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12,702 new confirmed and probable cases, 43 additional deaths, 5,258 hospitalizations, 956 in the ICU, 12.6 percent average case positivity rate, 13.9 percent average test positivity rate

Thursday, Nov 12, 2020

* Another hospitalization record. Press release…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 12,702 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 43 additional deaths.

- Adams County: 1 male 80s
- Brown County: 1 male 90s
- Bureau County: 1 male 90s
- Clinton County: 1 male 50s, 3 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
- Cook County: 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
- DeKalb County: 1 male 50s
- DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s
- Edwards County: 1 male 70s
- Fulton County: 1 male 70s
- Knox County: 1 male 80s
- Lake County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s
- LaSalle County: 1 male 80s
- Macon County: 1 male 80s
- Montgomery County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
- Morgan County: 1 male 50s
- Peoria County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s
- St. Clair County: 1 male 80s
- Tazewell County: 1 male 80s
- Vermilion County: 1 female 90s
- Wayne County: 1 male 80s
- Whiteside County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s
- Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 536,542 cases, including 10,477 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 100,617 specimens for a total 8,765,100. As of last night, 5,258 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 956 patients were in the ICU and 438 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 5– November 11 is 12.6%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 5, 2020 – November 11, 2020 is 13.9%.

To help decrease the positivity rate, IDPH recommends the following.

Yesterday, IDPH released additional recommendations for how best for Illinoisans to keep themselves and their families safe as cases continue to rise in the state. For the next three weeks, IDPH is asking people to stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities, such as work if working from home is not an option, buying groceries, and visiting the pharmacy. CDC and IDPH recommend limiting travel no matter the distance. In our current situation, with a rising prevalence of the virus, attending even small gatherings that mix households, or traveling to areas that are experiencing high rates of positivity, is not advised.

*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. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

* Wednesday…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 12,657 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 145 additional deaths.

    Adams County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
    Boone County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s
    Carroll County: 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
    Clinton County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
    Coles County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
    Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 5 males 50s, 6 males 60s, 8 females 70s, 6 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 7 males 80s, 5 females 90s, 2 males 90s
    Crawford County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
    DuPage County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 80s
    Edwards County: 1 female 90s
    Ford County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s
    Franklin County: 1 male 80s
    Grundy County: 1 male 70s
    Hamilton County: 1 female 60s
    Henry County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 80s
    Jefferson County: 1 male 90s
    Kane County: 1 female 50s, 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
    Kankakee County: 1 male 80s,
    Knox County: 1 male 60s, 2 females 90s
    Lake County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 90s
    Lee County: 1 male 80s
    Livingston County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
    Macon County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
    Macoupin County: 1 female 70s
    Madison County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
    Marion County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
    Mason County: 1 female 60s
    McHenry County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
    McLean County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
    Morgan County: 1 female 80s
    Peoria County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
    Pike County: 1 female 70s
    Rock Island County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s
    Saline County: 1 male 80s
    St. Clair County: 1 male 80s
    Tazewell County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
    Vermilion County: 1 female 90s
    Warren County: 1 male 70s
    Wayne County: 1 male 90s
    White County: 2 males 80s
    Whiteside County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 70s
    Will County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
    Williamson County: 1 male 80s
    Winnebago County: 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 523,840 cases, including 10,434 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 93,464 specimens for a total 8,664,483. As of last night, 5,042 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 951 patients were in the ICU and 404 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 34– November 10 is 12.4%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 4, 2020 – November 10, 2020 is 13.6%.

Sadly, another resident at the Illinois Veterans’ Home LaSalle (IVHL) has passed away. This is the seventh resident death at the home. Currently, there are 72 residents with COVID-19 and 72 employees.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is in regular consultation with IDPH and the Federal Department of Veterans’ Affairs and is following all public health guidance. After the first positive tests at the facility on November 1, 2020, visitation was halted on November 2, 2020 and new admissions postponed. All positive residents are isolating in a separate wing of the facility. Over the summer, IDVA constructed 25 negative pressure rooms with capacity for 44 residents, which is now in use in this wing. IDVA is also ramping up the use of antigen testing in the facility in order to more rapidly test residents and staff.

