On Thursday, Illinois public health officials reported 14,612 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 along with 168 deaths on Thursday.
The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 621,383, for a total of 11,178 deaths. The number of deaths reported on Thursday is the largest since the announcement of 191 deaths on May 13.
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The new Level 3 restrictions aim to limit gatherings and encourage residents to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The entire state entered Tier 3 mitigation on Friday at 12:01 am
“Level 3 boils down to this: if you don’t need to do it, don’t do it,” Pritzker said.
New Level 3 restrictions shut down games, casinos, theaters, concert halls, event spaces, and cultural institutions such as museums, ban indoor fitness classes and group sporting activities, and all workplaces call for as many employees as possible to work from home.
“This is not a stay-at-home order,” Pritzker said. “The best way for us to avoid staying at home is to stay home.”
Dr. Iziki said: “I urge people to turn their frustration and anger into something positive instead of trying to overcome mitigations. We can all follow them, and we acknowledge that these are the things that are required to return to some normal feeling.”
Bars and restaurants are still restricted to outside service, pick-up and drop-off only. Grocery stores can only operate at 50% capacity, gyms can only be opened at 25% with reservations, hotels are limited to registered guests, salons and other personal care services can only operate at 25% capacity, pharmacies with 50% capacity, non-basic retail with capacity 25%, 10 people maximum pool for outdoor sports and recreation.
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Although decisions about schools continue to be made locally, the state will suspend indoor team sports, including IHSA.
“At the moment, we have put this virus in trouble, and let us make very difficult and heavy decisions,” said Iziki.
Capacity retailers already in difficulty will be limited to 25%, including large box stores with a grocery section. Traditional groceries are allowed to continue operating at 50% of their capacity.
“We believe the governor’s announcement strikes the right balance in a very difficult situation,” said Rob Carr, President and CEO of the Illinois Retail Association. “Obviously, we hope everyone is open and doing their jobs as usual, but that’s not the way we find ourselves in.”
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Event venues are scrambling to reschedule weddings and holidays. Some of these events were due to take place this weekend.
“It’s scary,” said Tracey Opel of Biagio Events & Catering. “This is my profession. This is my livelihood.”
Celebrations have been suspended again in banquet halls starting Friday.
Opel said: “We have been constantly shut down.” “We keep losing our business. We keep stopping events. We keep postponing events.”
The bowling alleys were also hoping to avoid another round of COVID restrictions.
“That’s not the way I wanted to end it,” said Robert Kuhn, owner of Timber Lanes, “I’m 65 years old.” “I’m at the point of retirement, but I’m not ready to retire yet. I still want to get involved in this business. It’s tough.
Kuhn tries to keep the ball rolling down the bowling alley after the pandemic.
“We can’t even think about what we’re going to do in the future because we don’t know,” Cohn said.
In anticipation of another mandatory theaters closing, Comedy Sportz Chicago hasn’t reopened since March. But they still keep their audience entertained.
“We’ve been hypothetical since March, so it’s not that different for us personally,” said Renee Ross, CEO of Comedy Sports Chicago.
Comic Sports Chicago said their plan has always been to reopen when it’s safe to do so.
Beware: Illinois hospital systems are nearing “breaking point,” the official says
On Thursday, Northwestern Medicine joined a growing list of health systems that postponed some elective surgeries as the number of available hospital beds dwindles.
“This is a terrible situation,” Gov. GB Pritzker said. “I mean, we all have the capacity to lower those hospitalization numbers from now on, to protect our hospital workers.”
The state topped 6,000 people in Illinois hospitals on Thursday, a new record and nearly double the number at the start of the month. And another person of concern: 168 new deaths. It was only two days of the epidemic more deadly.
In response to the crisis, 100 pioneering health systems – including Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago and Northwestern – have launched a social media and public message campaign urging people to use face coverings.
“Our hospitals and our staff, including hospitals across the state and country, are on the verge of collapse,” said Dr. Kamaljit Singh, of North Shore University Health System. “We want everyone to understand that this battle will be won outside the hospital, not in it.”
