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IDPH announces 1,462 new cases of COVID-19, 61 deaths on Saturday

Illinois announced 61 additional deaths from COVID-19 and 1,462 more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said that 5.8% of 25,343 total tests in the previous 24 hours came back positive.

The state has a seven-day rolling positivity rate of 7%. Illinois has now seen 118,917 total cases of the virus and 5,330 people have died. A total of 877,105 people have been tested.

As of late Friday, Illinois had 3,336 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 925 were in the ICU and 661 were on ventilators. The state had 12,577 open hospital beds.

Newly reported deaths include 34 in Cook County, six in Kane, five in DuPage, four in Will, three in McDonough, and one each in Coles, Kankakee, Lake, Madison, McHenry, St. Clair, Tazewell, Union and Winnebago.

As of Saturday, Chicago has seen 45,085 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while the rest of Cook County has seen 32,034.

Lake County has seen 8,238 confirmed cases, DuPage 7,620, Kane 6,259, Will 5,510, McHenry 1,539, Kendall 778, DeKalb 399, Ogle 203, La Salle 150, Whiteside 139, Lee 81, Grundy 98, Carroll 16 and Bureau 15.

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 14.1%. The region reported an average of 28.4% of medical/surgical beds available, 32.3% of ICU beds available and 67.7% 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 7.1%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 38% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 43.3% of ICU beds are available and 62.1% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 2.6%. On average, there was an availability of 47.1% of medical/surgical beds, 52.1% of ICU beds and 75.3% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 4.8%. On average, there was an availability of 46.8% of medical/surgical beds, 41% of ICU beds and 82.5% 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.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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