Illinois coronavirus count appears to be much higher than last week, which health officials say is because the state is now reporting new cases and deaths.
As of Friday, officials will “report confirmed cases and possible combined cases” according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, the Illinois Department of Public Health said. .
“A case is confirmed in the laboratory through molecular testing,” says IDPH. “A case can happen that meets clinical criteria AND has epidemiological or judicial considerations. positive antigen test, “IDPH said in the report of new cases and changes in reporting. “If a probable event is later confirmed, it will be excluded and will be counted only once. Potential deaths and confirmed deaths will continue to be reported. separate fox. “
Illinois began distributing rapid antigen tests from the federal government last month, and the state̵7;s top doctors expect that as more of those tests are done, “we will get more cases. is more likely to happen. ”
“Now we have received hundreds of thousands of tests from the federal government and we have forwarded those tests to local health departments in different places where we are testing the use. They are not considered when you get tested positive that those are not considered confirmed cases, those cases are called probable cases, “Department of Health Director Illinois Public, said Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “But we are on treatment – I mean positive. You have COVID if you test positive for that BinaxNOW test. So that’s part of our money on people who are now. have been diagnosed with COVID and that we need to identify their contacts and they need quarantine, etc.So the total now will be a combination of confirmed cases, plus cases can happen. ”
Last week, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said: “Antigen tests, especially those that the federal government has distributed to us and many other states, are a little less sensitive than PCR tests. . “So that’s why they, you know, a little, I don’t want to say that they are less accurate – I mean, they have a different level of sensitivity. And as a result, that’s why. Why are they labeled slightly differently. But if you do the antigen test and you are positive, then chances are you are positive. ”
In addition, the state added all possible cases from the pandemic to date to its total cases, meaning that the total number of cases across the state increased by 7,600 in a single day.
“If we go back, try to remember a time when we didn’t have 100,000 tests per day, there was a time when we said, if you had symptoms, someone around you had COVID, You have a fever, you have this, you have that – you have a COVID. You don’t need to check, partly because we don’t have access to everyone, “Ezike said. “So individuals known to the local health department are also listed as probable cases because they are associated with someone known to have the disease, but there are no confirmatory tests. So the probabilities have been counted, but we have never included them in. Now, we are bringing all of that data back into the probable cases – the resistance forms. case – and include it in our confirmed cases from molecular testing. ”
With this change, Illinois reported more than 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections and was likely to occur for the third day in a row on Sunday, along with 42 other deaths.
In total, 10,009 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours in the state, bringing the total to 487,987 cases during the pandemic.
The state also reported 42 more virus-related deaths on Sunday, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 10,196. Another 342 deaths classified as COVID-19 “probable” deaths.
According to IDPH data, testing continues to expand in the state, with 90,757 new tests being conducted in the last 24 hours. In total, 8,404,304 tests were performed during the pandemic.
The state’s seven-day positive rate has continued to increase in recent days, with 11.9% of all tests showing positive results last week, according to IDPH data.
The state also saw hospital admissions continue to rise on Sunday, as more than 4,300 residents are currently in hospitals due to coronavirus-like diseases. Of those patients, 833 are currently in the intensive care unit, and 368 are on mechanical ventilation.
All three statistics are the highest figures the state has seen in their respective categories since the first peak in COVID-19 cases earlier this year.