IL Sees Record 4,015 New Virus Cases, Most Deaths Since June

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Thursday reported a record 4,015 new cases of the coronavirus and 53 more deaths from COVID-19 — the most single-day deaths since June. The new case number approaches the three-day total of 5,368 new cases reported Sept. 4 caused by a data processing slowdown. The statewide totals now stand at 331,620 confirmed infections and 9,127 known deaths. Another 3,038 probable cases and 246 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Adams County: 1 female 80s

  • Bureau County: 1 male 70s

  • Carroll County: 1 female 70s

  • Champaign County: 1 female 60s

  • Christian County: 1 female 60s

  • Clark County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

  • Clay County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 80

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

  • DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Fayette County: 1 male 80s

  • Jackson County: 1 female 70s

  • Jefferson County: 1 female 90s

  • Kane County: 2 males 80s

  • Kendall County: 1 male 60s

  • Knox County: 1 male 20s

  • Lawrence County: 1 male 80s

  • Marion County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

  • McLean County: 1 male 60s

  • Moultrie County: 1 male 70s

  • Peoria County: 1 female 90s

  • Richland County: 1 female 60s

  • Rock Island County: 1 female 70s

  • Saline County: 1 female 70s

  • Shelby County: 1 male 70s

  • St. Clair County: 1 female 80s

  • Tazewell County: 1 female 70s

  • Wabash County: 1 female 60s

  • Wayne County: 1 male 70s

  • Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Winnebago County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

Hospitalizations across the state have jumped nearly 10 percent from the begging of the week. As of Wednesday night, 1,932 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, including 388 in intensive care and 147 on ventilators, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The statewide test positivity rate — a rolling, seven-day average — also ticked up another 0.3 percentage points to 4.9 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.

The record case number and spike in daily deaths comes as a new projection says Illinois could nearly double the number of deaths its already seen by Feb. 1.

Across Illinois, all 11 emergency management regions have seen an increase in the positivity rate since last week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday. Since Region 1 instituted tighter restrictions on Oct. 3, the positivity rate there has continued to climb and currently stands at 10.1 percent.

“To the residents of Region 1, we’re rooting for you,” the governor said. “Each of you have a direct role in making a change to bring your numbers down. Region 4 and Region 7 have demonstrated that it is possible to bring down the positivity rate with the tools we know to work. Wear a mask, keep some physical distance and encourage those who flout public health guidance to act with consideration for the whole community.”

The United States now has more than 7.9 million confirmed coronavirus infections and at least 216,933 Americans have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Based on the latest predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 229,000 to 240,000 Americans could be dead from the disease by Nov. 7.

Globally, more than 38.7 million people have been infected and more than 1 million are known to have died.

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

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Teen With COVID-19 Infected 11 Relatives From IL, 3 Other States

Experts now believe the coronavirus is airborne, and tiny droplets containing the virus can linger indoors for hours as aerosols.

Batavia Taco Bell Closes After Worker Gets Coronavirus: Report

Taco Bell’s Batavia location will be closed indefinitely, according to the chain’s website.

Illinois Mail-In Voting: How To Get A Ballot, Drop Box Locations

Plus, mail-in voting deadlines. Follow these steps on how to properly cast your ballot by mail in Illinois.

102-Year-Old Chicago Woman Wears PPE To Mail Ballot: ‘Vote!’

In a recent Instagram post, the Chicago Teachers Union stated, “If Bea can do it, anyone can do it. Vote!”

Chicago Adds Indiana To Coronavirus Travel Quarantine List

Spike in coronavirus cases puts Hoosier State on Chicago’s list of COVID-19 hotspots on city’s emergency travel quarantine list.

Danelli’s Survives The Pandemic With Oswego’s ‘Amazing’ Support

Owners John and Chris Daniels said because of the community’s help, “our staff has been able to continue to work, pay their bills.”

Northern Illinois University Cancels Commencement, Spring Break

Provost Beth Ingram called the decision “heartbreaking for our graduates and their families.” Find the revised spring schedule here.

Patch’s 2020 Guide To Chicagoland’s Best Halloween Yard Haunts

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Socially Distant Halloween Egg Hunts Might Save Trick-Or-Treating

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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: 331,620

  • Deaths: 9,127

  • People tested: 6,531,009

  • Recovered: Illinois does not provide exact numbers of recovered cases, but says the recovery rate is 96 percent.

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 7,948,755

  • Deaths: 217,374

  • People tested: 118,368,930

  • Recovered: 3,155,794

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 38,724,018

  • Deaths: 38,724,018

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 26,744,573

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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