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COVID-19 hospitalizations cross the 3,000 mark in Illinois for the first time since early June

Illinois sets a state record for new virus cases in a day with 6,363

Grounds coffee bar barista Annel Vazquez uses disinfectant wipes on the door handle on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Crystal Lake.  Gov. Pritzker ordered all restaurants to suspend dine-in service effective March 16.
Grounds coffee bar barista Annel Vazquez uses disinfectant wipes on the door handle on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Crystal Lake. Gov. Pritzker ordered all restaurants to suspend dine-in service effective March 16.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported a single-day state record 6,363 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 56 additional deaths Thursday, as hospitalizations continued to climb back to early June levels.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate is now 6.9%. The state received the results of 83,056 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 395,458 total cases of the virus, and 9,675 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 7,542,098 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 3,030 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since June 3. Of those, 643 were in intensive care units, the most since June 11, and 269 were on ventilators, the most since June 19.

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 eight days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 8.7%. Currently, 35% of medical/surgical beds are available and 50% of ICU beds.

Pritzker announced Wednesday that Region 9 (the North Suburban region) will be subject to tier one of additional mitigations from the IDPH beginning Saturday, Oct. 31.

Regional data from IDPH remains on a three-day lag, but within this region, McHenry County's seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 12.2%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 7.4%.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen five days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 9.6%. Currently, 25% of medical/surgical beds are available and 44% of ICU beds.

The region (Region 8) is currently in tier one of the state's additional mitigation restrictions. Recently, a Kane County judge granted a temporary restraining order for a Geneva restaurant to allow for indoor dining.

Hospitalizations for COVID-like illness have increased for eight straight days in the Kane/DuPage region, from 22 on Oct. 19 to 35 on Oct. 26.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 10.1%. Currently, 24% of the region's medical/surgical beds are available and 27% of ICU beds. The region (Region 7) is currently in tier one of the state's additional mitigation restrictions.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen six days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased from 13.0% to 12.9%. This remains the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 32% of medical/surgical beds are available and 38% of ICU beds.

After failing to lower its positivity rate below 8%, the North region (Region 1) was moved into the IDPH's tier two mitigation measures – the only of the state's 11 regions to reach the second tier. Among other things, this means gatherings are limited to ten people and outdoor dining groups are limited to six people instead of ten.

The region's counties that are reporting the highest positivity rates are Stephenson (16.7%), Boone (16.4%), Whiteside (14.3%), Winnebago (13.5%), DeKalb County's positivity rate decreased from 10.2% to 9.6%, but has turned in four consecutive days at or above 10% positivity.

To get back 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 three-day period.

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 five days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 7.9%. Currently, 36% of medical/surgical beds are available and 37% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen eight days of positivity increases and eight days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 8.2%. Currently, 23% of medical/surgical beds are available and 31% of ICU beds.

Pritzker announced Tuesday that Region 11 (the city of Chicago) will be subject to tier one of additional mitigations from the IDPH beginning Friday, Oct. 30.

Suburban Cook County has seen seven days of positivity increases and nine days of hospital admission increases, and increase in both metrics. The region's positivity rate increased to 8.3%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds are available and 31% of ICU beds. The region (Region 10) is currently in tier one of the state's additional mitigation restrictions.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

• Adams County: 1 male 70s

• Christian County: 1 male 80s

• Clark County: 1 female 80s

• Clay County: 1 female 70s

• Clinton County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

• Cook County: 1 male 40s, 3 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 2 males 90s

• DeKalb County: 1 male 80s

• DuPage County; 1 female 40s, 1 female 80s

• Edgar County: 1 male 70s

• Ford County: 1 female 70s

• Kane County: 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s

• Lake County: 1 female 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s

• La Salle County: 2 females 90s

• Livingston County: 1 female 70s

• Macon County: 1 male 30s

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

• McDonough County: 1 male 60s

• Morgan County: 1 male 60s

• Ogle County: 1 male 60s

• Rock Island County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

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

• Tazewell County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s

• Wabash County: 1 male 70s

• Wayne County: 1 male 90s

• Will County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s

• Winnebago County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

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