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1,178 new cases, 39 additional deaths - But Dr. Ezike warns that weekend numbers are typically “a little bit lower”

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

* Press release…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,178 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 39 additional deaths.

    Cook County: 1 male 30s, 2 females 40s, 1 female 50s, 3 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 4 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 11 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
    DuPage County: 1 male 70s
    Fayette County: 1 male 70s
    Kane County: 1 male 80s
    LaSalle County: 1 female 90s
    Madison County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s
    McHenry County: 1 female 60s
    Peoria County: 1 female 70s
    St. Clair County: 1 male 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 113,195 cases, including 4,923 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 17,230 specimens for a total of 786,794.

Since this crisis began, there have been 22 positive staff and 47 positive residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Manteno. Sadly, ten of those who tested positive for COVID-19 have passed away. The Veterans’ home in Anna has seen five residents test positive, one resident in LaSalle, and no positive cases at the Veterans’ Home in Quincy.

*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.

* Dr. Ezike said today at the media briefing that the above numbers today are lower because of weekend reporting, but the hospitalization numbers are believed to be accurate…

3788 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. And of those 3788, 1035 patients were in the ICU and 590 individuals were on ventilators.

She added…

And I do want to share that for the week ending May 16, we reported a total of 780 deaths. While 780 deaths of course represents 780 individuals who lost their lives, and families and loved ones and communities who are mourning those deaths, it still signals the first week that there have been fewer deaths than the previous week. And so I am hopeful that this fact is the beginning of a downward trend. But of course, that also depends on all of us, and making sure that we’re doing all that we can to decrease the transmission of this virus.

She also said the state received its third shipment of remdesivir last week.

…Adding… Gov. Pritzker…

COVID related hospitalizations, which had been holding steady a couple of weeks ago, have now dropped to a six week low, with nearly 1200 fewer beds in use by COVID positive patients. And hospital beds and ICU Bed Availability are both above 30%.

* Monday’s press release

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,713 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 31 additional deaths.

    Cook County: 1 female 30, 1 male 30, 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 4 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 3 males 90s
    La Salle County: 2 male 60s
    Madison County: 1 male 70s
    McDonough County: 1 female 60s
    St. Clair County: 1 male 80s
    Union County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 90s
    Will County: 1 male 70s
    Winnebago County: 1 female 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 112,017 cases, including 4,884 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 21,643 specimens for a total of 769,564. The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate, May16 – May 22 is 12%.

* Sunday’s

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,508 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 67 additional deaths

    Coles County – 1 female 60s, 1 female 90s
    Cook County – 1 female 20s, 2 males 30s, 1 female 50s, 5 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 9 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 9 males 70s, 11 females 80s, 6 males 80s, 7 females 90s, 3 males 90s
    DuPage County – 1 female 60s
    Macon County – 1 male 60s
    Madison County – 1 unknown 80s
    McLean County – 1 male 80s
    St. Clair County - 1 female 80s
    Winnebago County – 1 female 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 110,304 cases, including 4,856 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 25,674 specimens for a total of 747,921. The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate, May15th – May 21st is 12%.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

6 Comments
  1. - Blue Dog Dem - Tuesday, May 26, 20 @ 2:45 pm:

    anyone know where the Remdesiver is going to and the criteria for its use?


  2. - Rachel - Tuesday, May 26, 20 @ 3:10 pm:

    BDD- the May 7th distribution went to six states (we were one of them). We got 140 vials the most of any state. Other states were CT, NJ, MI and two others. The feds determined which states got the drug and how much of it and the states determine which hospitals receive it. I think it can only be given to patients on vents because it isn’t a fully tested drug - it still falls under compassionate care rules.
    This is the second day (out of the previous three) when the number of patients on vents is under 600. Since the majority of patients on vents don’t recover, as this number goes down the number of deaths should follow.


  3. - Blue Dog Dem - Tuesday, May 26, 20 @ 3:20 pm:

    Rachel, my understanding on the Remdesiver is that it is most effective when used on patients falling in the moderate to severe range. I wonder if that’s old news.


  4. - Rachel - Tuesday, May 26, 20 @ 3:25 pm:

    BDD- that information was for the May 7 shipment - Dr. Ezike indicated that they were receiving their third shipment so maybe the rules have changed. Recent (as in the past week) seems to indicate the sooner the better for most of these new interventions.


  5. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, May 26, 20 @ 3:26 pm:

    Of today’s deaths, 18% were Illinois citizens under the age of 60.

    – MrJM


  6. - don the legend - Tuesday, May 26, 20 @ 3:57 pm:

    MrJM. You must be mistaken. FooFoo Fighter claims on another post that it’s safe and worth the risk to herd children together in large groups as they can’t get it or get sick with it or apparently infect others. So it’s all good.


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