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Illinois reports 54 more deaths, 1,266 new cases of COVID-19

An additional 54 people in Illinois died from COVID-19, the state announced Monday, and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,266 additional cases of the novel coronavirus.

IDPH reported 10.2% of 12,441 total tests in the previous 24 hours came back positive. Illinois has now seen 79,007 cases of the virus and 3,459 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 442,425 people have been tested.

Newly reported deaths include 47 in Cook County, two in St. Clair, and one each in Boone, Coles, DuPage, Kane and McHenry counties.

As of late Sunday night, Illinois had 4,319 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 1,248 were in the ICU and 730 were on ventilators.

Regional update: As of May 8, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) had a positivity rate of 22.5% and ran 11,371 tests. The region also had an average of 17% of medical/surgical beds available, 18% of ICU beds available and 63% 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 9.0% and completed 1,703 tests. On average, there was an availability of 41% of medical/surgical beds, 41% of ICU beds and 60% of ventilators.

The Central region had an 6.0 positivity rate and completed 991 tests. On average, there was an availability of 52% of medical/surgical beds, 45% of ICU beds and 75% of ventilators.

The Southern region had about a 10.0% positivity rate and 839 total tests. On average, there was an availability of 45% of medical/surgical beds, 28% of ICU beds and 78% 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.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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