COVID-19 HOSPITALS / HEALTH CARE — IDPH: Kane County Nursing Home Deaths Up To 48

COVID-19 HOSPITALS / HEALTH CARE — IDPH: Kane County Nursing Home Deaths Up To 48

  • Editor’s Note: This article contains links to six Kane County hospital websites. In order to reserve space for those who most in need during the COVID-19 emergency, it is vitally important to understand if or when you should visit the local hospital. If you see information in this article that is incorrect or needs updating, please email

10:40AM MONDAY, MAY 11

IDPH: Kane County Nursing Home Deaths Up To 48

The Illinois Department of Public Health website now shows 455 confirmed cases and 48 deaths related to COVID-19 in Kane County nursing homes.

To date, 19 long-term-care facilities in Kane County have reported outbreaks. The data was reported to the IDPH on Friday, May 8.

The May 8 numbers are up from the previous week, when the IDPH reported 267 confirmed cases, 34 deaths and outbreaks in 13 long-term care facilities.

Screenshots from the IDPH website are above.

The greatest number of cases and deaths were reported at Bria in Geneva, which shows 114 reported cases and 21 deceased.

You can see the full report and other data on the IDPH website.


Elgin Fire Chief Robb Cagann updated the community Wednesday (May 6, 2020) via Facebook on the status of Elgin hospitals — as well as the alternate health facility on the former Sherman Hospital site.

You can listen to Cagann’s full remarks by clicking on the embedded video above or by visiting the city of Elgin Facebook page.

“All our regional hospitals are open and operating normally and are not at capacity,” Cagann said.

“You also may have heard of the Elgin alternate care facility formerly known as the Old Sherman hospital property here on the east side of Elgin,” he added. “That the facility was built by the state to house COVID-19-positive patients who no longer needed definitive medical care from the hospitals.”

Cagann said the state’s intent was to use the site for possible overflow of COVID-19-positive patients from hospitals. The patients would have stayed at the Old Sherman site until they were able to go home.

“At this time, because the hospitals are not at capacity, the state has decided not to open that facility,” Cagann said. “However, should the need arise, that facility could open immediately.”


Fermilab Part of Team That Developed Simplified Ventilator

In a little over a month, a team of physicists and engineers from around the world — including some from Fermilab in Batavia — took a simplified ventilator design from concept all the way through approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

This major milestone marks the ventilator as safe for use in the United States under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization, which helps support public health during a crisis.

According to a Fermilab news release, the Mechanical Ventilator Milano, or MVM, is the brainchild of physicist Cristiano Galbiati, a Gran Sasso Science Institute and Princeton University professor, who normally leads a dark matter experiment in Italy called DarkSide-20k.

Galbiati found himself in lockdown in Milan, a city hit hard by COVID-19, when he heard reports of ventilator shortages and decided he needed to do something to help. Galbiati reached out to fellow researchers in an effort to develop a ventilator with minimal components that could be quickly produced using commonly available parts.

At Fermilab, the researchers who typically spend their days building and running delicate detectors quickly applied their skills and volunteered their time to build a device for delicate lungs.

“There’s a huge benefit we’ve gained from the way particle physics collaborations work,” said Steve Brice, the head of Fermilab’s Neutrino Division. “The structure already in place has large, international, multidisciplinary groups. We can re-task that structure to work on something different, and you can move much more quickly.”

The MVM is inspired by the Manley ventilator built in the 1960s. The design is simple, inexpensive, compact and requires only compressed oxygen (or medical air) and a source of electrical power to run. The modern twist comes from the electronics and the control system.

“We’re concentrating on the software and letting the hardware be as minimal as it can be,” said Stephen Pordes, a member of DarkSide and a Fermilab scientist stationed at CERN to work on a prototype detector for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, known as DUNE.

Pordes has volunteered his time to coordinate some of the MVM efforts alongside Cary Kendziora from Fermilab’s Particle Physics Division. “This project has been growing organically. People see a place where there is a need, and they take their own initiative to help and jump in.”

And volunteers have jumped in, with a wide range of skills.

