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IDPH announces 975 new cases of COVID-19, 72 deaths on Saturday

State's rolling positivity rate down to 5.5%

John Krystinak of West Chicago helps a customer at the Mary's Wholesome Living booth during the Batavia Farmers Market on May 30.
John Krystinak of West Chicago helps a customer at the Mary's Wholesome Living booth during the Batavia Farmers Market on May 30.

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Illinois announced 72 additional deaths from COVID-19 and 975 more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said that 4.6% of 21,155 total tests in the previous 24 hours came back positive.

The state has a seven-day rolling positivity rate of 5.5%. Illinois has now seen 126,890 total cases of the virus and 5,864 people have died. A total of 1,022,074 people have been tested.

As of late Friday, Illinois had 2,702 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 770 were in the ICU and 476 were on ventilators. The state had 13,531 open hospital beds.

Newly reported deaths include 35 in Cook County, nine in Lake, six in DuPage, four each in Kane, McHenry and Winnebago, two in Sangamon, and one each in Boone, Champaign, DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, St. Clair, Tazewell and Will.

As of Saturday, Chicago has seen 47,904 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while the rest of Cook County has seen 34,020.

Lake County has seen 8,690 confirmed cases, DuPage 8,046, Kane 6,734, Will 5,858, McHenry 1,707, Kendall 845, DeKalb 451, Ogle 223, La Salle 160, Whiteside 155, Grundy 113, Lee 88, Bureau 21 and Carroll 17.

Regional update: As of Saturday, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported a positivity rate average of 10%. The region reported an average of 31% of medical/surgical beds available, 36% of ICU beds available and 70% of ventilators available.

The North Central region (Bureau, DeKalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Carroll, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Putnam and Jo Daviess counties) reported a positivity rate rolling average of 5%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 47% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 49% of ICU beds are available and 71% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 2%. On average, there was an availability of 44% of medical/surgical beds, 54% of ICU beds and 79% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 4%. On average, there was an availability of 46% of medical/surgical beds, 46% of ICU beds and 81% of ventilators.

Threshold to move into Phase 4: In order to move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, each of the state's health regions must ensure that testing is available in the region regardless of symptoms or risk factors.

Testing also needed to be made available to the residents and staff of congregate living facilities, according to the plan. A system for COVID-19 contact tracing and monitoring must be in place and able to respond 24 hours after diagnosis.

In addition to these requirements, each region must report an average positivity rate of 20% or lower, increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period.

Regions also must report no overall increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 for a period of 28 days, meaning hospitalizations must decrease or remain stable.

Finally, each region must prove available surge capacity of at least 14% of ICU beds, medical/surgical beds and ventilators.

Contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in region must be met in order to advance to Phase 4.

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