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Illinois passes 250,000 total confirmed cases of COVID-19

State's positivity rate rises to 4.2%

Jason Campbell adjusts a giant face mask on the Abraham Lincoln statue in front of the Illinois Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. An Illinois Department of Agriculture spokesperson said the mask is a visible reminder to visitors that face coverings are required during the coronavirus pandemic while on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)
Jason Campbell adjusts a giant face mask on the Abraham Lincoln statue in front of the Illinois Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. An Illinois Department of Agriculture spokesperson said the mask is a visible reminder to visitors that face coverings are required during the coronavirus pandemic while on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)

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Illinois eclipsed a total of 250,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the pandemic on Monday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,381 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths Sunday.

The state received the results of 28,975 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Monday afternoon, a lower number than the 40,000-plus tests the state normally averages. The state's seven-day rolling positivity rate went up to 4.2%.

Illinois now has seen 250,961 total cases of the virus and 8,179 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 4,447,347 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 1,484 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 352 were in intensive care units, and 137 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 increased to 5.7%. Hospital availability for each region was not made available on Monday.

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 increased to 5.5%. Hospital availability for each region was not made available on Monday.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen two days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases, a decrease in both metrics. The region's positivity rate decreased to 7.5%.

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. Hospital availability for each region was not made available on Monday.

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 increased to 5.8%. Hospital availability for each region was not made available on Monday.

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 four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 7.3%. Hospital availability for each region was not made available on Monday.

Chicago has seen three days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 5.2%. Hospital availability for each region was not made available on Monday.

Suburban Cook County has seen four days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 6.1%. Hospital availability for each region was not made available on Monday.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

• Coles County: 1 male 70s

• Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s

• DuPage County: 1 male 70s

• Jefferson County: 1 male 90s

• La Salle County: 1 female 80s

• Perry County: 1 female 90s

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