Illinois Coronavirus Update May 12: 83,021 Cases, 3,601 Deaths

J. Ryne Danielson
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ILLINOIS — State officials on Tuesday announced 4,014 new cases of the coronavirus — the largest single-day increase to date — and 144 additional deaths, bringing the statewide total to 83,021 confirmed infections and 3,601 known deaths.

The latest deaths include:

  • Boone County: 1 male 70s

  • Clinton County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s

  • Cook County: 1 male 30s, 4 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 7 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 11 males 60s, 9 females 70s, 15 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 17 females 80s, 10 males 80s, 1 unknown 80s, 7 females 90s, 5 males 90s, 1 female 100+

  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

  • Iroquois County: 1 female 80s

  • Kane County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s

  • Kankakee County: 1 female 90s

  • Kendall County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s

  • Lake County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 3 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

  • Macon County: 1 male 70s

  • Madison County: 1 male 50s,

  • McHenry County: 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Ogle County: 1 male 80s

  • Randolph County: 1 male 60s

  • Rock Island County: 1 male 80s

  • Sangamon County: 2 females 80s

  • St. Clair County: 1 female 90s

  • Whiteside County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Will County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s

  • Winnebago County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s

Ninety-eight of 102 Illinois counties now report cases, and deaths range from people younger than one year old to older than 100, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Health officials say Illinois hospitals have begun receiving $75 million in payments to help fight COVID-19. According to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the money will help hospitals provide essential services to their communities despite revenue shortfalls stemming from delayed elective procedures.

"This added support to face the COVID-19 crisis and the aftermath will be crucial to communities that are at the front lines of the fight," said state Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford. "Hospitals are vital not only for healthcare but as engines of economic opportunity and jobs. We must continue providing the resources they need for their staff, their patients and their surrounding neighborhoods."

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday afternoon that he now expects coronavirus cases won't peak in Illinois until mid-June, a change from previous models that had shown the peak coming by mid-May.

"In many ways, this news is disheartening," Pritzker said. "We have made great progress, but it's forced us to remain at a moderated, though still high, level of key metrics for this extended period. A pushing out of our estimated peak is a natural consequence of 'flattening the curve.'"

Pritzker said keeping the curve flat is saving lives, but that the virus won't go away until a vaccine is developed. That won't happen until at least next year, according to the White House's most optimistic estimates.

In the meantime, experts say testing, contact tracing and health care capacity are keys to safely lifiting lockdowns.

Within the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 29,266 coronavirus tests — also a single-day record — for a total of 471,691 since the pandemic began. Harvard economists say about 19,000 tests per day are necessary to accurately gauge the number of infections in the state, a prerequisite to reopening safely.

The United States as a whole has tested more than 9 million people for the coronavirus. That number sounds impressive, but it represents only about 2.7 percent of the U.S. population. Italy has tested more than 4.3 percent of its population, Germany 3.4 percent, and Canada about 3 percent, according to the Washington Post.

The United States now has nearly 1.4 million confirmed coronavirus infections, according to Johns Hopkins University, and at least 81,650 Americans have died from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. Globally, more than 4.2 million people have been infected and 289,932 are known to have died.

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 like "UNEMPLOYMENT," "FOOD," or "SHELTER," to the same number to receive additional information about those topics.

Here's what's happening with the coronavirus in Illinois:

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The eatery had only recently reopened.

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The church sent a letter to the governor notifying him that it will "immediately" resume in-person services on May 17, "while implementing strict health and safety protocols."

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Coronavirus by the numbers:

Illinois:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 83,012

  • Deaths: 3,601

  • People tested: 471,691

  • Recovered: No data available

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 1,358,000

  • Deaths: 81,650

  • People tested: 9,382,235

  • Recovered: 232,733

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 4,233,504

  • Deaths: 289,932

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 1,481,314

Sources: Johns Hopkins University and IDPH

Tips from the CDC on dealing with coronavirus:

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.

Masks:

  • 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.

  • Face mask instructions - sew- and no-sew masks

To donate personal protective equipment (PPE), email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the state coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

This article originally appeared on the Across Illinois Patch