ILLINOIS — State health officials on Wednesday announced 1,848 new cases of the coronavirus and 22 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The statewide totals now stand at 279,114 confirmed infections and 8,508 known deaths. Another 2,198 probable cases and 236 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.
The latest deaths include:
Christian County: 1 female 60s
Cook County: 1 male 60s, 2 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
Douglas County: 1 male 60s
Franklin County: 1 male 80s
Kankakee County: 1 male 80s
Lake County: 1 male 40s
Macon County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 80s
Peoria County: 1 male 70s
Rock Island County: 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s
Tazewell County: 1 male 90s
Will County: 1 male 90s
Williamson County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned on Wednesday that Region 1 in the northwest of the state is seeing infections rise at “a concerning rate.” The region’s positivity rate is now 7.5 percent, just below the threshold that would trigger new restrictions on restaurants and other businesses.
“To area residents in Region 1, please wear your masks, encourage others to wear masks, watch your distance, wash your hands, and get your flu shot now, to make sure that if you get COVID-19 it won’t be much worse than it otherwise could be,” the governor said.
Twenty-four counties remain at a “warning level” for a surge in cases, health officials said last week. They include: Bond, Bureau, Cass, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Edwards, Effingham, Greene, Jasper, Jo Daviess, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Rock Island, St. Clair, Shelby, Washington, Wayne, Williamson, Wabash, and Union.
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“Although the reasons for counties reaching a warning level varies, some of the common factors for an increase in cases and outbreaks are associated with university and college parties as well as college sports teams, large gatherings and events, bars and clubs, weddings and funerals, long-term care facilities, correctional centers, manufacturing plants, schools, and cases among the community at large,” health officials said. “General transmission of the virus in the community is also increasing.”
As of Tuesday night, 1,563 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, including 351 in intensive care and 144 on ventilators, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health — a 7.4 percent jump in hospitalizations in one day.
The statewide positive-test rate is currently 3.5 percent. The number is a rolling, seven-day average and has held steady since Monday. Gov. Pritzker said Wednesday that Illinois has had the lowest positivity rate of any neighboring states for several months. In the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 46,391 coronavirus tests, for a total of more than 5.2 million since the pandemic began.
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.
The United States now has more than 6.9 million confirmed coronavirus infections, and at least 201,319 Americans have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Based on the latest predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 207,000 to 218,000 Americans could be dead from the disease by Oct. 10.
Globally, more than 31.7 million people have been infected and 973,014 are known to have died.
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Here’s what’s happening with the coronavirus in Illinois:
Chicago Coronavirus Positivity Rate Falls Below 5 Percent
The percentage of coronavirus tests in Chicago to come back positive for the virus this week fell to its lowest point since early August.
Coronavirus Death Scoreboard Vandalized In Northbrook
This is the fourth incident since it went up last week, the latest coming Tuesday as Village Board was discussing whether it could stay up.
Halloween In IL: Avoid ‘High Risk’ Trick-Or-Treating, CDC Says
Several Chicago-area towns have set trick-or-treating hours despite the coronavirus pandemic and new CDC guidance.
Socially Distant Halloween Egg Hunts Might Save Trick-Or-Treating
One St. Louis resident is pitching an idea for safe trick-or-treating this year, and a local company has stepped forward to make it happen.
Village Not Recommending Trick-Or-Treating In Buffalo Grove
The Village Board opted not to ban Halloween tradition outright Monday as to not overwhelm police with enforcement requirements.
Trick-Or-Treating A Go In Manhattan; Can Be ‘Accomplished Safely’
Manhattan police added that “traditions and rituals are important for psychological health and the overall well-being of the community.”
Return To Class Imminent? St. Charles High Schools Eye New Plan
District 303 officials discussed a plan Monday that could see up to half of high school students return for in-person learning by Oct. 19.
Farmers Market Delivers ‘Smiles Behind The Masks’ In Northbrook
Organizers, vendors overcome obstacles during coronavirus pandemic as season nears conclusion with four more Wednesday markets planned.
Will County Bars, Restaurants Can Reopen: Gov. Pritzker
An announcement came Friday morning revealing that coronavirus cases dropped for three straight days for Will and Kankakee Counties.
Illinois State Rep. Sam Yingling Tests Positive For Coronavirus
The Democrat and Grayslake resident wrote in a social media post that he was diagnosed last week after experiencing cold-like symptoms.
VVSD Seeks Opinion On Bringing Students Back In Person
Parents are expected to complete the survey by Thursday, choosing either in-person or hybrid learning options starting Oct. 26.
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:
Total number of coronavirus cases: 279,114
People tested: 5,231,607
Recovered: Illinois does not provide exact numbers of recovered cases, but says the recovery rate is 96 percent.
Total number of coronavirus cases: 6,913,046
People tested: 96,612,436
Total number of coronavirus cases: 31,717,955
People tested: No data available
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.
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.email@example.com. For health questions about COVID-19, call the state coronavirus hotline at 800-889-3931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on the Across Illinois Patch