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IDPH Update and Local Testing Numbers - 7/9/2020
August 11, 2020

DeWitt/Piatt Testing Update:

 

 

                                                        7/9/2020 Total Tested: 3260
      DeWitt: 1169--------------1153 Not Detected, 0 Pending, 9 Recovered, 7 Postive (2 completed isolation today)
        Piatt: 2091------------2071 Not Detected, 0 Pending, 20 Recovered, 0 Positive (2 completed isolation today)
 
No new cases today.
 
Piatt is back to 0 on active cases.
 
DeWitt had 2 cases released from isolation today.
 
State Update:
 

Public Health Officials Announce 1,018 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Disease 

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,018 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 20 additional confirmed deaths.

 

  • Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 3 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s
  • Kane County: 1 female 90s
  • Kendall County: 1 male 50s
  • McLean County: 1 female 80s
  • Out of State: 1 female 50s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 90s

 

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 150,450 cases, including 7,119 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 36,180 specimens for a total of 1,878,756.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 2 –July 8 is 2.6%.  As of last night, 1,507 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 317 patients were in the ICU and 153 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

 

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website.  Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions.  IDPH will update these data once a week.

 

*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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Analysis:

 
For the first time since June 2, state newly confirmed cases are now over 1000.  However, at that time, the number of daily tests processed was closer to 20 to 24000 per day.  We now are seeing 30,000 to 38,000 per day being processed.  Some of the rise in cases would be an artifact of the number of tests going up.
 
Contact tracing is especially important. This involves working with cases to identify contacts so that we can talk with them to ensure that they are quarantined so they aren't spreading the infection to others.  At times, we work with infected individuals who will not cooperate with this process and that is unfortunate.  Being a good neighbor means helping to not spread the infection - when a public health nurse calls, take the call, be cooperative.  We aren't the police, we are trying to stop this disease and it only works with your help.
 
We are continuing to see a trend both locally and statewide where the number of deaths overall are going down while the cases overall are going up.  I understand that this may elicit some concern, but the true markers are hospitalizations and deaths, not the number of cases. 
 
Focus on what we've learned:  masking is important! social distancing is important! If you have any symptoms of illness, stay home! Do your part.
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