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IDPH: 44 more deaths in Illinois from COVID-19, 692 new cases Friday

Another 44 people died from COVID-19 in Illinois and 692 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday.

Illinois has now seen 135,470 cases of the virus and 6,580 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 1,311,003 people have been tested.

More than 27,000 people were tested in the previous 24 hours. The state’s seven-day positivity rate is at 3%.

As of late Thursday night, Illinois had 1,837 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those currently hospitalized, 512 were in the ICU and 293 were on ventilators. All three of those numbers are the lowest since the IDPH started making those metrics public.

Regional update: As of Thursday, 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 34% of medical/surgical beds available, 42% of ICU beds available and 72% 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 48% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 54% of ICU beds are available and 73% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 2%. On average, there was an availability of 43% of medical/surgical beds, 55% of ICU beds and 81% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 3%. On average, there was an availability of 44% of medical/surgical beds, 52% of ICU beds and 78% of ventilators.

Threshold to move into Phase 4: In order to move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, each of the state’s health regions must ensure that testing is available in the region regardless of symptoms or risk factors.

Testing also needed to be made available to the residents and staff of congregate living facilities, according to the plan. A system for COVID-19 contact tracing and monitoring must be in place and able to respond 24 hours after diagnosis.

In addition to these requirements, each region must report an average positivity rate of 20% or lower, increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period.

Regions also must report no overall increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 for a period of 28 days, meaning hospitalizations must decrease or remain stable.

Finally, each region must prove available surge capacity of at least 14% of ICU beds, medical/surgical beds and ventilators.

Contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in region must be met in order to advance to Phase 4.

Newly reported deaths:

– Champaign County: 1 male 70s

– Cook County: 1 unknown 30s, 1 female 40s, 2 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 5 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 2 males 90s

– DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s

– Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

– Lake County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 female 100+

– Morgan County: 1 male 80s

– Peoria County: 1 female 90s

– Williamson County: 1 male 70s

– Winnebago County: 1 female 70s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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