Coronavirus Updates For Springfield And Central Illinois

Oct 21, 2020

December 3, 3:40 p.m.

Sangamon County Update

Thursday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 137 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths: a man in his 60's who tested positive on November 28th and a man in his 80's who tested positive on November 22nd.

There have been 109 deaths in the county due to the disease since the pandemic began, and 10,537 positive cases.  Currently, 83 people in the county are hospitalized with COVID-19.

December 3, 12:15 p.m.

Statewide IDPH Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday reported 10,959 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 192 additional deaths.  Some data reported to IDPH is delayed from the weekends, including this past holiday weekend.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 759,562 cases, including 12,830 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 106,778 specimens for a total 10,806,364.  As of last night, 5,653 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,170 patients were in the ICU and 693 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 26 - December 2, 2020 is 10.4%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 26 - December 2, 2020 is 12.3%.

December 2, 3:00 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death: a woman in her 90's, who tested positive for COVID-19 on November 29th.

There have been 107 deaths in the county due to the disease since the pandemic began, and 10,400 positive cases.  County health officials say that 3 positive cases that were previously reported will no longer be included in the totals since they have been transferred out of Sangamon County.  Currently, 83 people in the county are hospitalized with COVID-19.

December 2, 12:45 p.m.

IDPH Daily COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday reported 9,757 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 238 additional deaths.  Some data reported to IDPH is delayed from the weekends, including this past holiday weekend.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 748,603 cases, including 12,639 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 85,507 specimens for a total 10,699,586.  As of last night, 5,764 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,190 patients were in the ICU and 714 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 25 - December 1, 2020 is 10.6%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 25 - December 1, 2020 is 12.5%.

December 1, 3:40 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

Tuesday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 136 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths: a woman in her 50's, a woman in her 70's, a woman in her 80's, a man in his 80's, and a woman over a hundred years old.

There have been 106 deaths in the county due to the disease since the pandemic began, and 10,272 positive cases.  County health officials say that 65 positive cases that were previously reported will no longer be included in the totals since they have been transferred out of Sangamon County.  Currently, 84 people in the county are hospitalized with COVID-19.

December 1, 12:30 p.m.

SIU Medicine COVID-19 Testing in Springfield

SIU Medicine will continue COVID-19 testing for the Springfield community in December.  All SIU Medicine COVID-19 testing sites will be closed December 23 – January 3 for the holidays.  Testing will resume on January 4, 2021.

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, the testing operation will be hosted by Abundant Faith Christian Center located at 2525 Taylor Ave.  All participants should be in line before 3 p.m. to ensure same day testing.

Mondays:    9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.
Tuesdays:    9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.
Thursdays:  9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.

On Fridays, the testing operation is hosted by other area congregations:

Friday, December 4:  9 a.m. – noon at Fresh Visions Community Church, 1551 J David Jones Pkwy.

Froday, December 11:  9 a.m. – noon at Third Presbyterian Church, 1030 N. 7th St.

Friday, December 18:  9 a.m. – noon at First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. 7th St.

Before getting tested, please wait at least four days from a possible exposure to get the most accurate test result.  Quarantine at home until a result has been given.  If you have taken a test or if you plan to be tested at one of these locations, please visit this site for more information: http://siumed.org/covidtest

December 1, 12:20 p.m.

IDPH Statewide Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday reported 12,542 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 125 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 738,846 cases, including 12,403 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 116,081 specimens for a total 10,614,079.  As of last night, 5,835 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,195 patients were in the ICU and 721 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 24 - November 30, 2020 is 10.4%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 24 - November 30, 2020 is 12.2%.

November 30, 4:55 p.m.

Sangamon County Update

On Monday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported a cumulative 5-day total (from November 26 - 30) of 774 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths.  The number of deaths in the county of patients diagnosed with the disease is now 101.  99 people in Sangamon County are currently hospitalized with the new coronavirus disease.

November 30, 12:20 p.m.

IDPH Statewide COVID-19 Update for Monday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Monday reported 6,190 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 85 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 726,304 cases, including 12,278 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 66,980 specimens for a total 10,497,998.  As of last night, 5,849 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,217 patients were in the ICU and 715 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 23 - November 29, 2020 is 10.2%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 23 - November 29, 2020 is 12.2%.

November 29

IDPH Statewide COVID-19 Update for Sunday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Sunday reported 7,178 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 57 additional deaths.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 22 – November 28, 2020 is 10.1%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 22 – November 28, 2020 is 12.1%.

November 28

IDPH Statewide COVID-19 Update for Saturday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Saturday reported 7,873 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 108 additional deaths.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 21 – November 27, 2020 is 10.1%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 21 – November 27, 2020 is 12.2%.

November 27, 1:00 p.m.

IDPH Statewide Update for Friday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 7,574 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 66 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 705,063 cases, including 12,029 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 77,130 specimens for a total 10,289,223.  As of last night, 5,829 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,215 patients were in the ICU and 698 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 20 – November 26, 2020 is 10.1%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 20 – November 26, 2020 is 12.2%.

November 26

IDPH Statewide Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday reported 12,022 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, and 131 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 697,489 cases, including 11,963 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 107,556 specimens for a total 10,212,093.  As of last night, 6,032 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,224 patients were in the ICU and 724 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 19 – November 25, 2020 is 10.3%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 19 – November 25, 2020 is 12.0%.

November 25, 2:15 p.m.

Sangamon County Update

Wednesday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 130 new positive cases of COVID-19 and four deaths: a man in his 70's who tested positive for COVID-19 on November 19th, a man in his 80's who tested positive on November 12th, a woman in her 60's who tested positive on November 6th, and a woman in her 90's who tested positive on October 8th..

There have now been 91 reported deaths of people diagnosed with the disease in the county since the pandemic began.  104 people in Sangamon County are currently hospitalized with the new coronavirus disease.

November 25, 12:50 p.m.

Statewide IDPH COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday reported 11,378 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 155 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 685,467 cases, including 11,832 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 114,233 specimens for a total 10,104,537.  As of last night, 6,133 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,208 patients were in the ICU and 679 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 18 - November 24, 2020 is 10.6%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 18 - November 24, 2020 is 12.2%.

November 24, 4:50 p.m.

Sangamon County Update

Tuesday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 157 new positive cases of COVID-19 and two deaths: a woman in her 50's who tested positive on October 28th and a man in his 80's who tested positive on November 18th.

There have been 87 reported deaths of people diagnosed with the disease in the county since the pandemic began.  106 people in Sangamon County are currently hospitalized with the new coronavirus disease.

November 24, 1:00 p.m.

