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*** UPDATED x3 *** 1,076 new cases, 30 additional deaths, 3.8 percent positivity rate

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020

* 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.

* WBBM

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:

    Alabama
    Arkansas
    Arizona
    California
    Florida
    Georgia
    Idaho
    Iowa
    Louisiana
    Kansas
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Oklahoma
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Utah
    Wisconsin

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.

…Adding… Expected…


I don’t think he’d been going anyway. His family has, though.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

26 Comments »
  1. - Frank talks - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 12:40 pm:

    Creeping up in that positivity rate. What’s the Gov do if we hit 4%?


  2. - Bob Loblaw - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 12:46 pm:

    There’s a sort of consistency to how each day of the week relates to the other days. Sun-Mon-Tues tend to be our low days. I always look at the week prior. Sunday was pretty alarmingly high compared to the previous couple Sundays. Tuesday, while the lowest in a week, is higher than last Tuesday, which was last weeks lowest in a week, and higher than the Tuesday before that.


  3. - twowaystreet - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 12:58 pm:

    According to Hannah’s numbers our state’s 7-day average should be a lot higher, closer to 5%. How is that the state is reporting 3.8%?


  4. - Keyrock - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:01 pm:

    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-added-to-new-yorks-list-of-states-requiring-quarantine/2312628/
    New York now requiring visitora from Illinois to quarantine,


  5. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:06 pm:

    That quarantine list looks like a who’s who of RTWFL states. No thanks, Illinois Exodus pushers.


  6. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:07 pm:

    Strikes me as a bit ironic (no, that’s not the right word but I can’t think of the one that is) that the Eastern Bloc is doing the best, and by a fair margin.


  7. - Nathan - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:11 pm:

    Clinton County (in Region 4) is not taking it seriously (based on my visit back to my hometown a couple weeks ago). I now live in DuPage county where everyone is taking it relatively seriously. But in Clinton County when I wore my mask, I was the odd man out.


  8. - lake county democrat - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:13 pm:

    Skeptic - superficially yes, it’s ironic, but you’d predict that sparser-populated areas that didn’t have a lot of international travelers in January/February would have slower spreads: there’s built-in social distancing and fewer super-spreader opportunities. Even then, had their been wide-following of what the experts advise, their numbers would be even lower.


  9. - very old soil - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:21 pm:

    Something doesn’t add up here. I realize there is a slight difference in time periods. But how can the statewide positivity rate be 3.8 percent with 10 of 11 regions with higher rates.


  10. - Still Waiting - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:26 pm:

    Clark County experienced its first COVID death a week ago. Not sure why that hasn’t shown up on any stats yet. Problems with reporting from Indiana hospitals?


  11. - twowaystreet - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:32 pm:

    - very old soil - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:21 pm

    I had the same question…


  12. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:49 pm:

    My daughter has been preparing for her move to SUIC campus this Fall. It appears the instructors for all of her classes will opt to teach remotely even though the classes were scheduled to meet on campus. She’s going to break her housing contract if that’s the case and continue living here where the positivity rate and cases are much lower. I am relieved beyond words.


  13. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:50 pm:

    *SIUC


  14. - MSIX - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 1:59 pm:

    3 deaths in Coles County, 9 hospitalizations, and a new case rate per 100k population of way over 50. Coles County should be showing up as orange by the time the next county level risk map is posted. Then again, the map is way behind current data, so who knows.


  15. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 2:02 pm:

    Does the quarantine include staying away from riots and will protesters be fined if they do not follow the quarantine rules? Chicago is a destination city for motorcycle-mania and other social gatherings to protest and tear down statues…are those from other states designated in the article going to be fined?


  16. - Jose Abreu's Next Homer - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 2:09 pm:

    Thank goodness professional sports do not apply to to the toothless self quarantine in Chicago. No way those guys would get infected.


  17. - Cool Papa Bell - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 2:11 pm:

    Testing remains a big problem. State was pretty proud for a few days of more than 40k tests. But we can’t hold that figure and I’m still hearing four and five day turnarounds for test results.


  18. - OJ - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 2:20 pm:

    Florida Covid deaths to date 5930


  19. - Donnie Elgin - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 3:47 pm:

    “list looks like a who’s who of RTWFL states. No thanks, Illinois Exodus pushers”

    None of those states top Illinois death total of
    7,638


  20. - Logical Thinker - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 4:02 pm:

    Florida has had 2.5x’s the number of positive cases and 25% fewer deaths than IL yet they are singled out as being irresponsible and IL is championed as having virus under control.

    This same thinking is what makes us feel “safe” about future pension obligations.


  21. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 5:19 pm:

    Florida set a new daily record today for COVID-19 deaths. That state’s daily death count has been increasing more than Illinois recently. Not only did Republican leadership mismanage the pandemic by opening too early, but Florida has no Medicaid expansion.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1235109

    Illinois deaths have decreased. Florida got worse with more deaths and massive daily increases in new cases since reopening the economy early.


  22. - MyTwoCents - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 5:28 pm:

    This argument over deaths is ridiculous. First of all, IL was hit harder earlier before there were more effective treatments for hospitalized patients. Secondly, COVID is not over, let’s revisit this discussion when all is said and done and we have a more complete picture. A “logical thinker” would realize that.


  23. - Soccermom - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 5:32 pm:

    Very old soil and Two way street —

    The state average is calculated on the number of tests statewide and the number of positives. It’s not an average of the district averages.

    But with that said, I’m not sure why IDPH numbers are so different from Hannah’s.


  24. - Logical Thinker - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 6:22 pm:

    Oh, now it’s not about deaths.

    Maybe all these other states with lower death counts just had better plans to keep cases out of nursing homes.


  25. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 7:16 pm:

    ===with less restrictions===

    Fewer. And with this minor grammar error I believe we have found the only person in political communications that didn’t watch the Game of Thrones.


  26. - Anonanonsir - Tuesday, Jul 28, 20 @ 7:54 pm:

    ==According to Hannah’s numbers our state’s 7-day average should be a lot higher, closer to 5%. How is that the state is reporting 3.8%?==

    ==Something doesn’t add up here. I realize there is a slight difference in time periods. But how can the statewide positivity rate be 3.8 percent with 10 of 11 regions with higher rates.==

    I agree. Someone should explain this.


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