The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 1187 New Cases; 8 Additional Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 1187 New Cases; 8 Additional Deaths

July 15, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,187 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 8 additional confirmed deaths.

– Cook County – 1 male 40s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
– DuPage County – 1 male 80s
– Kane County – 1 female 80s
– Will County – 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 156,693 cases, including 7,226 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 38,161 specimens for a total of 2,079,601.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 8–July 14 is 3.1%.  As of last night, 1,454 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 324 patients were in the ICU and 130 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website.  Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions.  IDPH will update these data once a week.

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

COVID-19 Cases in IL Increasing as State Reopens

COVID-19 Cases in IL Increasing as State Reopens

July 15th, 2020- The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois is increasing as the state reopens, more people return to work and quarantine fatigue sets in – a confluence of events that has led some public health officials to remind people about the importance of personal responsibility. 

The increase in Illinois is not like the resurgence that some other states have reported. However, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for three consecutive days at the end of last week. State public health officials said that the seven-day positivity rate for positive cases as a percent of total tests from July 6 to July 12 was 3.0 percent.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently tweeted out a reminder about the need for people to maintain vigilance. 

“We remain concerned that cases are rising and positivity rates are inching up,” he said. “Now more than ever, we must rely on what the science is telling us. Wearing a face covering is an effective tool in the fight against #covid19.”  

Others blame “COVID fatigue” for the uptick.

Officials warned that a significant rise in cases could put increase the number of hospitalizations, which could slow the state’s reopening or move it backward on Pritzker’s five-phase reopening plan. Illinois moved into Phase 4 of the governor’s reopening plan in late June. 

While the state’s case count is rising, other metrics remain relatively flat. 

The seven-day trend in hospitalizations remains lower than it had been last month, at 1,342 as of July 11.

Yesterday, the state reported 707 new cases. 

Officials Announced 23rd Death In Macon County Due To COVID-19

Officials Announced 23rd Death In Macon County Due To COVID-19

July 6, 2020 – The Joint Crisis Communication announced the passing of the 23rd Macon County resident with COVID-19. No information was provided about the patient.

Thus far, 8,817 tests have been performed in Macon County. Since the previous release, Macon County has had four newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 236 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Macon County.

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 with which you are concerned, please call your primary care physician first. Do not show up at a hospital emergency room or doctor’s office unless it is a true emergency. Individuals without a primary care physician can call: • DMH Medical Group: (217) 876-2856 • HSHS Medical Group Patient Advocate: 844-520-8897 • Crossing Healthcare: (217) 877-9117 • SIU: (217) 872-3800 For COVID-19 screening, please call one of the following: • Crossing Healthcare: (217) 877-9117 • HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline: (217) 464-2966 • HSHS Medical Group offers free virtual assessments for COVID-19 at www.anytimecare.com. Anyone entering healthcare facilities should be prepared to be screened before entering.

 

LISTEN: State Representative Dan Caulkins

LISTEN: State Representative Dan Caulkins

July 6th, 2020- State Representative Dan Caulkins joins Byers & Co. to talk about the politicization of wearing masks, COVID-19 in various states, the effect of the virus on healthcare facilities, and the challenges they are facing in getting back to work. Listen to the podcast now.