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Coronavirus

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

State's positivity rate goes down to 3.6 percent

Jim Olsen (right) talks with a supporter of five day in school learning during Wednesday's rally calling for five day in school learning outside the Dixon Public Schools district office. Olsen, who is against the idea of five day in school learning, expressed his opinion to supporters during the event. Olsen's sign reads "Keep the Grandpas Safe; No 5 Day Classes!". A total of about 50 people attended the event which included parents and students from the district.
Jim Olsen (right) talks with a supporter of five day in school learning during Wednesday's rally calling for five day in school learning outside the Dixon Public Schools district office. Olsen, who is against the idea of five day in school learning, expressed his opinion to supporters during the event. Olsen's sign reads "Keep the Grandpas Safe; No 5 Day Classes!". A total of about 50 people attended the event which included parents and students from the district.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,056 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 25 additional deaths Thursday.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 1,558 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those hospitalized, 359 were in intensive care units, and 144 were on ventilators.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased slightly to 3.6%. The state received the results of 57,800 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 268,207 total cases of the virus and 8,392 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 4,920,938 tests since the start of the pandemic.

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 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 zero days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.7%. Currently, 44% of medical/surgical beds are available and 60% of ICU beds.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen three days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.4%. Currently, 36% of medical/surgical beds are available and 44% 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 to 6.1%.

Additional mitigation measures from the IDPH have been placed on the region after its positivity rate exceeded 8% If the region can hold under 6.5% for another two days, it will return to the standard Phase 4 restrictions.

Currently, 33% 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 one day of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate slightly decreased to 6.0%. Currently, 43% of medical/surgical beds are available and 43% 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 6.0%. Currently, 42% of medical/surgical beds are available and 41% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen one day of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased slightly to 5.0%. Currently, 26% of medical/surgical beds are available and 34% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen two days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.3%. Currently, 32% of medical/surgical beds are available and 39% of ICU beds.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

• Cook County: 1 male 70s

• DeKalb County: 1 male 30s

• DuPage County: 1 male 30s

• Green County: 1 male 90s

• Kane County: 1 female 90s

• Kankakee County: 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s

• Lawrence County: 1 female 90s

• Madison County: 1 male 50s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s

• McLean County: 1 female 80s

• Randolph County: 1 male 70s

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

• Shelby County: 1 male 70s

• Tazewell County: 1 male 60s

• Will County: 1 female 80s

• Williamson County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

• Winnebago County: 1 male 90s

• Woodford County: 1 male 90s

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