Aunt Martha's Health and Wellness Health Educator Oswaldo Lopez does a COVID-19 test in Polo at one of his organization's mobile testing sites.
Aunt Martha's Health and Wellness Health Educator Oswaldo Lopez does a COVID-19 test in Polo at one of his organization's mobile testing sites.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported a single-day state record of 4,942 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 44 additional deaths Thursday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate stayed flat at 5.7%. The state received the results of 80,977 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon, the second highest number of tests run in a single day for the state during the pandemic.

Illinois now has seen 360,159 total cases of the virus, and 9,387 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 7,031,082 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 2,463 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since June 8. Of those, 525 were in intensive care units, the most since June 17, and 212 were on ventilators, the most since June 26.

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 nine days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 7.8%. Currently, 36% of medical/surgical beds are available and 48% of ICU beds.

Regional data from IDPH remains on a three-day lag, but within this region, McHenry County's seven-day positivity rate average has now climbed to 12.7%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 6.2%.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 9.4%, well above the state's threshold of 8%. It marked the 15th consecutive day the positivity rate has gone up in this region. Currently, 29% of medical/surgical beds are available and 46% of ICU beds.

Within this region, Kane County's seven-day rolling positivity average is now 12.1%. It was 7.0% on Oct. 9.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased to 9.1%. Currently, 25% of the region's medical/surgical beds are available and 25% of ICU beds.

Both the West and South Suburban regions will be subject to stricter COVID-19 mitigations from the IDPH beginning this Friday, meaning indoor dining and bar service will be prohibited. The two regions will join regions 1 and 5 in the IDPH's tier one mitigation measures.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen seven days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased slightly to 11.9%, still the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds are available and 45% of ICU beds.

The North region (Region 1) is under additional COVID-19 mitigation measures from the IDPH as of Saturday, 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 Boone (15.9%), Winnebago (13%), and Whiteside (11.9%).

DeKalb County's positivity rate increased from 8.2% to 9.3%, after it turned in a single-day positivity rate of 20.5% for Oct. 19, with 67 positives on only 327 tests.

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 seven days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate stayed flat at 7.1%. Currently, 40% of medical/surgical beds are available and 39% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen nine days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and four days of hospital admission increases, a decrease in both metrics. The region's positivity rate stayed flat at 7%. Currently, 23% of medical/surgical beds are available and 32% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen eight days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and five days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate stayed flat at 7.2%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds are available and 30% of ICU beds.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

- Carroll County: 1 female 90s

- Christian County: 1 male 90s

- Clay County: 1 female 70s

- Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 3 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s

- DeWitt County: 1 male 70s

- DuPage County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 80s

- Effingham County: 1 male 90s

- Jefferson County: 1 male 80s

- Kane County: 1 female 70s

- Knox County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

- La Salle County: 1 female 80s

- Marion County: 1 female 90s

- McDonough County: 1 male 70s

- Peoria County: 1 female 90s

- Randolph County: 1 female 80s

- Richland County: 1 male 80s

- Sangamon County: 1 female 80s

- Shelby County: 1 male 70s

- St. Clair County: 1 male 90s

- Tazewell County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

- Wayne County: 1 male 80s

- White County: 1 female 80s

- Winnebago County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 2 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 80s

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