IDPH Statewide COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 9,469 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 125 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 674,089 cases, including 11,677 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 97,323 specimens for a total 9,990,304.  As of last night, 6,134 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,203 patients were in the ICU and 668 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 17 - November 23, 2020 is 10.4%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 17 - November 23, 2020 is 12.4%.

November 23, 5:20 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

Today, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported a three day total of 642 new positive cases of COVID-19 (229 on Saturday, 196 on Sunday, and 217 on Monday).

County health authorities also reported five additional deaths of people diagnosed with COVID-19 during the same three day period: two women in their 90's, a woman in her 80's, a man in his 70's, and a woman in her 50's.

There have been 85 reported deaths in the county since the pandemic began.  85 people in Sangamon County are currently hospitalized with  the new coronavirus disease.

November 23, 2:00 p.m.

Free COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites in Central Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has several mobile testing teams that are dispatched to various locations around the state each week to provide COVID-19 testing.  Anyone can be tested, regardless of symptoms or immigration status.  There is no cost to the individual for testing, but they should bring their insurance card if they have one.  However, insurance is not required.  Specimens will be collected using a simple nasal swab.  Drive-through and walk-up testing are both available at most locations.

Nov. 23, 8:00am-4:00pm - Carrollton: Carrollton High School

Nov. 23, 8:00am-4:00pm - Springfield: Sangamon County Health Department.

Nov. 23-25, 8:00am-4:00pm - Decatur: Decatur Civic Center.

Nov. 24-25, 8:00am-4:00pm - Jerseyville: Jersey County Health Department.

Nov. 27, 8:00am-4:00pm - Danville: Vermillion County Health Department.

November 27-29, 8:00am-4:00pm - Decatur: Decatur Civic Center.

November 28-29, 8:00am-4:00pm -  Springfield: Sangamon County Health Department.

November 29, 9:00am-4:00pm - Lincoln: Logan County Health Department.

November 23, 1:20 p.m.

Daily IDPH COVID-19 Update for Monday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 8,322 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 47 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 664,620 cases, including 11,552 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 91,562 specimens for a total 9,892,981.  As of last night, 6,171 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,206 patients were in the ICU and 635 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 16 – November 22, 2020 is 10.9%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 16 – November 22, 2020 is 12.7%.

November 20, 2020

Friday's COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 13,012 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 126 additional deaths.

- Adams County: 1 male 80s
- Bureau County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
- Champaign County: 1 female 80s
- Coles County: 1 female 90s
- Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 40s, 2 females 50s, 2 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 6 females 70s, 11 males 70s, 9 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 2 males 90s, 1 female over 100, 1 male over 100
- DeKalb County: 1 female 40s
- DeWitt County: 1 female 80s
- Douglas County: 1 male 80s
- DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
- Effingham County: 1 female 60s
- Franklin County: 1 male 90s
- Grundy County: 1 female 70s
- Kane County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
- Kendall County: 1 male 90s
- Knox County: 1 female 80s
- Lake County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
- LaSalle County: 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 male 90s
- Macon County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s
- Madison County: 1 male 20s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s
- Mason County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 90s
- McDonough County: 1 male 60s
- McHenry County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s
- McLean County: 1 male 80s
- Mercer County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s
- Monroe County: 1 female 80s
- Ogle County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
- Pike County: 1 male 80s
- Randolph County: 1 female 80s
- Rock Island County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- Sangamon County: 1 female 80s
- Stephenson County: 1 female 70s
- Tazewell County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- Whiteside County: 2 males 50s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
- Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 female over 100
- Winnebago County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
- Woodford County: 1 female over 100


Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 634,395 cases, including 11,304 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 116,024 specimens for a total 9,588,698.  As of last night, 6,111 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,196 patients were in the ICU and 604 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 13 – November 19, 2020 is 11.5%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 13 – November 19, 2020 is 13.4%.

Sangamon County health officials today announced four more deaths from coronavirus disease.  A man in his 50’s, a man in his 60’s, a man in his 80’s and a woman in her 90's were the victims. 

That brings the death toll in the county to 80 since the start of the pandemic. 

214 more cases have been reported and 100 people are now hospitalized in Sangamon County.


November 19, 3:00 p.m.

Thursday's COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 14,612 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 168 additional deaths.

- Bureau County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s
- Champaign County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s
- Christian County: 1 female 70s
- Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 4 males 50s, 6 males 60s, 6 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 5 females 90s, 3 males 90s
- Cumberland County: 1 female 90s
- DeWitt County: 1 female 80s
- DuPage County: 2 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
- Effingham County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
- Greene County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
- Jackson County: 1 female 90s
- Kane County: 1 female 50s, 2 males 70s, 4 males 80s, 2 females 90s
- Kankakee County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
- Kendall County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s
- Knox County: 2 females 80s
- Lake County: 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 2 male 90s
- LaSalle County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- Lee County: 1 male 70s
- Livingston County: 1 male 80s
- Macon County: 3 males 60s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
- Madison County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
- Marion County: 1 female 70s
- McDonough County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
- McHenry County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 3 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- McLean County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s
- Morgan County; 1 male 80s
- Moultrie County: 1 male 70s
- Ogle County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
- Peoria County: 2 females 90s
- Perry County: 1 male 80s
- Pike County: 1 female 80s
- Randolph County: 1 male 80s
- Rock Island County: 1 male 70s
- Sangamon County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- St. Clair County: 1 male 80s
- Stephenson County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 females 90s
- Tazewell County: 1 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
- Vermilion County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s
- Wabash County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 90s
- Wayne County: 1 male 70s
- White County: 1 male 80s
- Whiteside County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 female 100+
- Will County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
- Williamson County: 1 male 70s
- Winnebago County: 1 male 50s, 2 males 80s
- Woodford County: 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 621,383 cases, including 11,178 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 113,447 specimens for a total 9,472,674.  As of last night, 6,037 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,192 patients were in the ICU and 587 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 12 – November 18, 2020 is 12.0%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 12 – November 18, 2020 is 14.0%.

Sangamon County reported 271 new cases of coronavirus disease.  3,775 people are isolated. 91 are hospitalized.  

November 19, 10:30 a.m.

Jacksonville Municipal Building Closing

The City of Jacksonville Municipal Building will be closed to the public due to the COVID pandemic effective November 19 at 4:30 p.m. until further notice. Employees will be working and conducting business.  The mayor is asking the community to conduct essential business via phone (leave a voicemail), email and to drop off documents using the drive up window on the west side of the building. 

If unsure what department you need,  contact esda@jacksonvilleil.com and you will be redirected
to the correct department.

November 18, 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 8,922 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 140 additional deaths.

