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Illinois surpasses 30,000 COVID-19 tests in 24 hours for the first time

Another 41 people died from COVID-19 in Illinois and 894 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday.

For the first time, the state tested more than 30,000 people in a single day. A total of 31,686 people were tested in the previous 24 hours. The state’s seven-day positivity rate is at 3%.

Illinois has now seen 139,434 cases of the virus and 6,810 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 1,460,527 people have been tested.

As of late Wednesday night, Illinois had 1,626 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those currently hospitalized, 399 were in the ICU and 216 were on ventilators.

All four of the state’s health regions will move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan on Friday.

“We’ve seen what’s happened in other states that have allowed politics or short-term thinking to drive decision-making,” Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday. “So much progress has been made and if we continue to follow the path the doctors recommend, we can continue our march forward.”

Pritzker said the state has 550 active contact tracers, with 250 new contact tracers identified and will be hired in the next few weeks.

Regional update: As of Wednesday, 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 33% of medical/surgical beds available, 42% 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 78% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 1%. On average, there was an availability of 41% of medical/surgical beds, 53% of ICU beds and 82% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 3%. On average, there was an availability of 44% of medical/surgical beds, 54% of ICU beds and 75% of ventilators.

Newly reported deaths:

– Cook County: 2 males 30s, 1 female 50s, 3 females 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+ 

– DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 male 80s, 1 male 90s

– Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s

– Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s

– LaSalle County: 1 male 70s

– McHenry County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

– Monroe County: 1 female 80s

– St. Clair County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 80s

– Will County: 2 females 80s

– Winnebago County: 1 male 80s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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