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1,531 new cases, 30 additional deaths, 1,455 in the hospital, 3.5 percent positivity rate

Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020

* Press release.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,531 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 30 additional confirmed deaths.

    • Coles County: 2 males 80s
    • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
    • Crawford County: 1 male 70s
    • DuPage County: 1 female 80s
    • Greene County: 1 female 90s
    • Jefferson County; 1 male 50s
    • Jersey County: 1 male 80s
    • Lake County: 1 female 70s
    • LaSalle County: 1 male 70s
    • Livingston County: 1 female 80s
    • Madison County: 1 female 80s
    • McLean County: 1 male 80s
    • Morgan County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 90s
    • St. Clair County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
    • Tazewell County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
    • Will County: 1 male 70s
    • Williamson County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 277,266 cases, including 8,486 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from September 15 – September 21 is 3.5%. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 41,829 specimens for a total of 5,185,216. As of last night, 1,455 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 367 patients were in the ICU and 153 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting separately 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.

*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. Information for a death previously reported has changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

22 Comments
  1. - Chatham Resident - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 12:18 pm:

    Region 1 (Rockford area/DeKalb/Sterling/NW IL) had been having a better positivity rate than most other regions during July and August, but is now frighteningly flirting with 8% threshhold at their current rate. Currently 7.3%.

    https://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=1


  2. - Sycamore - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 12:45 pm:

    Minnesota high schools will play football and volleyball starting Monday. Thanks JB for continuing to ruin the mental health of our teenagers.


  3. - Dee Lay - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 12:56 pm:

    “Thanks JB for continuing to ruin the mental health of our teenagers.”

    Y’all you used to say that about Sex Education. Get new material.


  4. - Steve Rogers - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 1:02 pm:

    If the grass is greener in Minnesota, then move there. My healthy kids won’t miss your sick kids.


  5. - Simple Simon - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 1:12 pm:

    Minnesota has 856 cases per day and rising, and they are currently higher than they have ever been. The trends do not bode well for them or their sports.


  6. - illinifan - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 1:17 pm:

    “thanks JB for continuing to ruin the mental health of our teenagers” Parents who live through their children’s sporting activities are ruining their child’s mental health. The parental whining is beyond silly.


  7. - Pundent - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 1:24 pm:

    The U.S. saw an increase in cases last week of 17% and deaths went up by 5%. That was after 8 weeks of declines and fall will soon be upon us sending people inside. Glad to see that we’re at 3.5% while our neighbors in WI are at 15%.


  8. - Jocko - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 1:27 pm:

    ==Thanks JB for continuing to ruin the mental health of our teenagers.==

    You realize the Dr. Evil getup was for the ice bucket challenge, right?


  9. - dbk - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 1:38 pm:

    Looks to me like our positivity rate is declining at about one-tenth of a percentage point per week. It’s going to be a long, long haul.


  10. - thoughts matter - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 1:40 pm:

    == Thanks JB for continuing to ruin the mental health of our teenagers.==

    Please go back to yesterday’s Question of the day and read the personal accounts of people who know people that have had this. Then go check out all the schools that have had to switch to remote learning because their students have gotten this.
    In WWII many of our teenagers dropped out of high school to join the service after Pearl Harbor. After WWII, my aunt was one of the local children that came down with polio. I think today’s teenagers should count their blessings.


  11. - Dotnonymous - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 1:48 pm:

    I think many of today’s teenagers would fall to the ground and assume the fetal position at the loss… of cell phone service.


  12. - LakeCo - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 2:14 pm:

    If postponing high school sports is ruining kids’ mental health, imagine what being separated from their parents at the border is doing to them. I hope you’re out advocating for them as hard as you are for your athlete snowflakes.


  13. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 2:18 pm:

    == Thanks JB for continuing to ruin the mental health of our teenagers.==

    If waiting a few months to play their favorite sport is ruining the mental health of teenagers I have serious questions about the etiology of said mental issues.


  14. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 2:45 pm:

    Notre Dame, the university, in a neighboring state, has to postpone this weekend’s game because of 23 players testing positive.


  15. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 2:50 pm:

    I think it was only 7 ND players


  16. - Fool on the Hill - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 2:51 pm:

    According to the Covid Tracking Project, Minnesota’s other numbers - hospitalizations and deaths - have been stable since July 1 - https://covidtracking.com/data/state/minnesota. The rise in new cases mentioned by Simple Simon is probably correlated to all the new tests. Many on this forum predicted that an increase in Illinois cases in late summer would lead to increased deaths and hospitalizations, but that never happened.

    I wonder if either side of the Fall Sports debate will be able to admit they were right or wrong when we see the data from Minnesota in about a month.


  17. - Moe Berg - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:11 pm:

    @ Fool on the Hill, I wonder if you understand that Covid recovery or death are not the only possibilities when it comes to Covid outcomes.

    Do you?


  18. - Mr. Smith - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:29 pm:

    It’s very interesting that the mental health of our children is so important to the parents of athletes. It’s a pity that they never seem to have spoken up in the past about the mental health of NON-athletes. But of course, they don’t really count, especially since they would not be able to come cheer for the athletes anyway.


  19. - JoanP - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 3:57 pm:

    =It’s very interesting that the mental health of our children is so important to the parents of athletes.=

    Apparently their physical health doesn’t matter,though.


  20. - zatoichi - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 5:12 pm:

    Mental Health Therapist: What brings you in today?
    Me: 15 years ago I could not play HS football in the Fall.
    MHT: Were you hurt?
    M: Not physically, but I did not get what I really wanted to do and my Dad was pretty mad.
    MHT: OK. So what did you do about it?
    M: I had to wait 6 months to play in the Spring.
    MHT: So? You still got to play?
    M: Football is a Fall sport, man.


  21. - TC - Tuesday, Sep 22, 20 @ 6:10 pm:

    Who’s to say there will be a spring football season anyways? If its not allowed now under the rules crafted by JB & Ruiz, it’s not a sure thing that they’ll revise the guidelines to allow for a winter/spring season.


  22. - Fool on the Hill - Wednesday, Sep 23, 20 @ 7:58 am:

    @Moe Berg, I don’t see how we can have a debate on Covid without some metrics and data. The Covid consequences outside of deaths and hospitalizations are not being measured well at the moment, so it is not possible to get a realistic picture. The consequences for the economy and mental health of continued Covid shutdown are very real and can be measured, so if you need to find data that supports your argument.


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