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Illinois announces another 138 COVID-19 deaths, 3,239 virus cases

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced an additional 138 COVID-19 deaths and 3,239 cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday.

But for the first time, all four of the state’s health care regions are on track to advance to Phase 3 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan.

“Every region is so far meeting all of the metrics,” Pritzker said. “Remember that there needs to be an averaging of metrics during that time period. You can see Chicago and the region surrounding Chicago has dropped below 20% positivity rate, and that’s a gating factor to move on to the next phase.”

According to the latest updated data from the IDPH the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties), the region’s rolling seven-day positive average rate dipped below 20% to 19.9%. The region also had an average of 17.3% of medical/surgical beds available, 18.6% of ICU beds available and 63.4% 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 of 8%. On average, there was an availability of 41.6% of medical/surgical beds, 41.4% of ICU beds and 58.3% of ventilators.

The Central region had an 5.7% positivity rate. On average, there was an availability of 51.6% of medical/surgical beds, 46.8% of ICU beds and 78.4% of ventilators.

The Southern region had about a 7.9% positivity rate. On average, there was an availability of 45.5% of medical/surgical beds, 28.8% of ICU beds and 76.5% 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.

New announced deaths include:

– Coles County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s

– Cook County: 4 males 30s, 1 female 40s, 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 10 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 13 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 10 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 9 females 80s, 15 males 80s, 11 females 90s, 1 female 100+

– DuPage County: 2 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 3 females 90s

– Jefferson County: 1 female 90s

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

– Kendall County: 2 females 80s

– Lake County: 1 male 60s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s

– Lee County: 1 male 50s

– McHenry County: 1 female 60s

– Sangamon County: 1 male 70s

– St. Clair County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 80s

– Wayne County: 1 male 80s

– Will County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 3 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 female 100+

“We did tell you that COVID-19 is an equal opportunity virus,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “That remains true. Everyone is at risk for contracting this virus, no matter what county you live in, no matter what municipality you live in.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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