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Coronavirus

Region 1 (DeKalb, Rockford area and Sauk Valley) hits 8% fail-safe as IDPH announces 1,709 new virus cases

Two more days at or above 8% will trigger additional mitigations for Region 1

Jason Campbell adjusts a giant face mask on the Abraham Lincoln statue in front of the Illinois Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. An Illinois Department of Agriculture spokesperson said the mask is a visible reminder to visitors that face coverings are required during the coronavirus pandemic while on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)
Jason Campbell adjusts a giant face mask on the Abraham Lincoln statue in front of the Illinois Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. An Illinois Department of Agriculture spokesperson said the mask is a visible reminder to visitors that face coverings are required during the coronavirus pandemic while on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,709 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 13 additional deaths Monday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate remained flat at 3.7%. The state received the results of 41,142 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Monday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 289,639 total cases of the virus and 8,614 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 5,520,652 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 1,491 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 346 were in intensive care units, and 135 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 two days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased slightly to 5.0%. Currently, 38% 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 two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased slightly to 5.4%. 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 four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased slightly to 5.2%. Currently, 28% of the region's medical/surgical beds are available and 30% 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 three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 8.0%, the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 40% of medical/surgical beds are available and 48% of ICU beds.

This marked the first time the region's positivity has hit the state's fail-safe of 8.0%. If it is at 8.0% or higher for the next two 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 remained flat at 5.3%. Currently, 42% of medical/surgical beds are available and 43% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen three days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 4.5%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds are available and 30% 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 to 5.1%. Currently, 26% of medical/surgical beds are available and 34% of ICU beds.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

• Coles County: 1 female 80s

• Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s

• Crawford County: 1 male 70s

• DeWitt County: 1 male 80s

• Madison County: 1 female 80s

• Marion County: 1 male 80s

• Richland County: 1 female 90s

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