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Coronavirus

Here's where each health region in northern Illinois stands as of Thursday

Hospitalizations and ICU patients with COVID-19 at highest levels since June

Miranda Darwin, from Raleigh and a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill,(center), gets help from her brother, Sam, and her mother Stacy while moving out of her room Aug. 18 at Hinton James residence hall in Chapel Hill, N.C. As more and more schools and businesses around the country get the OK to reopen, some college towns are moving in the opposite direction because of too much partying and too many COVID-19 infections among students.
Miranda Darwin, from Raleigh and a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill,(center), gets help from her brother, Sam, and her mother Stacy while moving out of her room Aug. 18 at Hinton James residence hall in Chapel Hill, N.C. As more and more schools and businesses around the country get the OK to reopen, some college towns are moving in the opposite direction because of too much partying and too many COVID-19 infections among students.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,257 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 30 additional deaths Thursday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate remained flat at 3.5%. The state received the results of 62,071 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 281,371 total cases of the virus and 8,538 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 5,293,678 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 1,713 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, an increase of 145 patients over the past 24 hours. This marks the first time since June 18 that more than 1,700 people in Illinois have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those currently in the hospital, 400 were in intensive care units, and 155 were on ventilators.

This marks the first time since June 29 that 400 or more COVID-19 patients were in the ICU.

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 may also become more restrictive 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 one day of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased slightly to 5.2%. Currently, 38% of medical/surgical beds are available and 52% of ICU beds.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen two days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 5.5%. Currently, 30% of medical/surgical beds are available and 41% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen two days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 5.7%. Currently, 31% of the region's medical/surgical beds are available and 34% of ICU beds.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen six days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases, an increase in both metrics. The region's positivity rate increased to 7.7%, the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 41% of medical/surgical beds are available and 51% of ICU beds.

If Region 1 hits 8% positive for three consecutive days, IDPH will put the region on additional mitigations.

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 zero days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased slightly to 5.4%. Currently, 41% of medical/surgical beds are available and 43% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen two days of positivity increases and zero days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased slightly to 4.6%. Currently, 26% of medical/surgical beds are available and 36% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen two days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased slightly to 4.6%. Currently, 28% of medical/surgical beds are available and 38% of ICU beds.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, see the full IDPH dashboard here.

Newly reported deaths include:

• Bond County: 1 female 90s

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

• Crawford County: 1 female 70s

• DuPage County: 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s

• Edgar County: 1 female 80s

• Lake County: 1 male 70s

• Macon County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 100+

• Madison County: 1 male 50s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

• McLean County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 60s

• Rock Island County: 1 male 60s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 70s

• Will County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

• Williamson County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

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