Fermilab technical editor Anne Heavey joined to work on documentation and the user manual, repurposing the formatting of the recently published Technical Design Report for DUNE. Elena Gramellini, an Italian neutrino physicist working at Fermilab, liaised with doctors on the front lines in Italy.

Jen Raaf, a neutrino physicist who works on liquid-argon experiments, worked with the medical device manufacturer Elemaster and led the effort to bring together all the elements needed for FDA approval.

“I wanted to feel like I was doing something useful,” Raaf said. “It’s really nice to see humankind doing good things for other people.”

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Bria in Geneva.

267 Cases, 34 Deaths in Kane County Long-Term Care Facilities

Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health now show 267 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 34 deaths in Kane County.

The largest outbreak to date is at Bria in Geneva, 1101 E. State St., which has reported 113 cases and 16 deaths, according to the IDPH. The statewide statistics are posted once a week; the most recent numbers were reported May 1.

A Chicago Tribune story posted Sunday says there have been 18 deaths at the facility.

In total, there are 13 long-term care facilities in Kane County reporting cases of COVID-19. They include six facilities in Aurora and three in Elgin.

The 34 deaths at Kane County nursing homes reported May 1 coincide with 51 total Kane County deaths reported by the IDPH on that date.

That means two-thirds of the COVID-19-related deaths in Kane County were at long-term care facilities.


Masks Are Mandatory In Public Places As of May 1

You go inside a public place as of tomorrow (Friday, May 1, 2020), and you are officially violating the executive order of the state of Illinois.

Gov. JB Pritzker extended the COVID-19-related stay-at-home through May 30, relaxing some restrictions along the way but also adding a few new rules.

One of the new rules is the wearing of masks in public places. Here’s the information provided on the Kane County Health Department website:

FACE COVERINGS: Beginning on May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a 6-foot social distance. Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores.

This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of 2 who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.

Here’s some additional information from the state of Illinois:

When to Wear a Mask

All Illinoisans should wear as mask or face covering when they must leave their home or report to work for essential operations and they either cannot or it is impractical to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and others.

Examples include:

  • Shopping at essential businesses, like grocery stores or pharmacies.
  • Picking up food from the drive thru or curbside pickup.
  • While visiting your health care provider.
  • Traveling on public transportation.
  • Interacting with customers, clients, or coworkers at essential businesses.
  • Performing essential services for state and local government agencies, such as laboratory testing, where close interactions with other people are unavoidable.
  • When feeling sick, coughing, or sneezing.

Those who are staying home and have no close contacts that are infected with COVID-19 don’t need a mask while at home.

Provided you do so alone or with close, household contacts, other situations that don’t require a mask or face covering include running or walking in your neighborhood, mowing the lawn, performing spring yard cleanup, gardening, driveway car washing, and other outdoor activities on your own property.

Nevertheless we must be intentional about avoiding crowds and social distancing so we can enjoy physical connections later.

By following this guidance when you must leave your home, you will reduce your fellow citizen’s exposure to respiratory droplets and infectious particles, and they yours. This will protect all of us.

Best Practices for Homemade Masks or Face Coverings

Best practices for making and wearing homemade masks include:

Using materials available at home or buying materials online to avoid exposure in public places.

Purchasing masks made by small businesses, saving medical masks for health care workers and potentially helping the local economy.

Making masks from materials that will hold up to daily washing and drying. Wash and dry newly sewn masks before using them for the first time.

Having more than one mask per person so they can be laundered daily. This will also be helpful if your mask becomes wet, damaged, or no longer fits and you need to replace it.

Washing your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water before putting on a mask, immediately after removing it, or if you touch the mask while using it.

The mask should fit snugly around your mouth and nose. A metal wire sewn or built into the mask will help it conform to the bridge of your nose.

Avoiding touching the mask while using it. If you do wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.

There are relatively few studies of the effectiveness of masks made from homemade materials. Whether you use cotton fabrics, paper-based shop towels, or other materials, try to strike a balance between the materials you already have at home, how easy it will be to breathe while wearing the mask for extended periods away from home, and whether or not you would prefer to craft a new mask every day (paper) or wash and reuse your mask(s).

