* Press release…
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,317 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 25 additional confirmed deaths.
Cass County: 1 female 80s
Cook County: 3 females 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 3 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
DuPage County: 1 male 70s
Lake County: 1 female 70s
McHenry County: 1 female 80s
Peoria County: 1 female 90s
Will County: 1 female 70s
Winnebago County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 80s
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 151,767 cases, including 7,144 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 32,987 specimens for a total of 1,911,743. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 3 –July 9 is 2.9%. As of last night, 1,436 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 306 patients were in the ICU and 155 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.
The trend is not our friend, but we’re still better off than a lot of other states. Even so, today’s positivity rate is 4 percent. That’s up a point and a half over the past week or so.
* Back on May 8th, Wirepoints was strenuously arguing against large IDPH regions…
The governor continues to impose a top-down lockdown strategy that makes no sense for most areas of the state. Some of his required conditions risk Illinois being shut down for an impossible length of time.
Individual counties and their respective health departments should be ready to set their own policies, suited to the particular risks and situations of their own communities. That’s particularly true now that the curve in Illinois has been flattened and the original emergency order has expired.
On May 8, IDPH reported 4,768 COVID-19 patients in the hospital (3.3 times as many as are in the hospital today) and 1,220 in the ICU (4 times as many as today). The curve was indeed “flattened,” but it flattened at a high plateau back then. They were flat-out wrong.
* Today, Wirepoints is now arguing for a single, statewide approach to reopening schools…
Full reopenings must be the standard. School districts should have the choice to do less, but anything other than a full reopening should result in a refund to taxpayers.
Pick a lane already.
* Tribune live blog headlines…
Chicago Catholic schools to require masks, temperature checks when students return this fall
Glenview’s Flick Aquatic Center closes after 2 lifeguards test positive for COVID-19
PPP loans were meant to help small businesses save jobs amid the pandemic. So why does official data show thousands of recipients retained zero jobs?
City tightens bar and restaurant regulations to help prevent COVID-19 spread
City expands reopening of Riverwalk, restoring path to full, daylong use
After historic responses to COVID-19 and civil unrest, Illinois National Guard winds down its deployment
* Sun-Times live blog headlines…
All bars must now close by midnight to prevent ‘late-night congregating,’ city says
United, pilots reach tentative furlough deal
Starbucks in-store customers will be required to wear face masks starting July 15
Employers report 15,600 job cuts to state in June
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