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Coronavirus

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

State's positivity rate up to 5.3%; several regions now looking at potential for extra mitigations

A long swab and a vial to put the completed test in are the only supplies needed to give a test to a patron at the free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at DeKalb High School Tuesday morning. The testing by HR Support is offered through a partnership of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the DeKalb County Health Department and DeKalb Community School District 428.
A long swab and a vial to put the completed test in are the only supplies needed to give a test to a patron at the free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at DeKalb High School Tuesday morning. The testing by HR Support is offered through a partnership of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the DeKalb County Health Department and DeKalb Community School District 428.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,245 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional deaths Sunday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate went up to 5.3%. The state received the results of 79,296 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 344,048 total cases of the virus, and 9,214 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 6,775,553 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Saturday, Illinois had 2,073 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, a decrease of 61 patients. Of those, 408 were in intensive care units, and 165 were on ventilators, decreases of 14 and 8, respectively.

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 seven days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 6.8% to 7%. Currently, 35% of medical/surgical beds and 49% of ICU beds are available.

Regional data from the IDPH remains on a three-day lag and counts total positive tests rather than individuals who may test positive more than once, but within this region, McHenry County's seven-day positivity rate average climbed once again from 9.0% to 9.5%. Lake County, which completes about two-thirds of the testing in the region, saw its rolling average remain flat at 6.1%.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 7.9% to 8.4%. Currently, 30% of medical/surgical beds and 41% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County's rolling seven-day positivity average jumped nearly a full percentage point once again and is now 10.7%.

The Kane/DuPage region hit the state's fail-safe of 8% positive in its seven-day rolling average. If the positivity rate stays above 8% for two more consecutive days, the region will be subject to enhanced mitigations, which have included closing indoor dining and bar service.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases and six days of hospital admission increases, making the region once again eligible for extra mitigations. The region's positivity rate increased nearly a full percentage point 7.3% to 8.2%. Currently, 26% of the region's medical/surgical beds and 25% of ICU beds are available.

The Will/Kankakee region hit the state's fail-safe of 8% positive in its seven-day rolling average. If the positivity rate stays above 8% for two more consecutive days, the region will be subject to enhanced mitigations, which have included closing indoor dining and bar service. This would be the second time this region would be hit with additional mitigations.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased slightly from 11% to 11.1%, still the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 36% of medical/surgical beds and 47% of ICU beds are available.

The North region (Region 1) is under additional COVID-19 mitigation measures from the IDPH as of Oct. 3. If Region 1 continues to report positivity rates above 8%, further mitigation efforts may be taken. 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.

The region's counties that are reporting the highest positivity rates are Boone (13.7%), Jo Daviess (12.9%), Lee (12.4%) and Winnebago (12.3%). DeKalb County's positivity rate decreased slightly to 8.8%, while Whiteside County's decreased to 10.4%.

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 six days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 6.4% 6.7%. Currently, 35% of medical/surgical beds and 39% of ICU beds are available.

Chicago has seen seven days of positivity increases and six days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 5.7% to 6.0%. Currently, 22% of medical/surgical beds and 31% of ICU beds are available.

Suburban Cook County has seen nine days of positivity increases – meeting one data point for enhanced mitigations – and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 6.5% to 6.8%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds and 30% of ICU beds are available.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

Adams County: 1 male 90s

Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 3 females 80s

Kane County: 1 male 70s

Lake County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

Macoupin County: 1 female 70s

Peoria County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

Pike County: 1 female 90s, 1 female 100+

St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s

Tazewell County: 1 male 90s Warren County: 1 male 80s

Winnebago County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s

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