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IDPH announces 673 new cases of COVID-19, 29 deaths on Saturday

Illinois announced 29 additional deaths from COVID-19 and 673 more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said that 3.1% of 21,844 total tests in the previous 24 hours came back positive.

The state’s seven-day rolling positivity rate is down to 3%. Illinois has now seen 131,871 total cases of the virus and 6,289 people have died. A total of 1,168,945 people have been tested.

As of late Friday night, Illinois had 2,177 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 610 were in the ICU and 352 were on ventilators. The state had 14,115 open hospital beds.

As of Saturday, Chicago has seen 49,285 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while the rest of Cook County has seen 35,296.

Lake County has seen 9,033 confirmed cases, DuPage 8,389, Kane 7,055, Will 6,106, McHenry 1,829, Kendall 873, DeKalb 472, Ogle 227, La Salle 177, Whiteside 162, Grundy 129, Lee 88, Bureau 23 and Carroll 19.

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 8%. The region reported an average of 33% of medical/surgical beds available, 40% 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 4%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 45% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 51% of ICU beds are available and 77% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 2%. On average, there was an availability of 41% of medical/surgical beds, 56% of ICU beds and 79% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 4%. On average, there was an availability of 47% of medical/surgical beds, 51% of ICU beds and 79% 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 male 90s

– Cook County: 1 female 50s, 2 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s

– DuPage County: 1 female 90s

– Jackson County: 1 male 60s

– Kane County: 2 males 80s

– Kankakee County: 1 female 80s

– Lake County: 1 male 80s

– Peoria County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s

– St. Clair County: 1 male 70s, 3 females 80s, 1 male 80s

– Whiteside County: 1 female 80s

– Will County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 90s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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