Replacing your mask when wet, damaged or it no longer fits your face. Masks should not be worn damp or when wet from spit or mucus.

Try to avoid touching the outer surface of the mask when removing it. Remove the mask by untying it or unfastening the ear loops. Place it in a bag or bin away from small children or pets until it can be laundered.

This does not replace but enhances other IDPH guidance concerning social distancing and universal masking in congregate living facilities.

How do I care for my mask?

It’s a good idea to wash your mask or face covering at least daily. Place your used masks in a bag or bin away from small children or pets until they can be laundered with detergent and dried on a hot cycle.

If you need to remove and reuse your mask before washing, consider putting it in a plastic or paper bag (not your backpack or purse) and be mindful not to put the mask where others can touch it or where the mask will contaminate other, shared surfaces.

Wash your wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.

Paper-based masks, like those crafted from shop towels, should be discarded after each use.

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It was a moment in the Monday, April 27, daily news conference that might have gone unnoticed except that the information was so interesting in the context of the pandemic.

The question in the Q&A was, “How many people have died (with COVID-19) who do not have any underlying health condition?”

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, answered this way:

“Nationally, the numbers are vanishingly small — in less than 10%. I think I saw something like 6%,” she said.

“Illinois has been similar. So I’d say definitely under 10%, maybe in the single digits.”

As of today (Tuesday, April 28, 2020), 2,125 people have died who have confirmed positive for the coronavirus. Using the 90% estimate, that means about 1,912 of those people had an underlying health condition.

Applying the 6% estimate, that means 127 persons who died after testing positing to the coronavirus did not have underlying health conditions.

The CDC defines people at higher risk include:

During the Monday news conference, Gov. JB Pritzker also pointed out that the percentage of people who die from COVID-19 is lower than some people believe.

“If you look internationally, there is 1% who pass away from itm” he said. “It is a much lower rate than 4.5%.”


State Says ‘Tens of Thousands’ Would Die Without Stay-At-Home Extension

State of Illinois officials say Illinois would have suffered “tens of thousands” of deaths if the state had lifted the stay-at-home order last week.

According to a state news release, a model created by a co-hort of state analysts anticipates a second wave of the outbreak in Illinois starting in May, “which would claim tens of thousands of lives and greatly exceed the state’s hospital capacity.”

Gov. JB Pritzker unveiled the models last week as he announced the extension of the stay-at-home order to May 31.

The modeling released April 23 analyzes two months’ worth of daily data on COVID-19 deaths and ICU usage here in Illinois.

According to the state model, the stay at home order is having its intended effect of flattening the curve in Illinois — and the results would have been catastrophic — with10 to 20 times as many deaths to date” and “20 to 30 times” the hospital usage — if there had been no mitigation.

According to the chart above, the number of hospital beds needed would have been more than 100,000, and the number of ICU beds needed would have been around 30,000 if Pritzker had not called a stay-at-home order that started April 7.

The state news release said, if the stay at home order were lifted, death rates and hospitalizations would start rising sharply by the middle of May.

“It’s projected that the peak death rate and peak resource needs would be almost as high as if there were never any mitigation measures put in place,” the news release said. “Over the course of the current outbreak, the model estimates there would be five to 10 times more deaths than we would see if we continued mitigation.”

In the above scenarios, as much as half of the state’s population could be infected with COVID-19 at once, which state officials say would overwhelm the health care system and result in more deaths.

The model estimates that the number of infectious people is likely similar in size to when the order began.

“Even as hospitalizations and deaths are starting to decrease, there are still enough active cases to lead to a second wave,” the news release said. “Fortunately, the stay at home order has prevented most of the population from becoming sick, but that also means that most of the population remains vulnerable to the virus.”

Models contributed by UIUC and UChicago project a peak or plateau of daily fatalities between late April and early May.

The projections indicate that after the peak, Illinoisans should expect it will take longer for deaths to decline to pre-epidemic levels than it took for them to rise.

Officials say the graphics underline the importance of staying the course “over the coming weeks and months.”

  • SOURCE FOR ABOVE: state of Illinois news release


Who Should Go To New Test Site in Aurora?


