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

Hospitalizations rise by more than 150 patients in 24 hours; several regions see decrease in positivity rate

A sign requiring face masks can be seen Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, at Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Ill.
A sign requiring face masks can be seen Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, at Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Ill.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,466 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 20 additional deaths Tuesday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate remained flat at 3.6%. The state received the results of 39,031 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 264,210 total cases of the virus and 8,332 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 4,810,827 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 1,584 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, an increase of 150 in the past 24 hours. Of those hospitalized, 373 were in intensive care units, and 144 were on ventilators.

Regional update: According to a July 15 update to Gov. JB Pritzker's COVID-19 response plan, the state will be tracking public health metrics in a slightly different way to monitor any potential resurgences of COVID-19. 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 ten 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 one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased for the second consecutive day, this time to 6.2%. Currently, 44% of medical/surgical beds are available and 58% of ICU beds.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen four days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 5.8%. Currently, 34% of medical/surgical beds are available and 48% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen two days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased for the second consecutive day, this time to 6.9%.

Additional mitigation measures from the IDPH have been placed on the region after its positivity rate exceeded 8%. If it can hold below 8%, it will avoid additional mitigations. 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. Currently, 34% of the region's medical/surgical beds are available and 36% of ICU beds.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen two days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate slightly decreased to 6.2%. Currently, 46% of medical/surgical beds are available and 49% of ICU beds.

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 three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 6.3%. Currently, 44% of medical/surgical beds are available and 46% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen two days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased slightly to 5.2%. Currently, 27% of medical/surgical beds are available and 35% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen three days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased for the second consecutive day to 5.8%. Currently, 31% 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:

• Christian County: 1 male 90s

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

• DuPage County: 1 female 80s

• Jasper County: 1 male 70s

• Jersey County: 1 female 90s

• Kane County: 1 female 80s

• Kankakee County: 1 male 70s

• Macon County: 1 male 80s

• Madison County: 1 male 70s

• Ogle County: 1 female 70s

• Peoria County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s

• Randolph County: 1 male 80s

• Rock Island County: 1 female 80s

• Stark County: 1 female 80s

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