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As cases continue falling, Pritzker 'very proud' of how Illinois has handled coronavirus

Illinois announced 19 new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, all in Cook County. Another 473 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Monday.

Both numbers continue to trend downward for Illinois. More than 18,000 people were tested in the previous 24 hours. The state’s seven-day positivity rate remains 3%.

“I’m very proud of where we have gone to, where we’ve come to,” Gov. JB Pritzker said at a news conference on Monday. “I’m hoping that we can continue that progress.”

Pritzker said that he hopes all the work the state has done to limit the spread of the virus will enable Illinois and its economy to forge ahead, rather than experience a resurgence in the virus, as other states have begun to see.

The governor added that he was hoping that “soon” he and the state board of education can make an announcement about school in the fall.

“I’m focused on reopening schools, I really think that’s going to be an important thing,” Pritzker said.

Phase 4 of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan states that schools can re-open with IDPH guidelines, but those guidelines have yet to be spelled out as school districts across the state are publicly weighing multiple plans while awaiting this guidance.

Illinois has now seen 133,016 cases of the virus and 6,326 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 1,209,612 people have been tested.

As of late Sunday night, Illinois had 1,961 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those currently hospitalized, 569 were in the ICU and 340 were on ventilators.

Regional update: As of Sunday, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported a positivity rate average of 7%. The region reported an average of 33% of medical/surgical beds available, 41% of ICU beds available and 73% of ventilators available.

The North Central region (Bureau, DeKalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Carroll, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Putnam and Jo Daviess counties) reported a positivity rate rolling average of 4%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 46% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 53% of ICU beds are available and 75% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 1%. On average, there was an availability of 42% of medical/surgical beds, 58% of ICU beds and 79% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 3%. On average, there was an availability of 46% of medical/surgical beds, 53% of ICU beds and 79% of ventilators.

Threshold to move into Phase 4: In order to move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, each of the state’s health regions must ensure that testing is available in the region regardless of symptoms or risk factors.

Testing also needed to be made available to the residents and staff of congregate living facilities, according to the plan. A system for COVID-19 contact tracing and monitoring must be in place and able to respond 24 hours after diagnosis.

In addition to these requirements, each region must report an average positivity rate of 20% or lower, increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period.

Regions also must report no overall increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 for a period of 28 days, meaning hospitalizations must decrease or remain stable.

Finally, each region must prove available surge capacity of at least 14% of ICU beds, medical/surgical beds and ventilators.

Contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in region must be met in order to advance to Phase 4.

Newly reported deaths:

-Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 4 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 5 females 90s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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