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Illinois COVID-19 deaths dip to lowest daily number since March

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SPRINGFIELD — Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Illinois declined significantly over the holiday weekend and into Monday, touching their lows since the state began reporting the figures daily in April.

There were 1,395 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday as the number remained below 1,400 for three days after spiking to 1,651 on Thursday.

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This 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.

Of those hospitalized at the end of Sunday, 321 were in intensive care unit beds, the second-lowest number reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health during the pandemic’s presence in Illinois. The 304 reported at the end of July 4 marked the lowest in one day.

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This 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.

Ventilators in use by COVID-19 patients at the end of Sunday fell to 151 — the lowest IDPH has reported thus far.

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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.

The state also reported just six new COVID-19-related deaths each on Sunday and Monday, marking a low since March 25. That’s after death counts of 10 on Saturday and 17 on Friday.

Sundays and Mondays, historically, have had lower casualties reported by IDPH than the rest of the week throughout the pandemic, however, and IDPH warns in its daily releases that all data “are provisional and will change.”

A disclaimer reported daily reads: “In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.”

The seven-day rolling positivity rate remained at 2.6% Monday for the seventh straight day after ticking downward from 2.7%.

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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.

Monday’s one-day rate was 2.9%, however, as the state reported 614 new cases among 21,134 test results reported, a lower-than-normal number coming out of the holiday weekend.

From Friday through Sunday, the state reported 868, 862 and 639 new cases each day with one-day positivity rates ranging from 2.3 to 2.5. Average daily test output for the three-day span was more than 31,000.

Thus far, there have been 7,026 COVID-19-related deaths reported by the state among 147,865 total confirmed cases. There have been 1.78 million tests results reported.

The recovery rate for those 42 days removed from a positive test is 94%, according to IDPH.

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 36 0 33
Franklin 175 1 86
Gallatin 52 2 30
Hamilton 34 1 16
Hardin 18 0 16
Jackson 708 19 585
Jefferson 265 16 190
Johnson 60 0 30
Massac 36 0 19
Perry 149 1 91
Pope 8 0 5
Pulaski 93 1 88
Randolph 462 7 422
Saline 130 2 78
Union 302 20 191
Williamson 402 5 213
White 70 0 47

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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