The Illinois Department of Health is considering imposing further restrictions as the state continues to see record numbers of coronaviruses and as transmission increases “severity,” Governor JB Pritzker announced.
“I cannot stress enough the severity of our situation,” Pritzker said Thursday during her daily press conference. “IDPH is looking at proposing further regional and statewide restrictions because the rise in cases and hospital admissions is unsustainable.”
Among the restrictions being considered are a return to Stage Three and possibly even Phase Two under the Illinois Restoration plan, Pritzker added.
Illinois saw a record high number of new coronavirus infections on Thursday as the state simultaneously passed a harsh milestone and the positive rate spiked again.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were 9,935 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, a record high for the pandemic so far, along with 97 other deaths, the highest number since April 4. / 6.
The new deaths brought the statewide death toll to over 10,000, reaching 10,030 on Thursday afternoon. Total number of cases statewide increased to 447,491.
New cases raised Illinois’s seven-day positive rate to rise from 8.5 percent to 9.1, the highest level the state has seen since at least late May when the state was on its way. descending from the top of the first coronavirus case.
Just last week, data showed that the state’s case validation rate rose from 6.9% to 9.1%. In the last month, that number has nearly tripled.
“Across the country we have seen states and cities affected by this growing crisis and they are responding by delaying reopening. And in Europe, France, The UK and Germany are growing so rapidly that they have to resort to more Pritzker say, the more significant restrictions on all non-essential activities as they also face growing cases and hospital admissions. catastrophic pace. ”Remember that Europe performed much better than the US over the past five months, so when they take those severe mitigation measures, it’s a sign that the virus is on. raging out of control there and we’re going in the same direction. ”
Along with an increase in cases and positive rates, the state has also seen a steady increase in viral hospital admissions. According to IDPH data, 3,891 residents are currently hospitalized for the virus. Of those patients, 772 are currently in intensive care and 343 are on mechanical ventilation.
“We are getting to the point where we really care,” IDPH Director Dr Ngozi Ezike said on Thursday. “We’re worried that there won’t be enough beds for everyone.”
Illinois currently has an average of 3,400 coronavirus hospitalizations, much higher than the 1,500 that the state reported in early October. The data also shows an increase in the number of patients in the ICU, more than the month. before, Pritzker said.
“If the current trajectory continues, if our hospitals continue to fill, if more and more people continue to lose their lives from this disease, we will implement further mitigation measures across the country. states – something no one wants to do, “warns Pritzker.
He noted that the state is currently seeing new records in testing, but “our rate of growth in positivity is far exceeding our rate of growth in testing.”
The state said 86,015 test results were returned to state laboratories in the past 24 hours, with 8,116,728 test results taken during a pandemic.
“The more we check, the more people we find out,” Pritzker said. “It is terrible news. In return, we are finding people infected earlier, either because people are being tested when they have had contact or when they may have been in contact with someone who was sick. . Don’t wait until you develop symptoms. The earlier you check, the more likely you are to limit the spread of the virus to your family, friends or colleagues. ”
Pritzker warned that specific regions, including Area 7, including the suburban counties of Will and Kankakee, were at 13.4% and District 1 in northwestern Illinois, were at “alert” 15, 8%.
“We were walking down a dark, dark path toward where we were last spring,” says Pritzker.