- Adams County: 1 male 90s
- Bureau County: 1 female 90s
- Champaign Cunty: 1 female 100+
- Clinton County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- Coles County: 1 male 90s
- Cook County: 2 males 30s, 1 female 40s, 2 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 4 males 50s, 7 females 60s, 13 males 60s, 10 females 70s, 9 males 70s, 6 females 80s, 13 males 80s, 6 females 90s, 4 males 90s, 1 male 100+
- DeWitt County: 1 female 90s
- DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s, 2 males 90s
- Effingham County: 1 male 90s
- Fayette County: 1 male 80s
- Franklin County: 1 male 90s
- Greene County: 1 male 90s
- Jackson County: 1 male 70s
- Kendall County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 90s
- Knox County: 1 female 90s
- Lake County: 1 male 90s
- LaSalle County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 80s, 1 female 90s
- Livingston County: 1 male 60s
- Logan County: 1 male 80s
- Macon County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 90s
- McDonough County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
- McHenry County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 90s
- Ogle County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 90s
- Peoria County: 2 females 80s
- Sangamon County: 1 male 80s
- St. Clair County: 1 female 70s
- Stephenson County: 1 female 80s
- Tazewell County: 1 male 90s
- Vermilion County: 1 male 70s
- Warren County: 1 female 80s
- Wayne County: 1 male 90s
- Whiteside County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
- Will County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
- Williamson County: 1 male 70s
- Winnebago County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s


Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 606,771 cases, including 11,014 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 103,569 specimens for a total 9,359,227.  As of last night, 5,953 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,146 patients were in the ICU and 547 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 11 – November 17, 2020 is 11.9%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 11 – November 17, 2020 is 14.2%.

Sangamon County has topped eight thousand confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.   The county’s health department reported 198 additional cases today.  91 people are hospitalized.

November 17, 5:30 p.m.

Tier 3 Restrictions Imposed

This new tier aims to limit gatherings and encourages people to stay home to the greatest extent possible, while permitting some industries to remain open at significantly reduced capacities with proper safety measures in place. All detailed Phase 4 operational guidance remains in effect. Where Phase 4 guidance and Tier 3 Mitigations imply different standards, the more restrictive Tier 3 Mitigations will apply.  Child care facilities may continue to operate subject to DCFS guidelines. All 11 regions will move into Tier 3 effective Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:01am. 

November 17, 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday's COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 12,601 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 97 additional deaths.

- Bureau County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
- Cass County: 1 female 80s
- Coles County: 1 female 80s
- Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 females 60s, 3 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 male 100+
- DuPage County: 1 female 40s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- Franklin County: 1 male 80s
- Greene County: 1 female 80s
- Hancock County: 1 male 80s
- Iroquois County: 1 female 70s
- Jefferson County: 1 female 80s
- Jo Daviess County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 100+
- Kane County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
- Kankakee County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
- Knox County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
- Lake County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- Logan County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s
- Macon County: 2 males 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- Madison County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 1 female 90s
- Marion County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
- Morgan County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
- Ogle County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
- Peoria County: 1 female 60s
- Rock Island County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
- Sangamon County: 1 female 90s
- St. Clair County: 1 male 90s
- Tazewell County: 2 males 70s
- Vermilion County: 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s
- Warren County: 1 male 60s
- Wayne County: 1 female 80s
- Whiteside County: 1 male 70s
- Will County: 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
- Williamson County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
- Winnebago County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 597,849 cases, including 10,875 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 94,205 specimens for a total 9,255,658.  As of last night, 5,887 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,158 patients were in the ICU and 545 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 
 
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 10 – November 16, 2020 is 12.5%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 10 – November 16, 2020 is 14.5%.

Sangamon County officials reported the 76th death from COVID-19.  The victim was a woman in her 80's who tested positive November 7.  The county on Tuesday announced 198 new cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the total to 7,913 since the pandemic started.  3,535 people in the county are isolated.  80 are hospitalized.  

In Morgan County, there were 43 new cases Tuesday.  The county also announced a woman in her 80's, who had tested positive for COVID-19,  died while hospitalized.

November 16, 12:00 p.m. 

Coronavirus Update For Monday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 11,632 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 37 additional deaths.

- Clinton County: 1 male 50s
- Cook County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 3 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 2 males 90s
- DuPage County: 1 female 90s
- Edwards County: 1 male 80s
- Iroquois County: 1 female 60s
- Kane County: 1 male 50s
- Lake County: 1 female 50s
- LaSalle County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 3 males 90s
- Madison County; 1 male 80s
- McDonough County: 1 female 70s
- Peoria County: 1 female 80s
- Pike County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
- Wayne County: 1 male 80s
- Will County: 1 female 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 585,248 cases, including 10,779 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 90,612 specimens for a total 9,161,453.  As of last night, 5,581 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,144 patients were in the ICU and 514 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 
 
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 9 – November 15, 2020 is 12.5%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 9 – November 15, 2020 is 14.7%.

In Sangamon County, the three day case total stands at 680.  That brings the county's total to 7,715 since the pandemic began.  There have been 75 deaths. Currently, 54 people in Sangamon County are hospitalized.

Morgan County saw 110 new cases over the weekend and Monday.  There were also three deaths, with two of the victims Heritage Health residents. 

November 13, 6:20 p.m.

Driver's License Facilities Closing for Three Weeks

All Illinois Secretary of State driver's license facilities will be closing for three weeks beginning Tuesday, November 17, due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases.  They are scheduled to reopen on December 7th.

Expiration dates for driver's licenses and I.D. cards are being extended until June 2021.

Secretary of State Jesse White is encouraging everyone to use online services during this period.  The Secretary of State has been the only state government agency open for in-person transactions during most of the pandemic.

November 13, 6:10 p.m.

State Eviction Moratorium Extended

In a press briefing today, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that the state’s moratorium on evictions will be extended 30-days.  The governor says the moratorium will aid both renters and landlords who have been hurt financially by the pandemic.
 
The order will require people to submit  a declaration to their landlords that they are not able to make rent payments because of hardship stemming from the pandemic.  Individuals with incomes below $99,000 dollars or couples making below $198,000 will be eligible.

The first eviction moratorium was put in place back in March, at the start of the pandemic.

November 12, 3:30 p.m.

Sangamon County Update for Friday

On Friday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 296 new positive cases of COVID-19 and two deaths - a man in his 70's who tested positive on October 25th and a woman in her 80's who tested positive on November 4th.  The total number of deaths in the county due to the new coronavirus is 75.  74 people in Sangamon County are currently hospitalized with the disease.

November 13, 1:00 p.m.

Statewide IDPH Report for Friday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 15,415 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 27 additional deaths.

The IDPH also reported a record one-day testing high, with more than 106,000 COVID-19 tests reported.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 551,957 cases.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 106,540 specimens for a total 8,871,640.  As of last night, 5,362 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 990 patients were in the ICU and 488 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 6 - November 12 is 13.2%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 6, 2020 - November 12, 2020 is 14.5%.

