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Illinois announces 43 deaths, 867 cases of COVID-19; hospitalizations continue to decline

Illinois announced another 43 deaths from COVID-19 and 867 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus Sunday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Illinois has now seen 127,757 cases of the virus and 5,904 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 1,042,774 people have been tested.

20,700 people were tested in the previous 24 hours, and 4.18% came back positive.

As of late Saturday night, Illinois had 2,550 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those currently hospitalized, 720 were in the ICU and 438 were on ventilators. Total coronavirus hospitalizations decreased for the fifth consecutive day, and remains at the lowest total since IDPH began reporting hospitalization data in April.

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 9%. The region reported an average of 31% of medical/surgical beds available, 37% of ICU beds available and 70% 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 5%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 47% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 49% of ICU beds are available and 73% 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 79% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 4%. On average, there was an availability of 46% of medical/surgical beds, 46% of ICU beds and 82% 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:

– Cook County: 1 male 30s, 5 females 60s, 6 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 6 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 4 females 90s, 3 males 90s

– DuPage County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 40s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s

– Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 males 70s

– St. Clair County: 1 female 90s

– Will: 1 male 40s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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