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Illinois saw 26 more deaths, 462 new coronavirus cases reported Monday

Another 26 people died from COVID-19 in Illinois and 462 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Monday.

Illinois has now seen 137,224 cases of the virus and 6,671 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 1,379,003 people have been tested.

More than 18,000 people were tested in the previous 24 hours. The state’s seven-day positivity rate is at 2%.

As of late Sunday night, Illinois had 1,628 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those currently hospitalized, 419 were in the ICU and 250 were on ventilators.

The state released guidelines for Phase 4 on Monday. All four of the state’s health regions remain on track to move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan on Friday.

Regional update: As of Sunday, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported a positivity rate average of 5%. The region reported an average of 34% of medical/surgical beds available, 42% of ICU beds available and 73% 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 57% of ICU beds are available and 75% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 1%. On average, there was an availability of 42% of medical/surgical beds, 54% of ICU beds and 81% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 3%. On average, there was an availability of 45% of medical/surgical beds, 53% of ICU beds and 75% of ventilators.

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 40s, 1 female 50s, 4 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 3 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 2 males 90s

– DuPage County – 1 female 100+

– Kane County – 1 male 50s

– Lee County – 1 female 60s

– Madison County – 1 female 60s

– St. Clair County – 1 male 60s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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