All but six Illinois counties are at the warning level.  Ninety-six counties, plus the city of Chicago, are currently reported at a warning level - Adams, Alexander, Bond, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Cook, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, DeWitt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lawrence, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Massac, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie,  Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike,  Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island, Saline, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, St. Clair, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, Winnebago, Woodford, and the city of Chicago.

November 12, 5:50 p.m.

73 Springfield Firefighters Quarantined

73 Springfield firefighters are currently quarantined due to COVID-19 and from this number, 19 firefighters have tested positive for COVID.

All fire stations are open and providing service to residents.  However, due to this change in numbers, Engine 2 and Engine 12 will not be in operation until further notice.  Both of these engines are part of a multi-company station house.

Springfield Fire Chief Allen Reyne says that this will be a temporary shutdown, while working to get people back to work quickly but keeping everyone’s safety in mind.

There is a total of 214 sworn Springfield firefighters with the department.  The department is currently scheduling more firefighters for rapid testing.

November 12, 4:10 p.m.

Sangamon County Update for Thursday

Today, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported a total of 416 new cases of COVID-19 over the last two days (201 Wednesday and 215 today).  73 people in the county dignosed with the disease have died since the beginning of the pandemic, and 66 people in Sangamon County are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

November 12, 12:15 p.m.

Statewide IDPH COVID-19 Update

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

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 536,542 cases, including 10,477 deaths.  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.

November 11, 1:15 p.m.

Statewide IDPH Update

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

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 523,840 cases and 10,434 deaths.  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%.

November 10, 6:00 p.m.

Sangamon County Announces No More Indoor Dining Allowed

Sangamon County officials are reversing course and banning indoor service at bars and restaurants.  The new rules take effect Friday.

A surge in new COVID-19 cases and rise in the county’s positivity rate are reasons for the change.

Last week, local officials announced a plan to defy Gov. JB Pritzker’s orders to shutter indoor service, but put in additional rules.  These included keeping windows open and requiring businesses to keep a list of customers for contact tracing.

County officials argued the delay in implementing the full mitigations would give businesses a “lifeline”.  But it drew criticism from Pritzker and others, who said it would contribute to the ongoing surge.

November 10, 5:35 p.m.

New Record Number of Cases in Sangamon County

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health Tuesday reported 343 additional cases of COVID-19.

The total number of deaths of people in the county diagnosed with COVID-19 is 73.  There are currently 61 people in Sangamon County hospitalized with the disease.

November 10, 12:45 p.m.

UIS Cancels In-Person Classes, Events For Tuesday and Wednesday After 15 Test Positive For COVID-19

The University of Illinois Springfield canceled in-person classes and campus events Tuesday and Wednesday because of “increased COVID-19 activity."

Fifteen people tested positive for the virus Monday in on-campus testing, according to a campus-wide email from UIS Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney.  That’s out of 476 tests completed, according to a university spokesman.

UIS has been requiring all students, faculty and staff who visit the campus to be screened once a week through its saliva-based testing program.

The university is instructing all gatherings, meetings and athletic practices to be postponed or canceled. Food service will change to a grab-and-go format.

Whitney is planning an update for 4 p.m. on Wednesday via Zoom for all faculty, staff and students.

November 10, 12:20 p.m.

Statewide IDPH COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday reported 12,623 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 79 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 511,183 cases, including 10,289 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 101,955 specimens for a total 8,571,019.  As of last night, 4,742 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 911 patients were in the ICU and 399 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 3 - November 9 is 12.0%.  This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July.  Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests.  On October 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 3, 2020 - November 9, 2020 is 13.1%.

The Illinois Veterans' Home LaSalle (IVHL) is reporting 3 new resident deaths in the past 24 hours. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 68 residents and 70 employees at IVHL have contracted COVID-19, including six residents who have passed away. IVHL has implemented testing, isolation, and sterilization protocols at the facility and is following all public health guidance in its continued response.

Case positivity and test positivity rate are both relevant and offer insight into the bigger COVID-19 picture.  Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections.  Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.

Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, beginning November 6, 2020 and going forward, IDPH will report confirmed cases and probable cases combined.  A confirmed case is laboratory confirmed via molecular test.  A probable case meets clinical criteria AND is epidemiologically linked or has a positive antigen test.  If a probable case is later confirmed, the case will be deduplicated and will only be counted once.  Probable deaths and confirmed deaths will continue to be reported separately.

November 9

Additional COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations in Regions 5, 7, and 8

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts that will be implemented in Region 5 (Southern Illinois), Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties), and Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties), beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.  These regions are seeing a test positivity rate that remains above 8 percent and continues to rise after more than 14-days under Tier 1 mitigations, which exceeds the threshold set for establishing additional mitigation measures under the state's Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.

Region 5 has been under Tier 1 of the state's resurgence mitigation plan since October 22 and Regions 7 and 8 since October 23, after seeing a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days.  However, the positivity rate has continued to significantly increase in these regions. Beginning November 11, Regions 5, 7, and 8 will face additional mitigations, such as a tighter gathering cap of 10 individuals rather than 25 and new table caps of six rather than 10 when eating out.

For Regions 5, 7, and 8, additional mitigation measures taking effect November 11 include the following:

Bars and Restaurants

• Reduce party size from 10 to six individuals.

Meetings, Social Events and Gatherings

• Maximum indoor/outdoor gathering size of 10 individuals.

Organized Group Recreational Activities

• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors, and groups limited to 10 individuals or fewer.

These mitigations do not apply to schools.

Regions 5, 7 and 8 have seen alarming trends in recent months. As of today, Region 5 is seeing an average positivity rate of 11.5%, with more than twice as many COVID-19 patients entering a hospital each day compared to the summer peak in late August. Regions 7 and 8 each have positivity rates of 13%, with nearly one in seven tests in these regions coming back positive.

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Regions 5, 7, and 8 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place. IDPH has been working closely with local health departments in the three regions to provide education to the public and offer information to businesses and organizations on safe ways to reopen.

All 11 regions continue to operate under resurgence mitigation framework. A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the DCEO website: https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois

November 9, 6:00 p.m.

Sangamon County Update for Monday

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health today reported a total of 582 additional cases of COVID-19 and four deaths over a three day period - Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

The deaths include a man in his 90’s, a man in his 70’s, a woman in her 70’s, and a man in his 50’s.

The total number of deaths of people in the county diagnosed with COVID-19 is 73.  There are currently 40 people in Sangamon County hospitalized with the disease.
 

November 9, 1:00 p.m.

