Wide Hospital Beds used for COVID-19 Patients – 6,294

Looking at the actual numbers, current COVID-19 figures would have to double before it would fill the current open beds, which by all indications is not going to happen.  As it stands, Non-ICU COVID-19 patients account for about 1/3 of current hospitalizations.  Thus, COVID-19 patients are not overwhelming our hospital bed availability.

We wonder with these facts if it has a direct connection to the concerns raised and published in this article?

Time will tell.






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  • John Manspeaker
    Posted at 14:54h, 04 January Reply

    Why, you ask, does IDPH report incomplete information on the subject? Because IL political leadership believes that a frightened citizenry is a compliant citizenry.

  • Dave
    Posted at 15:27h, 04 January Reply

    Its because they (govt) is attempting a big power grab and they are trying to justify with lies and deceptions

  • Jim
    Posted at 17:15h, 04 January Reply

    If those 6924 patients had FULL VAX completed, would that numbert change and reduce the EXTRA work load on medical staff. I THINK IT MOST LIKELY WOULD BE A MUCH MUCH SMALLER NUMBER.

    • Pete Johlie
      Posted at 21:11h, 04 January Reply

      Data clearly indicates that ICU bed usage % does. nor vary greatly. The hospitals have a “target capacity” to maximize profits. When a covid case moves out, a non-covid case moves in, and vice versa.

      Further, total beds available across the state has actually decreased year over year.

      So don’t blame sick people ( regardless of vax status [and remember, vaxxed are getting infected too])…. blame greedy hospitals

    • JIMBO
      Posted at 21:46h, 04 January Reply

      Accuracy and reporting accuracy matters more than hypotheticals, even the dumb ones.

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 06:37h, 05 January Reply

      Unfortunately, IDPH does not provide that information to the public. I think most likely the workload would be reduced if people took better care of their health and increased the applicable vitamins proven to have a positive impact on fighting COVID but that message seems to get lost in all the vax or not vax arguments.

      • JIMBO
        Posted at 13:32h, 05 January Reply

        This excellent study brings attention to cold weather impacts.

        The age-old wisdom for avoiding catching a cold is to avoid becoming chilled when going outdoors in the cold. As grandma use to say: remember to wear your scarf.

      • Homer
        Posted at 04:47h, 10 January Reply

        What vitamins do we need to take dr Allen I have a friend who takes a lot I took some she told me too I had a reaction so I had to stop please give us the list so I can test out

        • Kirk Allen
          Posted at 10:13h, 10 January Reply

          Seriously? Disprove the information provided and we will make any appropriate corrections. The article has nothing to do with vitamins and if you took stuff that a friend told you to take should we assume your friend is a Doctor? I’m not a Dr. nor have I ever implied I was. What I am able to do is read and comprehend. That might be a good starting point to learn what would work best for you.

          • Homer
            Posted at 12:47h, 10 January

            I can read in your comment above people might be better off if they would take applicable vitamins just asking what vitamins do I take

          • JIMBO
            Posted at 16:08h, 10 January

            Mr. Allen,

            The public comment you gave during a recent (late last year) Illinois State Board of Education is on point here now too.

            Since cold and flu season is again upon us, there’s bound to be an increased supply of tissue paper nearby.

            Or just dry your eyes with a towel.

  • Robert O Bogue
    Posted at 19:33h, 04 January Reply

    Jim, Full vax doesn’t guarantee that you will not get COVID. Glad to see your comment. However…what were the “other patents” in the hospital for? (generating 2/3 of the entire work load)?
    Were any in for drug abuse, smoking, alcoholism, obesity induced illnesses (diabetes), heart disease or even pregnancy? In most cases, equally avoidable afflictions. According to the data, that’s where the biggest drain on hospital services lie. So…why not start there?
    Vax is an individual choice, as is drinking, drug abuse, smoking etc. The greatest consequences fall upon the individual decision maker, not society in general. Stay in your basement if you’re afraid.
    In closing, wearing a cloth mask does not protect you from COVID. The virus easily passes through ordinary cloth. It does however signal to all, that you are uninformed of that fact and of the down side health issues when constantly wearing a cloth mask.
    Lets go Brandon

    • Homer
      Posted at 12:52h, 05 January Reply

      So I work in a factory 1400 plus workers cloth masks were removed for a few weeks guess what. Positives went up mask went back on guess what positives went down why you have all the answers please explain

  • Joe
    Posted at 20:19h, 04 January Reply

    What makes you think a sizeable percent of the 6294 aren’t fully vaxxed?

  • Robert O Bogue
    Posted at 23:03h, 05 January Reply

    Homer, great observation but the facts remain. The China Virus, commonly know as Covid 19, passes easily through cloth masks. Cloth masks represent a health hazard of their own.
    In observation of your statements and taking them at face value, what factors did you not mention? They wore the masks 24/7, never went home, and they stayed at the factory to insure the data would be accurate? Not…..That Covid 19 tests are always available, accurate and never false. Not.
    To vax or not is a personal decision with the greatest consequences falling upon the individual making that decision. As stated, people make poor decisions regarding diabetes that can be controlled, diet, exercise, weight gain, alcoholism, drug abuse and a whole list of other and they pay for them. Is their decision making somehow protected and others challenged based on an affliction?
    Poor judgment and bad luck, whether it’s for these reasons or for vaxing and still getting Covid 19 will still land you in a hospital just as easily as anything else. .

    • JIMBO
      Posted at 22:22h, 08 January Reply

      Another commenter known here previously as “HOMER” is a braggadocio farmer working ground on the IL-IN border.

      But given the factory setting described above, the Hawthorne Effect could explain a lot.

      • Homer
        Posted at 17:53h, 09 January Reply

        Nice try jimbo but I don’t farm wish I did I’m a factory worker and have been for 43 yrs

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