Illinois COVID-19: IL reports 3,113 new coronavirus cases, with 22 deaths

Kane, DuPage, Will and Kankakee 1 day away from meeting threshold to impose new restrictions
CHICAGO (WLS) -- As Illinois continues to report rising COVID-19 positivity rates, some Chicago suburbs could see new restrictions imposed this week.

Illinois public health officials announced 3,113 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, along with 22 additional deaths.

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Watch Gov. JB Pritzker give an update on the spread of COVID-19 in Illinois on October 19, 2020.



The total number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois now stands at 347,161, with 9,236 deaths, the IDPH reported.

Over a 24-hour period, officials said the state processed 48,684 specimens for a total of 6,824,237. The seven-day positivity rate from October 12 - October 18 is 5.4%. It is the 13th consecutive day the positivity rate has increased.

Since Sunday night, 2,096 people were hospitalized in Illinois with COVID-19, with 485 in the ICU and 179 on ventilators.

Gov. Pritzker warned Monday that regions 7 and 8 - which include Kane, DuPage, Will and Kankakee counties - are potentially one day away from meeting the threshold to impose new restrictions. Both regions currently have positivity rates over 8%.

Region 5 has already surpassed that threshold, with a rolling positivity rate of 9.1% and will start imposing new restrictions on Thursday. Those restrictions include the temporary closing of indoor service in bars and restaurants, as well as limiting gatherings to 25 people.

According to the DuPage County Health Department, the county now has one of the fastest growing COVID-19 positivity rates in the state.

"We knew it was likely we would see more disease activity and over the past week to ten days it has jumped up and it is a concern for us," said Chris Hoff, DuPage County Health Dept.

In just the last week, IDPH said every single county in Illinois has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Region 8 could see additional restrictions soon. The two-county region made up of Kane and DuPage counties is sitting at a positivity rate of 8.5%. The rolling average is now higher than it was back in the spring.
"The fact that we are increasing every day and that it is about 8% right now is really a concern," Hoff said.

According to the Restore Illinois plan, a region with a positivity rate at or above 8 percent for three or more days will see additional restrictions. That could happen in region 8 on Tuesday.

Contact tracing efforts in DuPage County found that the largest COVID-19 outbreaks are linked to long-term care facilities, factories, general workplaces, restaurants, and places of worship.

To help curb the spike, DuPage County health authorities are now recommending all schools go back to remote learning.

"We know that when people are inside with large groups for extended periods of time that contributes to the spread," Hoff said.

Gov. Pritzker pointed out bars and restaurants specifically, as some areas have to now close their indoor dining.

In downtown Wheaton, restaurants have been using these outdoor dining tents. Jim Smith, the owner of the Egglectic Café, said those tents have been a lifeline. The added mitigations could be the final punch that leads to permanent closures.

Gov. JB Pritzker said during a press conference Monday that he will resume daily COVID-19 briefings amid the surge in cases.

The deaths reported Monday include:

-Carroll County: 1 female 90s
-Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
-DuPage County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

-Fayette County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
-LaSalle County: 1 female 80s
-Livingston County: 1 male 80s
-Monroe County: 1 male 80s
-Montgomery County: 1 male 80s
-Peoria County: 1 male 90s

-Wayne County: 1 male 90s
-Whiteside County: 1 female 90s
-Will County: 1 female 70s
-Williamson County: 1 male 70s
-Woodford County: 1 female 80s

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