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

Hospitalizations fall back from last week's highs; state's positivity rate rises to 3.7%

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,604 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14 additional deaths Sunday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate increased slightly to 3.7%. The state received the results of 50,822 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 287,930 total cases of the virus and 8,601 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 5,479,510 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Saturday, Illinois had 1,486 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, a decrease of 111 patients over the past 24 hours. Of those, 350 were in intensive care units, and 144 were on ventilators.

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 decreased slightly to 4.8%. Currently, 37% of medical/surgical beds are available and 48% of ICU beds.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen two days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 5.3%. Currently, 28% of medical/surgical beds are available and 39% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen two days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased slightly to 5.4%. Currently, 27% of the region's medical/surgical beds are available and 29% of ICU beds.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases – meeting one of the criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 7.9%, the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 37% of medical/surgical beds are available and 47% of ICU beds.

If the North region (Region 1) reports an 8% positivity rate for three consecutive days, the region will be subject to additional COVID-19 mitigation measures from the IDPH.

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 one day of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate went down slightly to 5.3%. Currently, 41% of medical/surgical beds are available and 41% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen two days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 4.4%. Currently, 23% of medical/surgical beds are available and 31% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen three days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased slightly to 4.5%. Currently, 25% of medical/surgical beds are available and 32% of ICU beds.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

• Carroll County: 1 male 80s

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

• DuPage County: 1 female 60s

• Hamilton County: 1 male 60s

• Monroe County: 1 female 80s

• Peoria County: 1 female 80s

• Tazewell County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 90s

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