Illinois Coronavirus Update July 29: 173,731 Cases, 7,446 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Tuesday announced 1,076 new cases of the coronavirus and 30 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, bringing the statewide total to 173,731 confirmed infections and 7,446 known deaths. Another 1,242 probable cases and 192 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Champaign County – 1 male 70s

  • Coles County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 female 80s

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

  • DeKalb County: 1 male 80s

  • Douglas County: 1 female 60s

  • DuPage County: 1 male 80s

  • Iroquois County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

  • Montgomery County: 2 males 80s

  • St. Clair County: 1 male 60s

  • Williamson County: 1 male 70s

  • Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

As of Monday night, 1,383 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state. Of those, 329 were in intensive care and 128 were on ventilators, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that the state likely won’t be able to return to normal until next year.

“The COVID-19 pandemic … will remain a part of our lives for some time to come. As much as we might like to, it’s not something that we can wish away. So, we have to act responsibly and collectively to protect the people that we love,” the governor said at a Monday news conference in Adams County.

“This is not a political virus. It’s not a red state virus or blue state virus. It’s not something made up by somebody for political purposes. This virus attacks anybody. We just have to figure out how to live with it to make sure the fewest amount of people get sick, go to the hospital — maybe die. And we need everybody’s help.”

“We’re not going to have to do this forever,” the governor added. “You’ve seen, there’s progress on vaccines and treatments, but we’re not there yet. We’re not there yet. And frankly, we’re not going to be there until 2021, in my humble opinion. I’m not a doctor, but that’s what my observation is, that we’re not going to be able to take off the mask and go about everything we were doing seven, eight months ago for a few more months. Maybe six plus months.”

Health officials said Friday that Adams County, where the governor spoke, as well as LaSalle, Peoria and Randolph counties are at a “warning level” for a surge in cases. Pritzker called the situation there “alarming.”

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In the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 28,331 coronavirus tests, for a total of more than 2.5 million since the pandemic began. The state’s rolling, seven-day positivity rate is 3.8 percent — four-tenths of a percentage point higher than last week and 1.4 percentage points higher than last month.

According to Johns Hopkins University, a positivity rate of less than 5 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 52.9 million people for the coronavirus. The country now has more than 4.3 million confirmed coronavirus infections, and, according to Johns Hopkins University, at least 149,375 Americans have died from COVID-19.

Based on the latest predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 160,000 to 175,000 Americans could be dead from the disease by Aug. 15.

Globally, more than 16.7 million people have been infected and 661,203 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:

Sports Delayed Until 2021? IHSA Considering The Possibility

The Illinois High School Association sent an email out to state athletic directors Wednesday floating the idea.

Coronavirus Panic Over ‘Big Tent Revival’ Religious Gatherings

Alderman Colt Moylan (Des Plaines Ward 2) said the city did not give the group permission for the meetings that run through the weekend.

School Reopening Tracker: Illinois Districts Start Backtracking On Hybrid Plans

Leaders are expected to balance public health guidelines and educate students safely without additional money from the state.

LFHS Board Rejects Recommendation For Fully Remote Learning

Board members asked Lake Forest High School administrators to present a plan for in-person instruction before the start of the school year.

Jameson’s Pub: Coronavirus Causes Closure

Jameson’s Pub on Joliet’s Black Road announced that it is shutting down indefinitely because of the coronavirus case.

Four States Added To Chicago’s Emergency Travel Quarantine List

Wisconsin, Missouri, North Dakota and Nebraska have been added to Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order starting Friday. Indiana could be next.

Mobile Coronavirus Test Unit To Travel Through Kane Co. This Week

The mobile unit is scheduled to make stops in Geneva, St. Charles, Elgin, Carpentersville and Aurora.

Coronavirus Cases In Kane Co. Growing Fastest Among 20-Somethings

Nearly 240 residents in their 20s tested positive in July, 40 percent more than any other age group, public health data shows.

Target Closes On Thanksgiving, Will Adjust Holiday Sales Schedule

The Minneapolis-based retailer says ‘this isn’t a year for crowds’ and will begin offering holiday savings in October to keep shoppers safe.

No Fall Sports: IL Elementary School Association

There are no plans to reschedule. IHSA hasn’t yet decided the fate of high schools sports, which could also be canceled until 2021.

Sewing Masks For Pregnant, Postpartum Women: Glenview Shop Helps

Glenview business owner Jill Weeks is working with the Masks-For-Moms campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic.

70% Not Ready For Indoor Dining; 63% Against Indoor Events: Poll

A majority of Kane County residents believe it’s still too soon to eat inside restaurants, according to a poll of Patch readers in the area.

Golden Corral Ends Buffet, Renovates Restaurant

They even removed the word “buffet” from its restaurant sign.

Walgreens CEO Stepping Down

The Deerfield-based Walgreens Boots Alliance recently announced quarterly losses of $1.7 billion amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Virtual Lollapalooza Festival Announces Partial Musical Lineup

The annual Grant Park-based musical festival was canceled in June due to the coronavirus pandemic but will offer free YouTube streaming

Mitchell Pool Closes Due To Staff Coronavirus Case In Deerfield

The Deerfield Park District also announced Monday a second staff member is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

Coronavirus by the numbers:


  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 173,731

  • Deaths: 7,446

  • People tested: 2,570,465

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


  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 4,362,006

  • Deaths: 149,375

  • People tested: 52,985,577

  • Recovered: 1,355,363


  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 16,776,680

  • Deaths: 661,203

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 9,777,999

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 800-889-3931 or email

This article originally appeared on the Across Illinois Patch

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