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Here's where each health region in northern Illinois stands as of Sunday

Illinois reported one additional death and 1,541 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The state tested 40,844 people over the previous 24 hours. Illinois’ seven-day rolling positivity rate went up for the sixth time in the past seven days to 3.7%. Illinois has now seen 171,424 total cases of the virus and 7,398 people have died. A total of 2,511,567 people have been tested.

As of late Saturday night, Illinois had 1,394 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 345 were in the ICU and 119 were on ventilators.

The one death announced is the lowest number since March 21.

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 seven days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter measures – but only one day of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went up to 4.5%.Currently 38% of medical/surgical beds are available and 54% of ICU beds.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen five days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate remained flat at 4.3%. Currently 34% of medical/surgical beds are available and 46% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen six days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went down to 5.6%. Currently 30% of medical/surgical beds are available and 32% of ICU beds.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen five days of positivity increase and one day of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went up to 4.7%. Currently 46% of medical/surgical beds are available and 52% 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 four days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went up to 4.0%. Currently 41% of medical/surgical beds are available and 47% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen three days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went up to 4.2%. Currently 29% of medical/surgical beds are available and 40% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen seven days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter measures – but only three days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went up to 5.3%. Currently 27% of medical/surgical beds are available and 35% of ICU beds.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

• Bond County – 1 male 90s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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