Over the course of 24 hours, officials said the country had processed 113,447 tests. In total, 9,472,674 samples have been tested since the start of the epidemic in Illinois.
A statewide initial test positive for seven days from November 12-18 November is 14%.
As of Wednesday night, 6,037 people in Illinois have been reported to be hospitalized with COVID-19. Of these, there were 1,192 ICU patients with COVID-19 and 587 patients with COVID-19 who were on ventilators.
The deaths reported on Thursday include:
– County office: 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s
Champaign County: 1 male in the 1960s, 1 male in the 1980s
Christian County: 1 female in the 1970s
– Cook County: 1 female 30, 1 male 40, 1 female 50, 4 males 50, 6 males 60, 6 females 70, 3 males 70, 3 females 80, 3 males 80, 5 females 90, 3 males 90
Cumberland County: 1 female, in the 1990s
DeWitt County: One female in the 1980s
– DuPage County: 2 males 60, 3 females 70, 2 males 70, 4 females 80, 2 males 80, 1 females 90
Effingham County: 1 male in the 1970s, 1 female in the 1980s
Green County: 1 female in the 1960s, 1 male in the 1980s, 1 male in the 1990s
Jackson County: One female in the 1990s
– Kane County: 1 females 50, 2 males 70, 4 males 80, 2 females in the 1990s
Kankakee County: 1 male in the 1970s, 1 female in the 1980s
Kendall County: 1 female in the 1970s, 1 male in the 1990s
Knox County: Female, 1980’s
Lake County: 2 males in the 1960s, 1 male in the 1970s, 2 females in the 1980s, 1 male in the 1980s, 1 female in the 1990s, 2 males in the 1990s
LaSalle County: 1 male in the 1970s, 1 male in the 1980s, 1 female in the 1990s, 1 male in the 1990s
Lee County: 1 male, in the 1970s
Livingston County: One male in the 1980s
– Macon County: 3 males in the 1960s, 2 males 70, 1 female in the 1980s, 1 male in the 1980s, 1 female in the 1990s
Madison County: 1 female in the 1970s, 1 male in the 1970s, 1 female in the 1980s, 2 females in the 1990s, 1 male in the 1990s
Marion County: One female in the 1970s
McDonough County: 1 male in the 1970s, 1 male in the 1980s
– McHenry County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 3 female 80s, 3 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
McLean County: 1 male in the 1960s, 1 male in the 1980s
Morgan County; 1 male 80s
Moultrie County: one male, in the 1970s
– Ogle County: 1 Female 60s, 1 Male 80s, 1 Female 90s
Peoria County: Female in the 1990s
Perry County: 1st Male 80s
Pike County: One female in the 1980s
Randolph County: One Male in the 1980s
Rock Island County: 1 male, in the 1970s
Sangamon County: 1 male in the 1960s, 2 males in the 1970s, 1 female in the 1980s, 1 female in the 1990s, and 1 male in the 1990s.
-Saint. County Clare: 1st Male 80s
Stephenson County: 1 male in the 1970s, 1 female in the 1980s, and 2 females in the 1990s
Tazwil County: 1 male 50, 2 female 60, 1 female 80, 1 male 80
Cochineal County: one male in his 40s, one male in the 1960s, two females in the 1970s
Wabash County: 1 female in the 1960s, 1 male in the 1990s
Wayne County: One Male in the 1970s
White County: 1 male of the 80s
Whiteside County: 1 female in the 1980s, 1 male in the 1980s, 1 female in the 1990s, 1 female + 100
Will County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
Williamson County: One male in the 1970s
Winnebago County: 1 male 50’s, 2 male 80’s
Woodford County: 1 male, in the 1990s
A free COVID-19 test will be available on the following mobile websites, regardless of symptoms, insurance or immigration status:
In addition, the Will County Health Department’s Community Health Center is testing for COVID-19 Tuesday and Thursday of this week at Lewis University by the Field Home at 1 University Pkwy in Romeoville from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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