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Illinois reports more than 3,000 COVID-19 cases in one day; positivity rate jumps to 3.7%

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,059 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 32 additional deaths Thursday.

Excluding a day in early September when a three-day backlog was added in to the totals for a single day, this is the highest number of single-day cases reported by IDPH since May 14, and only the fifth time since the pandemic began that the state eclipsed 3,000 cases in a day.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate increased to 3.7%. The state received the results of 72,491 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 310,700 total cases of the virus and 8,910 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 6,105,780 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 1,755 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. That is the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital since June 18. Of those, 392 were in intensive care units, and 163 were on ventilators.

Regional update: Additional restrictions 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.

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen five days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.6%. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds are available and 51% of ICU beds.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen three days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased to 4.9%. Currently, 32% of medical/surgical beds are available and 47% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen five days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased slightly to 5.6%. Currently, 29% of the region’s medical/surgical beds are available and 34% of ICU beds.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen five days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased slightly to 8.8%, still the highest rate of any of the state’s 11 regions. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds are available and 48% of ICU beds.

The North region (Region 1) is under additional COVID-19 mitigation measures from the IDPH as of Saturday, Oct. 3.

Within Region 1, DeKalb County has seen a 1.2 percentage point rise in its positivity rate in the past six days, and its seven-day rolling average is now 7.8%. Whiteside County has seen its seven-day rolling average decrease for four straight days, and now sits at 10.3%. Lee County has seen its rolling average decrease from 9.5% on Sept. 30 to 6.8% as of Oct. 5. IDPH regional data runs on a three-day lag.

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 three days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.2%. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds are available and 40% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen three days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate remained flat at 4.3%. Currently, 26% of medical/surgical beds are available and 33% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen three days of positivity increases and six days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased to 4.9%. Currently, 25% of medical/surgical beds are available and 32% of ICU beds.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

• Adams County: 1 male 90s

• Champaign County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 90s

• Clark County: 1 female 80s

• Clay County: 1 male 70s

• Coles County: 1 female 80s

• Cook County: 1 male 50s, 2 female 60s, 3 female 80s

• DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

• Fayette County: 1 female 70s

• Greene County: 1 female 80s

• Kane County: 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s

• Livingston County: 1 male 50s

• McLean County: 1 male 80s

• Montgomery County: 1 female 80s

• Saline County: 1 male 60s

• Sangamon County: 1 male 50s

• Shelby County: 1 female 90s

• St. Clair County: 1 male 50s

• Tazewell County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s

• Vermilion County: 1 male 70s

• Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s

• Winnebago County: 1 female 90s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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