NORTHBROOK, IL — Like every other municipality in Illinois, the Village of Northbrook has been dealing with its own unique data points regarding the coronavirus. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, 42 people have died due to COVID-19 in Northbrook since March 29. There has not been a new death, as of Friday, in the last 10 weeks with the last happening on July 21. The most deaths in a single day since the pandemic began was three on April 28.
As of Friday, there have been 585 coronavirus-related cases in Northbrook, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. That marks an increase of 12 cases since Sept. 25. For further comparison, there was an increase of 23 cases between Sept. 18-25.
In addition, 27,882 people have been tested across zip codes 60026 and 60062, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. That number marks an increase of 1,698 tests since Sept. 25. For further comparison, there was an increase in tests of 2,697 between Sept. 18-25.
Here is a breakdown of COVID-19 related deaths in Northbrook:
March 29 — 1
March 30 — 1
April 3 — 1
April 23 — 2
April 24 — 1
April 26 — 1
April 28 — 3
April 29 — 2
April 30 — 1
May 3 — 1
May 4 — 2
May 5 — 1
May 6 — 2
May 7 — 2
May 10 — 1
May 13 — 2
May 17 — 2
May 19 — 1
May 21 — 1
May 24 — 1
May 28 — 1
May 29 — 1
May 30 — 1
June 1 — 1
June 2 — 1
June 3 — 1
June 4 — 1
June 14 — 1
June 17 — 1
June 18 — 1
July 8 — 1
July 14 — 1
July 21 — 1
According to the medical examiner, the age breakdown for the 42 deaths are: 80+ (28), 70-79 (6), 60-69 (6), 40-49 (1) and 30-39 (1).
The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 14,318 confirmed cases in Cook County long-term facilities and 2,390 deaths. These numbers indicate an increase of 119 cases and two deaths since what we reported on Sept. 25. In the past, the IDPH has twice temporarily removed some cases and deaths since Patch has been tracking these numbers, before including them back in at a later date.
Here is a breakdown of reported outbreak cases and deaths at some of these facilities in Northbrook:
Brookdale Northbrook — 5 cases, 3 deaths
Citadel of Northbrook — 41 cases, 2 deaths
Covenant Living of Northbrook — 2 cases, 0 deaths (numbers are as of June 5; not included in any reports since)
Elevate Care Northbrook — 75 cases, 16 deaths
Northbrook Inn Memory Care — 18 cases, 10 deaths
North Shore Place — 10 cases, 0 deaths
Lake Cook Rehab and Healthcare — 49 cases, 12 deaths
These numbers include both residents and employees of the long-term care facilities.
For the third day in a row, state health officials reported more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases across Illinois. Fridays's 2,206 new cases and 47 reported deaths bring the statewide totals to 297,646 confirmed coronavirus infections and 8,743 known COVID-19 deaths. That marks the most deaths in a single day since June 24. Another 2,739 probable cases and 249 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.
The latest deaths include:
Bond County: 1 female 80s
Bureau County: 1 male 70s
Champaign County: 1 female 90s
Christian County: 1 male 60s
Coles County: 1 female 70s
Cook County: 1 male 40s, 2 females 60s, 3 males 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
DuPage County: 1 male 60s
Fayette County: 1 male 90s
Jersey County: 1 female 90s
Kane County: 1 male 80s
Kankakee County: 1 male 90s
Lake County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
Lawrence County: 1 female 60s, 2 females 90s
Livingston County: 1 female 60s
Macoupin County: 1 female 70s
Madison County: 1 male 70s
Monroe County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
Peoria County: 1 female 40s
Randolph County: 1 male 80s
Richland County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
Rock Island County: 1 male 80s
Sangamon County: 1 male 50s
St. Clair County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
Stephenson County: 1 male 60s
Warren County: 1 female 90s
White County: 1 male 50s
Will County: 1 male 60s
Williamson County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
Woodford County: 1 male 80s
New measures to curb the spread of the virus will go into effect Saturday in Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties after the region surged past an 8 percent positivity rate for three days in a row. But, restrictions could also be coming for Region 6, despite only a 2 percent positivity rate. Officials say repeated tests of staff and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is driving down positivity rates across the region, and without the repeated tests, the region is actually closer to 7.2 percent positivity.
"Therefore, in addition to providing data for Region 6, IDPH is now presenting data for Region 6 without Champaign County," a news release said. "However, Champaign County will still be required to implement mitigation efforts if regional metrics are tripped in Region 6."
Health officials encouraged local leaders to begin taking action now to reduce the test positivity rate, including enforcing mask orders and encouraging social distancing.
Once new restrictions are imposed upon a region, that region's positivity rate must fall below 6.5 percent for three days in a row before they will be lifted, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
State health officials said Friday that 28 counties are now at a "warning level" for a surge of cases. They include: Bond, Boone, Brown, Calhoun, Christian, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, DeKalb, DeWitt, Fayette, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Lee, Livingston, Macon, Massac, Monroe, Morgan, Pulaski, Putnam, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Wabash, Washington, and Winnebago.
Statewide, hospitalizations rose slightly from the previous day. As of Thursday night, 1,678 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, including 373 in intensive care and 162 on ventilators, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The statewide positivity rate — a rolling, seven-day average — fell a tenth of a percentage point to 3.4 percent. In the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 72,691 coronavirus tests, for a total of more than 5.7 million since the pandemic began.
According to Johns Hopkins University, a positivity rate of less than 5 percent is a good measure of whether enough tests are being conducted, and state officials have said a rate higher than 8 percent will trigger new restrictions in a given region.
The United States now has more than 7.3 million confirmed coronavirus infections — including President Donald Trump — and at least 208,403 Americans have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Based on the latest predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 219,000 to 232,000 Americans could be dead from the disease by Oct. 24.
Globally, more than 34.4 million people have been infected and more than 1 million are known to have died.
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Illinois Coronavirus Helpline:
Illinois officials say a state helpline has been set up to provide emotional support and quick answers to questions about the coronavirus pandemic. Illinoisans can test "TALK" to 55-2020 (or "HABLAR" for Spanish), and within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor. Residents can also text keywords such as "UNEMPLOYMENT," "FOOD" or "SHELTER," to the same number to receive additional information about those topics.
Coronavirus by the numbers:
Total number of coronavirus cases: 297,646
People tested: 5,763,128
Recovered: Illinois does not provide exact numbers of recovered cases, but says the recovery rate is 96 percent.
Total number of coronavirus cases: 7,312,444
People tested: 104,845,807
Total number of coronavirus cases: 34,438,827
People tested: No data available
While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention generally recommends taking these actions to prevent the spread of viruses:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
What to do if you're sick:
Call head if you're planning to visit your doctor:
If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the health care provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Stay home unless you must see a doctor:
Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home:
Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
Limit contact with pets and animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just as you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
Avoid sharing personal household items:
Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
To donate personal protective equipment (PPE), email PPE.firstname.lastname@example.org. For health questions about COVID-19, call the state coronavirus hotline at 800-889-3931 or email email@example.com.