* Lowest number of new cases in a week…
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,076 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 30 additional confirmed deaths.
- Champaign County – 1 male 70s
- Coles County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 female 80s
- Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 1 male 90s
- DeKalb County: 1 male 80s
- Douglas County: 1 female 60s
- DuPage County: 1 male 80s
- Iroquois County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
- Montgomery County: 2 males 80s
- St. Clair County: 1 male 60s
- Williamson County: 1 male 70s
- Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 173,731 cases, including 7,446 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 28,331 specimens for a total of 2,570,465. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 21 –July 27 is 3.8%. As of last night, 1,383 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 329 patients were in the ICU and 128 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.
* Meanwhile, from the CDC…
* On to Jackson County…
Health departments across Southern Illinois are seeing an upswing in COVID-19 cases.
The number of new cases was so high in Jackson County, it prompted the health department to issue a public health alert on Sunday.
“We have had a definite upswing in the number of cases,” Bart Hagston, administrator of Jackson County Health Department, said. “The number of cases eclipsed the previous record number three times in the past week, and that’s not the way we want the data to trend.” […]
Hagston said the health alert focused on residents in their teens and 20s because those age groups represent 70% of the new cases in the county during July. Of 212 new cases in the county in July, 148 are from people in their teens and 20s.
Beginning Friday, July 31, anyone traveling to Chicago from Wisconsin, Missouri, North Dakota, and Nebraska will have to self-quarantine for 14 days. The city said it will update the list of affected states every Tuesday - adding or removing states depending on the latest data, and will go in effect the following Friday. […]
There are currently 22 states covered by the travel order, which took effect July 6, including:
The order doesn’t apply to professional sports teams and nobody has yet been fined for violating it.
* Sun-Times live blog headlines…
City will issue tickets for quarantine violations, ‘flagrant’ social activities spotted on social media
Andrea Bocelli recovered from COVID but says lockdown made him feel ‘humiliated’
CPS parents — and teachers — bombard district officials with questions about classroom safety
Lightfoot showcases $33 million in relief for renters and property owners
Marlins outbreak sobering, scary for NFL teams on eve of camp
* Tribune live blog headlines…
Study finds 6 COVID-19 ‘symptom clusters’ that may inform clinicians about the severity of cases
After heavy COVID-19 toll on Illinois nursing homes, top regulators depart state agency
Bottled Blonde, controversial River North bar, closed permanently by coronavirus, but not violations
Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman reportedly opts out of the 2020 season over COVID-19 concerns
Chicago-area house flippers ‘surprisingly unaffected’ by COVID-19, but brace for mixed bag in months to come
MLB shortened season could be threatened, but games don’t need to stop right now, says Dr. Anthony Fauci
Trump retweets video, banned by Facebook after going viral, that alleges unproven drug cures COVID-19
Chicago-based McDonald’s facing bumpy recovery, 2nd quarter sales down 30%
CTA giving away Ventra cards, healthy travel kits during food distribution event at South Side grocery store
‘Pandemic pods’ and ‘micro-schools’: How parents are finding ways to help their kids — and themselves — manage schooling at home
*** UPDATE 1 *** Region 4 is the Metro East. Not looking good there at all. Right at the 8 percent edge. And Region 5, which is the rest of southern Illinois, is heading that direction fast…
*** UPDATE 2 *** Oops…
Illinois was one of three states added to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut’s joint list of states requiring travelers to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.
*** UPDATE 3 *** Jordan Abudayyeh…
The State of Illinois has worked to flatten the curve and bend it downward and our statewide positivity rate remains one of the lowest in the Midwest. But, Illinois is surrounded by states with less restrictions and higher rates of transmission illustrating, once again, the need for a nationwide response. The Governor supports states that are implementing mitigation strategies to keep people healthy and safe and urges Illinois residents who are traveling to follow three Ws: wear a face covering, watch your distance and wash your hands.
I don’t think he’d been going anyway. His family has, though.