The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 965 new cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths on Sunday afternoon.
This brings statewide totals to 161,575 confirmed cases, 7,295 related deaths and 193 probable deaths, according to IDPH data.
In the 24 hours leading up to Sunday, the state received the results of 32,113 coronavirus tests for a total of 2,244,511 tests conducted throughout the state since the start of the pandemic.
The seven-day rolling average of the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate currently is at 2.9% of all COVID-19 test results received July 12 through July 18.
As of Saturday night, there were 1,356 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Illinois. Of those people, 320 were in intensive care units and 19 were on ventilators, according to the IDPH.
According to a July 15 update to the governor’s COVID-19 response plan, the state will be tracking public health metrics in a slightly different way to monitor any potential resurgences of the coronavirus. Additional restrictions can be placed on any of the state’s 11 health regions if the region sustains an increase in its average positivity rate for seven days out of a ten day period.
A region may also become more restrictive if there is a seven-day increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-related illness or a reduction in hospital medical/surgical beds or ICU capacity below 20%. If a region reports three consecutive days with greater than an 8% average positivity rate, additional infection mitigation will be considered through a tiered system of restriction guidelines offered by the IDPH.
The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake Counties) has reported three days of positivity rate increases in the last 10 days and three days of hospital admission increases, according to IDPH regional data. As of Sunday afternoon, the region reported that 41% of its medical/surgical hospital beds were available and 53% of ICU beds were available.
In the West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane Counties), there have been four days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. Currently, 33% of the region’s medical/surgical beds are available and 49% of ICU beds are available.
The South Suburban region (Will County and Kankakee County) has seen three days of positivity rate increases and has not reported any hospital admission increases in the last ten days. The region currently has 27% of medical/surgical beds available and 30% of ICU beds.
The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has now reported five days of positivity increases and has reported one day of hospital admission increases. As of Sunday afternoon, 43% of the region’s medical/surgical beds were available and 52% of ICU beds were available.
The North Central region (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties) reported four days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. There were 38% of medical/surgical beds available and 49% of ICU beds available as of Sunday.
Chicago (now a health region of its own) reported two days of positivity increases and no days of averaged hospital admission increases for the last ten days. There were 28% of medical/surgical beds available and 40% of ICU beds available as of Sunday afternoon.
The rest of Cook County has seen four days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. There currently are 28% of medical/surgical beds available and 39% of ICU beds available.
To view data for regions throughout the rest of the state, visit the IDPH online dashboard.
Newly reported deaths:
– Cook County – 2 males 40s, 1 female 90s
– St. Clair County – 1 male 80s
– Will County – 1 female 40s, 1 male 70s
Source: The Daily Chronicle