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COVID-19 patients in Illinois hospitals at lowest number since IDPH started tracking

The total number of COVID-19 patients in Illinois hospitals is at the lowest number since the Illinois Department of Public Health began publicly tracking hospitalizations during the pandemic.

That is according to the latest data released Friday by the IDPH, as it announced there are 1,516 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

IDPH also announced 857 confirmed new cases of the novel coronavirus, and 39 additional confirmed deaths.

The state ran 30,425 tests in the past 24 hours, a second straight day with more than 30,000 tests. The state’s rolling seven-day positivity rate remained 3%. To date, there are 140,291 confirmed cases, 6,847 deaths, and a recovery rate of 94%. Illinois will likely have crossed 1.5 million total tests run during the pandemic by the end of the day Friday.

As of late Thursday night, of those currently hospitalized, 400 were in the ICU and 225 were on ventilators.

Regional update: As of Thursday night, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported a positivity rate average of 5%. The region reported an average of 33% of medical/surgical beds available, 43% of ICU beds available and 74% 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 3%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 47% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 58% of ICU beds are available and 79% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 1%. On average, there was an availability of 41% of medical/surgical beds, 53% of ICU beds and 82% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 3%. On average, there was an availability of 43% of medical/surgical beds, 54% of ICU beds and 73% of ventilators.

Newly reported deaths include:

– Cass County: 1 male 80s

– Cook County: 1 male 20s, 2 females 50s, 1 male 50s, 3 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 1 male 90s

– DuPage County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

– Kane County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

– Lake County: 1 female 70s

– St. Clair County: 1 male 70s

– Will County: 1 female 70s

– Winnebago County: 1 male 40s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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