Statewide COVID-19 Update for Monday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 10,573 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 14 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 498,560 cases, including 10,210 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 64,760 specimens for a total 8,469,064.  As of last night, 4,409 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 857 patients were in the ICU and 376 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 2 - November 8 is 11.4%.  This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July.  Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests.  On October 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 2, 2020 - November 8, 2020 is 12.4%.

Case positivity and test positivity rate are both relevant and offer insight into the bigger COVID-19 picture.  Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections.  Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.

Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, beginning November 6, 2020 and going forward, IDPH will report confirmed cases and probable cases combined.  A confirmed case is laboratory confirmed via molecular test.  A probable case meets clinical criteria AND is epidemiologically linked or has a positive antigen test.  If a probable case is later confirmed, the case will be deduplicated and will only be counted once.  Probable deaths and confirmed deaths will continue to be reported separately.

November 6, 2:40 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update for Friday

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health on Friday reported 288 new confirmed cases of new coronavirus disease.  In Sangamon County, 69 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died since the beginning of the pandemic.  33 people in the county are currently hospitalized with the disease.

November 6, 12:55 p.m.

IDPH COVID-19 Report for Friday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 10,376 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 49 additional deaths.

Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, beginning November 6, 2020 and going forward, IDPH will report confirmed cases and probable cases combined.   A confirmed case is laboratory confirmed via molecular test.   A probable case meets clinical criteria AND is epidemiologically linked, or has a positive antigen test.  If a probable case is later confirmed, the case will be deduplicated and will only be counted once.  Probable deaths and confirmed deaths will continue to be reported separately.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 465,540 cases, including 10,079 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 98,401 specimens for a total 8,215,129.  As of last night, 4,090 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 786 patients were in the ICU and 339 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 30 - November 5 is 9.6%.  This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July.  Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests.  On October 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from October 30, 2020 - November 5, 2020 is 11.1%.

Case positivity and test positivity rate are both relevant and offer insight into the bigger COVID-19 picture.  Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections.  Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.

November 6, 12:50 p.m.

75 Counties and Chicago at Warning Level for COVID-19

Seventy-five counties, plus the city of Chicago, are currently reported at a warning level - Adams, Alexander, Bond, Boone, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Chicago, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Cook, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Effingham, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Madison, Marion, Mason, Massac, McHenry, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Rock Island, Saline, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby, St. Clair, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, Winnebago, and Woodford.

November 5, 6:00 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 228 new confirmed cases of new coronavirus disease.  In Sangamon County, 69 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died since the beginning of the pandemic.  33 people in the county are currently hospitalized with the disease.

November 5, 1:15 p.m.

IDPH Reports A Total of More Than 10,000 COVID-19 Deaths in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday reported 9,935 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 97 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 447,491 cases, including 10,030 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 86,015 specimens for a total 8,116,728.  As of last night, 3,891 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 772 patients were in the ICU and 343 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 29 - November 4 is 9.1%.  This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July.  Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests.  On October 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from October 29, 2020 - November 4, 2020 is 10.5%.

Case positivity and test positivity rate are both relevant and offer insight into the bigger COVID-19 picture.  Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections.  Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.

November 5

Springfield Mandates Masks When Shopping

The city of Springfield is instituting a $50 fine on individuals who don’t wear a face covering around their nose and mouth in grocery stores, gas stations, and other retail businesses.

Langfelder proposed the fines as he and other leaders try to address a local surge in COVID-19 cases.  The mayor joined county officials this week in announcing they would defy the governor’s order to shutter indoor bar and restaurant service, instead allowing the businesses to stay open for at least two more weeks.

The Springfield City Council approved the ordinance at an emergency meeting Wednesday night.  It builds on the statewide mask mandate and previous executive orders from the mayor that fine bars and restaurants for not requiring their patrons to wear face coverings.

However, Langfelder joined Sangamon county officials this week in announcing they would defy the governor’s recent order to close indoor bar and restaurant service.  Instead, they will allow those businesses to stay open for at least two more weeks, with limited capacity and more rules on operations.

November 4, 4:15 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

On Wednesday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported a two-day total of 178 new COVID-19 cases (118 on Tuesday and 60 on Wednesday) and two additional deaths - a man in his 90's who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 27th and a man in his 60's who tested positive on October 2nd.  The total number of deaths in the county related to the new coronavirus disease is now 69.  37 people in Sangamon County are currently hospitalized with the disease.

November 4, 2:00 p.m.

Statewide IDPH Report

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday reported 7,538 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 55 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 437,556 cases, including 9,933 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 71,857 specimens for a total 8,030,713.  As of last night, 3,761 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 776 patients were in the ICU and 327 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 28 - November 3 is 8.5%.  This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July.  Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests.  On October 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from October 28, 2020 - November 3, 2020 is 10.1%.

Case positivity and test positivity rate are both relevant and offer insight into the bigger COVID-19 picture.  Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections.  Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.

November 3, 4:00 p.m.

Statewide IDPH COVID-19 Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Tuesday reported 6,516 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 68 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 430,018 cases, including 9,878 deaths.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 82,435 specimens for a total 7,958,856.  As of last night, 3,594 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 755 patients were in the ICU and 326 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 27 – November 2 is 8.2%.  This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July.  Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests.  On October 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from October 27, 2020 – November 2, 2020 is 9.9%.

Case positivity and test positivity rate are both relevant and offer insight into the bigger COVID-19 picture.  Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections.  Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.

November 3, 12:00 p.m.

Free COVID-19 Testing Available at State Mobile Testing Sites in Central Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has several mobile testing teams that are dispatched to various locations around the state each week to provide COVID-19 testing.   Anyone can be tested, regardless of symptoms or immigration status.  There is no cost to the individual for testing, but they should bring their insurance card if they have one.   However, insurance is not required.  Specimens will be collected using a simple nasal swab.  Drive-through and walk-up testing are both available at most locations.

DATE / LOCATION / TIME / ADDRESS / COUNTY

Nov 2-3  -  Sangamon County Health Department  -  9am–5pm  -  2833 South Grand Ave East, Springfield  -  Sangamon County

Nov 4  -  Clark County Health Department  -  9am–5pm  -  997 North York Street, Martinsville  -  Clark County

Nov 5  -  Mason County  -  9am–5pm  -  504 S Promenade St, Havana  -  Mason County

Nov 6  -  Moultrie County  -  9am–5pm  -  Building 1225, 1225 S Hamilton St, Sullivan     -  Moultrie County

Nov 7-8  -  Sangamon County Health Department  -  9am–5pm  -  2833 South Grand Ave East, Springfield  -  Sangamon County

Nov 7  -  Fayette County Health Department  -  9am–5pm  -  416 W Edwards St, Vandalia  -  Fayette County

Nov 8  -  Logan County Health Department  -  9am–5pm  -  109 3rd St,
Lincoln  -      Logan County

Nov 2 -8  -  Danville Area Community College  -  9am–5pm  -  2000 East Main Street, Danville     -  Vermillion County

Locations are subject to change.  Please check the IDPH website for the most current mobile testing site location information.

