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IDPH announces 634 new cases of COVID-19, 45 deaths on Saturday

Illinois announced 45 additional deaths from COVID-19 and 634 more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said that 2.4% of 25,965 total tests in the previous 24 hours came back positive.

The state’s seven-day rolling positivity rate is 3%. Illinois has now seen 136,104 total cases of the virus and 6,625 people have died. A total of 1,336,968 people have been tested.

As of late Friday night, Illinois had 1,696 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 454 were in the ICU and 274 were on ventilators. All three of those numbers are the lowest since the IDPH started making those metrics public. The state had 14,154 open hospital beds.

As of Saturday, Chicago has seen 50,425 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while the rest of Cook County has seen 36,460.

Lake County has seen 9,279 confirmed cases, DuPage 8,646, Kane 7,331, Will 6,317, McHenry 1,898, Kendall 905, DeKalb 517, Ogle 234, La Salle 188, Whiteside 171, Grundy 141, Lee 94, Bureau 24 and Carroll 18.

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 34% 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 48% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 55% of ICU beds are available and 75% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 1%. On average, there was an availability of 43% of medical/surgical beds, 54% of ICU beds and 81% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 3%. On average, there was an availability of 45% of medical/surgical beds, 52% of ICU beds and 76% 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 include:

– Boone County – 1 female 90s

– Cook County – 1 male 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 2 females 60s, 3 males 60s, 3 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 5 females 90s, 3 males 90s

– DuPage County – 1 male 60s, 2 females 80s

– Kane County – 1 female 40s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

– Lake County – 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s

– McHenry County – 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s

– Peoria County – 1 female 80s

– St. Clair County – 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

– Will County – 1 male 70s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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