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Coronavirus

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois reach early June levels as another two regions face extra mitigations

State's positivity rate rises to 6.3%

Exam Corp Lab employee (right) wears a mask Wednesday as she talks with a patient lined up for COVID-19 testing in Niles. The U.S. is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease's grip on the nation.
Exam Corp Lab employee (right) wears a mask Wednesday as she talks with a patient lined up for COVID-19 testing in Niles. The U.S. is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease's grip on the nation.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,729 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 17 additional deaths Monday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate increased to 6.3%. The state received the results of 57,264 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Monday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 378,985 total cases of the virus, and 9,522 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 7,326,216 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 2,638 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since June 5. Of those, 589 were in intensive care units, the most since June 12 and 238 were on ventilators, the most since June 21.

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 nine days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 8.1%. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds are available and 49% of ICU beds.

This in the first day this region has hit the state's fail-safe of 8% positive. If the region is at or above 8% for two more consecutive days, it will be subject to enhanced mitigations.

Regional data from IDPH remains on a three-day lag, but within this region, McHenry County's seven-day positivity rate average has now climbed to 12.7%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 6.5%.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen seven days of positivity increases and eight days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 9.2% to 9.5%, still well above the state's threshold of 8%. Currently, 27% of medical/surgical beds are available and 39% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases, an increase in both metrics. The region's positivity rate stayed the same at 9.3%. Currently, 25% of the region's medical/surgical beds are available and 28% of ICU beds.

Both the West and South Suburban regions have been placed under stricter COVID-19 mitigations by the IDPH, meaning indoor dining and bar service are prohibited.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen seven days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 12.7% to 12.8%. This remains the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 37% of medical/surgical beds are available and 40% of ICU beds.

After failing to lower its positivity rate below 8%, the North region (Region 1) was moved into the IDPH's tier two mitigation measures Sunday. Among other things, this means gatherings are limited to 10 people and outdoor dining groups are limited to six people instead of 10.

The region's counties that are reporting the highest positivity rates are Boone (15.8%), Winnebago (13.5%), and Whiteside (13.8%). DeKalb County's positivity rate increased from 8.7% to 10.1%.

To get back to the standard Phase 4 restrictions, the region will need to maintain an average positivity rate of less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period.

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 five days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 7.2%. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds are available and 39% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen eight days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and six days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 7.5% to 7.7%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds are available and 30% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen seven days of positivity increases and eight days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate stayed flat at 7.7%. Currently, 26% of medical/surgical beds are available and 32% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County will be on enhanced mitigations starting Wednesday.

If the positivity rate in Region 10 averages less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period, there is a decrease in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness over a three-day period, and the three-day rolling averages of ICU bed availability and medical/surgical bed availability is greater than or equal to 20% over a seven-day period, the region will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

• Adams County: 1 female 80s

• Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 female 80s, 2 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

• Lake County: 1 female 90s

• Peoria County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

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