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing/mobile-testing-sites

November 2, 4:15 p.m.

Additional Death in Sangamon County

On Monday, the Sangmon County Department of Public Health reported one additional pandemic-related death, a woman in her 90's who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 27th.  The county also reported 290 new cases of the disease over a three day period (123 on Saturday, 70 on Sunday, 97 on Monday).  Currently, 39 people in Sangamon County are hospitalized with COVID-19, and there have been a total of 67 deaths.

November 2, 12:50 p.m.

IDPH Statewide Update for Monday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 6,222 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 20 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 423,502 cases, including 9,810 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 68,118 specimens for a total 7,876,421.  As of last night, 3,371 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 722 patients were in the ICU and 298 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 26 - November 1 is 8.1%.  This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July.  Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests.  On October 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from October 26, 2020 - November 1, 2020 is 9.7%.

Case positivity and test positivity rate are both relevant and offer insight into the bigger COVID-19 picture.  Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections.  Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.

November 1

COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations to Take Effect in Region 2 on Wednesday
 
Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 2—North-Central Illinois—beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. The region has seen a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days, which exceeds the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan. Region 2 includes Rock Island, Henry, Bureau, Putnam, Kendall, Grundy, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren, McDonough, Fulton, Stark, Marshall, Peoria, Tazwell, McLean, Woodford, Livingston, and Lasalle counties.

The positivity rate in Region 2 has fluctuated in recent months, with the region currently seeing an 9.3% positivity rate as of today. While the rate was 7.7% in early September, it dropped to 5% by early October and increased again to 7.2% in late October. Region 2 has also experienced a slight uptick in hospitalizations in October after leveling off the two months prior.
 
In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 2 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place. If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5% for three consecutive days, then the regions will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5% and 8%, the new mitigations will remain in place and unchanged. If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8% after 14 days, more stringent mitigations may be applied to further reduce spread of the virus.  
 
Every region of the Restore Illinois Plan is continuing to see sustained increases in new coronavirus positivity rates and all 11 regions  will be operating under the resurgence mitigation framework by Wednesday.

October 30, 3:00 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update for Friday

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health on Friday reported 107 new confirmed cases of new coronavirus disease and the death of a woman in her 80's who tested positive on October 18th.  In Sangamon County, 66 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died since the beginning of the pandemic.  37 people in the county are currently hospitalized with the disease.

October 30, 12:45 p.m.

Statewide COVID-19 Update for Friday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 6,943 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 36 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 402,401 cases, including 9,711 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 95,111 specimens for a total 7,637,209.  As of last night, 3,092 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 673 patients were in the ICU and 288 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 23 - October 29 is 7.3%.  This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July.  Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests.  On October 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from October 23, 2020 - October 29, 2020 is 8.5%.

Case positivity and test positivity rate are both relevant and offer insight into the bigger COVID-19 picture.  Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections.  Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.

Forty-nine counties are currently reported at a warning level - Adams, Alexander, Bond, Boone, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Effingham, Ford, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Henderson, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lee, Macon, Marion, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Perry, Pike, Randolph, Rock Island, Saline, Sangamon, Shelby, Stephenson, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whiteside, Will, Williamson. And Winnebago.

October 30, 11:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations to Take Effect in Region 6

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 6—East-Central Illinois—beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, November 2.  The region has seen a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days, which exceeds the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state's Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan. Region 6 includes Iroquois, Ford, Dewitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermillion, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Edgar, Shelby, Coles, Cumberland, Clark, Fayette, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, Clay, Richland, and Lawrence counties.

The administration says it continues to provide relief for small businesses impacted by the ongoing pandemic, distributing more than $32 million in emergency grants and assistance to Region 6 alone.  Moving forward, businesses in Region 6, as well as other regions currently under additional mitigations, will receive priority consideration for the current round of the historic Business Interruption Grants (BIG) program.  To date, through BIG, more than $42 million has been directed to regions currently under mitigations or where mitigations will soon take effect.  These programs are guided by an equity framework and seek to address the hardest hit communities with emergency relief dollars.

Mitigation measures taking effect November 2 in Region 6 include:

Bars

• No indoor service
• All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
• All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
• Tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• No dancing or standing indoors
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants

• No indoor dining or bar service
• All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
• Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
• No party buses
• Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not apply to schools or polling places.

Region 6 is currently seeing an 8.6% positivity rate, an increase from 5.2% in mid-September, a summer peak of 6.2% over Labor Day weekend, and a low of 1.1% in late-June.  While nearly every region is seeing sustained increases in both positivity and hospitalization rates, today the COVID-related hospital admissions in Region 6 have tripled since mid-September now averaging 18 admissions per day.

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 6 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.  If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5% for three consecutive days, then the regions will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan.  If the positivity rate averages between 6.5% and 8%, the new mitigations will remain in place and unchanged.  If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8% after 14 days, more stringent mitigations may be applied to further reduce spread of the virus.

Every region is being closely monitored since as of today, including Region 6, a total of ten of the state's 11 regions have triggered one of the state's failsafe state-action metric.  Regions 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 will all operate under Tier 1 mitigation measures by the end of this weekend, given that these regions continue to report a 7-day rolling positivity rate above 8%.  Regions 10 and 11 are now operating under Tier 1 mitigations after triggering additional mitigations based on sustained increases in both positivity and hospitalization rates.  Region 1 is currently operating under Tier 2 mitigation measures after continuing to see a rise in positivity even under the Tier 1 mitigation framework, with the highest rolling positivity average in the state.

As part of the administration's robust response to the pandemic, the state continues to strengthen its nation-leading testing operation. Today, Illinois reported a record high of 95,111 tests in a single day. The administration is building upon this groundbreaking progress, given that testing remains a critical step to reduce further spread of the virus. For a more targeted approach, the state provides mobile testing allowing testing to be directed toward communities most impacted by COVID-19. In Region 6, mobile testing has been deployed in Richland County today, in Effingham on Sunday, and in Macon at the Decatur Civic Center from today through Sunday. Next week, Region 6 will have a testing site from November 2 through November 8 at the Danville Area Community College. To find the nearest testing center, please visit DPH.Illinois.Gov/Testing.

IDPH will continue to work closely with local health departments in Region 6 to provide education to the public and offer information to businesses and organizations on keeping residents safe. The significance of face coverings, social distancing, and hand washing have been consistently emphasized by the administration throughout the pandemic.

A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the DCEO website at http://www.dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois

October 29, 3:30 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 88 new confirmed cases of new coronavirus disease.  In Sangamon County, 65 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died since the beginning of the pandemic.  22 people in the county are currently hospitalized with the disease.

