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Illinois reports highest number of hospitalizations since COVID-19 pandemic began

On Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported the highest number of people with COVID-19 in the hospital on any single day during the pandemic.

In addition, the department reported the most deaths in a single day since late May.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 12,657 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 145 additional deaths Wednesday.

According to the IDPH, the rolling seven-day positivity rate average in the state is now 12.4%.  

Illinois now has seen 523,840 total cases of the virus, and 10,434 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 8,664,483 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 5,042 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Of those, 951 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units and 404 patients were on ventilators.

Overall in the state, there are 1,089 out of 3,766 intensive care unit beds and 4,192 out of 5,755 ventilators available in hospitals.

IDPH also issued three reccomendations:

• Work from home if possible

“For the next three weeks, work with your employer to plan to work from home unless it is necessary for you to be in the workplace,” an IDPH news relese stated. “We ask employers to make accommodation for this.  Our goal is to reduce transmission as we head into the holidays so businesses and schools can remain open.”

• Participate in essential activities only

“For the next three weeks, stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities, such as work that must be performed outside the home, COVID-19 testing, visiting the pharmacy, and buying groceries.”

• Limit travel and gatherings

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts tell us that gatherings and travel in and out of communities present a high risk of spreading the infection. In our current situation, with a rising prevalence of the virus, attending even small gatherings that mix households, or traveling to areas that are experiencing high rates of positivity, is not advised and is potentially dangerous.  Please, travel only if necessary.”

Regional update: 

Additional restrictions, meant to stem the spread of COVID-19, can be placed on any of the state’s 11 health regions if the region sustains an increase in its average positivity rate for seven days out of a 10-day period.

A region may also become more restrictive if there is a seven-day increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-related illness or a reduction in hospital medical/surgical beds or ICU capacity below 20%. If a region reports three consecutive days with greater than an 8% average positivity rate, additional infection mitigation will be considered through a tiered system of restriction guidelines offered by the IDPH.

Currently, all 11 of the state’s health regions are under additional mitigation measures from the IDPH.

Regional data from IDPH remains on a three-day lag. 

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and 10 days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 14.1% to 14.5%.

Currently, 29% of medical/surgical beds are available and 45% of ICU beds in the region are available.

Region 9 (the North Suburban region) began tier one mitigation efforts on Oct. 31.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average has climbed to 20.3%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 12.4%.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 14.2% to 14.7%. Currently, 21% of medical/surgical beds are available and 35% of ICU beds.

The region (Region 8) is currently in tier 2 of the state’s additional mitigation restrictions.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 17.5% to 17.7%. Currently, 21% of the region’s medical/surgical beds are available and 25% of ICU beds. The region (Region 7) is currently in tier 2 of the state’s additional mitigation restrictions.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen nine days of positivity increases and eight days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 18.2% to 18.3%.

Currently, 28% of medical/surgical beds are available and 37% of ICU beds.

The North-Central region (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 14% to 14.6%.

Currently, 34% of medical/surgical beds are available and 32% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen 10 days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 12.8% to 13.4%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds are available and 30% of ICU beds.

Region 11 (the city of Chicago) began tier one of additional mitigations Oct. 30.

Suburban Cook County has seen 10 days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 12.9% to 13.2%. Currently, 21% of medical/surgical beds are available and 27% of ICU beds. The region (Region 10) is currently in tier one of the state’s additional mitigation restrictions.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, see the full IDPH dashboard here.

Newly reported deaths include:

Adams County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

Boone County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s

Carroll County: 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s

Clinton County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

Coles County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 5 males 50s, 6 males 60s, 8 females 70s, 6 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 7 males 80s, 5 females 90s, 2 males 90s

Crawford County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

DuPage County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 80s

Edwards County: 1 female 90s

Ford County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s

Franklin County: 1 male 80s

Grundy County: 1 male 70s

Hamilton County: 1 female 60s

Henry County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 80s

Jefferson County: 1 male 90s

Kane County: 1 female 50s, 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

Kankakee County: 1 male 80s,

Knox County: 1 male 60s, 2 females 90s

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

Lee County: 1 male 80s

Livingston County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

Macon County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

Macoupin County: 1 female 70s

Madison County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

Marion County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

Mason County: 1 female 60s

McHenry County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

McLean County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

Morgan County: 1 female 80s

Peoria County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

Pike County: 1 female 70s

Rock Island County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s

Saline County: 1 male 80s

St. Clair County: 1 male 80s

Tazewell County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

Vermilion County: 1 female 90s

Warren County: 1 male 70s

Wayne County: 1 male 90s

White County: 2 males 80s

Whiteside County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 70s

Will County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s

Williamson County: 1 male 80s

Winnebago County: 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s 

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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