Illinois reported 15 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, and 646 new cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. A total of 23,789 people were tested in the previous 24 hours.
The state has now seen 141,723 cases of the virus and 6,888 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 1,544,978 people have been tested.
As of late Saturday night, Illinois had 1,464 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those currently hospitalized, 373 were in the ICU and 193 were on ventilators. This is the first time Illinois has had fewer than 200 COVID-19 patients on ventilators since IDPH started publicly tracking that metric. The number of patients hospitalized and in the ICU are at their lowest numbers since IDPH started publicly tracking those metrics.
The 15 deaths announced is the smallest single-day number of new COVID-19 deaths since March 30, when seven were announced.
Regional update: As of Saturday, 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 73% 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 46% 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 40% of medical/surgical beds, 54% of ICU beds and 83% of ventilators.
The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 3%. On average, there was an availability of 44% of medical/surgical beds, 53% of ICU beds and 77% of ventilators.
Source: The Daily Chronicle