Could ICU Cases Be Better Way To Measure Curve?

This is a screenshot from the IHME COVID-19 Projections page for the state of Illinois. The blue dotted line shows projections for invasive ventilators needed over time. The purple dotted line shows projections for all beds needed over time. The projections assume aggressive social distancing stays in place.

The above graphic is a screenshot from the Illinois Department of Public Health. This chart is updated daily, but it is hard to determine if the total COVID ICU patients is going up or down over time.

Most of the data provided by the state of Illinois, the federal government and agencies around the world has to do with the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases and the numbers of deaths.

Both are important, but officials say neither statistic is the best measure of the progress of the pandemic.

The total number of confirmed cases doesn’t really tell the story of the bell curve because it relies on how many people are tested. As testing ramps ups, so do the numbers of confirmed cases.

Experts say a greater amount of test data will be needed to make decisions on if or when to end stay-at-home orders, open businesses, get workers back to the workplace or lift other restrictions.

Nor is the number of deaths an ideal measure the arc of the curve. Officials say deaths tend to lag behind the peak of the pandemic’s saturation. Someone receiving intensive care or on a ventilator might hold on for a number of weeks before succumbing to the virus, such that death totals can rise even while the the peak for hospital utilization might be declining.

That’s a long way to explain why state officials are assuring us that we’re flattening the curve, even while numbers of cases and deaths don’t appear to be going down.

When this pandemic began, officials including Dr. Anthony Fauci said it was vitally important to “flatten the curve” in order to take pressure off hospitals that could have been flooded with COVID-19 patients who needed emergency care. That concern became reality for some of the hardest-hit areas of the world, including New York, Italy and elsewhere.

One statistic that might add to the understanding of the progress statewide is the number of daily COVID-19-related ICU patients. That data is provided in daily totals on the IDPH website, but it is hard to find information regarding the progression of those numbers over time.

Like the numbers of positive cases and deaths, COID-19 ICU use won’t perfectly reveal where we are on the bell curve, but if there are more COVID-19 patients leaving the ICU than entering it, that information has value.

Perhaps we’ll see more emphasis on those numbers in the coming days.

Here’s the ICU usage information as of today, as provided by the IDPH. PUI stands for Person Under Investigation.

ICU Usage

  • Total ICU beds: 3,134
  • ICU beds open: 949 (30%)
  • ICU beds used: 2,185
  • COVID + PUI4 patients in ICU: 1,239
  • % of total ICU beds occupied by COVID + PUI patients: 40%
  • % of ICU beds in use occupied by COVID + PUI patients: 57%


Greater Elgin Family Care Center to Provide COVID-19 Testing

Greater Elgin Family Care Center announced today it will open three COVID-19 testing sites on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

As part of a coordinated effort with the Illinois Department of Public Health, GEFCC is making COVID-19 nasal swab testing available to high-risk and symptomatic Illinoisans. COVID-19 testing will be available for existing healthcare workers, as well as GEFCC patients and non-patients of Greater Elgin Family Care Center who meet the high-risk criteria as defined by IDPH.

Testing will be available at Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s Seneca Health Center and Dental Clinic, 450 Dundee Ave. in Elgin, McHenry Community Health Center, 3901 Mercy Drive in McHenry, and at Center for Family Health, 165 E. Plank Road, in Sycamore.

Each of the three testing sites will be open for COVID-19 swab testing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tests are available by appointment only; walk-ins will not be accepted for COVID-19 testing.


VNA Opens COVID-19 Testing Centers in Aurora, Elgin By Appointment ONLY

Beginning Monday (April 20, 2020), VNA Health Care will be offering expanded testing for novel coronavirus. These services will be available by appointment to people with COVID-19 symptoms.

A VNA provider will assess individuals prior to testing. Individuals without insurance will be served on a sliding fee scale based upon income, with a total fee of $5 to $10 for the pre-test assessment. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Visit www.vnahealth for insurance plans accepted. COVID-19 specimens will be tested at no charge by the Illinois Department of Public Health laboratory. These expanded testing services will be offered to the public, regardless of income, immigration, or insurance status.

