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Coronavirus

More than 9,000 Illinois residents have now died of COVID-19, IDPH reports

Hospitalizations back over 1,800, state's positivity rate now 4.5%

People walk past a restaurant preparing for reopening May 21 in Lincoln Square in Chicago.
People walk past a restaurant preparing for reopening May 21 in Lincoln Square in Chicago.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,851 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 additional deaths Tuesday. That brings Illinois' death toll from COVID-19 to 9,026 deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate increased from 4.3% to 4.5%. The state received the results of 55,993 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 324,743 total cases of the virus. The state has conducted a total of 6,411,254 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 1,848 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, an increase of 84 patients over the previous 24 hours. Of those, 406 were in intensive care units, and 160 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 six days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 6.2%. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds are available and 48% of ICU beds.

Regional data from IDPH remains on a three-day lag, but within this region, McHenry County's seven-day positivity rate average is now at 8.6%. Among the past five days of available data, no single day has been below 8.7% positive.

Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, saw its rolling average rise to 5.3%.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen six days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 6.3% to 6.4%. Currently, 32% of medical/surgical beds are available and 47% of ICU beds.

Specific to this region, Kane County's rolling seven-day positivity average is now 7.2%. It was 5.3% on Oct. 2.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen six days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 6.1%. Currently, 30% 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 three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased from 9.7% to 9.6%, still the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 40% of medical/surgical beds are available and 49% of ICU beds.

The North region (Region 1) is under additional COVID-19 mitigation measures from the IDPH as of Saturday, Oct. 3. If Region 1 continues to report positivity rates above 8%, further mitigation efforts may be taken. To return 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 14-day period.

If the region remains above 8.5% positive by Saturday, it would be eligible for more enhanced mitigations, including the suspension of organized indoor recreation activities and in-person, non-essential retail.

Winnebago County, which is still conducting about 45% of the region's testing, saw its seven-day rolling positivity average stay flat at 10.4%. DeKalb County's average decreased slightly to 8.5% positive. Whiteside County is down to 9.2% on its rolling average, while Lee County is up to 10.5% for its average.

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 three days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 5.5%. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds are available and 42% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen four days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 4.7%. Currently, 27% of medical/surgical beds are available and 33% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen six days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 5.6%. Currently, 27% 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:

• Bond County: 1 male 70s

• Clay County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

• Cook County: 1 female 40s, 1 female 60s, 4 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s

• DeWitt County: 1 male 70s

• DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s

• Fayette County: 1 female 90s

• Lake County: 1 female 50s

• McLean County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 90s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 60s, 2 males 80s

• Warren County: 1 male 80s

• Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s

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