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Illinois nears 9,000 COVID-19 deaths; test positivity rate and hospitalizations are up statewide
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Illinois nears 9,000 COVID-19 deaths; test positivity rate and hospitalizations are up statewide

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Monday that an additional 53 people in the state had died of COVID-19 over the weekend, pushing the statewide total to just under 9,000.

Illinois neared that grim milestone as the statewide test positivity rate inched above 4% for the first time since early September. From Saturday through Monday, IDPH reported a total of 8,374 new cases among 177,882 tests performed, making for a three-day test positivity rate of 4.7%.

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

The weekend numbers brought the statewide totals to 321,892 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease and 8,997 deaths since the pandemic first appeared in Illinois.

Over the weekend, Illinois also saw its seven-day rolling average test positivity rate spike to levels it hadn’t seen in many weeks. For the past several weeks, that rate had been hovering between 3.5% and 4%, but on Monday it rose to 4.3%, the highest rate recorded since Sept. 3.

COVID-19 in Southern Illinois: Here are today's case numbers

As of Sunday night, IDPH reported 1,764 people in Illinois were being hospitalized with COVID-19, including 377 patients who were in intensive care units, 153 of whom were on ventilators.

On a weekly average basis, those numbers are all up substantially from the prior week. Over the past seven days, IDPH reported an average of 1,752 COVID-19 patients hospitalized each day, up nearly 10% from the prior week. ICU usage was up more than 4.5%, to 388 per day, while ventilator usage, at an average of 154 per day, was up 2.7% from the prior week. 

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Regional numbers

As of Friday, Oct. 9, the most recent date for which regional numbers are available, Region 1 in northwest Illinois continued to have the highest rolling average test positivity rate, at 9.7%. That number had risen in five of the past 10 days.

Region 1 continues to be under enhanced mitigation measures, which include a ban on indoor dining and drinking at bars and restaurants.

Region 6, in eastern Illinois, which includes the Urbana-Champaign metropolitan area, continued to have the lowest positivity rate largely due to the aggressive testing program being carried out on the main campus of the University of Illinois.

As of Friday, the region as a whole was showing a test positivity rate of only 2%. But if Champaign County, which accounts for an average of more than 11,000 tests per day, is taken out of the mix, the positivity rate for the rest of the region stood at 7.2%, less than one percentage point below the 8% threshold that can trigger enhanced mitigation measures.

IDPH has said that if the positivity rate for the region, even excluding Champaign County, goes above 8% for three consecutive days, Champaign County will be required to participate in enhanced mitigation efforts.

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 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in the last day, total cases, new COVID-19 deaths reported in the last day, total COVID-19 deaths, and recoveries. Some health departments don't report numbers on weekends or holidays. A dash indicates a county's health department did not make a report as of deadline.

County New Cases Total Cases New Deaths Total Deaths Recovered
Alexander -- 455 -- 7 444
Franklin 4 4418 0 63 4222
Gallatin 0 497 0 4 491
Hamilton -- 791 -- 17 770
Hardin -- 376 -- 10 361
Jackson -- 4872 -- 72 4730
Jefferson -- 4197 -- 75 4110
Johnson -- 1379 -- 12 1362
Massac -- 1304 -- 34 1269
Perry -- 3241 -- 61 3160
Pope -- 309 -- 1 302
Pulaski -- 672 -- 4 663
Randolph -- 4095 -- 85 3989
Saline 5 2611 0 53 2525
Union -- 2181 -- 32 2146
Williamson 12 7382 0 119 6958
White 0 1758 0 27 1704

Region 5, in Southern Illinois, reported the second-highest positivity rate, at 7.5%, followed by Region 4, which includes the Metro East area, at 6.5%. Last week, state officials lifted enhanced mitigation efforts in that region because its average positivity rate had fallen below 6.5% for three consecutive days.

Elsewhere in the state, average positivity rates ranged from 4.6% in Region 11, the city of Chicago, to 6.3% in Region 8, which includes DuPage and Kane counties.

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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