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Illinois reports six more COVID-19 deaths, lowest single-day death toll in 3 months

Illinois announced six additional deaths from COVID-19 and 639 more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday. The six new COVID-19 deaths are the fewest reported in a single day by the state since reporting three deaths on March 25.

The Illinois Department of Public Health indicated that 2.34% of 27,235 total tests in the previous 24 hours came back positive.

The state’s seven-day rolling positivity rate is 2.6%. Illinois has now seen 147,251 total cases of the virus and 7,020 people have died. A total of 1,761,706 tests have been performed.

As of late Saturday night, Illinois had 1,326 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 304 were in the ICU and 165 were on ventilators. That is the fewest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and patients in the ICU since IDPH started making that data public. The state had more than 15,000 open hospital beds.

Regional update: As of Saturday, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported a positivity rate average of 4%. The region reported an average of 34% of medical/surgical beds available, 44% of ICU beds available and 74% of ventilators available.

The North Central region (Bureau, DeKalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Carroll, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Putnam and Jo Daviess counties) reported a positivity rate rolling average of 3%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 47% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 58% of ICU beds are available and 77% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 2%. On average, there was an availability of 41% of medical/surgical beds, 51% of ICU beds and 77% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 4%. On average, there was an availability of 46% of medical/surgical beds, 51% of ICU beds and 79% of ventilators.

Newly reported deaths include:

• Champaign County: 1 male 90s

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

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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