Bilingual staff will be available to assist Spanish speakers and translation services will be available.

“VNA was founded over 100 years ago during the Spanish Flu Pandemic and our commitment to delivering exceptional healthcare services for the communities we serve across the Chicago metro region remains steadfast and has endured throughout this century of service,” said Linnea Windel, VNA president and CEO. “VNA is pleased to offer testing for COVID-19, in addition to a full range of primary care services that improve access to care for vulnerable populations.”

Services will be available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at the following VNA locations:

  • 400 N. Highland Ave., Aurora — Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 350 S. Schmale Road #150, Carol Stream — Hours: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
  • 801 Villa St., Elgin — Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 160 N. Independence Boulevard, Romeoville — 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Please visit for testing hours as they may be subject to change with additional hours added as needed.

“Staying at home and practicing good hand-hygiene continues to be the most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and your loved ones, especially if you are experiencing mild or moderate flu-like symptoms,” said Claire Dobbins, chief clinical officer. “Getting tested provides an individual with important knowledge of their health status at that point in time and may also offer some peace of mind.”

To make an appointment, call 630-892-4355 or 847-717-6455.

About VNA

VNA Health Care is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in suburban Chicago and operates 14 clinics serving over 72,000 people a year. VNA is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birth weights, and asthma care.

VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert, cost-effective care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Care Medical Home for all sites.


Despite Death Toll Thursday, Hospital Usage Numbers Good

While today was a sad one in the state of Illinois, with the highest single-day death toll and the passing of the 1,000-deaths milestone, it does not appear that there are still adequate numbers of available ICU beds and ventilators.

The numbers and graphics posted on the state’s hospitalization utilization page show that 38% of hospital beds, 34% of medical surge beds, 31% of ICU beds and 62% of ventilators are available statewide.

Kane County Area

Locally, the numbers are similar.

Kane County is in Region 9 on the state’s utilization map. Region 9, as you can see above, includes all of Kane and McHenry counties plus parts of Lake, Cook and Kendall counties.

The graphic to the left of the map above shows 121 of 307 (39%) ICU beds available and 186 of 297 (62%) ventilators available as of April 15.

Statewide Hospitalization Utilization1

4/15/2020, 11:58 PM

  • Total hospital beds2: 30,322
  • Total hospital beds open3: 11,623
  • Total beds used (i.e. hospitalizations): 18,699
  • Percent of hospital beds available: 38%

Medical/Surgical Bed Usage

  • Total Medical/Surgical beds: 15,310
  • Medical/Surgical beds open: 5,203 (34%)
  • Medical/Surgical beds used: 10,107

ICU Usage

  • Total ICU beds: 2,995
  • ICU beds open: 927 (31%)
  • ICU beds used: 2,068

COVID + PUI4 patients in ICU: 1,248

  • % of total ICU beds occupied by COVID + PUI patients: 42%
  • % of ICU beds in use occupied by COVID + PUI patients: 60%

Ventilator Usage

  • Total Vents: 3,194
  • Vents open: 1,966 (62%)
  • Vents used: 1,228
  • Vents used by COVID + PUIs: 797
  • % of total vents that are used by COVID + PUI patients: 25%
  • % of vents in use that are used by COVID + PUI patients: 65%

COVID-19 Patients

  • Total COVID + PUI in Hospitals not in ICU: 3,175
  • COVID + PUI patients in ICU: 1,248
  • Total COVID + PUI in Hospital: 4,423
  • Percent of All Hospital Beds in use that are occupied by COVID+PUI patients: 24%


State Warns of Bogus, Flawed KN95 Masks


Hospitals Coping With Surge — 33% of ICU Beds Open, 55% Ventilators Available

Despite 74 deaths recorded today (Tuesday, April 14, 2020), there was good news in the updated hospital statistics provided by the state of Illinois.

Among the good news is that there are — as of about noon Monday (April 13, 2020) — 4,955 (33%) medical surgical beds open, 994 (33%) Intensive Care Unit beds open, and 1,742 (55%) ventilators available statewide.