October 29, 3:15 p.m.

IDPH Statewide Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Thursday reported 6,363 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 56 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 395,458 cases, including 9,675 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 83,056 specimens for a total 7,542,098.   As of last night, 3,030 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 643 patients were in the ICU and 269 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 22 - October 28 is 6.9%.  This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July.  Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests.  Beginning October 29, 2020, IDPH is reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from October 22, 2020 - October 28, 2020 is 8.2%.

October 29, 3:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations to Take Effect in Region 3 on Sunday

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 3—West-Central Illinois—beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2020.  The region has seen a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days, which exceeds the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state's Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.  Region 3 includes Hancock, Adams, Pike, Calhoun, Jersey, Greene, Scott, Brown, Schuyler, Cass, Morgan, Macoupin, Montgomery, Christian, Sangamon, Logan, Menard, and Mason counties.

The administration says it continues to provide relief for small businesses impacted by the ongoing pandemic.  Today, the administration announced that through both the historic Business Interruption Grants (BIG) program and Local CURE funding, a total of $94 million has already been deployed to Illinois businesses and communities to help offset costs and losses due to the pandemic.  In Region 3 alone, nearly $40 million in emergency grants and assistance has been awarded through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) programs.  Moving forward, businesses in Region 3, as well as other regions currently under additional mitigations, will receive priority consideration for the current round of BIG.  These programs are guided by an equity framework and seek to address the hardest hit communities with emergency relief dollars.

Mitigation measures taking effect November 1 in Region 3 include:
 
Bars

• No indoor service
• All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
• All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
• Tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• No dancing or standing indoors
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants

• No indoor dining or bar service
• All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
• Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
• No party buses
• Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not apply to schools or polling places.

Region 3 is currently seeing an 8.8 percent positivity rate, an increase from 4.6 percent in September, a summer peak of 6.2 percent in August, and a low of 0.9 percent in June.  While most regions are seeing sustained increases in both positivity and hospitalization rates, today Region 3 is experiencing triple the amount of COVID-related hospital admissions since early September.

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 3 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.  If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5% for three consecutive days, then the regions will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan.  If the positivity rate averages between 6.5% and 8%, the new mitigations will remain in place and unchanged.  If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8% after 14 days, more stringent mitigations may be applied to further reduce spread of the virus.

As of today, including Region 3, a total of nine of the state's 11 regions have triggered one of the state's failsafe state-action metric. Regions 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 will all soon operate under Tier 1 mitigation measures given that these regions continue to report a 7-day rolling positivity rate above 8 percent.  By tomorrow, Regions 10 and 11 will both operate under Tier 1 mitigations given that these regions triggered additional mitigations based on sustained increases in both positivity and hospitalization rates. Region 1 is currently operating under Tier 2 mitigation measures after continuing to see a rise in positivity, even under the Tier 1 mitigation framework, with the highest rolling positivity average in the state.

A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the DCEO website at http://www.dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois

October 28, 6:30 p.m.

Additional Death in Sangamon County

On Wednesday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported the death of a woman in her 90's who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 12, and 109 new positive cases of COVID-19.  65 people diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease have died since the beginning of the pandemic.  22 people in Sangamon County are currently hostpitalized with COVID-19.

October 28, 1:50 p.m.

IDPH Statewide Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 6,110 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, and 51 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 389,095 cases, including 9,619 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 21 - October 27 is 6.7%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 70,752 specimens for a total 7,459,042.  As of last night, 2,861 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 600 patients were in the ICU and 243 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

October 28, 1:50 p.m.

Eight of 11 Regions Under COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation Framework

As of today, including Region 9, a total of eight of the state's 11 regions have triggered one or more of the state's failsafe state-action metric.  Currently, Regions 4, 5, 7, and 8 are operating under Tier 1 mitigation measures given that these regions continue to report a 7-day rolling positivity rate above 8 percent.  Regions 10 and 11 will operate under Tier 1 mitigations beginning this weekend, given that these regions triggered additional mitigations based on sustained increases in both positivity and hospitalization rates.  Region 1 is currently operating under Tier 2 mitigation measures after continuing to see a rise in positivity, even under the Tier 1 mitigation framework, with the highest rolling positivity average in the state.

October 28, 1:45 p.m.

COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations to Take Effect in Region 9

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 9, Lake and McHenry counties, beginning at 12:01 am on Saturday, October 31, 2020.  Region 9 has seen a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days, which exceed the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state's Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.

Mitigation measures taking effect October 31 in Region 9 include:

Bars

• No indoor service
• All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
• All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
• Tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• No dancing or standing indoors
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants

• No indoor dining or bar service
• All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
• Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
• No party buses
• Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not apply to schools or polling places.

While all regions are seeing an increase in positivity rates, Region 9 has experienced sustained increases in both positivity and hospitalization rates.  The region is currently seeing an 8.4 percent positivity average, an increase from 4.8 percent in September and from 3.1% percent in June.  COVID-related hospital admissions have also surged, now three times as high as September and five times as high as June.

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 9 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.  If the positivity rate in Region 9 averages less than or equal to 6.5 percent over a three-day period, there is a decrease in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness over a three-day period, and the three-day rolling averages of ICU bed availability and medical/surgical bed availability is greater than or equal to 20 percent over a seven-day period, the region will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan.  Conversely, if the average positivity rate continues to increase over seven out of 10 days and the hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness continues to increase over seven out of 10 days, more stringent mitigations can be applied.  If the metrics remain stable, the region will continue to be monitored.

October 27, 4:20 p.m.

COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations Ordered For Chicago

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 11, the City of Chicago, beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, October 30.  Region 11 has triggered additional mitigations due to a sustained increase in its positivity rate as well as a sustained increase in COVID-related hospitalizations for more than seven of the past ten days.  These increases exceed the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state's Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.  Region 11 is the second of the state's 11 regions to trigger additional mitigations based on sustained increases in positivity and hospitalization rates, the first being its neighbor, Region 10 (Suburban Cook County) earlier in the week.

Mitigation measures taking effect October 30 in Region 11 include:

Bars

• No indoor service
• All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
• All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
• Tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• No dancing or standing indoors
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants

• No indoor dining or bar service
• All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
• Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
• No party buses
• Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not apply to schools or polling places.

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track metrics in Region 11 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.  If the positivity rate in Region 11 averages less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period, there is a decrease in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness over a three-day period, and the three-day rolling averages of ICU bed availability and medical/surgical bed availability is greater than or equal to 20% over a seven-day period, the region will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan.  Conversely, if the average positivity rate continues to increase over seven out of 10 days and the hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness continues to increase over seven out of 10 days, more stringent mitigations can be applied.  If the metrics remain stable, the region will continue to be monitored.

