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Illinois announces 67 more deaths, 2,508 COVID-19 confirmed cases Sunday

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 67 more deaths and 2,508 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

The state has a seven-day rolling positivity rate of 12%. Illinois has now seen 110,304 cases of the virus and 4,856 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 747,921 people have been tested.

As of late Saturday night, Illinois had 3,667 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the lowest total since the state began releasing hospitalization data in mid-April. Of those, 1,007 were in the ICU and 632 were on ventilators.

All four regions remain on track to move into phase three of the Restore Illinois plan.

Regional update: As of May 21, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) had a positivity rate average of 15%. The region also had an average of 23.4% of medical/surgical beds available, 26% of ICU beds available and 64.2% of ventilators available.

The North Central region (Bureau, DeKalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Carroll, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Putnam and Jo Daviess counties) had a positivity rate average of 7.1%. On average, there was an availability of 39% of medical/surgical beds, 40.1% of ICU beds and 60.3% of ventilators.

The Central region had an average positivity rate of 2.7%. On average, there was an availability of 49% of medical/surgical beds, 49% of ICU beds and 79% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 4.8%. On average, there was an availability of 45.9% of medical/surgical beds, 41.5% of ICU beds and 75.4% of ventilators.

Threshold for next phase: In addition to having testing available for patients, health care workers, first responders, people with underlying conditions, and residents and staff in congregate living facilities, and contact tracing and monitoring in place 24 hours after diagnosis, regions must hit the following thresholds to move on to the next phase in the Restore Illinois plan:

At or under a 20 percent positive rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period, AND

No overall increase (i.e. stability or decrease) in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness for 28 days, AND

Available surge capacity of at least 14 percent of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds, and ventilators.

Newly reported deaths:

• Coles County – 1 female 60s, 1 female 90s

• Cook County – 1 female 20s, 2 males 30s, 1 female 50s, 5 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 9 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 9 males 70s, 11 females 80s, 6 males 80s, 7 females 90s, 3 males 90s

• DuPage County – 1 female 60s

• Macon County – 1 male 60s

• Madison County – 1 unknown 80s

• McLean County – 1 male 80s

• St. Clair County – 1 female 80s 

• Winnebago County – 1 female 90s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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