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Coronavirus

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

State's positivity rate remains flat at 3.4%; hospitalizations increase again

Aunt Martha's Health and Wellness Health Educator Oswaldo Lopez does a COVID-19 test in Polo at one of his organization's mobile testing sites.
Aunt Martha's Health and Wellness Health Educator Oswaldo Lopez does a COVID-19 test in Polo at one of his organization's mobile testing sites.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,617 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 32 additional deaths Tuesday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate remained flat at 3.4%. The state received the results of 49,513 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 305,011 total cases of the virus and 8,836 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 5,974,469 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 1,673 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, an increase of 42 over the past 24 hours. Of those, 384 were in intensive care units, and 159 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 five days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases, an increase in both metrics. The region's positivity rate increased from 5.6% to 5.7%. Currently, 43% of medical/surgical beds are available and 51% of ICU beds.

According to IDPH's regional data, which has a three-day lag, McHenry County's seven-day rolling positivity average has increased almost a full percentage point, from 6.0% to 6.9%, in the past four days of available data.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen three days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased from 4.9% to 4.8%. Currently, 37% of medical/surgical beds are available and 49% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen four days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 5.4% to 5.6%. Currently, 29% of the region's medical/surgical beds are available and 32% of ICU beds.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen five days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 8.5%, still the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 45% of medical/surgical beds are available and 55% of ICU beds.

The North region (Region 1) is under additional COVID-19 mitigation measures from the IDPH as of Saturday.

According to IDPH's regional data, which has a three-day lag, Winnebago County again conducted 45% of the region's tests, and that county's seven-day rolling positivity decreased from 10.0% to 9.9%.

Meanwhile, Whiteside County has turned in a daily positivity rate at or above 10.3% in four of the past five days, with a high of 15% positive on Oct. 2.

DeKalb County's seven-day positivity average held steady at 7%.

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 two days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased slightly from 5.1% to 4.9%. Currently, 45% of medical/surgical beds are available and 46% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen four days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 4.4% to 4.5%. Currently, 28% of medical/surgical beds are available and 34% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen four days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased from 4.9% to 4.8%. Currently, 28% of medical/surgical beds are available and 35% of ICU beds.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

• Boone County: 1 female 90s

• Bureau County: 1 male 80s

• Clinton County: 1 female 70s

• Coles County: 2 males 70s

• Cook County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s 

• DeKalb County: 1 male 80s

• DuPage County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 70s

• Grundy County: 1 male 60s

• Kane County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

• Lake County: 1 male 40s

• Logan County: 1 female 80s

• Marion County: 1 male 70s

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

• Pike County: 1 female 90s

• Richland County: 1 male 80s

• Schuyler County: 1 female 60s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 80s

• Tazewell County: 1 male 80s

• Will County: 1 female 70s

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

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