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Positive test rates continue to fall as Illinois announces another 91 coronavirus deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced an additional 91 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday.

The state crossed 130,000 total number of coronavirus cases, with 766 new confirmed cases.

The state has seen 6,185 total deaths from the virus, and 130,603 total cases.

There were 22,325 total tests reported in the past 24 hours, and the state’s rolling seven-day positive test average is 4%.

Regional update: The Northeast region, which includes Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will Counties, is on track for Phase 4 with a seven-day rolling average 8% positivity rate. That rolling average is down from 9% a day ago.

There has been a 79% decrease in hospital admissions in the past 28 days, according to the IDPH. The region reported 32% medical/surgical bed availability, 39% ICU bed availability, 73% ventilator availability.

The North Central region (Bureau, DeKalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Carroll, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Putnam and Jo Daviess counties) is also on track with a 4% positivity rate. That rolling average is down from 5% a day ago.

Hospital admission has decreased by 26% in the past 28 days. The region reported 45% medical/surgical bed availability, 51% ICU bed availability, and 78% ventilator availability.

The Central region is down to a 2% positivity rate, while the Southern region is at 4%.

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.

If all of those conditions are met, a region could enter Phase 4 as soon as Friday, June 26.

Newly reported deaths:

– Champaign County: 1 male 80s

– Cook County: 2 males 30s, 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 5 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 8 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 12 males 70s, 7 females 80s, 7 males 80s, 5 females 90s, 3 males 90s

– DuPage County: 1 female 50s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

– Jackson County: 1 female 90s

– Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

– Kankakee County: 1 male 90s

– Lake County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 100+

– Peoria County: 1 male 80s

– Randolph County: 1 male 80s

– Rock Island County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s

– St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s

– Whiteside County: 1 female 60s

– Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 90s

– Winnebago County: 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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