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Coronavirus

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

State's positivity rate remains flat at 3.5%

Demonstrators listen to speakers at the "Let Us Play" rally in support of a return to high school sports on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, IL.
Demonstrators listen to speakers at the "Let Us Play" rally in support of a return to high school sports on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, IL.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health on Sunday reported 1,402 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14 additional deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate remained flat at 3.5%. The state received the results of 48,011 COVID-19 tests – a state record for tests reported in a single day – in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 274,258 total cases of the virus, and 8,450 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 5,105,153 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Saturday, Illinois had 1,417 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those hospitalized, 357 were in intensive care units and 151 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 10-day period.

A region also may 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 more 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 two days of positivity increases and zero days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 5.7%. Currently, 38% of medical/surgical beds and 55% of ICU beds are available.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen three days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate stayed the same at 5.5%. Currently, 28% of medical/surgical beds and 39% of ICU beds are available.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen two days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.7%. Currently, 28% of the region's medical/surgical beds and 31% of its ICU beds are available.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen three days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 6.7%. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds and 47% of ICU beds are available.

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 zero days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 5.7%. Currently, 38% of medical/surgical beds and 39% of ICU beds are available.

Chicago has seen two days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 5.0%. Currently, 22% of medical/surgical beds and 31% of ICU beds are available.

Suburban Cook County has seen two days of positivity increases and six days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased slightly to 5.3%. Currently, 25% of medical/surgical beds and 35% of ICU beds are available.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, visit the full IDPH dashboardonline.

Newly reported deaths include:

• Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

• Douglas County: 1 female 70s

• Greene County: 1 male 60s

• Lake County: 1 male 70s

• Macon County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

• Perry County: 1 female 70s

• Whiteside County: 1 male 60s

• Woodford County: 1 male 50s

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