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 nearly five 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 459 coronavirus-related cases in Northbrook, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. That marks an increase of 11 cases since Aug. 14.
In addition, 18,093 people have been tested across zip codes 60026 and 60062, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. That number marks an increase of 1,167 tests since Aug. 14. For further comparison, there was an increase in tests of 1,263 between Aug. 7-14.
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 13,714 confirmed cases in Cook County long-term facilities and 2,348 deaths. These numbers indicate an increase of 52 cases and seven deaths since what we reported on Aug. 14. 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 — 37 cases, 2 deaths
Covenant Living of Northbrook — 2 cases, 0 deaths (numbers are as of June 5; not included on the July 31 report)
Elevate Care Northbrook — 74 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.
State health officials on Friday announced 2,208 new cases of the coronavirus and 24 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, bringing the statewide totals to 215,929 confirmed infections and 7,857 known deaths. Another 1,417 probable cases and 209 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.
The latest deaths include:
Cook County: 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 2 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s,1 female 80s
DuPage County: 1 male 50s
Iroquois County: 1 male 80s
Knox County: 1 female 80s
Lake County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
LaSalle County: 1 female 70s
Macon County: 1 female 80s
Madison County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s
Mason County: 1 male 50s
Perry County: 1 male 90s
Rock Island County: 1 female 80s
Sangamon County: 1 female 90s
Will County: 1 male 60s
Williamson County: 1 male 70s
As of Thursday night, 1,526 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state. Of those, 351 were in intensive care and 121 were on ventilators, according to the state health department.
State officials said Friday that 20 counties are now at a "warning level" for a surge in coronavirus cases, up from 14 a week ago. They include Bureau, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Jefferson, Logan, Madison, Monroe, Moultrie, Randolph, St. Clair, Union, White, Will, and Williamson Counties.
Officials say many people are not wearing masks or social distancing in these counties, and some sick individuals are attributing symptoms to allergies or other illnesses or hiding their symptoms altogether while going about in public. Many of the outbreaks were associated with weddings, businesses, schools, neighborhood gatherings, parties, long-term care facilities and other congregate settings, travel to neighboring states, bars, sports camps, and spread among members of the same household who are not isolating at home.
The statewide positive-test rate is 4.3 percent. In the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have processed 51,736 coronavirus tests, for a total of more than 3.5 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.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that the state has seen "troubling trends" in most of the state's 11 emergency management regions. Postivity rates are climbing in all but three regions, including Region 4, where officials have instituted new restrictions on bars and restaurants.
Over the weekend, officials said seven counties in the St. Louis Metro East crossed the 8 percent positivity threshold. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolf, St. Clair and Washington Counties all saw positivity rates rise above 8 percent for three consecutive days. Those counties comprise Region 4 under the state's coronavirus emergency plan.
If the positivity rate drops over the next two weeks, Region 4 could see the new restrictions lifted. If it remains above 8 percent, however, more stringent restricitions will be imposed, and bars and restaurants could be shuttered altogether, according to the state.
The United States now has more than 5.6 million confirmed coronavirus infections, and at least 174,924 Americans have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Based on the latest predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 187,000 to 205,000 Americans could be dead from the disease by Sept. 12.
Globally, more than 22.7 million people have been infected and 795,575 are known to have died.
— Ryne Danielson, Patch Staff, contributed to this article
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Coronavirus by the numbers:
Total number of coronavirus cases: 215,929
People tested: 3,592,919
Recovered: Illinois does not provide exact numbers of recovered cases, but says the recovery rate is 95 percent.
Total number of coronavirus cases: 5,607,993
People tested: 70,031,936
Total number of coronavirus cases: 22,789,780
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.