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IDPH: 55 more people in Illinois die from COVID-19, 593 new confirmed cases Thursday

Illinois saw 55 new deaths from COVID-19 and another 593 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday.

Illinois has now seen 134,778 cases of the virus and 6,537 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 1,283,832 people have been tested.

More than 25,000 people were tested in the previous 24 hours, with a single-day positivity rate of 2.32%. The state’s seven-day positivity rate remains 3%.

As of late Wednesday night, Illinois had 1,878 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those currently hospitalized, 538 were in the ICU and 321 were on ventilators.

Regional update: As of Wednesday, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported a positivity rate average of 6%. 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%, which was a one-point drop in its rolling average. 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 1%, which was a one-point drop in its rolling average. On average, there was an availability of 42% of medical/surgical beds, 56% of ICU beds and 80% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 3%, which was a one-point drop in its rolling average. 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:

– Cook County: 1 female 20s, 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 3 females 50s, 2 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 6 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 unknown 90s, 1 female 100+ 

– DeKalb County; 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s

– DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s

– Grundy County: 1 male 90s

– Kane County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 2 females 80s, 2 females 90s

– Kankakee County: 1 female 90s

– Lake County: 1 female 70s, 2 males 80s

– McHenry County: 1 male 50s

– St. Clair County: 1 male 70s

– Will County: 1 female 60s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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