ILLINOIS — State health officials on Thursday announced 595 new cases of the coronavirus and 77 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The statewide total now stands at 131,198 confirmed infections and 6,260 known deaths.
The latest deaths include:
Cook County: 2 males 30s, 4 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 4 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 6 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 5 males 70s, 8 females 80s, 6 males 80s, 1 unknown 80s, 5 females 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+
DeKalb County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s
Henry County: 1 female 50s
Kane County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
Lake County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 80s, 4 females 90s
McHenry County: 1 male 80s
Morgan County: 1 male 40s
Peoria County: 1 female 70s
Union County: 1 female 40s, 1 female 90s
Will County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s
Winnebago County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s
Following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health officials have also begun publishing probable case and death numbers. In addition to the numbers above, the state says it has identified 724 additional probable cases of the coronavirus and 178 additional deaths probably attributable to COVID-19.
“Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions,” officials said.
The CDC says cases are rising in 19 states, though in Illinois cases and deaths have fallen significantly since the peak in early May.
The entire state has now entered Phase 3 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s five-phase reopening plan, and many nonessential businesses have been allowed to reopen. Retail shops are open with capacity limits and mask requirements, as are barbershops and salons. Gyms and fitness centers can provide outdoor or one-on-one training with similar requirements, and bars and restaurants are open for pick-up and delivery or for outdoor dining.
Experts say testing is crucial to identify and isolate new cases. State health officials said last week that community testing sites are now open to everyone regardless of current symptoms.
“As people gather in large crowds with varying degrees of social distancing, there is cause for concern about COVID-19 spread and outbreaks, especially if masks were not worn universally,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “I urge anyone who recently attended a rally, protest, or other mass gathering to get tested for COVID-19 so we can identify any cases early. We recommend testing 5-7 days after participating in large group rallies, or immediately if symptoms develop. If there are known cases, we can make sure those people are quarantined and not exposing other individuals.”
Over the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 24,774 coronavirus tests, for a total of 1,147,101 since the pandemic began. The state’s rolling, seven-day positivity rate has been steady at 4 percent for the better part of a week, health officials said. 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.
The United States as a whole has tested more than 21.9 million people for the coronavirus as of Friday. The country now has more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus infections, according to Johns Hopkins University, and at least 114,126 Americans have died from COVID-19.
Globally, nearly 7.6 million people have been infected and 423,155 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:
Illinois And Du Quoin State Fairs Canceled, Pritzker Announces
The coronavirus makes large public events too risky, health experts say. Gov. J.B. Pritzker called the cancellation a “difficult decision.”
Coronavirus Survivor Gets Double Lung Transplant
The woman in her 20s was on a ventilator and heart-lung machine for almost two months before the transplant.
Human Rights Investigator And Other Illinois Job Openings
Many employers have laid off workers, but some in-demand jobs include human rights investigators and coronavirus contact tracers.
Chuck E. Cheese Could Close All Restaurants, Including 21 In IL
The company is $1 billion in debt and could shutter all restaurants, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Lightfoot Cancels 2020 Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago
Mayor Lori Lightfoot cancels all summer events through Labor Day including Lolla, Taste of Chicago and Air Show over COVID-19 concerns.
‘Getting High Was OK’: Mayor Slams Pritzker’s Reopening Plan
Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau says Illinois should move to the next phase of the reopening plan come Friday.
Starbucks Closing 400 Stores; See Locations In Bolingbrook
Coffee giant announced Wednesday that it will be closing 400 stores in U.S. and Canada, but will expand pickup options.
Trade Show Organizers Want Answers About Mccormick Place Events
CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov on Wednesday got some eye-opening answers from event organizers who just want answers themselves.
Nearly 45,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois For Week Of June 1
While this number is based on advanced estimates, the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be releasing a final number Thursday.
Shedd Aquarium Cuts 36 Jobs, Furloughs Another 171 Employees
“The decision to terminate employees through no fault of their own was both gut-wrenching and yet necessary,” Bridget Coughlin said.
New Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Site To Open In Wheaton
The new site will offer free new coronavirus testing for all DuPage County residents.
Catholic Schools In Arlington Heights Will Reopen In Fall: Cupich
Cardinal Blase Cupich made the announcement Monday by video. All schools have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic
AMC Theatres: Northbrook Court Location Set To Open In July
The movie theater chain said Tuesday all of its theaters plan to reopen in July.
Lake Forest, Lake Bluff Leaders Talk COVID-19 Reopening Plans
“Each one of us has to assess our own individual risk,” explained the chief medical officer at Lake Forest Hospital.
Safety Measures For Lake Zurich’s First Youth Baseball Tournament
New safety measures were put in place for the first youth baseball tournament of the season out in Lake Zurich.
International Manufacturing Technology Show Canceled Due To Pandemic
The show had been scheduled for September.
Coronavirus by the numbers:
Total number of coronavirus cases: 131,198
People tested: 1,147,101
Recovered: No data available
Total number of coronavirus cases: 2,033,003
People tested: 21,933,301
Total number of coronavirus cases: 7,573,699
People tested: No data available
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 PPE.firstname.lastname@example.org. For health questions about COVID-19, call the state coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on the Across Illinois Patch