As of today, including Region 11, seven of the state's 11 regions have triggered one of the state's failsafe state-action metric.  By tomorrow, Regions 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10 will all operate under Tier 1 mitigation measures given that these regions continue to report a 7-day rolling positivity rate above 8%.  Region 1 is currently operating under Tier 2 mitigation measures after continuing to see a rise in positivity even under the Tier 1 mitigation framework, now at a rolling positivity average of 12.5% as of this morning.


 

October 27, 2:50 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

On Tuesday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 79 new positive cases of COVID-19.  64 people diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease have died since the beginning of the pandemic.  23 people in Sangamon County are currently hostpitalized with COVID-19.

October 27, 12:10 p.m.

Statewide IDPH Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Tuesday reported 4,000 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 46 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 382,985 cases, including 9,568 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 20 - October 26 is 6.4%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 62,074 specimens for a total 7,388,290.  As of last night, 2,758 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 595 patients were in the ICU and 241 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

October 26, 3:10 p.m.

Sangamon County Update for the Weekend and Monday

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health today reported a three day total of 285 new positive COVID-19 cases (105 Saturday, 111 Sunday, and 69 Monday).  There have been more than 4,000 positive cases in the county since the pandemic began, and 64 deaths.  23 people in Sangamon County are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

October 26, 1:15 p.m.

Two More Regions Placed Under Additional COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Regions 4 and 10, which encompass Metro East and Suburban Cook County respectively, beginning at 12:01 am on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.  Region 4 has had a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days.  Region 10 has had eight consecutive days of increases in test positivity and seven days of increased hospital admissions making it the first region in the state to meet the metrics for additional mitigations in this way and surpass warning levels in two categories simultaneously.  The sustained increases seen in the regions exceed the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state's Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.

Meanwhile, all 11 regions in the Restore Illinois plan are seeing increased positivity rates.

Mitigation measures taking effect October 28 in Regions 4 and 10 include:

Bars

• No indoor service
• All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
• All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
• Tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• No dancing or standing indoors
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants

• No indoor dining or bar service
• All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
• Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
• No party buses
• Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not currently apply to schools.

More information at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/

October 26, 12:50 p.m.

Statewide IDPH COVID-19 Update for Monday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 4,729 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 17 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 378,985 cases, including 9,522 deaths.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 19 - October 25 is 6.3%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 57,264 specimens for a total 7,326,216.  As of last night, 2,638 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 589 patients (22%) were in the ICU and 238 patients (9%) with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

October 23, 2:20 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update for Friday

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported Friday 67 new positive COVID-19 test results, bringing the total number of positive cases to date to 3,749.  There have been 64 deaths due to the disease in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.  23 people in Sangamon County are currently hospitalized with the new coronavirus disease.

October 23, 1:00 p.m.

51 Illinois Counties at Warning Level for Coronavirus Disease

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported that 51 counties in Illinois are currently considered to be at a warning level for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  This is an increase from 34 counties last week.  A county enters a warning level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators that measure the amount of COVID-19 increase.

Fifty-one counties are currently reported at a warning level - Adams, Bond, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, DeKalb, Douglas, Edwards, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hamilton, Henderson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Macon, Macoupin, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rock Island, Saline, Shelby, Stephenson, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Wayne, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, and Winnebago.

Although the reasons for counties reaching a warning level varies, some of the common factors for an increase in cases and outbreaks are associated with gatherings in people's homes, weddings and funerals, bars and clubs, university and college parties as well as college sports teams, family gatherings, long-term care facilities, correctional centers, schools, and cases among the community at large, especially people in their 20s.  

Public health officials are observing businesses blatantly disregarding mitigation measures, people not social distancing, gathering in large groups, and not using face coverings.  Mayors, local law enforcement, state's attorneys, and other community leaders can be influential in ensuring citizens and businesses follow best practices.

Several counties are taking swift action to help slow spread of the virus, including increasing testing opportunities, stressing the importance of testing to providers, hiring additional contact tracers, working with schools, and meeting with local leaders.  
 
A map and information of each county's status can be found on the IDPH website at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics

October 22, 5:00 p.m.

Additional COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations to Take Effect in Region 1

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts that will be implemented in Region 1, Northwestern Illinois, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2020.  After mitigation efforts initially took effect in Region 1 on October 3, the positivity rate has remained the highest in the state, with the region reporting an 11.9 percent rolling positivity rate today, October 22.

Region 1 has been under Tier 1 of the state's resurgence mitigation plan since October 3, after seeing a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days. Beginning October 25, Northwestern Illinois will face additional mitigations, such as a tighter gathering cap of 10 individuals rather than 25 and new table caps of six rather than 10 when eating out. Region 1 includes Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties.

For Region 1, additional mitigation measures taking effect October 25 include the following:

Bars and Restaurants

• Reduce party size from 10 to six individuals

Meetings, Social Events and Gatherings

• Maximum indoor/outdoor gathering size of 10 individuals

o Applicable to professional, religious, cultural and social group gatherings
o Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning
o This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general business guidance, such as office, retail, etc.
o Not applicable to sports, see sports guidance

Indoor recreation

• Maintain lesser of 25 people/25 percent of capacity
• No groups more than 10 individuals
• Does not apply to fitness

These mitigations do not apply to schools or polling places.

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 1 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place.

A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the DCEO website: http://www.dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois

October 22, 5:00 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update Include Two Additional Deaths

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported on Thursday 105 new positive COVID-19 test results, bringing the total number of positive cases to date to 3,682.

There have been 2 additional deaths: a man in his 80s who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1st and a man in his 70s who tested positive on September 23rd.  There have now been 64 deaths due to the disease in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.  27 people in Sangamon County are currently hospitalized with the new coronavirus disease.

October 22, 1:30 p.m.

Statewide IDPH Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Thursday reported 4,942 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 44 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 360,159 cases, including 9,387 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 October 15 - October 21 is 5.7%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 80,977 specimens for a total of 7,031,082.  As of last night, 2,463 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 525 patients were in the ICU and 212 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

October 21, 3:30 p.m.

Sangamon County COVID-19 Update

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported on Wednesday 70 new positive COVID-19 test results, bringing the total number of positive cases to date to 3,577.  There have been 62 deaths due to the disease in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.  16 people in Sangamon County are currently hospitalized with the new coronavirus disease.

October 21, 3:15 p.m.

Statewide IDPH Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Wednesday reported 4,342 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 69 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 355,217 cases, including 9,345 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 October 14 - October 20 is 5.7%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 66,791 specimens for a total of 6,950,105.  As of last night, 2,338 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 502 patients were in the ICU and 194 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

 

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