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Illinois again smashes record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 12,702 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 43 additional deaths Wednesday, the third day in a row with a record number of cases.

According to the IDPH, the rolling seven-day positivity rate average in the state is now 12.6%.  

Illinois now has seen 536,542 total cases of the virus, and 10,477 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 8,765,100 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 5,258 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, breaking a record set on Wednesday.

Of those, 956 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units and 438 patients were on ventilators.

Overall in the state, there are 1,080 out of 3,764 intensive care unit beds and 4,152 out of 5,759 ventilators available in hospitals.

In a Twitter post, the IDPH called the next three weeks “critical” in the fight against COVID-19.

“IDPH recommends to stay home unless you need any essential items and services,” they wrote.

Regional update: 

Additional restrictions, meant to stem the spread of COVID-19, 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 10-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.

Currently, all 11 of the state’s health regions are under additional mitigation measures from the IDPH.

Regional data from IDPH remains on a three-day lag. 

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 14.5% to 15.3%.

Currently, 27% of medical/surgical beds are available and 44% of ICU beds in the region are available.

Region 9 (the North Suburban region) began tier one mitigation efforts on Oct. 31.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average has climbed to 20.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 13.1%.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 14.7% to 15.1%. Currently, 18% of medical/surgical beds are available and 33% of ICU beds.

The region (Region 8) is currently in tier 2 of the state’s additional mitigation restrictions.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and eight days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 17.7% to 18.5%. Currently, 15% of the region’s medical/surgical beds are available and 21% of ICU beds are available. The region (Region 7) is currently in tier 2 of the state’s additional mitigation restrictions.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen nine days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 18.3% to 18.9%.

Currently, 26% of medical/surgical beds are available and 36% of ICU beds.

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) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and eight days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 14.6% to 15.1%.

Currently, 31% of both medical/surgical beds and ICU beds are available.

Chicago has seen 10 days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 13.4% to 13.9%. Currently, 22% of medical/surgical beds are available and 28% of ICU beds.

Region 11 (the city of Chicago) began tier one of additional mitigations Oct. 30.

Suburban Cook County has seen seven days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 13.2% to 13.7%. Currently, 19% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25% of ICU beds. The region (Region 10) is currently in tier one of the state’s additional mitigation restrictions.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, see the full IDPH dashboard here.

Newly reported deaths include:

Adams County: 1 male 80s

Brown County: 1 male 90s

Bureau County: 1 male 90s

Clinton County: 1 male 50s, 3 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

Cook County: 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

DeKalb County: 1 male 50s

DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s

Edwards County: 1 male 70s

Fulton County: 1 male 70s

Knox County: 1 male 80s

Lake County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s

La Salle County: 1 male 80s

Macon County: 1 male 80s

Montgomery County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s

Morgan County: 1 male 50s

Peoria County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s

St. Clair County: 1 male 80s

Tazewell County: 1 male 80s

Vermilion County: 1 female 90s

Wayne County: 1 male 80s

Whiteside County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s

Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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