Gov. JB Pritzker said during his daily news conference that the “doubling rate” — the days it takes for a number of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations or deaths to double — is lengthening. That’s a strong indicator, he said, that the bell curve is flattening.

On March 22, Illinois had a case doubling rate of just over two days, 2.02. And on April 1, the doubling rate was 3.61 days. As of April 12, the COVID-19 doubling rate is now at just over eight days, at 8.17.

As of April 13, 4,283 known COVID-19 patients and suspected COVID-19 patients were hospitalized. COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) totaled 1,189, and 796 patients are on a ventilator. Suspected COVID-19 patients are individuals under investigation and assumed to have COVID-19 for the purpose of medical treatment.

As of April 13, Illinois has a total of 30,134 hospital beds, 2,987 of which are intensive care unit (ICU) beds. The state has 33 percent of all ICU beds available, 994 of 2,987, and 58 percent of ventilators are available, 1,742 of 3,140.

Beginning today, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will begin posting bed utilization data on their website. The data will be updated daily. The data can be found at

Here’s a more detailed look a the numbers provide by the Illinois Department of Public Health:

COVID-19 Hospitalization Utilization

STATEWIDE1 4/13/2020, 11:58 PM
Total hospital beds2 30,134
Total hospital beds open3 11,165
Total beds used (i.e. hospitalizations) 18,969
Percent of hospital beds available 37%
Total Med/Surg beds 15,185
Med/Surg beds open 4,955 (33%)
Med/Surg beds used 10,230
Total ICU beds 2,987
ICU beds open 994 (33%)
ICU beds used 1,993
COVID + PUI4 patients in ICU 1,189
% of total ICU beds occupied by COVID + PUI patients 40%
% of ICU beds in use occupied by COVID + PUI patients 60%
Total Vents 3,140
Vents open 1,742 (55%)
Vents used 1,398
Vents used by COVID + PUIs 796
% of total vents that are used by COVID + PUI patients 25%
% of vents in use that are used by COVID + PUI patients 57%
Total COVID + PUI in Hospitals not in ICU 3,094
COVID + PUI patients in ICU 1,189
Total COVID + PUI in Hospital 4,283
Percent of All Hospital Beds in use that are occupied by COVID+PUI patients 23%


HEALTH DEPARTMENT: 5 Kane Hospitals Have Beds, Ventilators For COVID-19 Surge

Kane County Health Department Executive Director Barb Jeffers said today (Friday, April 10, 2020) that she is satisfied with Kane County hospital officials’ planning and preparation for the COVID-19 pandemic surge.

Kane County Health Department Executive Director Barb Jeffers

Sources including have projected that the peak day for hospital resources in Illinois will be Saturday, April 11, and the peak day of deaths will be Sunday, April 12.

State officials said today they are not certain where the bell curve will peak and expressed concern about a “flattening” at the top of the curve that could extend the peak time for a period of days.

Jeffers said she talked to officials from all five Kane County hospitals — Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora, Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital  in Geneva, and Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital — who said they have adequate ICU beds and ventilators at this time but also have contingency plans for additional beds if needed.

Jeffers said local hospitals still need more test kits and Personal Protective Equipment.

“I am impressed with the planning that I’ve seen across the board,” she said. “We have some difficult times ahead of us, but we are confident in our healthcare leaders, and we can’t thank enough those doctors, nurses and staffers who are out there, every day, on the front lines.

“My most important message to Kane County citizens at this time,” she added, “is simply: ‘Please stay home.’ ”

Health professionals statewide and across the country today expressed concern that more people might venture out or meet with relatives and friends over the Easter weekend.

State officials early this week revealed the numbers of open beds, open ICU beds and respirators available, but those numbers have not been updated since Monday. Scroll down for more information about hospital usages statewide.

Kane County is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist in the COVID-19 response.

Businesses, medical and nursing schools, nail salons, tattoo parlors and residents can donate unused and unopened Personal Protective Equipment in the parking lot of the Kane County Judicial Center located at 37W777 IL-38, St. Charles, IL 60175. The drop-off site is open from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


State Updates Info on Hospitalization, Ventilator Capacity

State officials today (Wednesday, April 8, 2020) provided an update on the state’s medical capacity to treat residents impacted by COVID-19.

