Illinois Coronavirus Update Oct. 20: 347,161 Cases, 9,236 Deaths

ILLINOIS — After setting back-to-back records for new cases last week, and adding nearly 8,000 cases over the weekend, Illinois on Monday reported 3,113 new cases of the coronavirus and 22 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. Statewide totals now stand at 347,161 confirmed infections and 9,236 known deaths. Another 3,587 probable cases and 260 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Carroll County: 1 female 90s

  • Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

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

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

  • LaSalle County: 1 female 80s

  • Livingston County: 1 male 80s

  • Monroe County: 1 male 80s

  • Montgomery County: 1 male 80s

  • Peoria County: 1 male 90s

  • Wayne County: 1 male 90s

  • Whiteside County: 1 female 90s

  • Will County: 1 female 70s

  • Williamson County: 1 male 70s

  • Woodford County: 1 female 80s

Thirty-four counties are now at a warning level for a surge in cases, including Adams, Alexander, Boone, Cass, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, DeKalb, DeWitt, Jasper, Jefferson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Lee, Macon, McDonough, McHenry Mercer, Monroe, Pike, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Stephenson, Union, Vermilion, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago.

“Although the reason for counties reaching a warning level varies, some of the common factors for an increase in cases and outbreaks are associated with gatherings in people’s homes, weddings and funerals, bars and clubs, university and college parties as well as college sports teams, family gatherings, long-term care facilities, correctional centers, schools, and cases among the community at large, especially people in their 20s,” according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

State health officials said some businesses have been “blatantly disregarding mitigation measures,” and many individuals have not been social distancing or wearing masks.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday blamed president Trump for “modeling bad behavior.”

“He doesn’t wear a mask in public. He has rallies where they don’t encourage people to wear masks in public. This is rhetoric that people understand, particularly in rural areas of my state, that well, ‘The president doesn’t wear a mask, we don’t need to wear a mask. It’s not that dangerous,'” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “The truth of the matter is that it is very dangerous.”

Hospitalizations across Illinois rose almost 4 percent from last week. ICU occupancy and ventilator use jumped more than 18 percent in the same time. As of Sunday night, 2,096 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, including 485 in intensive care and 179 on ventilators, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The statewide test positivity rate — a rolling, seven-day average — continued its climb to 5.4 percent, 0.3 percentage points higher than Friday.

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.

Across Illinois, all 11 emergency management regions have seen an increase in the positivity rate since last week. The governor said if cases continue to rise, all regions could “flip” back to stronger restrictions on bars, restaurants and social gatherings.

See how your region is doing here.

The United States now has more than 8.2 million confirmed coronavirus infections and at least 220,185 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 40.4 million people have been infected and more than 1.1 million are known to have died.

Illinois Patch Local Business Information Center

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

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Chicago Mayor Warns Of COVID-19 Restrictions Amid “Second Surge”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she will reinstate strict Phase 3 coronavirus restrictions if “second surge” of COVID-19 cases continues.

Coronavirus Deaths Could Double By Feb. 1: Report

A widely cited coronavirus projection model has released updated estimates on how the pandemic could impact Illinois through Feb. 1.

COVID-19 In Lake Co.: More Restrictions Could Be Coming This Week

Region 9 is currently at a 6.6 percent positivity rate — up from 5.9 percent a week ago.

More Restrictions Possible As McHenry Co. COVID-19 Cases Spike

Local health officials say the state has indicated more restrictions may be ordered to slow the spread of coronavirus in the county.

‘Virus Isn’t Taking A Holiday’: Pritzker Gives Holiday Guidance

“There is no free pass in this season of giving when it comes to COVID-19,” the governor said

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.

Middle School Cross-Country Team Sidelined By Coronavirus

The team from Batavia’s Rotolo Middle School was forced to cancel an award ceremony Tuesday after a coach or student tested positive.

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!”

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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: 339,803

  • Deaths: 9,192

  • People tested: 6,696,257

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

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 8,216,723

  • Deaths: 220,185

  • People tested: 126,033,173

  • Recovered: 3,272,603

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 40,489,201

  • Deaths: 1,119,620

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 27,745,340

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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