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Illinois sets single-day state record with 10,376 new COVID-19 cases

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported a single-day state record 10,376 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 49 additional deaths Friday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate now is 9.6%. The state received the results of a single-day state record 98,401 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Friday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 465,540 total cases of the virus, and 10,079 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 8,215,129 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Thursday, Illinois had 4,090 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since May 20. Of those, 786 were in intensive care units, the most since June 4, and 339 were on ventilators, a decrease of four from the previous day.

“Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, beginning November 6, 2020 and going forward, IDPH will report confirmed cases and probable cases combined,” a news release from IDPH stated. “A confirmed case is laboratory confirmed via molecular test. A probable case meets clinical criteria AND is epidemiologically linked, or has a positive antigen test.

“If a probable case is later confirmed, the case will be deduplicated and will only be counted once. Probable deaths and confirmed deaths will continue to be reported separately.”

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 also may come under more restrictions 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 nine days of positivity increases and 10 days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 11.2% to 11.6%. Currently, 30% of medical/surgical beds and 42% of ICU beds are available.

Region 9 (the North Suburban region) began tier one mitigation efforts this past Saturday.

Regional data from IDPH remains on a three-day lag. But within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 15.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 10.0%.

Within this region, the seven-day rolling average for hospitalizations for COVID-like illness have increased for 11 consecutive days, and have more than doubled in 12 days, from 13 on Oct. 23 to 31 on Nov. 3.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen nine days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 12.2% to 12.7%. Currently, 23% of medical/surgical beds and 37% of ICU beds are available.

The region (Region 8) is in tier one 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 13.4% to 14.2%. Currently, 22% of the region’s medical/surgical beds and 29% of ICU beds are available. The region (Region 7) currently is in tier one of the state’s additional mitigation restrictions.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen seven days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate remained flat at 15.8%. This remains the highest rate of any of the state’s 11 regions. Currently, 30% of medical/surgical beds and 36% of ICU beds are available.

After failing to lower its positivity rate below 8%, the North region (Region 1) was moved into the IDPH’s tier two mitigation measures – the only of the state’s 11 regions to reach the second tier. Among other things, this means gatherings are limited to 10 people and outdoor dining groups are limited to six people instead of 10.

The region’s counties reporting the highest positivity rates are Boone (20%), Carroll (19.9%), Stephenson (18.0%), Whiteside (17.3%), and Lee (17.2%). DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased from 11.0% to 11.2%.

To get back to the standard Phase 4 restrictions, the region will need to maintain an average positivity rate of less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period.

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 six days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 10.4% to 10.7%. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds are available and 36% of ICU beds.

Region 2 is under mitigations as of Nov. 4. This includes no indoor dining or bar service.

Within this region, La Salle County has seen its positivity rate jump from 7.2% on Oct. 23 to 14.1% on Nov. 3.

Chicago has seen 10 days of positivity increases and 10 days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased to 11.0%. Currently, 23% of medical/surgical beds and 27% of ICU beds are available.

Region 11 (the city of Chicago) began tier one of additional mitigations this past Friday.

Suburban Cook County has seen nine days of positivity increases and eight days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 11.1% to 11.3%. Currently, 22% of medical/surgical beds and 26% of ICU beds are available. The region (Region 10) is 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:

• Carroll County: 1 female 90s

• Champaign County: 1 female 70s

• Coles County: 1 male 70s

• Cook County: 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 4 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s

• DuPage County: 1 female 60s

• Edgar County: 1 male 80s

• Fayette County: 1 male 90s

• Ford County: 1 female 90s

• Jackson County: 1 male 60s

• Kendall County: 1 male 80s

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

• Macon County: 1 male 80s

• Macoupin County: 1 male 70s

• Marion County: 2 females 80s

• Mason County: 1 female 90s

• Monroe County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 100+

• Peoria County: 1 male 60s

• Piatt County: 1 male 80s

• Pike County: 1 male 80s

• Rock Island County: 1 male 90s

• Sangamon County: 1 male 60s

• Shelby County: 1 male 80s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 90s

• Tazewell County: 1 male 70s

• Vermilion County: 1 male 70s

• Wayne County: 1 female 70s

• Whiteside County: 1 male 50s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

• Will County: 1 male 90s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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