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Coronavirus

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

State's positivity rate slightly decreases to 3.5%

A driver uses a cotton swab to take a COVID-19 test Tuesday outside the Amboy Depot Museum where a mobile COVID-19 testing unit was set up.
A driver uses a cotton swab to take a COVID-19 test Tuesday outside the Amboy Depot Museum where a mobile COVID-19 testing unit was set up.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,166 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 25 additional deaths Thursday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased slightly to 3.5%. The state received the results of 65,615 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 295,440 total cases of the virus and 8,696 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 5,690,437 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 1,635 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 359 were in intensive care units, and 149 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 three days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased slightly to 4.9%. Currently, 37% of medical/surgical beds are available and 48% of ICU beds.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen three days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 5.4%. Currently, 31% of medical/surgical beds are available and 44% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen one day of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.2%. Currently, 26% of the region's medical/surgical beds are available and 33% of ICU beds.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases – meeting one of the criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 8.2%, the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 36% of medical/surgical beds are available and 55% of ICU beds.

The North region (Region 1) will be subject to additional COVID-19 mitigation measures from the IDPH beginning Saturday, according to Gov. JB Pritzker.

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 one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.2%. Currently, 40% of medical/surgical beds are available and 41% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen three days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases, an increase in both metrics. The region's positivity rate increased to 4.6%. Currently, 26% of medical/surgical beds are available and 34% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen three days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate stayed the same at 5.1%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds are available and 34% 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

• Champaign County: 1 female 80s

• Christian County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s

• Cook County: 1 female 40s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 100+

• Crawford County: 1 male 70s

• DuPage County: 2 female 70s

• Fayette County: 1 female 70s

• Franklin County: 1 male 70s

• Jersey County: 1 male 80s

• Kendall County: 1 male 90s

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

• Madison County: 1 male 90s

• McHenry County: 1 male 40s

• McLean County: 1 female 70s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 70s

• Tazewell County: 2 female 80s

• Williamson County: 1 female 80s

• Winnebago County: 1 male 70s

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