Illinois reports more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

CHICAGO — Illinois posted another day with more than 10,000 new reported COVID-19 cases Monday, as a resurgence in the virus continues across the state.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 10,573 new and probable cases of COVID-19 Monday, as well as 14 additional coronavirus-related deaths.

As rapid antigen testing becomes more widespread, Illinois health officials began including cases found through this method in their daily reports of new COVID-19 infections on November 6, adding them to the number found through molecular tests which are done in a lab.

Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases confirmed by an antigen test are considered “probable” cases, so the state is now reporting “new and probable cases” on a daily basis. If an antigen test is confirmed by a lab test, officials said the number would not be duplicated.

In announcing the reporting change Friday, DPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said including the antigen tests in the overall count allows health officials to “show the actual burden of disease.”

While their names sound similar, rapid antigen tests detect viral particles in the nasal passages and are different than “antibody tests” which look for antibodies in the blood after an individual has had COVID-19.

This is the third day in less than a week Illinois reported a single-day increase in COVID-19 cases of more than 10,000, bringing the state’s 7-day average of new cases above 9,000. The state is now averaging more than 50 deaths when measured over a 7-day period as well, data compiled by WGN-TV shows.

Health officials said Friday contact tracing investigations across the state suggest the “largest single category of possible exposure to COVID-19 is restaurants and bars.”

According to the IDPH, the statewide positivity rate rose for the 15th consecutive day Monday, with the rate from November 2-8 coming in at 11.4%. The rate reflects the number of new cases confirmed in comparison to total tests performed in the state.

Hospitalizations in the state continued a steady rise as well, with the IDPH reporting 4,409 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday night, including 857 in intensive care and 376 on ventilators.

Every region established in the Restore Illinois plan is currently under additional coronavirus mitigation measures, including a ban on indoor service at bars and restaurants, as positivity rates statewide remain above the state’s “failsafe” level of 8% when measured over a seven-day period.

The regions including west suburban Kane and DuPage counties and south suburban Will and Kankakee counties could see even stricter restrictions as positivity rates in both regions remain above the “failsafe” level more than two weeks after “Tier 1” restrictions were put in place.

Northwest Illinois is currently under the stricter “Tier 2” measures, which includes limits on social gatherings to 10 people or less.

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via WGN-TV

November 9, 2020 at 02:05PM

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