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Illinois reports most COVID-19 hospitalizations since July 1

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,707 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 24 additional deaths Thursday.

The state received the results of 44,510 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon, marking a relatively high day for testing in Illinois. The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate increased slightly to 4.1%.

Illinois now has seen 227,334 total cases of the virus and 7,977 people have died. A total of 3,875,922 tests have been conducted since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 1,631 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since June 29. Of those, 390 were in intensive care units, the most since July 1, and 151 were on ventilators.

Regional update: According to a July 15 update to the governor’s COVID-19 response plan, the state will be tracking public health metrics in a slightly different way to monitor any potential resurgences of COVID-19. 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 ten 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 two days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate remained flat at 5.8%. Currently, 35% of medical/surgical beds are available and 49% of ICU beds.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen five days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate decreased slightly to 5.5%. Currently, 32% of medical/surgical beds are available and 46% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen six days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate remained flat at 8.3%. This means the region is now subject to additional mitigation measures from the IDPH, and has two weeks to get down to 6.5% or it will face additional mitigations. Currently, 28% of the region’s medical/surgical beds are available and 29% of ICU beds.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen seven days of positivity increase – meeting one of the state’s criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and one day of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate decreased slightly to 4.9%. Currently, 45% of medical/surgical beds are available and 52% 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 six days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate decreased slightly to 6.4%. Currently, 36% of medical/surgical beds are available and 44% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen five days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased slightly to 5.5%. Currently, 25% of medical/surgical beds are available and 41% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen five days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate decreased slightly to 6.7%. Currently, 31% of medical/surgical beds are available and 34% of ICU beds.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

– Cook County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 4 males 80s, 1 female 90s

– DuPage County: 1 male 70s

– Hancock County: 1 female 80s

– Jefferson County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s

– Lake County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

– La Salle County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 100+

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

– St. Clair County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s

– Whiteside County: 1 female 70s

– Will County: 1 male 60s

– Winnebago County: 1 male 70s 

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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