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Illinois reports 1,178 new cases of coronavirus, 39 additional deaths on Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,178 new cases of the coronavirus and 39 additional deaths.

This brings statewide totals to 113,195 confirmed cases and 4,923 deaths, according to IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. Tuesday’s numbers are likely lower because some health departments have not yet reported new cases identified over the holiday weekend, Ezike said.

The state’s COVID-19 deaths reported for the week of May 11-16 marked the first time that weekly deaths have decreased from the week before, Ezike said.

“I am hopeful that this fact is the beginning of a downward trend, but of course that also depends on all of us and making sure that we’re doing all that we can to decrease the transmission of this virus,” she said.

As of Monday night, there were 3,788 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Illinois. Of those people, 1,035 were in intensive care units and 590 were on ventilator support, according to Ezike.

All four of the state’s health regions remain on track to move into phase three of the Restore Illinois plan this Friday, Gov. JB Pritzker said. The seven-day rolling average of the state’s positivity rate has reached a new low of 9.2%, down from the 12% reported on Monday.

Regional update

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported a positivity rate average of 14.5%. The region reported an average of 26% of medical/surgical beds available, 28.9% of ICU beds available and 65.6% 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 7.2% as of Tuesday. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 38.4% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 41.3% of ICU beds are available and 58.9% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 2.7% on Tuesday. On average, there was an availability of 48.6% of medical/surgical beds, 49.6% of ICU beds and 75.5% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 4.7%. On average, there was an availability of 45.4% of medical/surgical beds, 40.5% of ICU beds and 76.5% of ventilators.

Newly reported deaths

– Cook County: 1 male 30s, 2 females 40s, 1 female 50s, 3 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 4 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 11 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

– DuPage County: 1 male 70s

– Fayette County: 1 male 70s

– Kane County: 1 male 80s

– La Salle County: 1 female 90s

– Madison County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s

– McHenry County: 1 female 60s

– Peoria County: 1 female 70s

– St. Clair County: 1 male 70s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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