To help decrease the positivity rate, IDPH recommends the following.
Work from Home if Possible

For the next three weeks, work with your employer to plan to work from home unless it is necessary for you to be in the workplace. We ask employers to make accommodation for this. Our goal is to reduce transmission as we head into the holidays so businesses and schools can remain open.
Participate in Essential Activities Only

For the next three weeks, stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities, such as work that must be performed outside the home, COVID-19 testing, visiting the pharmacy, and buying groceries.
Limit Travel and Gatherings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts tell us that gatherings and travel in and out of communities present a high risk of spreading the infection. In our current situation, with a rising prevalence of the virus, attending even small gatherings that mix households, or traveling to areas that are experiencing high rates of positivity, is not advised and is potentially dangerous. Please, travel only if necessary.

*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. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

12 Comments
  1. - Keyrock - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 12:21 pm:

    It’s time, Governor. Move the state back at least one phase.


  2. - jimbo - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 12:22 pm:

    Instead of staying home, people in my neighborhood are traveling MORE than a normal year. Work and school from home can be done anywhere. Disney, East coast, West coast, Wisconsin you name it.

    Public health officials and epidemiologists were telling us winter was going to be bad back in February and March if we didn’t have some sort of semblance of control before winter. Unfortunately much of society decided to be bored with living a minimally restricted life and here we find ourselves.


  3. - DoinStuff - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 12:35 pm:

    If the Governor institutes mitigation controls soon, does that mean we might roll back to the phase 1 (rapid spread) phase?


  4. - Merica - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 12:35 pm:

    There is a direct correlation between the positivity rate and in-person school and sports. Everyone went back to daycare, school and two months later, here we are.

    At the daycare, kids are sick, especially ages 2 and 3 the entire duration of that time, they are sick with hand foot and mouth, colds, all kinds of viruses. COVID-19 does not present itself in most children differently from a typical cold so most parents won’t get their younger children tested when they have a runny nose. i’ve had three kids in daycare, my kids have never been sicker than when they attended daycare.

    you won’t control this thing until you close the daycares.


  5. - Because I said so.... - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 12:43 pm:

    Mandate masks. If Trump won’t do it, it should be done on the state level.


  6. - The Dude - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 12:46 pm:

    As I’ve said elsewhere here…I’m giving him until Friday to shut it down. If not then I will actively support for a new govenor who actually isn’t scared to lead.


  7. - yinn - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 12:52 pm:

    According to the Daily Chronicle, Sycamore school district #427 has 28 staff and 38 students testing positive so far, with 300 total staff and students quarantined.

    This is just the elementary schools. Middle schoolers and high schoolers aren’t back to in-person learning yet.

    The district serves 3,700 students.

    I know a few people who work for the district. They are attributing some of the cases, in part, to teachers having to provide their own PPE, and to poor decisions (e.g., teachers eating lunch together).


  8. - Chatham Resident - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 12:59 pm:

    ==For the next three weeks, work with your employer to plan to work from home unless it is necessary for you to be in the workplace. We ask employers to make accommodation for this.==

    I wonder if state offices that have already reopened will do this?


  9. - FlyCreek - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 1:11 pm:

    To further underscore the hospitalization problem: 1,525 were hospitalized on 8/12, 1,509 on 9/12, 1,764 on 10/12 and now 5,257 on 11/12. If you don’t believe the positivity rate is a problem, then look at our hospitalizations.


  10. - lake county democrat - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 1:49 pm:

    You have to pick your battles - I can live with optional in-person school: there’s less transmission and the deficiencies of online learning are very apparent. Outdoor gatherings - eh, let it slide, transmission is much less likely. Restaurants and bars - it breaks my heart, but this is where there is more bang for the buck (though I wish we could have at least experimented with sip-masks and stricter time limits for bars). Stores and gyms a close second. And maybe try a new PR angle stressing that vaccines are on the horizon and beg to hold out just a little longer.


  11. - Ares - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 2:17 pm:

    This, sadly, is the price we all must pay, for a small / significant number of people following our (outgoing) President’s lead last month and milling out and about without masks. How many more loosen / tighten restrictions will we have?


  12. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Nov 12, 20 @ 2:19 pm:

    ===Mandate masks. If Trump won’t do it, it should be done on the state level. ===

    *facepalm*

    Masks have been mandated in Illinois since May 1. For crying out loud, either get with the program or leave this blog.


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