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COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations tick upward in Illinois as positivity rate remains low
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COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations tick upward in Illinois as positivity rate remains low

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This graph shows the rolling 7-day positivity rate for tests completed starting on June 1. Illinois Department of Public Health data was used to calculate the averages.

SPRINGFIELD — The state’s hospital bed usage by COVID-19 patients ticked slightly upward Tuesday as the Illinois Department of Public Health announced another 725 confirmed cases and 23 COVID-19-related deaths.

There were 31,069 test results reported over the previous 24 hours, making for a one-day positivity rate of 2.3% and bringing the seven-day rolling rate to 2.6% — one-tenth of a percent lower than the day before.

The number of those hospitalized for COVID-19 as reported by IDPH — a number that often fluctuated by the hundreds daily at the height of the pandemic — has been on a relative downward trend for more than one month. The number of hospital beds in use by COVID-19 patients as of 11:59 p.m. Monday remained lower than at any point prior to this week at 1,560, but the number represents an increase of 59 from the day prior and an increase of 96 from its previous low of 1,464 on Saturday.

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The graph shows the number of hospital beds in use by COVID-19 patients, non-COVID patients and the availability rate of beds throughout the pandemic.

Intensive care bed usage by COVID-19 patients ticked back up to 401 at the end of Monday after three days below 400. That number also remains lower than at any point prior to this week.

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The graph shows the number of intensive care unit beds in use by COVID-19 patients, non-COVID patients and the availability rate of beds throughout the pandemic.

Ventilator use by COVID-19 patients dropped to its lowest point since the state began daily reporting of the figure, with 185 in use at the end of Monday — a decrease of two from the day prior.

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This graph shows the number of ventilators in use by COVID-19 patients, non-COVID patients and the availability rate of ventilators throughout the pandemic.

Since the pandemic began, the state has recorded 143,185 confirmed cases of the virus, including 6,923 deaths.

There have been more than 1.6 million people tested in Illinois, and the average number tested between June 24 and 30 was 29,065 daily.

According to a new study conducted by the Harvard Global Health Institute for NPR, that puts Illinois on an adequate path to mitigating the spread of the virus, but short of the amount of testing needed to suppress the spread of the virus. Suppression would require 68,211 tests per day, according to the study, and would help decrease the number of new cases further than the current leveling off.

Also according to NPR reporting, the main difference between mitigation and suppression “is that suppression calls for much more aggressive and consistent testing of high-risk individuals to allow communities to clamp down on emerging case clusters faster.”

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Suppression would also require much wider contact tracing efforts, and testing could be targeted at high-risk places such as nursing homes, meat processing plants and other facilities requiring close quarters, according to the study.

That study also showed that Illinois was one of just 14 states on a mitigation path, while only three states — Vermont, Hawaii and Alaska — are doing enough testing to suppress the virus’ spread.

According to another report at covidexitstrategy.org — a collaboration of public health and crisis experts — Illinois has moved from a “trending better” category as recently as June 24 into “trending poorly” based on several metrics, including measures laid out in the White House’s reopening plan.

The main drivers of the change in designation are that Illinois is seeing 60 new cases per million per day, and the state’s 14-day trend of new COVID-19 cases is on an increasing trajectory by 16% after there were fewer than 700 cases reported each day from June 10-23.

In the past seven days, the state has reported fewer than 700 cases only once, and has averaged 766 daily.

Illinois PIRG, a left-leaning nonprofit consumer advocacy group, issued a news release citing the report and calling on the state to “maintain all current restrictions related to COVID-19, and consider additional measures to improve containment.”

“Illinois has made great strides in containing the spread of COVID-19 because Gov. (J.B.) Pritzker and local leaders have listened to public health experts,” said Abe Scarr, Illinois PIRG director and a coordinator of Open Safe Illinois, a coalition of 25 health, labor, aging and public interest organizations. “The ‘trending poorly’ ranking is a reminder that every stage of reopening brings increased risk, especially for essential workers, those in long-term care facilities and Black and Latinx communities, and that we must continue to act to control the spread of COVID-19.”

COVID-19 numbers in Southern Illinois

This information will be updated daily with the latest numbers from local health departments in Southern Illinois. The numbers reflect total lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county, including deaths and recoveries. These numbers may differ slightly from the county numbers being reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health daily. Local health departments tend to have more current numbers than the state.

County Total cases Deaths Recovered
Alexander 63 1 44
Franklin 469 1 306
Gallatin 69 2 67
Hamilton 64 1 53
Hardin 32 0 23
Jackson 1213 24 1095
Jefferson 565 31 496
Johnson 152 0 101
Massac 86 2 55
Perry 330 15 293
Pope 23 1 15
Pulaski 151 1 132
Randolph 906 11 816
Saline 244 3 178
Union 473 20 371
Williamson 1286 31 751
White 156 0 137

Capitol News Illinois is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news service covering state government and distributed to more than 400 newspapers statewide. It is funded primarily by the Illinois Press Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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