The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 3,874 New Cases of COVID-19; 31 Additional Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 3,874 New Cases of COVID-19; 31 Additional Deaths

October 23, 2020 – Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 3,874 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 31 additional confirmed deaths.

– Adams County: 1 female 70s
– Christian County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 80s
– Clark County: 1 female 80s
– Clinton County: 1 male 90s
– Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 90s
– DeWitt County: 1 female 70s
– Jefferson County: 1 male 60s
– Kane County: 1 female 70s
– Kankakee County: 1 male 60s
– Lake County: 1 female 70s
– LaSalle County: 2 females 90s
– Macon County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
– Madison County: 1 female 80s
– McLean County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
– Rock Island County: 1 male 90s
– Sangamon County: 1 male 70s
– Shelby County: 1 female 70s
– St. Clair County: 1 male 80s
– Tazewell County: 1 male 80s
– Vermilion County: 2 males 70s
– Warren County: 1 male 90s
– White County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s
– Will County: 1 female 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 364,033 cases, including 9,418 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 16 – October 22 is 5.6%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 82,256 specimens for a total of 7,113,338.  As of last night, 2,498 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 511 patients were in the ICU and 197 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

LISTEN: Education Spotlight with Paul Fregeau and Kathy Ganley

LISTEN: Education Spotlight with Paul Fregeau and Kathy Ganley

Dr. Paul Fregeau joins Byers & Co to talk about surveying families about a potential return to in-person learning, the criteria they are considering in making their upcoming decision, and how they are dealing with the recent grade reporting issue. Kathy Balames Ganley of John’s Hill Magnet School talks about the diverse energy at their school and creatively involving their students in the construction process of their new school.

 

Illinois Federation of Teachers President Releases Statement on IDPH Sharing Data from School Outbreaks

Illinois Federation of Teachers President Releases Statement on IDPH Sharing Data from School Outbreaks

October 22, 2020 – The Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery has released a statement following the Illinois Department of Public Health’s announcement that they will be sharing data on school outbreaks.  A recent story in Illinois highlighted the lack of information.

“From the start of the pandemic, IFT has been calling on the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education to provide transparent and accurate data on COVID-19 cases in schools.  As COVID-19 cases surge in Illinois, having comprehensive state and local data to ensure the safety of our educators, staff, and students is imperative.  At the IFT, we’ve worked with the Chicago Teachers Union and American Federation of Teachers to develop our own COVID-19 tracker to identify outbreaks and report unsafe working conditions in schools, colleges, and universities.  Our tool will give teachers, staff, and parents a voice to monitor what’s happening in their neighborhood schools and help keep them safe.  Having timely and accurate information is essential to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and preventing large scale outbreaks.   We are glad the IDPH is taking steps to ensure transparency and look forward to working with them so that the most accurate information is available.”

 

 

Pritzker Warns Regions with Increased Restrictions that Indoor Dining will Lead to Revoked Liquor Licenses

Pritzker Warns Regions with Increased Restrictions that Indoor Dining will Lead to Revoked Liquor Licenses

October 22, 2020 – With several areas of Illinois preparing for increased restrictions by Governor Pritzker, bars and restaurants in the affected areas have been issued a warning.  Today, Region 5, southern Illinois will have mitigation efforts go into place.  On Friday, Region 7, Will and Kankakee counties, and Region 8, DuPage and Kane Counties, will have additional mitigation efforts added into place.

Yesterday during his daily COVID-10 briefing, Governor Pritzker said the Illinois State Police have been notified and will be making the rounds.  “They have the ability to issue citations and also with the information, we get at the state level we can take away people’s liquor licenses,” Pritzker said. “It has a semi-permanent effect on a business to take away their liquor license, especially for having not followed the regulations that are set out for them, so it will hard for them to get that license back.”

Over the last two weeks, the number of cases statewide has increased.  While more tests are being conducted than in the early days of the pandemic, the rate of positive cases has also been climbing.

Pritzker names bars and restaurants as a hot spot for coronavirus.  “There are 12 studies that show that bars and restaurants are in fact a major spreading location,” he said.