Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, positivity on the rise — reopening on hold until ‘we get that under control’

Rush University Medical Center staff collect nasopharyngeal swab samples to test people for the coronavirus at the hospital’s drive-thru testing site in November 2020. Illinois on Wednesday reported its highest number of positive tests in a day since the end of January.

Rush University Medical Center staff collect nasopharyngeal swab samples to test people for the coronavirus at the hospital’s drive-thru testing site in November 2020. Illinois on Wednesday reported its highest number of positive tests since the end of January. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

“The number of hospitalizations is increasing, the number of cases of people going into ICU beds is increasing, and that’s of great concern to us,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said.

Illinois public health officials on Wednesday reported 3,790 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number of infections confirmed in a single day since late January — and the latest red flag of a statewide resurgence.

The new cases raised Illinois’ average testing positivity rate to 4.1%, another figure the state hadn’t seen since Jan. 29, according to the Illinois Department of Health.

It was at an all-time low of 2.1% on March 12, suggesting coronavirus transmission has nearly doubled over a span of less than four weeks.

The uptick has been even more pronounced in Chicago, where the positivity rate is 5.2% and an average of 606 residents are testing positive every day — a 21% increase compared to last week.

New COVID-19 cases by day

Graphic by Jesse Howe and Caroline Hurley | Sun-Times

Source: Illinois Department of Public Health

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Serious cases of the disease are on the rise, too.

Hospitals across Illinois were treating 1,710 COVID-19 patients Tuesday night, the most they’ve admitted since Feb. 16 and a net increase of 300 in only a week.

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“The number of hospitalizations is increasing, the number of cases of people going into ICU beds is increasing, and that’s of great concern to us,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at a Rockford new …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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