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Here's where each health region in northern Illinois stands as of Saturday

Illinois sets record with 6,161 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

A Chicago resident wears a protective face mask during the coronavirus pandemic as she participates in early voting at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Chicago.
A Chicago resident wears a protective face mask during the coronavirus pandemic as she participates in early voting at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Chicago.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,161 new confirmed cases Saturday, the highest single day increase of cases in Illinois since the pandemic began.

IDPH also announced 63 additional deaths Saturday.

Statewide, the seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate increased to 6.1%. The state received the results of 83,517 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 370,194 total cases of the virus, and 9,481 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 7,196,855 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Friday, Illinois had 2,616 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, an increase of 118 patients. Of those, 560 were in intensive care units, and 222 were on ventilators, both increases over the previous day.

Regional update: Additional restrictions can be placed on any of the state's 11 health regions if the region sustains an increase in its average positivity rate for seven days out of a 10-day period.

A region may also become more restrictive if there is a seven-day increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-related illness or a reduction in hospital medical/surgical beds or ICU capacity below 20%. If a region reports three consecutive days with greater than an 8% average positivity rate, additional infection mitigation will be considered through a tiered system of restriction guidelines offered by the IDPH.

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen nine days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 7.8%. Currently, 33% of medical/surgical beds are available and 47% of ICU beds.

Regional data from IDPH remains on a three-day lag, but within this region, McHenry County's seven-day positivity rate average increased to 12.5%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 6.2%.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased slightly from 9.4% to 9.3%, well above the state's threshold of 8%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds are available and 38% of ICU beds.

Within this region, Kane County's seven-day rolling positivity average decreased to 11.7%.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 9.3%. Currently, 25% of the region's medical/surgical beds are available and 26% of ICU beds.

Both the West and South Suburban regions are subject to stricter COVID-19 mitigations from the IDPH that began Friday, meaning indoor dining and bar service will be prohibited. The two regions joined region 5 in the IDPH's tier one mitigation measures.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen seven days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 11.7% to 12.2%, still the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 35% of medical/surgical beds are available and 36% of ICU beds.

The North region (Region 1) is under additional COVID-19 mitigation measures from the IDPH as of Saturday, Oct. 3, and added stricter mitigations, beginning Sunday. To return to the standard Phase 4 restrictions, the region will need to maintain an average positivity rate of less than or equal to 6.5% over a 14-day period.

The region's counties that are reporting the highest positivity rates are Boone (14.9%), Winnebago (13.6%), and Whiteside (12.6%).

DeKalb County's positivity rate decreased from 9.2% to 8.7%.

The North-Central region (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties) has seen five days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 7.0%. Currently, 38% of medical/surgical beds are available and 40% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen eight days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 7% to 7.3%. Currently, 21% of medical/surgical beds are available and 30% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen eight days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and six days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 7.5%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds are available and 29% of ICU beds.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, see the full IDPH dashboard here.

Newly reported deaths include: 

• Adams County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

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

• Clark County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

• Coles County: 1 female 90s

• Cook County: 1 female 40s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 male 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s

• DeWitt County: 1 male 80s

• Douglas County: 1 male 90s

• DuPage County: 2 males 60s

• Edgar County: 2 males 80s

• Ford County: 1 male 90s

• Franklin County: 1 male 80s

• Jefferson County: 2 males 90s

• Kane County: 1 male 90s

• Kankakee County: 1 male 40s

• Kendall County: 1 female 80s

• Lake County: 1 male 90s

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

• McDonough County: 2 females 60s, 1 male 60s

• Monroe County: 1 female 90s

• Montgomery County: 1 female 90s

• Peoria County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

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

• St. Clair County: 1 male 90s

• Stark County: 1 female 40s

• Tazewell County: 1 female 80s, 2 females 90s

• Washington County: 1 male 70s

• Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 80s

• Winnebago County: 1 female 80s

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