Medical professionals can be seen administering COVID-19 tests to students an faculty of Lewis University on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Romeoville, Ill.
Medical professionals can be seen administering COVID-19 tests to students an faculty of Lewis University on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Romeoville, Ill.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 2,529 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 25 additional deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate went down from 3.6% to 3.5%. The state received the results of 74,286 COVID-19 tests – a state record for tests reported in a single day – in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 272,856 total cases of the virus, and 8,436 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 5,057,142 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Friday, Illinois had 1,469 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those hospitalized, 326 were in intensive care units and 141 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 three days of positivity increases and zero days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 5.7%. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds and 58% of ICU beds are available.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen three days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases, a decrease in both metrics. The region's positivity rate stayed the same at 5.5%. Currently, 29% of medical/surgical beds and 38% 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, an increase in both metrics. The region's positivity rate increased from 5.6% to 5.9%. Currently, 29% of the region's medical/surgical beds and 32% of its ICU beds are available.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen three days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate went up from 6.4% to 6.7%. Currently, 38% of medical/surgical beds and 46% 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 one day of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate decreased to 5.7%. Currently, 37% of medical/surgical beds and 40% of ICU beds are available.

Chicago has seen one day of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 4.9%. Currently, 23% of medical/surgical beds and 31% of ICU beds are available.

Suburban Cook County has seen two days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased slightly to 5.3%. Currently, 27% of medical/surgical beds and 37% of ICU beds are available.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

•  Bureau County: 1 female 50s

• Cook County: 1 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

• Edgar County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s

• Greene County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

• La Salle County: 1 male 50s

• Macon County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s

• Macoupin County: 1 female 70s

• Montgomery County: 1 male 80s

• Rock Island County: 1 female 70s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 70s

• Tazewell County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

• Warren County: 1 male 80s

• Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s

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