COVID-19 STATE OF ILLINOIS: Will Illinois Follow Europe Surge? 2,592 New Cases as Hospitalizations Rise

COVID-19 STATE OF ILLINOIS: Will Illinois Follow Europe Surge? 2,592 New Cases as Hospitalizations Rise

2:50PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31

Will Illinois Follow Europe Surge? 2,592 New Cases as Hospitalizations Rise

Europe Cases

U.S. Cases

Illinois Cases

Region 8 Test Positivity

Health officials say the next four weeks will be critical in determining whether we can move forward to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan or continue into a fourth wave of the virus, with shutdowns similar to those that have been put in place in European countries like the UK and Italy.

You can see from the charts above that European cases, fueled primarily by the UK variant, have spiked into a fourth wave. US cases are on the rise, as are case counts in Illinois.

Experts say how quickly and how high case counts rise in the U.S. will be determined by two factors: the dissemination of vaccine and the behavior of the populations — another powerful reminder to maintain social distancing, wear a mask and encourage vaccination efforts locally.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 2,592 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 28 additional deaths.

The breakdown of deaths by county, gender and age group are as follows:

  • Bureau County: 1 female 80s
  • Cook County: 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 3 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 female 100+
  • Franklin County: 1 female 90s
  • Grundy County: 1 female 70s
  • Lake County: 1 male 60s
  • Livingston County: 1 female 80s
  • Rock Island County: 1 female 80s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 80s
  • Will County: 1 male 60s

IDPH is reporting a total of 1,244,585 cases, including 21,301 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

Illinois hospital admissions are steeply increasing.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 77,727 specimens for a total of 20,313,050. As of last night, 1,413 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 294 patients were in the ICU and 123 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

While 70% of Illinois residents 65 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, not all of the metrics needed to advance to the Bridge Phase and on to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan have been met. The number of people being admitted to the hospital in Illinois due to COVID-19 continues to increase. As long as new hospital admissions continue to increase, the state will not advance.

The number of cases of COVID-19 has seen an increasing trend, as well.  Health officials continue to urge all residents to continue to mask up, socially distance, and avoid crowds to reduce transmission and bring the metrics back in line to transition to the Bridge Phase.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from March 24-30 is 3.3%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 24-30, 2021 is 3.9%.

In Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties), the test positivity rate has risen to 5.4% — another sign that the virus could be surging once again.

A total of doses of 6,858,805 vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago.  In addition, approximately 448,830 doses total have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities.  This brings the total Illinois doses to 7,307,635.

A total of 5,801,871 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight, including 367,782 for long-term care facilities.  The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 109,358 doses.  Yesterday, 137,445 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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