Illinois Coronavirus Update Sept. 11: 255,643 Cases, 8,242 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Thursday announced 1,953 new cases of the coronavirus and 28 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The statewide totals now stand at 255,643 confirmed infections and 8,242 known deaths. Another 1,928 probable cases and 219 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Adams County: 1 male 90s

  • Christian County: 1 female 50s

  • Cook County: 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s

  • Edgar County: 1 male 80s

  • Ford County: 1 male 80s

  • Henry County: 1 male 70s

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

  • Kane County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Lake County: 1 male 70s

  • Madison County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

  • McLean County; 1 male 70s

  • Montgomery County: 1 female 70s

  • Randolph County: 1 female 50s

  • Rock Island County: 1 female 80s

  • Sangamon County: 1 male 40s

  • Shelby County: 1 male 90s

  • Will County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s

  • Winnebago County: 1 male 60s

  • Woodford County: 1 male 80s

As of Thursday, 1,609 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, including 346 in intensive care and 141 on ventilators, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

All but three of the state’s emergency management regions saw a decline in positivity rates in the past week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday, saying Will and Kankakee counties could see their restrictions lifted “soon” if the trend continues. The news wasn’t as good for Region 4, the St. Louis Metro East. The positivity rates there continue to rise and this week surpassed 10.1 percent.

See how your region is doing here.

The statewide positive-test rate is currently 3.8 percent. The number is a rolling, seven-day average and represents a decrease of seven tenths of a percentage point from last week. In the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 48,982 coronavirus tests, for a total of more than 4.5 million since the pandemic began.

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.

Speaking at a news conference Thursday afternoon, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the state’s top public health expert, said near universal mask wearing could effectively stop the virus in its tracks, but only if the vast majority of Illinoisans wear masks, wash their hands, and maintain social distance.

“We’ve all got to do this together. In one simulation, researchers predicted that 80 percent of the population wearing masks could do as much or even more to reduce COVID spread than a lockdown,” she said. “We all want our kids in school. We all want our restaurants open. We all want all of our businesses open. And we can do that by wearing masks.”

The United States now has more than 6.3 million confirmed coronavirus infections, and at least 191,811 Americans have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Based on the latest predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 200,000 to 211,000 Americans could be dead from the disease by Sept. 26.

Globally, more than 28.2 million people have been infected and 910,314 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:

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Coronavirus by the numbers:

Illinois:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 255,643

  • Deaths: 8,242

  • People tested: 4,575,721

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

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 6,399,978

  • Deaths: 191,811

  • People tested: 85,181,078

  • Recovered: 2,403,511

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 28,212,036

  • Deaths: 910,314

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 19,037,471

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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