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Illinois announces 87 deaths from COVID-19, 2,268 more confirmed cases

Another 87 people in Illinois died from COVID-19 and 2,268 more people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday.

The state has a seven-day rolling positivity rate of 14%. Illinois has now seen 102,686 cases of the virus and 4,607 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 672,020 people have been tested.

As of late Wednesday night, Illinois had 4,107 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, snapping an eight-day streak of decreased total hospitalizations. Of those, 1,088 were in the ICU and 609 were on ventilators.

All four regions remain on track to move into Phase 3 of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan.

Regional update: As of May 18, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) had a positivity rate average of 16.8%. The region also had an average of 19.4% of medical/surgical beds available, 21.3% of ICU beds available and 63.7% 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 6.7%. On average, there was an availability of 40.2% of medical/surgical beds, 42% of ICU beds and 60.3% of ventilators.

The Central region had an average positivity rate of 3.3%. On average, there was an availability of 49.6% of medical/surgical beds, 50% of ICU beds and 81.7% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 5.7%. On average, there was an availability of 46% of medical/surgical beds, 37.8% of ICU beds and 77.4% 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:

– Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 2 females 50s, 6 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 5 males 70s, 2 males 80s, 8 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 4 males 90s

– DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 90, 1 male 90s

– Kane County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s, 4 females 90s

– Kankakee County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 2 males 90s

– Lake County: 1 female 60s, 2 females 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s

– Livingston County: 1 male 70s

– Madison County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

– McHenry County: 1 female 70s

– McLean County: 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s

– Rock Island County: 1 female 90s

– Sangamon County: 1 female 80s

– Stephenson County: 1 male 60s

– Will County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s

– Winnebago County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 90s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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