Illinois Coronavirus Update July 1: 144,013 Cases, 6,951 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Wednesday announced 828 new cases of the coronavirus and 30 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The statewide totals now stand at 144,013 confirmed infections and 6,951 deaths, not counting another 1,053 probable cases and an additional 201 probable deaths.

The latest deaths include:

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

  • DuPage 1 male 40s, 1 female 90s

  • Kane County: 1 male 60s, 2 females 80s

  • Lake County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s

  • Madison County: 1 male 70s

  • Sangamon County: 1 female 70s

  • St. Clair County: 1 female 80s

  • Will County: 1 female 60s

  • Winnebago County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s

In the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 33,090 coronavirus tests, for a total of more than 1.6 million since the pandemic began. The state’s rolling, seven-day positivity rate is about 2.6 percent, down from more than 16 percent earlier this year. 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.

As of Wednesday, The United States as a whole had tested more than 32.2 million people for the coronavirus. The country now has more than 2.6 million confirmed coronavirus infections, according to Johns Hopkins University, and at least 127,681 Americans have died from COVID-19.

According to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, “Illinois has done better than almost every other highly populated state” in controlling the coronavirus, and both new cases and fatalities are trending downward across the state, but federal officials say they are preparing for a possible second wave of infections in the fall. Nationally, new cases are at an all-time high after falling steadily for weeks, largely driven by spikes in states that have flaunted CDC guidance on mask-wearing and social distancing.

The CDC last month projected between 124,000 and 140,000 total deaths by July 4. The country has already crossed the lower end of that range, and the agency’s latest model now predicts up to 150,000 deaths by July 18.

Globally, more than 10.5 million people have been infected and 512,689 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:

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School Reopening: Parents Wary But Support Opening Schools

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State Police Investigated 11 Threats Against Pritzker: Reports

People told police they were “frustrated,” “venting,” or upset about their 401(k)s after they sent threatening messages to the governor.

50 Coronavirus Deaths At Aurora Long-Term-Care Facilities

Eleven facilities in the city have reported coronavirus cases among residents and staff, and six have reported coronavirus-related deaths.

Playgrounds Reopen With COVID-19 Guidelines

The decision follows the opening of the Pioneer Park Pool last Friday in Arlington Heights.

Gina’s Teardrop Cafe Temporarily Closed After Coronavirus Case

An employee at the cafe has tested positive for the coronavirus, so the business is temporarily closing “out of abundance of caution.”

Aurora Students Celebrate Graduation With Parade: Video

Aurora students and their families drove through the city Sunday to celebrate graduation, with ceremonies postponed due to the pandemic.

Phase 4 Is Here, But Pritzker Issues Warning

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he’ll be quick to move a region back from Phase 4 if “we see a surge.”

GNC Goes Bankrupt, Closing At Least 13 Illinois Locations

The vitamin and supplement retailer could close up to 1,200 locations nationwide.

3 New Coronavirus Deaths In Northbrook After Nearly 2-Week Break

The Cook County Medical Examiner has been tabulating coronavirus-related deaths in Northbrook since March 29.

No New Coronavirus Deaths For 2nd Week In Arlington Heights

The Cook County Medical Examiner has been tracking COVID-19 deaths in Arlington Heights since April 8.

Aurora Parks Reopen As IL Enters Phase 4 Amid Pandemic

Aurora parks reopened Friday, but the Phillips Park Zoo is set to be closed until Illinois reaches the next phase of its reopening plan.

Plainfield Library Opens To Public July 8 With Limited Capacity

A maximum of 20 people will be allowed inside at any given time.

Counterfeit COVID-19 Masks Destined For Buffalo Grove Seized

The 240 3M masks were being shipped to a Buffalo Grove residence when discovered at O’Hare International Airport.

Coronavirus by the numbers:

Illinois:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 144,013

  • Deaths: 6,951

  • People tested: 1,636,055

  • Recovered: No data available

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 2,636,856

  • Deaths: 127,681

  • People tested: 32,206,245

  • Recovered: 788,318

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 10,507,983

  • Deaths: 512,689

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 5,383,474

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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