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On Tuesday afternoon, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 797 new cases of COVID-19 and 95 related deaths.
This brings statewide totals to 129,212 confirmed cases and 6,018 deaths, according to the IDPH daily news release on Tuesday.
A total of 1,079,182 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Illinois since the pandemic began. The IDPH received the results of 20,309 tests in the 24-hour period leading up to Tuesday afternoon of which 797 were positive.
The state also is reporting 724 probable cases and 178 probable COVID-19 deaths. Those "probable" cases now are being reported weekly in accordance with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
"Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions," according to a news release from the IDPH.
The state currently is reporting a seven-day rolling average positivity rate of 4% for the period of June 2 through June 8, according to the IDPH. Illinois' COVID-19 recovery rate remains at 92%.
Of the deaths reported Tuesday, 51 were Cook County residents, accounting for approximately 54% of the daily total.
These numbers reflect no significant increase in new COVID-19 infections in Illinois despite large protests against police brutality which have broken out in Chicago and across the state, country and world, though with the average rate of incubation for the virus being about five days (and as many as 14) according to leading public health experts, the first days of mass protests are just starting to hit that average incubation period.
In a media briefing on Monday, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that large gatherings of protesters could cause a spike in infections in certain parts of the world.
"WHO fully supports equality and the global movement against racism," he said. "We reject discrimination of all kinds. We encourage all those protesting around the world to do so safely."
In a news release from Thursday, IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike said that anyone who has participated in a protest should be tested for COVID-19 within five to seven days afterwards or immediately if they develop symptoms.
“As people gather in large crowds with varying degrees of social distancing, there is cause for concern about COVID-19 spread and outbreaks, especially if masks were not worn universally,” Ezike said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported an average positivity rate of 9%, down six percentage points in the last 14 days. The region reported an average availability of 32% of medical/surgical beds, 38% of ICU beds and 71% of ventilators.
The North Central region (Bureau, DeKalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Carroll, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Putnam and Jo Daviess counties) reported an average positivity rate of 5%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 46% surge in COVID-19 cases. The North Central region reported that 50% of ICU beds are available and 77% of ventilators are available.
The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 1%. On average, there was an availability of 43% of medical/surgical beds, 54% of ICU beds and 79% of ventilators as of Tuesday afternoon.
The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 4%. On average, there was an availability of 47% of medical/surgical beds, 47% of ICU beds and 82% of ventilators.
Threshold to advance to Phase 4
In order to move to the fourth phase of Gov. JB Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, the state's four health regions must continue to meet all of the requirements of Phase 3 as well as a few new requirements.
Phase 3 requirements, which all regions still are meeting, are as follows: average positivity rate of 20% or lower, increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period, no overall increase in hospital admissions because of COVID-19 for 28 days and an available surge capacity of at least 14% of the region's ICU beds, medical/surgical beds and ventilators.
In addition to these requirements, health regions must ensure that testing is available to all residents regardless of symptoms or health-related risk factors. Testing should be regularly available to the residents and staff of congregate living facilities such as long-term care facilities or jails, according to the plan.
Finally, each health region must implement a system for COVID-19 monitoring and contact tracing that is able to respond within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in the region.
Once these requirements are met, the soonest that any of the state's health regions will be able to move into Phase 4 is June 26. This is because of the requirement of a 28-day monitoring period for hospital admissions between each phase.
Newly reported deaths
• Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 1 unknown 30s, 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 2 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 6 females 70s, 9 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 5 females 90s, 2 males 90s, 1 female 100+
• DeKalb County: 1 female 90s, 1 female 100+
• DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 3 males 80s
• Kane County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
• Kankakee County: 1 female 90s
• Lake County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 3 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 2 males 90s
• McDonough County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
• McHenry County: 1 female 90s
• Ogle County: 1 female 80s
• Peoria County: 2 females 90s
• Randolph County: 1 male 80s
• Rock Island County: 1 female 60s
• St. Clair County: 2 males 70s, 1 female 90s
• Will County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
• Winnebago County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s