BUFFALO GROVE, IL — Like every other municipality in Illinois, the Village of Buffalo Grove has been dealing with its own unique data points regarding the coronavirus. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 2,628 people have contracted COVID-19 in Buffalo Grove since the outbreak began. That is an increase of 91 cases since Patch's last report on Jan. 7. For further comparison, there was an increase of 109 cases between Dec. 31, 2020-Jan. 7.
The Lake County Health Department reports there have been 48,827 confirmed cases in Lake County. That's an increase of 1,704 cases since Jan. 7. For further comparison, there was an increase of 1,715 cases between Dec. 31, 2020-Jan. 7. In addition, there have been 803 deaths, marking an increase of 26 since Jan. 7. For further comparison, there was an increase of 19 deaths between Dec. 31, 2020-Jan. 7.
The Lake County recovery rate from the coronavirus is currently 97.8 percent. Recovered cases are defined as persons with initial positive specimen collection date greater than 42 days who have not expired. The Recovery rate is calculated as the recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and total deceased cases.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 45,745 people have been tested across Buffalo Grove (zip codes 60069, 60089) as of Thursday. That's an increase of 1,660 people tested since Jan. 7. For further comparison, there was an increase of 1,621 tests between Dec. 31, 2020-Jan. 7.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, 29 people have died due to COVID-19 in the Cook County portion of Buffalo Grove since April 6. The last death was on Dec. 27.
Here is a breakdown of COVID-19 related deaths in Cook County by date in Buffalo Grove:
APRIL — 6 TOTAL
4/6 (1), 4/10 (1), 4/14 (1), 4/16 (1), 4/19 (2)
MAY — 6 TOTAL
5/4 (1), 5/5 (1), 5/10 (1), 5/17 (1), 5/23 (1)
JUNE — 6 TOTAL
6/5 (1), 66 (1), 6/11 (1), 6/12 (1), 6/13 (1), 6/28 (1)
JULY — 1 TOTAL
AUGUST — 1 TOTAL
SEPTEMBER — 1 TOTAL
OCTOBER — 2 TOTAL
10/16 (1), 10/24 (1)
NOVEMBER — 3 TOTAL
11/11 (1), 11/27 (1), 11/27 (1)
DECEMBER — 3 TOTAL
12/20 (1), 12/26 (1), 12/27 (1)
According to the medical examiner, the age breakdown for the 29 deaths are: 80+ (15), 70-79 (8) and 60-69 (4).
As of Thursday, there have been 865 coronavirus-related cases in the Cook County portion of Buffalo Grove, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. That marks an increase of 25 cases since Jan. 7. For further comparison, there was an increase of 30 cases between Dec. 31, 2020-Jan. 7.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports there have been 3,685 confirmed coronavirus cases and 482 deaths in long-term care facilities in Lake County. That marks an increase of 91 cases and 22 deaths since Jan. 7. For further comparison, there was an increase of 119 cases and 19 deaths between Dec. 31, 2020-Jan. 7.
Here is a breakdown of cases and deaths at some of these facilities in Buffalo Grove:
Belmont Village of Buffalo Grove — 5 cases, 2 deaths (open)/66 cases, 19 deaths (closed)
Sunrise of Buffalo Grove — 8 cases, 0 deaths (open)/3 cases, 0 deaths (closed)
Symphony Buffalo Grove — 99 cases, 10 deaths (open)/34 cases, 5 deaths (open)
These numbers include both residents and employees of the long-term care facilities.
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State health officials on Wednesday reported 5,862 new cases of the coronavirus and 97 more deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. More than 1 million Illinoisans have now caught the virus and 17,840 have died from it.
