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Illinois reports 78 additional deaths, 625 new COVID-19 cases

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday announced 625 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 78 additional confirmed deaths.

The IDPH reported a total of 129,837 cases and 6,095 deaths statewide.The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years, according to the IDPH.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 20,820 tests. In total, Illinois has conducted 1,100,002 tests since the pandemic began. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity rate from June 3 to June 9 is 4%.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website. Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical intervention, according to the IDPH.

Regional update: The Northeast region, which includes Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will Counties, is on track for Phase 4 with a 9% positivity rate. There has been a 78% decrease in hospital admissions in the last 28 days, according to the IDPH. The region reported 32% medical/surgical bed availability, 39% ICU bed availability, 72% ventilator availability.

The North Central region (Bureau, DeKalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Carroll, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Putnam and Jo Daviess counties) is also on track with a 5% positivity rate. Hospital admission has decreased by 19% in the last 28 days. The region reported 45% medical/surgical bed availability, 50% ICU bed availability, and 78% ventilator availability.

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:

– Cook County: 1 male 20s, 2 females 50s, 4 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 11 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 6 females 90s, 3 males 90s

– DeKalb County: 1 female 40s, 1 female 90s

– DuPage County: 1 female 50s, 3 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s

– Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

– Kankakee County: 1 female 70s

– Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 females 90s

– Peoria County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

– Randolph County: 1 female 70s

– St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 females 90s

– Union County: 1 male 80s

– Winnebago County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 100+ 

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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