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

Several regions see steep drops in positivity rate

Ron Benedict, head custodian at Mill Creek Elementary School in Geneva, cleans one of the school's classrooms in accordance to guidance regarding the novel coronavirus. Students return to Geneva Community Unit District 304 Aug. 31.
Ron Benedict, head custodian at Mill Creek Elementary School in Geneva, cleans one of the school's classrooms in accordance to guidance regarding the novel coronavirus. Students return to Geneva Community Unit District 304 Aug. 31.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,403 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths Sunday, as several regions saw a significant drop in positivity rate.

The state received the results of 46,496 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 249,580 total cases of the virus and 8,171 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 4,418,372 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Saturday, Illinois had 1,504 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 356 were in intensive care units, and 134 were on ventilators.

Regional update: According to a July 15 update to Gov. JB Pritzker's COVID-19 response plan, the state will be tracking public health metrics in a slightly different way to monitor any potential resurgences of COVID-19. 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 also may 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 more 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 four days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.4%, a decrease of 0.6 percentage points in one day. Currently, 41% and 57% of medical/surgical beds and ICU beds are available, respectively.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen four days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.3%, a single-day decrease of 0.6 percentage points. Currently, 32% of medical/surgical beds and 47% of ICU beds are available.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen three days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases.The region's positivity rate decreased to 7.6%, a decrease of 1.1 percentage points in a single day.

Additional mitigation measures from the IDPH have been placed on the region, and the region has gotten down below 8%. If it can hold below 8%, it will avoid additional mitigations. 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. Currently, 31% of the region's medical/surgical beds and 30% of its ICU beds are available.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen six days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.7%, a decrease of 0.9 percentage points in a single day. Currently, 42% of medical/surgical beds and 50% of ICU beds are available.

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 decreased to 7.5%. Currently, 41% of medical/surgical beds and 41% of ICU beds are available.

Chicago has seen two days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.0%. Currently, 27% of medical/surgical beds and 40% of ICU beds are available.

Suburban Cook County has seen three days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.9%, a single-day decrease of 0.8 percentage points. Currently, 30% of medical/surgical beds and 35% of ICU beds are available.

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

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