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1,545 new cases, 146 additional deaths

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

* Dr. Ezike at today’s briefing

Since yesterday we are reporting 1,545 additional individuals with COVID-19. We now have 98,030 total cases in the state of Illinois. Unfortunately, this does include 146 additional people with COVID-19 who have been reported to have died in the last 24 hours, for a total of 4379 fatalities total. 621,684 total tests have been run in the state of Illinois, with 18,443 tests reported in the last 24 hours.

We have a positivity rate of 8% for the last 24 hours. As of last night, 4002 individuals were in the hospital with COVID-19 and of those 993 patients were in the ICU and 576 patients were on ventilators.

I’ll post the press release when I get it.

…Adding… Gov. Pritzker

I want to begin my portion of today’s briefing with some frankly very exciting news. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen Illinois make significant measurable progress, and I’ve been reporting on it to you, and growing our daily testing numbers. And today we reached another major milestone. Among the most populous states in the United States, Illinois has now overtaken New York to become the number one state in the nation for testing per capita over the past seven days.

More Pritzker…

I also want to update you by letting you know that all four regions of the state of Illinois remain on track to meet metrics to move into phase three of restore Illinois. That’s terrific.

* Press release

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,545 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 146 additional deaths.

    Coles County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 90s
    Cook County: 3 females 30s, 2 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 5 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 12 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 8 females 70s, 17 males 70s, 9 females 80s, 15 males 80s, 9 females 90s, 6 males 90s, 1 female 100+, 1 male 100+
    DeKalb County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s
    DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 4 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+
    Iroquois County: 1 male 60s
    Kane County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 100+
    Kankakee County: 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s
    Kendall County: 1 male 80s
    Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
    Madison County: 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s
    McDonough County: 1 male 80s
    McHenry County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s
    Rock Island County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 90
    St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
    Whiteside County: 1 female 100+
    Will County: 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
    Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 98,030 cases, including 4,379 deaths, in 100 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 18,443 specimens for a total of 621,684. The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate, May 10-16, 2020 is 14%.

*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. Information for a death previously reported has changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - In 630 - Tuesday, May 19, 20 @ 2:42 pm:

    Is it me, or are the daily numbers improving slightly?

  2. - fs - Tuesday, May 19, 20 @ 2:43 pm:

    Is it possible to break down the percentage of positive results by group being tested? You can’t really get an honest feel for any trends without knowing what group those results represent.

  3. - SSL - Tuesday, May 19, 20 @ 2:53 pm:

    Less than a thousand in ICU is a key metric, and fewer than 600 on ventilators is real progress. It is going to be increasingly challenging to keep people indoors going forward. I can’t believe the crowds at Home Depot when I go past one. Most everyone appears to be wearing a mask but people are standing on top of each other. Hopefully summer weather helps to keep the virus in check.

  4. - CapnCrunch - Tuesday, May 19, 20 @ 3:35 pm:

    “We now have 98,030 total cases in the state of Illinois. Unfortunately, this does include 146 additional people with COVID-19 who have been reported to have died in the last 24 hours,…”

    Before they died they were positive cases. How could they not be included in the total?

  5. - Anotheretiree - Tuesday, May 19, 20 @ 3:44 pm:

    ==and fewer than 600 on ventilators is real progress. == It is a positive sign, but remember that a strong majority of patients get off ventilators by dying. I see that Clay County’s case count which has held at 2,ticked up to 3 today. Did the wall that Daren Bailey built have holes in it ?

  6. - Data Guy - Tuesday, May 19, 20 @ 3:47 pm:

    ==Is it me, or are the daily numbers improving slightly==

    The 14 day trend is certainly downward sloping. Yesterday we achieved our lowest positivity rate since we have been tracking this data. Additionally, yesterday we processed the fewest specimens within the last 6 days. The original thought was that “Positivity %” is inversely correlated with # of tests. This indicates that this may be beginning to change (at least for today). We want more tests to be processed of course but the fact that we hit a lower rate with fewer tests is good news.

    I still am calling in to question the reported positivity rate of 14% for May 10 to May 16 (as I did yesterday). Publically reported data on IDPH’s website indicates a positivity rate of 11.27%. This data should be updated daily and if the 14% reported number is correct then IDPH is not reporting 20% of positive results or the denominator (# of specimens processed) is significantly lower due to duplicate testing (by about 20%).

  7. - Wensicia - Tuesday, May 19, 20 @ 4:18 pm:

    Increased testing does lead to a lower positivity rate over time.
    Governor Pritzker deserves credit for focusing on testing while maintaining careful timelines on reopening.

  8. - CapnCrunch - Tuesday, May 19, 20 @ 4:19 pm:

    ==Is it me, or are the daily numbers improving slightly==

    It’s not you. The daily numbers, except for May 1, have been improving since April 22. Except for May 1, the cumulative infection rate has been lower than the previous day’s rate and the daily infection rate has been less than the cumulative rate. Today, for example, the infection rate was 8.4% which is a bit over half the cumulative infection rate which means we had to test 12 people instead of only 6 to find an infected person.

    “I still am calling in to question the reported positivity rate of 14% for May 10 to May 16 (as I did yesterday)…”

    Me too.

  9. - fs - Tuesday, May 19, 20 @ 5:03 pm:

    ==Is it me, or are the daily numbers improving slightly==

    They might be, but the problem is it’s unclear. Originally we were testing only those with clear symptoms, and the percentage was around 20. Then we opened testing to those with fewer symptoms, and the percent of overall positive dropped, but was that because it was trending down or because of the different sampling? Then we apparently started testing people with no symptoms, and the percentage positive went down. But, again, was it because of a downward trend, or because of the broader sampling of population? You can assume and hope it’s a downward trend, but unless we also have stats showing the breakdown of previous groups then vs now, you can’t really be sure. And that’s the biggest problem with the shortage of tests since the beginning.

  10. - thoughts matter - Tuesday, May 19, 20 @ 6:31 pm:

    Confirmed cases and deaths are shown by age grouping on the IDPH website. Select Covid coverage and then detailed statistics. Scroll down

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