Vehicles line up at the free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at DeKalb High School Tuesday morning. The testing by HR Support is offered through a partnership of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the DeKalb County Health Department and DeKalb Community School District 428.
Vehicles line up at the free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at DeKalb High School Tuesday morning. The testing by HR Support is offered through a partnership of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the DeKalb County Health Department and DeKalb Community School District 428.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,629 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 27 additional deaths Saturday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate went up to 5.2%. The state received the results of 77,489 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday afternoon.

Illinois now has seen 339,803 total cases of the virus, and 9,192 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 6,696,257 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Friday, Illinois had 2,073 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, an increase of 57 patients. Of those, 422 were in intensive care units, and 165 were on ventilators, an increase of 12 and 14, respectively.

Regional update: 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 may also 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 greater 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 seven days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 6.6% to 6.8%. Currently, 34% of medical/surgical beds and 50% of ICU beds are available.

Regional data from the IDPH remains on a three-day lag and counts total positive tests rather than individuals who may test positive more than once, but within this region, McHenry County's seven-day positivity rate average climbed once again to 9.0%. Lake County, which completes about two-thirds of the testing in the region, saw its rolling average rise to 6.1%.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 7.4% to 7.9%. Currently, 29% of medical/surgical beds and 41% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County's rolling seven-day positivity average jumped nearly a full percentage point once again and is now 9.9%.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases and seven days of hospital admission increases, making the region once again eligible for extra mitigations. The region's positivity rate increased from 6.8% to 7.3%. Currently, 25% of the region's medical/surgical beds and 26% of ICU beds are available.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 10.6% to 11.0%, still the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 33% of medical/surgical beds and 42% of ICU beds are available.

The North region (Region 1) is under additional COVID-19 mitigation measures from the IDPH as of Oct. 3. If Region 1 continues to report positivity rates above 8%, further mitigation efforts may be taken. 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.

The region's counties that are reporting the highest positivity rates are Lee (12.4%), Jo Daviess (12.3%), Boone (12.2%) and Winnebago (12.0%). DeKalb County's positivity rate increased to 8.9%, while Whiteside County's increased to 11.0%.

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 six days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 6.0% 6.4%. Currently, 34% of medical/surgical beds and 38% of ICU beds are available.

Chicago has seen six days of positivity increases and six days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 5.4% to 5.7%. Currently, 22% of medical/surgical beds and 31% of ICU beds are available.

Suburban Cook County has seen nine days of positivity increases – meeting one data point for enhanced mitigations – and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 6.3% to 6.5%. Currently, 22% of medical/surgical beds and 29% of ICU beds are available.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

• Bureau County: 1 male 60s

• Clinton County: 1 male 70s

• Cook County: 1 female 20s, 1 male 50s, 3 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 80s, 1 male 90s

• Cumberland County: 1 female 70s

• DuPage County: 1 female 40s

• Jefferson County: 1 male 80s

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

• LaSalle County: 1 female 90s

• Marion County: 1 male 50s

• Rock Island County: 1 male 70s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 60s

• Tazewell County: 1 male 80s

• Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s

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