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Illinois surpasses 1 million COVID-19 tests; 59 more people die from virus

Illinois surpassed 1 million tests for COVID-19 on Friday, even as 59 more people died and 1,156 tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois has now seen 125,915 cases of the virus and 5,795 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 1,000,919 people have been tested, including more than 18,000 in the previous 24 hours.

The new milestone comes a day after IDPH announced that anyone who wants to be tested for the virus can now get tested at state-run drive-thru facilities, even if they don’t have symptoms.

As of late Thursday night, Illinois had 2,911 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Total coronavirus patients in the hospital fell below 3,000 for the first time since IDPH began reporting hospital data in early April. Of those currently hospitalized, 817 were in the ICU and 500 were on ventilators.

Regional update: As of Thursday, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported a positivity rate average of 11%. The region reported an average of 30% of medical/surgical beds available, 36% of ICU beds available and 70% 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 6%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 45% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 48% of ICU beds are available and 69% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 2%. On average, there was an availability of 45% of medical/surgical beds, 52% of ICU beds and 78% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 4%. On average, there was an availability of 46% of medical/surgical beds, 46% of ICU beds and 81% 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: 3 males 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 3 females 50s, 1 male 50s, 3 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 3 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 8 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 2 males 90s

• DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s

• Iroquois County: 1 male 70s

• Kane County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

• Kankakee County: 1 female 80s

• Lake County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s

• McHenry County: 1 male 70s

• Rock Island County: 1 female 80s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 90s

• Will County: 1 male 80s

• Winnebago County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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