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593 new cases, 55 additional deaths, 7-day positivity rate of 3 percent

Thursday, Jun 18, 2020

* Press release…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 593 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 55 additional confirmed deaths.

    - Cook County: 1 female 20s, 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 3 females 50s, 2 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 6 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 unknown 90s, 1 female 100+
    - DeKalb County; 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s
    - DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
    - Grundy County: 1 male 90s
    - Kane County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 2 females 80s, 2 females 90s
    - Kankakee County: 1 female 90s
    - Lake County: 1 female 70s, 2 males 80s
    - McHenry County: 1 male 50s
    - St. Clair County: 1 male 70s
    - Will County: 1 female 60s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 134,778 cases, including 6,537 deaths, in 101 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 25,504 specimens for a total of 1,283,832. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 11–June 17 is 3%.

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. See CDC definition of a probable case on its website. IDPH will update these data once a week.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

11 Comments
  1. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jun 18, 20 @ 2:55 pm:

    We seem to be holding the line on new cases and are not yet showing any big surges that could come in part due to protests. But protests are pretty small compared to states’ lax policies and widespread carelessness. Some states are surging. COVID-19 hospitalizations are way up in Texas.


  2. - Mama - Thursday, Jun 18, 20 @ 3:33 pm:

    Grandson of Man, has is been 14 days since the protest?


  3. - ryan - Thursday, Jun 18, 20 @ 3:44 pm:

    It’s been 19 days since what I believe was the largest and densest protest in Illinois - the big downtown march on Saturday, May 30th. The big north side protests came within 2-3 days. There have been additional marches and gatherings since, but I think many of those have been smaller, neighborhood or suburban, with good crowds but still plenty of room for distancing.

    I think what we’re seeing is that there is no comparison between outdoor and indoor air.


  4. - Pundent - Thursday, Jun 18, 20 @ 4:00 pm:

    I think being outdoors and protesters generally being compliant with face coverings may explain why we haven’t seen a spike.


  5. - Somewhat interested observer - Thursday, Jun 18, 20 @ 4:02 pm:

    Enough of the shade thrown at other states’ “lax policies and widespread carelessness.” We have 135,000 cases and 6,500 deaths to show for our efforts. I think the governor did an ok job in difficult circumstances, but the idea that our state is some sort of pristine example is belied by our actual experience. What those states are going through was us not that long ago. Don’t forget it.


  6. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 18, 20 @ 4:25 pm:

    ===Enough of the shade thrown at other states===

    Who did that? Are you imagining things?


  7. - Lynn S. - Thursday, Jun 18, 20 @ 4:33 pm:

    @ Somewhat Interested Observer,

    While I do understand where you’re coming from, let’s don’t forget that states like Florida, Texas, and Arizona all have governors who dragged their heels early on, rushed to “reopen (double banned punctuation)”, and generally don’t want to be wearing masks*.

    They could have been learning from our experiences, and keeping their constituents safer.

    But they’re not.

    (And yes, I will admit to some schadenfreude. They thought they were so smart in propelling Trump to victory in 2016, and being so macho over the last few months. Karma’s going to catch up to them, hard, and give them a good smacking around. Karma can be a real rhymes-with-snitch.)

    *A little thing that does help cut down on community transmission. Not perfect, but certainly helpful.


  8. - Somewhat interested observer - Thursday, Jun 18, 20 @ 5:19 pm:

    “Who did that? Are you imagining things?”

    Quoting post by Grandson of Man. And quite frankly many comments here lately.


  9. - MyTwoCents - Thursday, Jun 18, 20 @ 5:56 pm:

    Somewhat interested observer, because of what Illinois and the other early states went through Florida, Texas, Arizona now have no excuse. They saw this thing coming, lifted the stay at home too soon and thought they were out of the woods even though the public health experts were telling them otherwise. Now when it’s running rampant in their states they don’t even have the common sense to take steps to reduce the spread. As long as there’s enough hospital beds, everything is hunky dory. Meanwhile, some of their statewide hospitalization numbers are higher than what Illinois ever was.


  10. - Somewhat interested observer - Thursday, Jun 18, 20 @ 6:43 pm:

    I’m not saying that those states have not been cavalier in the way they have opened (though I’m not sure that’s entirely true). But from what I’ve read only Arizona has a possible hospitalization issue. But Illinois in early May had 4400 people in hospitals due to COVID. The three states you mentioned are nowhere near that number. Our numbers dwarf anything those states have dealt with, which is my point. Enough with bashing other states - I’m glad with where we are, but stop pretending we were so great. We were not.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 18, 20 @ 6:50 pm:

    ===…stop pretending we were so great. We were not.===

    … and yet… Illinois was the first time meet all the CDC metrics of flattening, and you wholly ignore ICU beds and hospitalizations.

    Why?

    Please, let’s not pretend you’re “glad”, the point of your exercise is to not only make less where other states are failing as infections rise, you’re not impressed with how the flattering of Illinois’ curve is “happening” as other states are more… open.

    I mean, if we’re all gonna “stop”…


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