11,632 New Cases, 37 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Monday reported 11,632 new cases of the coronavirus and 37 more deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. That’s a few thousand shy of the 15,415 new case record set last week, but still higher than the previous peak in May. Altogether, more than half a million Illinoisans have now caught the virus, more than 10,000 have died, and hospitalizations have rocketed to all-time highs.

The latest deaths include:

  • Clinton County: 1 male 50s

  • Cook County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 3 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 2 males 90s

  • DuPage County: 1 female 90s

  • Edwards County: 1 male 80s

  • Iroquois County: 1 female 60s

  • Kane County: 1 male 50s

  • Lake County: 1 female 50s

  • LaSalle County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 3 males 90s

  • Madison County; 1 male 80s

  • McDonough County: 1 female 70s

  • Peoria County: 1 female 80s

  • Pike County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

  • Wayne County: 1 male 80s

  • Will County: 1 female 90s

“If things don’t take a turn in the coming days, we will quickly reach the point where some form of a mandatory stay-at-home order will be all that is left,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said last week. “With every fiber of my being, I do not want us to get there, but right now that seems like where we are headed.”

State health officials have asked residents to “stay at home as much as possible” over the next three weeks, but stopped short of issuing any orders to that effect. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also announced a stay-at-home advisory for 30 days in response to spiking coronavirus cases in the city, and county health officials followed suit with their own stay-at-home advisory for suburban Cook County.

The statewide totals stand at 585,248 infections, 10,779 confirmed deaths and 387 probable deaths. Hospitalizations jumped another 4 percent from Friday. As of Sunday night, 5,581 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across Illinois, including 1,144 in intensive care and 514 on ventilators.

The statewide case positivity rate — a rolling, seven-day average — is now 12.5 percent, dropping 0.7 percentage points from last week.

(That’s the number the state has reported since the start of the pandemic and is calculated by dividing total cases detected by total tests performed. Another way to calculate the positivity rate is to divide the number of positive tests by total tests performed. By that calculation, the test positivity rate is 14.7 percent.)

According to Johns Hopkins University, a positivity rate of less than 5 percent is a good measure of whether enough tests are being conducted, and state officials have said a rate higher than 8 percent will trigger new restrictions in a given region.

All but six of Illinois’ 102 counties are now at a “warning level” for a surge in coronavirus cases. They include Adams, Alexander, Bond, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Cook, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, DeWitt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lawrence, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Massac, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island, Saline, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, St. Clair, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, Winnebago and Woodford counties, plus the city of Chicago.

See how your region is doing here.

The United States now has more than 11 million confirmed coronavirus infections, and at least 246,684 Americans have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Based on the latest predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 260,000 to 282,000 Americans could be dead from the disease by Dec. 5.

Globally, more than 54.6 million people have been infected and more than 1.3 million are known to have died.

Illinois Patch Local Business Information Center

As local and state economies slowly emerge from pandemic lockdowns, it’s often hard for customers to know the conditions under which local businesses are open. The business center contains easily accessible and up-to-date information about scores of local businesses, including everything from operating hours to the availability of by-appointment services, quick website links and other contact information. It’s free to use and free for businesses to join.

Here’s what’s happening with the coronavirus in Illinois:

Keep Thanksgiving Virtual Or Within Own Household In IL: CDC

Small gatherings are a big contributor to the worsening coronavirus pandemic, health officials said. Illinois is on a stay-at-home advisory.

Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Advisory Issued For Suburban Cook County

With COVID-19 cases surging throughout the region, public health officials urged everyone in Cook County to stay home for 30 days.

Chicago Announces Coronavirus “Stay At Home” Advisory For 30 Days

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicagoans shouldn’t invite guests into their homes and must cancel Thanksgiving plans as coronavirus cases spike.

Pritzker: Statewide Stay-At-Home Order ‘Seems Like Where We Are Headed’

“More people will die because you’ve failed to do your job,” Pritzker told elected officials who aren’t enforcing coronavirus restrictions.

Lake Forest High School Halts Hybrid Learning Due To Coronavirus

Administrators said the district will stick with a fully remote learning schedule until after the Thanksgiving holiday, at the earliest.

Kaneland Schools Moving To Online Learning Amid Coronavirus Surge

Over the past two weeks, coronavirus cases have more than doubled within District 302, which includes parts of Aurora and North Aurora.

Oswego Is Offering Grants Up To $20K For Businesses Amid Pandemic

Grant funds must be used to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on business from March 1 through Dec. 30.

Coronavirus Testing Capacity Increasing At Arlington Heights Site

“It should come as no surprise, given our current rates of spread, that we’re now seeing a soaring demand for tests,” Gov. Pritzker said.

McHenry Co. To Take Aim At COVID-19 Rule Breakers

McHenry Co. Board Chair Jack Franks asked local health officials to come up with ways to penalize restaurants continuing to serve indoors.

Trump Megadonors Contract Coronavirus, Joining Fellow Billionaire

“I thought we’d never get it,” Liz Uihlein, an outspoken critic of COVID-19 restrictions, told Uline employees Wednesday.

‘Superspreader’ Sites Drive Spread Of Coronavirus, Model Finds

Shoppers at grocery stores in poorer neighborhoods face twice the risk of those in richer ones, Northwestern and Stanford researchers found.

IL Hospitalizations Surpasses Spring Peaks In Several Regions

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the majority of the state’s regions are seeing higher rates of hospitalizations than they did last spring.

Illinois Coronavirus Helpline:

Illinois officials say a state helpline has been set up to provide emotional support and quick answers to questions about the coronavirus pandemic. Illinoisans can test “TALK” to 55-2020 (or “HABLAR” for Spanish), and within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor. Residents can also text keywords such as “UNEMPLOYMENT,” “FOOD” or “SHELTER,” to the same number to receive additional information about those topics.

Coronavirus by the numbers:

Illinois:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 585,248

  • Confirmed Deaths: 10,779

  • People tested: 9,161,453

  • Recovered: Illinois does not provide exact numbers of recovered cases, but says the recovery rate is 97 percent.

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 11,101,090

  • Deaths: 246,684

  • People tested: 162,748,492

  • Recovered: 4,185,463

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 54,615,099

  • Deaths: 1,321,403

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 35,098,656

Sources: Johns Hopkins University and IDPH

Tips from the CDC on dealing with coronavirus:

While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention generally recommends taking these actions to prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

What to do if you’re sick:

Call head if you’re planning to visit your doctor:

  • If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the health care provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Stay home unless you must see a doctor:

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.

  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.

  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home:

  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

  • Limit contact with pets and animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just as you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

Avoid sharing personal household items:

  • Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.

  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Masks:

  • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

  • Face mask instructions — sew- and no-sew masks

To donate personal protective equipment (PPE), email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the state coronavirus hotline at 800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

This article originally appeared on the Across Illinois Patch

Source Article