• 14th Oct, 2020

    Plan ahead for the holidays and consider alternatives

     

    SPRINGFIELD – As Illinoisans prepare to spend the holidays with family and friends, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is offering recommendations on how to celebrate safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.  During a time when social distancing and limiting the number of people at gatherings is important, special considerations should be taken.

    “COVID-19 has changed the way we work, live, and play, and will now change how we plan to celebrate the holidays,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “While the safest way to celebrate is with members of your household and connecting with others virtually, we know, for many, the holidays are all about family and friends, so we want to provide some tips on how to celebrate safer.”

    Traveling increases the...

  • 14th Oct, 2020

    Adjustment to Region 6 data reporting

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,862 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 49 additional confirmed deaths.

    • Adams County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
    • Christian County: 1 male 60s
    • Coles County: 1 male 80s
    • Cook County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 3 males 90s
    • DeKalb County: 1 female 60s
    • DuPage County: 2 females 80s
    • Ford County: 1 female 80s
    • Franklin County: 1 female 100+
    • Jefferson County: 1 male 70s
    • Jersey County: 1 female 90s
    • Jo Daviess County: 1 female 90s
    • Kane County: 1 male 80s
    • Knox County: 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
    • Logan County: 2 male 80s
    • Madison County: 1 male 70s, 1...
  • 13th Oct, 2020

    Public health officials announce 2,851 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,851 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 29 additional confirmed deaths.

    “More than 9,000 Illinoisans — our mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, family, friends, and neighbors — have had their lives cut short by COVID-19, leaving tens of thousands more to grieve loved ones lost too soon,” said Governor JB Pritzker.  “As we pause today to mourn these individual and collective losses, may we find strength in the tools we have to protect our communities: wearing a mask, watching our distance, and respecting public health and each other.  My heart breaks for all those who have lost a loved one in this battle we never asked to fight...

  • 12th Oct, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,742 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 13 additional confirmed deaths.

    • Clay County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 100+
    • Cook County: 1 female 50s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s
    • Douglas County: 1 male 80s
    • Fayette County: 1 male 70s
    • Monroe County: 1 female 80s
    • Peoria County: 1 male 70s
    • Richland County: 1 male 80s
    • Rock Island County: 1 female 60s
    • Will County: 1 male 70s,

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 321,892 cases, including 8,997 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 5 – October 11 is 4.3%.  Within the...

  • 11th Oct, 2020

    More than 64,000 tests reported in 24 hours

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,727 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 9 additional confirmed deaths.

    • Cook County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
    • DuPage County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s
    • Fayette County: 1 female 90s
    • McLean County: 1 female 60s
    • Tazewell County: 1 female 80s
    • Warren County: 1 male 70s
    • Will County: 1 female 50s

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 319,150 cases, including 8,984 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 4 – October 10 is 4.2%.  Within...

  • 10th Oct, 2020

    More than 66,000 tests reported in 24 hours

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,905 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 31 additional confirmed deaths.

    • Christian County: 1 male 70s
    • Cook County: 1 female 40s, 2 males 40s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
    • DuPage County: 1 female 70s
    • Fayette County: 2 males 70s
    • Jefferson County: 1 female 70s
    • Jersey County: 1 female 80s
    • Kane County: 1 male 60s
    • Knox County: 1 male 80s
    • Lake County: 1 female 50s, 2 females 90s
    • LaSalle County: 1 male 80s
    • Marion County: 1 female 80s
    • Monroe County: 1 male 80s
    • Richland County: 1 male 90s
    • Rock Island County: 1 female 90s
    • ...
  • 9th Oct, 2020

    Number of counties decreases slightly from 28 last week

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 26 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  A county enters a warning level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators that measure the amount of COVID-19 increase.

    Twenty-six counties are currently reported at a warning level – Case, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Effingham, Fayette, Henderson, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lee, Mason, Massac, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Union, Vermilion, Whiteside, Winnebago, Warren.

    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 large gatherings and events, bars...

  • 9th Oct, 2020

    More than 71,000 tests reported in 24 hours

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,818 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 35 additional confirmed deaths.

    • Coles County: 1 female 90s
    • Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 2 female 80s, 3 males 80s
    • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s
    • Ford County: 1 male 90s
    • Lake County: 1 female 100+
    • Logan County: 1 female 50s
    • Macon County: 1 male 80s
    • Marion County: 1 female 90s
    • Marshall County: 1 female 90s
    • McLean County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s
    • Monroe County: 1 female 90s
    • Sangamon County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s
    • St. Clair County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
    • Tazewell County...
  • 8th Oct, 2020

    More than 72,000 tests reported in 24 hours

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,059 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 32 additional confirmed deaths.

    • Adams County: 1 male 90s
    • Champaign County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 90s
    • Clark County: 1 female 80s
    • Clay County: 1 male 70s
    • Coles County: 1 female 80s
    • Cook County: 1 male 50s, 2 female 60s, 3 female 80s
    • DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
    • Fayette County: 1 female 70s
    • Greene County: 1 female 80s
    • Kane County: 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s
    • Livingston County: 1 male 50s
    • McLean County: 1 male 80s
    • Montgomery County: 1 female 80s
    • Saline County: 1 male 60s
    • Sangamon County: 1 male 50s...
  • 8th Oct, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2020.  A Chicago resident who became ill in mid-September and tested positive for West Nile virus has died.

    “Although we are already into fall, West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “It’s important for everyone to continue taking precautions such as using insect repellent, wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”

    Currently, 24 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Illinois.  Last year, IDPH reported 28 human cases (although human cases are underreported), including one death.  In 2019, 46 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird, horse, and/or human case. 

    West Nile virus is...

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