IL Sees Most Cases Since May, Again; ‘Warning’ For 14 Counties

ILLINOIS — For the third time since May, state health officials announced more than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus on a single day. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday that 2,264 more Illinoisans had tested positive for the coronavirus, and 25 more people have died from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The statewide totals now stand at 202,691 confirmed infections and 7,721 known deaths. Another 1,332 probable cases and 211 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Bureau County: 1 female 80s

  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 males 50s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

  • DeKalb County: 1 female 60s

  • DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 90

  • Iroquois County: 1 female 50s

  • Madison County: 2 females 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

  • Morgan County: 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s

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

  • Will County: 1 female 90s

As of Thursday night, 1,612 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state. Of those, 345 were in intensive care and 126 were on ventilators, according to the state health department.

The statewide positive-test rate is 4.1 percent, a tenth of a percentage point higher than Thursday and up from a low of 2.4 percent last month. In the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 49,541 coronavirus tests, for a total of more than 3.2 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 could trigger new restrictions in a given region.

State officials said Friday that 14 Illinois counties are currently at a “warning level” for a surge of cases, including Bureau, Cass, Clinton, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Jefferson, Kane, LaSalle, Moultrie, Perry, Union and Will.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned Wednesday of a “make-or-break” moment for the state and its largest city, and called on residents to take “personal responsibility” for controlling the pandemic by wearing masks and keeping their distance from others.

In a party-line vote Tuesday, lawmakers approved the governor’s new emergency rules that would allow local public health departments to fine businesses and close schools if they refuse to comply with capacity limits or fail to enforce mask orders. The rules do not apply to individuals.

The United States now has more than 5.2 million confirmed coronavirus infections, and at least 167,828 Americans have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Based on the latest predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 180,000 to 200,000 Americans could be dead from the disease by Sept. 5.

Globally, more than 21 million people have been infected and 761,260 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 such as “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:

‘A Make-Or-Break Moment For IL, Chicago’: Gov. Urges Compliance

Gov. J.B. Pritzker called on residents and businesses to “take responsibility” to stave off a sustained spike in new coronavirus cases.

Rare Coronavirus Syndrome In Kids: IL Among Hardest-Hit States

At least 24 children in Illinois have been diagnosed with a rare inflammatory syndrome linked to coronavirus.

‘Trump 2020’ Mask At Meeting Sparks Policy Review Discussions

Oswego D308 Board of Education member Brent Lightfoot wore the mask to a meeting, leading to objections, concerns from community members.

Pritzker Contempt Hearing Delayed By Illinois Supreme Court

A Clay County judge had ordered Gov. Pritzker to appear in court Friday to fight a contempt motion from Republican State Rep. Darren Bailey.

Zoom-Bombing Teams Cause Chaos, Confusion In Lake County Courts

Impersonating judges and defendants, mischief-makers exploited a vulnerability to disrupt proceedings in 10 courtrooms, officials said.

Businesses That Don’t Enforce Pritzker’s Mask Mandate Face Fines

In a party-line vote Tuesday, lawmakers allowed new emergency public health regulations to take effect.

Coronavirus Exposure Closes Buffalo Grove Village Hall To Public

All Village employees who may have been exposed within the building will be evaluated for testing and quarantine.

Wife Died After Butcher Brought Coronavirus Home From Work: Suit

Esperanza Ugalde, 67, died days after her husband contracted the coronavirus while working at a North Aurora plant, according to a lawsuit.

Tap House Grill Gets Much-Needed Renovation Amid Pandemic

The Oswego Village Board approved an economic incentive and loan agreement worth $100,000 with the restaurant owners.

Big Ten Conference Postpones Fall Sports Until Spring

Uncertainty over medical risks from the coronavirus means college football and other sports cannot go ahead this fall, officials said.

HPHS Staff Member Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Principal Says

The Highland Park High School staff member’s positive test came after a worker contracted COVID-19, halting construction on the cafeteria.

6 COVID Cases Confirmed At Orland Park Mosque, 3 Hospitalized

The Orland Park Prayer Center is shut down after six regular members tested positive for COVID-19, cancelling all daily and Friday prayers.

Springfield Schools Ban PJs, Coats At Home During Remote Classes

Should a school district be allowed to tell your kid what to wear when they’re at home? Some parents don’t think so.

COVID-19 Violations On Rise At Bars, Restaurants

Lake and McHenry County health departments have field more than 300 complaints regarding mask, social distancing violations since May 29.

Coronavirus by the numbers:

Illinois:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 202,691

  • Deaths: 7,721

  • People tested: 3,285,348

  • Recovered: Illinois does not provide exact numbers of recovered cases, but says the recovery rate is 95 percent.

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 5,280,315

  • Deaths: 167,828

  • People tested: 64,831,306

  • Recovered: 1,774,648

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 21,010,700

  • Deaths: 761,260

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 13,047,560

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

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