Illinois Coronavirus Update July 20: 162,748 Cases, 7,301 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Monday announced 1,173 new cases of the coronavirus and 6 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. That brings the statewide total to 162,748 confirmed infections and 7,301 known deaths. Another 1,175 probable cases and 193 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Cass County – 1 female 90s

  • Cook County – 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s

  • DuPage County – 1 male 70s

  • Peoria County – 1 female 100+

  • Will County – 1 female 50s

State health officials say they are monitoring indicators across the 11 emergency management regions announced last week to detect “early but significant” increases in the spread of the virus that might signal a coming surge of cases.

See how your region is doing here.

Officials said if indicators show an increase in COVID-19 cases with a simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity, or if there are three consecutive days with more than an 8 percent positive test rate, a region may need additional community mitigation interventions to head off the virus.

Those interventions are detailed in a planning document published online last week:

For example, restaurants may have to reduce indoor capacity or suspend bar service; hospitals may have to cancel elective surgeries and limit visitation; and stores and offices may have to limit capacity. If things get worse, bars and restaurants may have to suspend in-person dining altogether, or non-essential businesses may have to close again.

In the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 34,598 coronavirus tests, for a total of more than 2.2 million since the pandemic began. The state’s rolling, seven-day positivity rate is about 3 percent, down slightly from last week, but still up half a percent from its low last month.

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 Monday, the United States as a whole had tested more than 45.7 million people for the coronavirus. The country now has more than 3.8 million confirmed coronavirus infections, and, according to Johns Hopkins University, at least 140,811 Americans have died from COVID-19.

Based on the latest CDC predictions, 150,000 to 170,000 Americans could be dead by August 1.

Globally, more than 14.6 million people have been infected and 608,420 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:

Ban On Indoor Service At Bars, Taverns, Breweries To Start Friday

As coronavirus cases spike, Chicago officials announce restrictions on bars, indoor fitness classes and personal services will start Friday.

Illinois Teachers Union Says School Year Should Start Online

Returning to in-person instruction without sufficient coronavirus safety measures is too risky, the union says.

New Stimulus Talks Begin, Trump Aims To Cut Funds For Testing

Lawmakers returned to Washington, D.C., today to work on more aid relief — the current bill expires at the end of the month.

Face Masks In Schools: Pritzker Lawsuit Seeks Order

The lawsuit was filed Thursday against three schools that recently announced their refusal to comply with health and safety guidelines.

Cemeno’s Pizza: Employee Coronavirus Case Confirmed

Cemeno’s informed its Facebook followers that it hopes to reopen within a few days.

Werk Force Brewing Reopens As Staff Tests negative For COVID-19

The brewery had temporarily closed its doors July 11 after an employee had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Gymnastics Center Closing In Buffalo Grove

The owners of the Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center made the announcement via social media, blaming COVID-19 for the decision.

COVID-19 Quarantine Requirements: Suburban Cook County Sets Rules

Suburban Cook County joins Chicago in requiring visitors from states with high incidence of COVID-19 infections to quarantine for 14 days.

Coronavirus Cases Reported At Deerfield School Camp

The Deerfield Park District announced Friday night the children were campers at Wilmot Elementary School.

Free Headshots: Glenview Photographer To Help Unemployed

Sari Pina, of Sari P. Photography, is participating in a national single-day photo initiative amid the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Shatters Daily Virus Record; More States Issue Mask Mandates

U.S. reported 75,600 coronavirus cases Thursday; Georgia governor sues Atlanta over mask rule as 25 states implement similar requirements.

48% Will Not Eat Out, 78% Uncomfortable With Indoor Entertainment

A Plainfield reader who responded to a recent poll said the “governor has rushed us into Phase 4, putting the economy over lives.”

2 Bolingbrook Park District Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

The Annerino Community Center along with the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Complex will be temporarily closed till Sunday.

Boy, 7, Fighting For Life Against Coronavirus-Linked Infection

Brandon Vargas has suffered major organ damage after contracting multisystem inflammatory syndrome, Mayor Richard Irvin said.

Illinois Redraws Coronavirus Regions, Going From 4 to 11 Regions

Chicago is now in its own region, a move that will likely be welcomed by many suburban Cook County mayors.

Coronavirus by the numbers:


  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 162,748

  • Deaths: 7,301

  • People tested: 2,279,109

  • Recovered: Illinois does not provide exact numbers of recovered cases, but says the recovery rate is 94 percent.


  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 3,804,907

  • Deaths: 140,811

  • People tested: 45,734,327

  • Recovered: 1,131,121


  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 14,604,077

  • Deaths: 608,420

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 8,200,578

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.


  • 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 For health questions about COVID-19, call the state coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email

This article originally appeared on the Across Illinois Patch

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