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Illinois’ COVID-19 risk level rises; Carroll ranks 84th in U.S.

Illinois ranks sixth among U.S. states and possessions for severe risk of COVID-19, according to updated daily report from Covid Act Now on Thursday.

The state is one of 10 rated as severe — the highest level — using Covid Act Now’s matrix of factors.

In addition to daily new cases, the not-for-profit organization takes into account infection and positive test rates.

Twenty-one of Illinois counties are in the top 100 areas affected. Each one has a rate of new daily cases exceeding 100 per 100,000.

Pike County is the state’s highest at 193.7, which is fifth in the nation.

Carroll County is ranked 84th with an incidence rate of 102.9.

In the Sauk Valley, Carroll, Ogle and Bureau counties are also designated as having the severe risk level. Bureau is at 91.5 new daily cases per 100,000, Ogle is at 88.9.

Lee and Whiteside counties are rated a step lower as having a very high risk level. Lee’s daily rate is at 73.7 and Whiteside’s is at 65.2.

Covid Act Now worked with Harvard Global Health Institute and Harvard Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics to develop its COVID risk framework.

Hospital utilization

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 92% of intensive care unit beds in Region 1 (northern Illinois) were occupied as of Wednesday.

Figures by hospital are available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources and reflect totals from Dec. 9.

At that time, all nine ICU beds and 50 of 104 inpatient beds at KSB in Dixon were occupied. For CGH Medical Center in Sterling, 12 of 18 ICU beds and 70 of 85 inpatient beds were occupied.

ICU occupancy was 32 of 34 at Mercy Health in Rockford, all 30 at Swedish American in Rockford, all 12 at MercyOne in Clinton, Iowa and six of eight at Freeport.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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