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Coronavirus

974 new COVID-19 cases fewest in Illinois since April 5

974 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday

A sign at Independence Park in Evanston on Friday recommends proper social distancing. Every region of Illinois met the criteria to move into Phase 3 of reopening Friday. Most of the state will do so, but Chicago will have to wait until June 3 to partially reopen. Starting Friday, more businesses will be allowed to reopen and people can start gathering in small groups while social distancing. Personal care services such as salons, spas and tattoo parlors can also reopen for reservations only.
A sign at Independence Park in Evanston on Friday recommends proper social distancing. Every region of Illinois met the criteria to move into Phase 3 of reopening Friday. Most of the state will do so, but Chicago will have to wait until June 3 to partially reopen. Starting Friday, more businesses will be allowed to reopen and people can start gathering in small groups while social distancing. Personal care services such as salons, spas and tattoo parlors can also reopen for reservations only.

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Illinois recorded 23 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, the lowest total in weeks. Another 974 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. That is the smallest number of cases reported since April 5.

Illinois has now seen 121,234 cases of the virus and 5,412 people have died since the pandemic began. A total of 918,273 people have been tested. The state has a seven-day rolling positivity rate of 6%, which is the percentage of people tested who have the virus.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 3,215 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 902 were in the ICU and 547 were on ventilators.

Regional update: As of Sunday, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported a positivity rate average of 13%. The region reported an average of 28.8% of medical/surgical beds available, 33.8% of ICU beds available and 68.7% of ventilators available.

The North Central region (Bureau, DeKalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Carroll, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Putnam and Jo Daviess counties) reported a positivity rate rolling average of 6%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 40.2% surge in COVID-19 cases. The region reported that 44.6% of ICU beds are available and 65.2% of ventilators are available.

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 2.5%. On average, there was an availability of 46.6% of medical/surgical beds, 49.8% of ICU beds and 80.5% of ventilators.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 5.2%. On average, there was an availability of 47.4% of medical/surgical beds, 43.8% of ICU beds and 79.9% of ventilators.

Threshold to move into Phase 4: In order to move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, each of the state's health regions must ensure that testing is available in the region regardless of symptoms or risk factors.

Testing also needed to be made available to the residents and staff of congregate living facilities, according to the plan. A system for COVID-19 contact tracing and monitoring must be in place and able to respond 24 hours after diagnosis.

In addition to these requirements, each region must report an average positivity rate of 20% or lower, increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period.

Regions also must report no overall increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 for a period of 28 days, meaning hospitalizations must decrease or remain stable.

Finally, each region must prove available surge capacity of at least 14% of ICU beds, medical/surgical beds and ventilators.

Contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in region must be met in order to advance to Phase 4.

Newly reported deaths:

- Cook County: 1 man 40s, 1 woman 50s, 1 woman 60s, 4 men 60s, 1 woman 70s, 2 men 70s, 3 women 80s, 2 men 80s, 2 women 90s

- DuPage County: 1 man 80s, 1 woman 100+

- Kankakee County: 3 men 80s

- Lake County: 1 men 70s

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