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IDPH announces 2,088 new cases of COVID-19, 74 deaths on Saturday

Illinois announced 74 additional deaths from COVID-19 and 2,088 more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said that 9.1% of 23,047 total tests in the previous 24 hours came back positive.

The state has a seven-day rolling positivity rate of 15%. Illinois has now seen 92,457 total cases of the virus and 4,129 people have died. A total of 561,649 people have been tested.

As of late Friday, Illinois had 4,306 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 1,135 were in the ICU and 653 were on ventilators. The state had 10,281 open hospital beds.

Newly reported deaths include 54 in Cook County, six in DuPage, three in Will, two each in Kane, Lake and St. Clair, and one each in Clinton, Jasper, La Salle, Madison and Winnebago.

As of Saturday, Chicago has seen 36,006 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while the rest of Cook County has seen 25,206.

Lake County has seen 6,382 confirmed cases, DuPage 5,780, Will 4,312, Kane 4,263, McHenry 1,156, Kendall 543, DeKalb 239, Ogle 169, La Salle 121, Whiteside 118, Lee 74, Grundy 73, Bureau 15 and Carroll 13.

For the third straight day, all four of the state’s health care regions remain on track to advance to Phase 3 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan.

The Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) had a positivity rate average of 18.8%. The region also had an average of 17.3% of medical/surgical beds available, 18.5% of ICU beds available and 63.2% of ventilators available.

The North Central region (Bureau, DeKalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Carroll, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Putnam and Jo Daviess counties) had a positivity rate average of 7.5%. On average, there was an availability of 41.9% of medical/surgical beds, 43.5% of ICU beds and 59.7% of ventilators.

The Central region had an average positivity rate of 4.4%. On average, there was an availability of 50.8% of medical/surgical beds, 48.6% of ICU beds and 83% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 7.1%. On average, there was an availability of 45.9% of medical/surgical beds, 29.7% of ICU beds and 78.6% of ventilators.

Regions must hit the following thresholds to move on to the next phase in the Restore Illinois plan:

At or under a 20 percent positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period, AND

No overall increase (i.e. stability or decrease) in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness for 28 days, AND

Available surge capacity of at least 14 percent of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds, and ventilators.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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