As of Monday (April 6), 3,680 known COVID-19 patients and suspected COVID-19 patients were hospitalized.

COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit totaled 1,166, and 821 patients are on a ventilator. Suspected COVID-19 patients are individuals under investigation and assumed to have COVID-19 for the purpose of medical treatment.

The governor and his administration are working with a statewide network of more than 200 hospitals to increase capacity in our existing health systems. As of April 6, Illinois now has 28,139 hospital beds, 2,709 of which are intensive care unit (ICU) beds.

As of April 6, the state has 35 percent of all ICU beds available, 949 of 2,709, and 57.1 percent of ventilators are available, 1,593 of 2,791.

Total hospital beds




In use by COVID patients


In use by non-COVID patients


Percent of hospital beds available


Total ICU beds




In use by COVID patients


In use by non-COVID patients


Percent of ICU beds available


Total ventilators




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The administration also made public regional data for ICU bed capacity across the state’s 11 regions.

1 – Rockford Area 148 102 46 68.9%
2 – Peoria Area 229 96 133 41.9%
3 – Springfield Area 104 53 51 51%
4 – Edwardsville Area 105 35 70 33.3%
5 – Marion Area 83 63 20 75.9%
6 – Champaign Area 136 80 56 58.8%
7 – Southwest Suburbs 372 77 295 20.7%
8 – West Suburbs 358 100 258 27.9%
9 – Northwest Suburbs 250 127 123 50.8%
10 – Northeast Suburbs 150 25 125 16.7%
11 – City of Chicago 774 191 583 24.7%


Using state level procurement, Illinois has placed orders for 3,620 ventilators. The governor and his administration are hard work to place additional orders soon.

Gov. Pritzker also announced that Governor Gavin Newsom and the state of California, will be lending 100 additional ventilators to Illinois. The ventilators are loaned through a state-to-state mutual aid request under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). Illinois has also received 450 ventilators from the federal government.


6 Days Until Deaths Peak in Illinois

Illinois Deaths

Illinois Hospital Resource Use

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the U.S. should be prepared for the “hardest and saddest week” of this pandemic — and that appears to be situation that confronts us here in Kane County and throughout the state of Illinois.

Illinois’ total COVID-19 deaths will near their zenith of 3,629 by May 1, according to projections.

Projections from indicate the number of COVID-19 deaths will peak in six days — at 206 on April 12.

Hospital resources will be most tested on April 16, according to COVID-19 projections, which assume full social distancing through May 1.

According to the projections, on April 16:

  • The number of ventilators needed is 1,575. The range is 702 to 3,884.
  • The number of Intensive Care Unit beds needed will exceed the number available. The projected number of ICU beds needed is 1,853 (821-4,553). The projected number of ICU beds available is 1,131.
  • The good news is that the total number of beds available is greater than what’s projected to be needed. There are 14,552 beds available and with a projection of 9,255 beds (3,679-23,018) needed.

More good news is that the Illinois bell curve appears to be nearly done by May 1. You can see the graphics for yourself in the screenshots above or by visiting

It also appears that Illinois’ death toll will peak earlier than the U.S. as a whole and our hospital resources peak will be just a day later than then U.S. projections.

The death toll is projected to peak nationally on April 16. The hospital resources peak is projected at April 15.

The total deaths in Illinois — again, this is assuming full social distancing — is 3,629 by Aug. 4

Nationally, the death toll by Aug. 4 is projected at 81,766.


Illinois offiicials are closely tracking hospitalization data across the state (outlined in the chart below) and is continuing to prepare for a rapid increase in hospitalizations.

As part of this approach, the state is working to stand up multiple additional facilities: the former Advocate Sherman Hospital campus in Elgin, the Metro South Health Center in Blue Island, and Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park.

Today, Gov. JB Pritzker also announced that the state is acquiring Vibra Hospital in Springfield to expand capacity in central Illinois.

