The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,980 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 35 additional deaths Sunday.
The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate is now 8.0%. The state received the results of 78,458 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday afternoon.
Illinois has seen 417,280 total cases of the virus, and 9,792 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 7,808,303 tests since the start of the pandemic.
As of late Saturday, Illinois had 3,294 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since May 30. Of those, 692 were in intensive care units, the most since June 9, and 284 were on ventilators, a decrease of six patients from the previous day.
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 come under more restrictions 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.
The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased slightly from 9.6% to 9.7%. Currently, 34% of medical/surgical beds and 47% of ICU beds are available.
Region 9 (the North Suburban region) began tier one mitigation efforts Saturday.
Regional data from IDPH remains on a three-day lag. But within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 13.1%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 8.5%.
The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen five days of positivity increases and 10 days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 10.2% to 10.6%. Currently, 23% of medical/surgical beds and 36% of ICU beds are available.
The region (Region 8) is in tier one of the state’s additional mitigation restrictions.
Hospitalizations for COVID-19-like illness have increased for 10 straight days in the Kane/DuPage region, from 23 on Oct. 20 to 39 on Oct. 29.
The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases and six days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 10.8% to 11.4%. Currently, 22% of the region’s medical/surgical beds and 27% of ICU beds are available. The region (Region 7) currently is 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 six days of positivity increases and six days of hospital admission increases – increases in both metrics. The region’s positivity rate decreased slightly from 13.6% to 13.5%. This remains the highest rate of any of the state’s 11 regions. Currently, 35% of medical/surgical beds and 37% of ICU beds are available.
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 10 people and outdoor dining groups are limited to six people instead of 10.
The region’s counties reporting the highest positivity rates are Stephenson (17.9%), Boone (17.6%), Whiteside (15.1%) and Caroll (15%). The Caroll County positivity rate with Sunday’s reporting increased more than three percentage points from Saturday’s report of 11.9%. DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased from 10.2% to 10.6%.
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 seven days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 8.9% to 9.3%. Currently, 36% of medical/surgical beds are available and 39% of ICU beds.
This marks the third day at or above 8% for the region, making it subject to tier one mitigations.
Chicago has seen nine days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased to 9%. Currently, 23% of medical/surgical beds and 29% of ICU beds are available.
Region 11 (the city of Chicago) began tier one of additional mitigations Friday.
Suburban Cook County has seen eight days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 9.1% to 9.3%. Currently, 22% of medical/surgical beds and 28% of ICU beds are available. The region (Region 10) is 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:
Alexander County: 1 female 70s
Bureau County: 1 female 90s
Cook County: 4 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 2 males 90s, 1 male over 100
DuPage County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
Henry County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s
Lake County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s
Macon County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 80s
Madison County: 1 male 70s
Montgomery County: 1 female 90s
Peoria County: 1 male 80s
Pike County: 1 male 90s
Sangamon County: 1 female 90s
Will County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
Woodford County: 2 females 80s
Source: The Daily Chronicle