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Here’s where each health region in northern Illinois stands as of Saturday

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Illinois reported five deaths and 1,828 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The state tested 44,414 people over the previous 24 hours. Illinois’ seven-day rolling positivity rate went down to 4.0%. Illinois has now seen 204,519 total cases of the virus and 7,726 people have died. A total of 3,329,762 tests have been run.

As of late Friday night, Illinois had 1,538 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 330 were in the ICU and 127 were on ventilators.

Regional update: According to a July 15 update to the governor’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 ten 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 six days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate remained flat at 5.7%. Currently, 37% of medical/surgical beds are available and 54% 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 4.9%. Currently, 31% of medical/surgical beds are available and 44% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen five days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased to 6.7%. Currently, 29% of 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 three days of positivity increase and one day of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went down from 3.7% to 3.4%. The North Region had a rolling positivity rate of 4.8% on Aug. 6, and has seen a decrease in its positivity rate for five consecutive days. Currently, 42% of medical/surgical beds are available and 48% 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 six days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate decreased slightly to 5.5%. Currently, 41% of medical/surgical beds are available and 44% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen four days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate decreased slightly to 5.0%. Currently, 26% of medical/surgical beds are available and 39% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen four days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate went up slightly to 6.0%. Currently, 28% of medical/surgical beds are available and 34% of ICU beds.

Region 4, the Metro East region along the Missouri border near St. Louis, saw its positivity rate increase again to 8.4%. It marked the second consecutive day about the state’s fail-safe rate of 8.0%. If the region has a third straight day above 8.0% on Sunday, the state may place restrictions on gatherings, businesses, bars and restaurants and more.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

– Cook County: 1 male 80s

– DuPage County: 1 female 90s

– Iroquois County: 1 male 70s

– La Salle County: 1 female 90s

– Rock Island County: 1 female 80s


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