If you’re a healthcare worker looking to serve, please sign up at For health related questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email

Note: This is snapshot in time data captured at 10am on April 3, 2020. The numbers will change frequently as the state works to increase capacity and new patients need care:

Statewide Hospitalizations

Total hospital beds


Total beds open


Total beds used (i.e. hospitalizations)


Total ICU beds


ICU beds open


ICU beds used


COVID-19 patients in ICU

935 (representing 35% of ICU beds in use)

Total vents


Vents open


Vents used


Vents used by COVID-19 patients


Total COVID-19 patients in hospitals

(not ICU)


Percent of Hospital Beds Occupied by COVID-19 patients


Total COVID-19 patients in Hospital                                                             




Illinois Bell Curve Could Peak By April 27

A truly excellent resource to understand the COVID-19 bell curve here indicates that we could see the peak of the pandemic cases and deaths sometime around April 27.

The biggest tax on hospital beds, ventilators and staff would be April 20, according to the Illinois projection posted on

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluationan independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington — has posted a website that shows the bell curves for the U.S. and each state.

The interesting part of the interactive graphics is that you can scroll left to right to see the day-by-day progression of the virus spread.

Those same graphics let you see the numbers of deaths, the numbers of cases, the numbers of Intensive Care Units available, the project number of ICU beds needed and the projected number of ventilators needed.

Obviously, these are projections, but it’s the best resource I’ve found so far to try to gauge what’s happening here in Kane County, the state of Illinois and the U.S.

Nationally, the highest point of the bell curve is April 27, and the peak-use time for hospitals is April 20.


How FEMA Determines Where Ventilators Go

This is a separate Kane County Connects post from earlier today. Just click on the image to read the article based on this morning’s alert from the Department of Homeland Security.


Rush Video Thanks Hospital Workers

“You Are Excellence” is a tribute to the men and women on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Kane County. Take a moment to click on the video and to thank them for their service to the community.

It’s true, of course, to all the works at all six Kane County hospitals. Scroll down for more information.

Former Sherman Hospital Site Will Be Used During Surge

Where To Find Vital Hospital Information

Kane County hospital websites have vital information for you and your family during the COVID-19 emergency.

Perhaps what’s most important is to know when and if you should visit a local hospital, which may be handling many serious or life-threatening cases related to the coronavirus. It is imperative that doctors treat those patients who most need help.

If you are feeling unwell, health officials recommend notifying your doctor before coming in. They will then be prepared to address your symptoms and concerns.

Advocate Health has a COVID-19 Symptom Checker and Rush Copley offers a Covid-19 Self Assessment.

As always, If you require emergency medical attention, please call 911 to access your local emergency services. Be prepared to let the operator know your full name, exact location, condition and symptoms.


Rush Copley Medical Center

AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center


Advocate Sherman Hospital

AMITA Health St. Joseph Hospital


Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital


Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital

SOURCE: Hospital websites

Kane County Connects Landing Pages

  • COVID-19 OVERVIEW — A roundup of national and international updates.
  • COVID-19 STATE — State of Illinois and Illlinois Department of Public Health updates. (Includes daily updates from Gov. JB Pritzker’s news conferences and Kane County COVID-19 alerts from the IDPH.)
  • COVID-19 KANE COUNTY — Kane County updates, including information from the Kane County Health Department, courts, Sheriff’s Office, and all units of county government.
  • COVID-19 COMMUNITIES — A roundup of information from municipalities, park districts, libraries, as well as local human interest stories.
  • COVID-19 SCHOOLS — Updates on school closings or openings, meals and online learning.
  • COVID-19 HOSPITALS / HEALTH CARE — Vital links to local hospital and health-care websites and additional trusted information on COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 BUSINESS / CONSUMERS / JOBS —Business news, what’s open and closed, where to find stuff you need,  updates from local chambers of commerce, job openings.
  • COVID-19 CONNECTIONS — Stories about people, good news, personal observations, photos, miscellaneous news, quirky and fun stuff related to the days of COVID in Kane.
  • COVID-19 HELP — How to find help and give help to others. Local resources, volunteer opportunities, donation sites and other local efforts to help people during the COVID-19 emergency.