IT Reports 4,451 cases, 40 deaths; COVID Mitigations Could Return, Gov. JB Pritzker Says – .

IT Reports 4,451 cases, 40 deaths; COVID Mitigations Could Return, Gov. JB Pritzker Says – .

CHICAGO (WLS) – Illinois Department of Public Health officials on Wednesday reported 4,451 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 40 related deaths. There have been 1,499,022 COVID cases in total, including 23,816 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.
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The preliminary positivity of the seven-day statewide test from Aug. 17-24 is 5.8%.

In the past 24 hours, labs reported testing 78,206 samples for a total of 28,393,030 since the start of the pandemic.

As of Tuesday evening, 2,197 Illinois patients are said to be in hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 515 patients were in intensive care and 240 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

A total of 13,861,875 vaccines were administered in Illinois on Tuesday. The seven-day moving average of vaccines administered daily is 24,196. As of Tuesday, 28,624 vaccines were administered.RELATED: Johnson & Johnson Recall Generates Huge Spike in COVID Antibodies, Company Says

Gov. JB Pritzker said Illinois could impose greater mitigation measures if the number of cases continues to rise and the number of available hospital beds continues to decline.

“If we can’t bring those numbers down, if hospitals keep filling up, if hospital beds and intensive care units are full like they are in Kentucky – it’s right next to it. ‘Illinois – if that happens, we’re going to have to impose significantly more mitigation measures,’ Governor Pritzker said.

In several areas of the state, the availability of intensive care beds is below the warning threshold of 20%. In Chicago, it is 18% and 16% in suburban Cook County and even lower in Lake and McHenry.

At Northwestern Medicine’s Huntley Hospital in McHenry County, administrators say they are operating at full capacity and above. Most of their intensive care beds are occupied by non-COVID patients, but as COVID cases increase, they have had to get creative to make extra room.

“So what we had to do was open up alternative care spaces to be able to provide care to our community. We opened up our Incident Command here at McHenry Hospital just so we could really coordinate the patients leaving the hospital, but then quickly pulling the patients out of the emergency department or other areas, ”Catie said. Schmit, head nurse at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital.

The situation in southern Illinois is of great concern, where there is only one intensive care bed currently available for an area of ​​20 counties.

Meanwhile, the governor has not been specific on the type of larger mitigations he could impose, such as a return to domestic capacity limits for example. But he said it’s something he hopes the state never has to return.

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