Illinois Coronavirus Update April 28: 45,883 Cases; 1,983 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials announced 1,980 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday and 50 more deaths, bringing the total to 45,883 people with confirmed cases of the virus and 1,983 people who have died from it in Illinois.

Nationally, more than 988,469 Americans have caught the virus and 56,256 have died from it, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks infections and deaths around the globe.

In addition to announcing the new statistics, state health officials reminded residents not to snort, ingest or inject disinfectants to fight the coronavirus, despite public musings by President Donald Trump that doing so could be beneficial. The Illinois Department of Public Health said calls to the Illinois poison control center have spiked in recent days, and ingesting disinfectants can have fatal consequences.

The state is working to increase its testing capacity, and on Friday for the first time exceeded its 10,000-test-a-day goal. So far, 227,628 people have been tested for the virus in Illinois, 12,676 more than on Sunday. Health experts say federal and state governments’ failure to test enough people is the biggest barrier to reopening the country.

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The most recent Illinois deaths include:

  • Boone County: 1 female 90s

  • Champaign County: 1 female 60s

  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 6 males 80s, 1 male 90s

  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s

  • Jasper County: 1 female 80s

  • Jefferson County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Madison County: 1 female 60s

  • Rock Island County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s

  • Sangamon County: 2 males 80s

  • Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

Meanwhile, Trump called out Illinois as “poorly run” in a tweet Monday morning and seemed to reject calls for federal money for “Democrat run and managed” states.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said last week that Illinois may face a $7.4 billion budget deficit due to the “massive economic disruption” caused by the pandemic.

“We will need to make extraordinarily difficult decisions on top of the difficult decisions we’ve already made, but together with the state legislature we will make them,” the governor added.

According to the Institute for Health Metrics, which was behind one of the nation’s leading coronavirus models, Illinois may be able to begin to relax its social distancing guidelines on May 19, when infections will drop below one per million, according to that group’s estimates — but only if the state can expand its testing and contact tracing capabilities, isolate new infections and continue to limit the size of social gatherings.

The governor last week said he will work in “close coordination” with six other Midwestern governors, including Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Tim Waltz of Minnesota, Eric Holcomb of Indiana and Andy Beshear of Kentucky, “to reopen our economies in a way that prioritizes our workers’ health.”

In an interview the Washington Post last week, Pritzker noted that Illinois was the second state after California to issue a stay-at-home order.

“The result is we’ve had many fewer deaths than anticipated, our hospitalization rate is somewhat stable, climbing a little bit but somewhat stabilizing — and, of course, our ventilator needs have gone down,” Pritzker said. “Real progress has been made, and while we never know the exact impacts of the efforts all of you have made to protect your communities, all of the projections indicate that you have saved thousands of lives.”

Ninety-six of 102 Illinois counties report coronavirus cases.

More than 5.5 million Americans have been tested for the coronavirus since the outbreak began, and 128,673 have been hospitalized due to the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 111,583 people in the U.S. have recovered.

Globally, more than 3 million people have been infected and at least 212,083 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 906,022 people worldwide have recovered from the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus by the numbers:

Illinois:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 43,903

  • Deaths: 1,933

  • People tested: 214,952

  • Hospitalized: 4,672

  • Recovered: No data available

Nationwide:

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 3,060,152

  • Deaths: 212,083

  • People tested: No data available

  • Hospitalized: No data available

  • Recovered: 906,022

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 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

This article originally appeared on the Across Illinois Patch

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