The latest deaths in Illinois include:
Bond County: 1 female 90s
Boone County: 1 male 50s
Christian County: 1 female 80s
Clinton County: 1 female 80s
Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 3 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 4 males 80, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
DuPage County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 3 males 80s, 1 female 90s
Hamilton County: 1 male 70s
Iroquois County: 1 male 80s
Jefferson County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s
Jersey County: 1 male 70s
Knox County: 1 female 70s
Lake County: 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
LaSalle County: 1 male 70s
Logan County: 1 female 60s
Macon County: 1 male 80s
Madison County: 1 male 70s
McHenry County: 1 male 50s
McLean County: 1 male 40s, 2 males 80s
Monroe County: 3 females 90s
Montgomery County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
Morgan County: 1 female 60s
Ogle County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
Peoria County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
Pike County: 1 female 90s
Randolph County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
Richland County: 1 male 90s
Rock Island County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
Sangamon County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
St. Clair County: 1 female 60s, 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
Stephenson County: 1 male 70s
Tazewell County: 1 male 70s
Vermilion County: 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s
Williamson County: 1 female 80s
Winnebago County: 1 male 80s
Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike released a statement after recieving her first shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday. She encouraged people to share photos after they are vaccinated using the hastag #VaxUpIL on social media.
Read Dr. Ezike's statement below:
“I waited to let my physician colleagues and other health care personnel receive the vaccine first because they have a higher risk than me of being exposed to COVID-19,” said Dr. Ezike. “But I want to show people, and not just tell them, that I trust this vaccine and I want them to have confidence in the vaccine so they will get vaccinated when they are eligible.
“I am taking this vaccine for my husband who gave me the scare of my life when he collapsed at the dinner table in front of me and our children in May. After being rushed to the hospital and learning of his diagnosis, it became intensely personal to never forget that this virus preys on people with pre-existing medical conditions. I am getting vaccinated for my children who have struggled like many of us.
“We’ve seen people suffer with anxiety and depression. We’ve also seen grades fall as students struggle with home learning and the missing connection with friends and teachers. Being vaccinated gets us one step closer to children being educated in school without fears of contracting this virus. Vaccination gets us closer to the safe playing of sports and it gets us closer to be able to share love with warm embraces and not just air hugs.”
Vaccinations started across the state about a month ago, but federal officials say the process has been slow-going and distribution is behind schedule. As of Sunday, Illinois had administered 334,939 doses of the vaccine, according to Gov. J.B. Pritzker. That represents about 41 percent of the 819,300 total doses the state has received and about 2.6 percent of the state's total population.
State health officials also said last week that they are on the lookout for a new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus recently identified in the United Kingdom. The B.1.1.7 variant of the virus could be 70 percent more transmissible thanks to a mutation in its spike proteins that allows it to more easily stick to cells in the nose, British officials said. It's not clear how the new strain or others like it could complicate the vaccine rollout.
As of Tuesday night, 3,642 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across Illinois, including 749 in intensive care and 386 on ventilators.
The statewide case positivity rate — a rolling, seven-day average — fell 0.2 percentage points from Tuesday to 7.3 percent. The test positivity rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 8.3 percent.
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 22.9 million confirmed coronavirus infections, and at least 383,113 Americans have died from COVID -19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Based on the latest predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 440,000 to 477,000 Americans could be dead from the disease by Feb. 6.
Globally, more than 92 million people have been infected and more than 1.9 million are known to have died.
Patch Editor J. Ryne Danielson contributed to this report.
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Here's what's happening with the coronavirus in Illinois:
U.S. Rep Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) is at least the third Congress member to contract it since last Wednesday's attack on U.S. Capitol.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he expects to announce a timeline later this week for Phase 1B, which includes about 3.2 million people.
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But a slight increase in Region 7's coronavirus positivity rates or hospital bed availability could prevent a loosening of restrictions.
A current lack of available hospital beds and insufficient decline in coronavirus hospitalizations both prevent a loosening of restrictions.
Everyone aged 65 and over will be included in the next phase of vaccinations, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced.
Health officials in Lake County are urging all who intend to get the vaccine to register through its online portal or phone line.
Kane County residents can register to get the latest information on coronavirus vaccines, but they won't be guaranteed a spot in line.
WCHD said that it will take some time for residents to find out when and how they can be vaccinated.
As we head into 2021, mass vaccination, which could happen by summer, is being lauded as our ticket out of the pandemic.
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: 1,046,030
Confirmed Deaths: 17,840
People tested: 14,339,584
Recovered: Illinois does not provide exact numbers of recovered cases, but says the recovery rate is 97 percent.
Total number of coronavirus cases: 22,987,370
People tested: 269,334,131
Recovered: latest data unavailable
Total number of coronavirus cases: 92,096,179
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.