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Here’s where each health region in northern Illinois stands as of Friday

Illinois reported 19 additional deaths and 1,532 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The state tested 44,330 people over the previous 24 hours. Illinois’ seven-day rolling positivity rate remained flat for the first time in four days, staying at 3.4%. Illinois has now seen 168,457 total cases of the virus and 7,385 people have died. A total of 2,432,523 people have been tested.

As of late Thursday night, Illinois had 1,471 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 325 were in the ICU and 115 were on ventilators. The number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators sunk to an all time low since IDPH made that data public.

Regional update: According to a July 15 update to the governor’s COVID-19 response plan, the state will be tracking public health metrics in a slightly different way to monitor any potential resurgences of the coronavirus. 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 ten 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.

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen six days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went up to 4.1%. Currently 37% of medical/surgical beds are available and 53% of ICU beds.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen four days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate remained flat at 4.2%. Currently 32% of medical/surgical beds are available and 47% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen five days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went up again to 5.4%. Currently 30% of medical/surgical beds are available and 35% of ICU beds.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen four days of positivity increase and one day of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went up to 3.9%. Currently 42% of medical/surgical beds are available and 53% of ICU beds.

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 three days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate dropped to 3.8%. Currently 37% of medical/surgical beds are available and 48% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen two days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate remained flat at 3.9%. Currently 28% of medical/surgical beds are available and 39% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen six days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went up to 5.0%. Currently 27% of medical/surgical beds are available and 38% of ICU beds.

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

County warnings:

On Friday, IDPH said four Illinois counties have entered a warning level, meaning

two or more COVID-19 risk indicators that measure the amount of COVID-19 have increase.

The counties are: Adams, La Salle, Peoria and Randolph.

According to IPDH, those four counties “saw outbreaks associated with business and risky behavior, including:

Adams County: larger social events, health care exposure, travel to hotspots including those in neighboring Missouri and Iowa, places of worship, and youth sports.

LaSalle County: large family and social gatherings, increase in cases among people younger than 29 years, younger people visiting bars and attending larger social events, and inconsistencies with masking requirements.

Peoria County: increases in cases among people younger than 29 years, large gatherings including 4th of July parties, and people traveling to Florida, Iowa, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Randolph County: congregate settings, numerous bars not complying with distancing and masking, a large party with more than 200 people, and among households.   

Newly reported deaths include:

– Cook County: 1 female 60s, 3 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 4 females 80s, 4 females 90s

– DuPage County: 3 females 90s, 1 female 100+

– Winnebago County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 90s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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