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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois increase for the 15th consecutive day

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 10,573 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14 additional deaths Monday.

This is the fourth consecutive day the state has reported more than 10,000 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, and the 15th straight day that hospitalizations for COVID-19 increased.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate increased from 10.6% to 11.4%. The state received the results of 64,760 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Monday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 498,560 total cases of the virus, and 10,210 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 8,469,064 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 4,409 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since May 13. Of those, 857 were in intensive care units, the most since June 1, and 376 were on ventilators, the most since June 10.

A statement released from the Illinois Medical Professionals Action Collaborative Team, a self-described coalition of physicians and medical professionals, said an analysis of IDPH data “project that Illinois will surpass its ICU bed capacity by Thanksgiving, and deaths per day will peak mid-December.”

Regional update: Additional restrictions can be placed on any of the state’s 11 health regions if the region sustains an increase in its average positivity rate for seven days out of a 10-day period.

A region may also become more restrictive if there is a seven-day increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-related illness or a reduction in hospital medical/surgical beds or ICU capacity below 20%. If a region reports three consecutive days with greater than an 8% average positivity rate, additional infection mitigation will be considered through a tiered system of restriction guidelines offered by the IDPH.

Currently, all eleven of the state’s health regions are under additional mitigation measures from the IDPH. All of them are in tier one with the exception of Region 1, which is currently in tier two.

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and 10 days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 12.5% to 12.7%. Currently, 31% of medical/surgical beds are available and 42% of ICU beds.

Region 9 (the North Suburban region) began tier one mitigation efforts on Oct. 31.

Regional data from IDPH remains on a three-day lag, but within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average has climbed to 17.8%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 10.9%.

The seven-day rolling average for hospitalizations for COVID-like illness have increased every day for 14 days in this region, and have more than tripled in the past 30 days, from 10 to 36.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and eight days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 13.3% to 13.7%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds are available and 37% of ICU beds.

The region (Region 8) is currently in tier one of the state’s additional mitigation restrictions.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased a full percentage point from 15.4% to 16.4%. Currently, 25% of the region’s medical/surgical beds are available and 26% of ICU beds. The region (Region 7) is currently in tier one of the state’s additional mitigation restrictions.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 16.8% to 17.6%. This remains the highest rate of any of the state’s 11 regions. Currently, 31% of medical/surgical beds are available and 39% of ICU beds.

After failing to lower its positivity rate below 8%, the North region (Region 1) was moved into the IDPH’s tier two mitigation measures– the only of the state’s 11 regions to reach the second tier. Among other things,this means gatherings are limited to ten people and outdoor dining groups are limited to six people instead of ten.

The region’s counties that are reporting the highest positivity rates are Carroll (21.2%), Boone (21%), Whiteside (20%), Stephenson (19.1%), and Ogle (18.7%). DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased from 12.1% to 12.6%.

The seven-day rolling average for hospitalizations for COVID-like illness in Region 1 has tripled in 30 days, from 9 to 27.

To get back to the standard Phase 4 restrictions, the region will need to maintain an average positivity rate of less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period.

The North-Central region (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased significantly from 12.5% to 13.2%. Currently, 37% of medical/surgical beds are available and 35% of ICU beds.

Region 2 is under mitigations as of Nov. 4. This includes no indoor dining or bar service.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day rolling average positivity rate increased from 17.6% to 18.5%.

Chicago has seen 10 days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 11.9% to 12.2%. Currently, 25% of medical/surgical beds are available and 28% of ICU beds.

Region 11 (the city of Chicago) began tier one of additional mitigations Oct. 30.

Suburban Cook County has seen 10 days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 12.1% to 12.2%. Currently, 21% of medical/surgical beds are available and 28% of ICU beds. The region (Region 10) is currently in tier one of the state’s additional mitigation restrictions.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, see the full IDPH dashboard here.

Newly reported deaths include:

• Carroll County: 1 male 60s

• Coles County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 70s

• Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 3 males 80s, 1 male 90s

• DuPage County: 1 female 80s

• La Salle County: 1 male 70s

• Macoupin County: 1 female 90s

• Tazewell County: 1 female 70s

• Will County: 1 female over 100

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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