Illinois Coronavirus Update Sept. 9: 253,690 Cases, 8,214 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Wednesday announced 1,337 new cases of the coronavirus and 30 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The statewide totals now stand at 253,690 confirmed infections and 8,214 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 90s

  • Coles County: 1 female 80s

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

  • Jackson County: 1 female 90s

  • Jersey County: 1 female 100+

  • Kane County: 1 male 80s

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

  • LaSalle County: 1 male 70s

  • Macon County: 1 male 70s

  • Madison County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Peoria County: 1 male 90s

  • Rock Island County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s

  • Sangamon County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s

  • St. Clair County: 1 male 80s

  • Will County: 1 male 70s

  • Williamson County: 1 female 80s, 3 females 90s

As of Wednesday, 1,580 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, including 357 in intensive care and 133 on ventilators, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Twenty-nine Illinois counties remain at a “warning level” for a surge in infections, including Boone, Bureau, Clinton, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Henry, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Lake, Lawrence, Madison, McLean, Monroe, Pulaski, Randolph, Rock Island, Shelby, Stark, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Warren, Williamson, Will.

See how your region is doing here.

The statewide positive-test rate fell to 3.7 percent. The number is a rolling, seven-day average and represents a decrease of eight tenths of a percentage point from last week. In the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 48,029 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.

The United States now has more than 6.3 million confirmed coronavirus infections, and at least 189,972 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 27.6 million people have been infected and 898,757 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: 253,690

  • Deaths: 8,214

  • People tested: 4,526,739

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

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 6,334,158

  • Deaths: 189,972

  • People tested: 83,964,567

  • Recovered: 2,359,111

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 27,628,190

  • Deaths: 898,757

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 18,590,528

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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