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Illinois reports 23 more deaths, 658 new coronavirus cases Sunday

Across Illinois, another 23 people died from COVID-19 and 658 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Sunday.

Illinois has now seen 136,762 cases of the virus and 6,647 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 1,360,784 people have been tested.

More than 23,000 people were tested in the previous 24 hours. The state’s seven-day positivity rate is at 2%.

As of late Saturday night, Illinois had 1,631 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those currently hospitalized, 422 were in the ICU and 256 were on ventilators.

Regional update: As of Saturday, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported a positivity rate average of 5%. The region reported an average of 34% of medical/surgical beds available, 43% of ICU beds available and 73% 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 3%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 47% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 56% of ICU beds are available and 75% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 1%. On average, there was an availability of 42% of medical/surgical beds, 54% of ICU beds and 81% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 3%. On average, there was an availability of 45% of medical/surgical beds, 53% of ICU beds and 75% of ventilators.

Threshold to move into Phase 4: In order to move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, each of the state’s health regions must ensure that testing is available in the region regardless of symptoms or risk factors.

Testing also needed to be made available to the residents and staff of congregate living facilities, according to the plan. A system for COVID-19 contact tracing and monitoring must be in place and able to respond 24 hours after diagnosis.

In addition to these requirements, each region must report an average positivity rate of 20% or lower, increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period.

Regions also must report no overall increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 for a period of 28 days, meaning hospitalizations must decrease or remain stable.

Finally, each region must prove available surge capacity of at least 14% of ICU beds, medical/surgical beds and ventilators.

Contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in region must be met in order to advance to Phase 4.

Newly reported deaths:

– Champaign County – 1 male 30s

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

– Kane County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

– Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

– Peoria County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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