Illinois Coronavirus Update June 10: 129,837 Cases, 6,095 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials announced 625 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday and 78 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The statewide total now stands at 129,837 confirmed infections and 6,095 known deaths.

The latest deaths include:

  • Cook County: 1 male 20s, 2 females 50s, 4 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 11 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 6 females 90s, 3 males 90s

  • DeKalb County: 1 female 40s, 1 female 90s

  • DuPage County: 1 female 50s, 3 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s

  • Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

  • Kankakee County: 1 female 70s

  • Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 females 90s

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

  • Randolph County: 1 female 70s

  • St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 females 90s

  • Union County: 1 male 80s

  • Winnebago County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 100+

Following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health officials have also begun publishing probable case and death numbers. In addition to confirmed cases and deaths, the state says it has identified 724 additional probable cases of the coronavirus and 178 additional deaths probably attributable to COVID-19. “Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions,” officials said.

The entire state has now entered Phase 3 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s five-phase reopening plan, and many nonessential businesses have been allowed to reopen. Retail shops are open with capacity limits and mask requirements, as are barbershops and salons. Gyms and fitness centers can provide outdoor or one-on-one training with similar requirements, and bars and restaurants are open for pick-up and delivery or for outdoor dining.

Experts say testing is crucial to identify and isolate new cases. State health officials said last week that community testing sites are now open to everyone regardless of current symptoms.

“As people gather in large crowds with varying degrees of social distancing, there is cause for concern about COVID-19 spread and outbreaks, especially if masks were not worn universally,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “I urge anyone who recently attended a rally, protest, or other mass gathering to get tested for COVID-19 so we can identify any cases early. We recommend testing 5-7 days after participating in large group rallies, or immediately if symptoms develop. If there are known cases, we can make sure those people are quarantined and not exposing other individuals.”

Over the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 20,820 coronavirus tests, for a total of 1,100,002 since the pandemic began. The state’s rolling, seven-day positivity rate, is now 4 percent, health officials said. According to Johns Hopkins University, a positivity rate of less than 12 percent is a good measure of whether enough tests are being conducted in a given state.

The United States as a whole has tested more than 21 million people for the coronavirus as of Wednesday. The country now has nearly 2 million confirmed coronavirus infections, according to Johns Hopkins University, and at least 112,441 Americans have died from COVID-19.

Globally, nearly 7.3 million people have been infected and 413,126 are known to have died.

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 like “UNEMPLOYMENT,” “FOOD,” or “SHELTER,” to the same number to receive additional information about those topics.

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

Lightfoot Cancels 2020 Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot cancels all summer events through Labor Day including Lolla, Taste of Chicago and Air Show over COVID-19 concerns.

Catholic Schools In Arlington Heights Will Reopen In Fall: Cupich

Cardinal Blase Cupich made the announcement Monday by video. All schools have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic

AMC Theatres: Northbrook Court Location Set To Open In July

The movie theater chain said Tuesday all of its theaters plan to reopen in July.

Lake Forest, Lake Bluff Leaders Talk COVID-19 Reopening Plans

“Each one of us has to assess our own individual risk,” explained the chief medical officer at Lake Forest Hospital.

Safety Measures For Lake Zurich’s First Youth Baseball Tournament

New safety measures were put in place for the first youth baseball tournament of the season out in Lake Zurich.

International Manufacturing Technology Show Canceled Due To Pandemic

The show had been scheduled for September.

Drive-By Parade Held For Nurse, National Guard Captain

The family put the parade together for Lorrie Novak as she set out for her second deployment to Afghanistan.

In Person Visits With Detainees Resume At Cook County Jail

Visiting stations have been set up outside in jail yard, Cook County Sheriff’s Office said.

Louis Mall Reopens, Makes Changes Though

Most of the retail stores at the Louis Joliet Mall had remained closed since the new coronavirus reached Illinois in March.

Burr Ridge May Start Indoor Dining Before Phase 4

The village is asking restaurants to present individual plans.

Coronavirus by the numbers:

Illinois:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 129,837

  • Deaths: 6,095

  • People tested: 1,100,002

  • Recovered: No data available

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 1,990,112

  • Deaths: 112,441

  • People tested: 21,048,183

  • Recovered: 524,855

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 7,293,307

  • Deaths: 413,126

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 3,415,204

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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