Illinois COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising so quickly that, in roughly a week, the number could surpass the highest tally seen in the spring surge, a Tribune analysis has found. And the skyrocketing admissions are raising new concerns that some hospitals could eventually be packed with patients.
The analysis comes as Illinois continues setting records for coronavirus cases and experiencing surges in deaths. State health officials Friday reported more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day, breaking a record set the previous day. There also were 49 more deaths reported Friday, bringing the confirmed statewide death toll to 10,079.
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Here’s what’s happening this weekend with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:
11:50 a.m.: As Chicagoans turn out after Biden projected as winner, health officials warn of large crowds
As news organizations projected that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. would be the next president and Chicago-area residents took the streets to celebrate, health officials warned people to wear masks and avoid large crowds.
“REMINDER to avoid large crowds, but if you’re around others be sure to wear a face covering!!!” the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a tweet.
— Chicago Tribune staff
11:45 a.m.: Morgan County jail sees COVID-19 outbreak
Morgan County reported 29 additional infections and also grappled with an outbreak at the Morgan County Detention Facility, according to a daily briefing by the Morgan County Department of Public Health, Jacksonville/Morgan County Emergency Management, Memorial Health System, Morgan County commissioners and the city of Jacksonville.
Two staff members and six inmates at the jail have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the county health department. One more prisoner at Jacksonville Correctional Center also tested positive Thursday, increasing the number of people infected as part of an outbreak at the facility to 376 prisoners and 15 staff members. —Jacksonville Journal-Courier via Tribune Content Agency
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