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7 New Deaths, 225 COVID-19 Cases Reported In Arlington Heights

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — Like every other municipality in Illinois, Arlington Heights has been dealing with its own unique data points regarding the coronavirus. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, 105 people have died due to COVID-19 in Arlington Heights since April 8. That marks seven new deaths since our last report on Dec. 31, 2020. For further comparison, there was one additional death between Dec. 24-31. The most deaths in a single day since the start of the outbreak was six on May 23.

As of Thursday, there have been 4,623 confirmed coronavirus-related cases in Arlington Heights, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. That marks an increase of 225 cases since Dec. 31. For further comparison, there was an increase of 192 cases between Dec. 24-31. These numbers indicate a -0.959 percent change in confirmed cases over the last 14 days.

(Cook County Department of Public Health)
(Cook County Department of Public Health)

In addition, 132,094 people have been tested across zip codes 60004, 60005, 60006, 6008 and 60056 (Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows and Mount Prospect) according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. That marks an increase of 3,813 tests since Dec. 31. For further comparison, there was an increase of 5,235 tests between Dec. 24-31.

Here is a breakdown of COVID-19 related deaths by date in Arlington Heights:

2020

APRIL — 4 TOTAL

  • 4/8 (1), 4/19 (1), 4/23 (1), 4/29 (1)

MAY — 22 TOTAL

  • 5/4 (1), 5/7 (1), 5/8 (1), 5/9 (1), 5/12 (1), 5/13 (3), 5/14 (2), 5/20 (1), 5/22 (1), 5/23 (6), 5/24 (1), 5/26 (1) 5/27 (1), 5/28 (1)

JUNE — 7 TOTAL

  • 6/4 (1), 6/6 (2), 6/7 (1), 6/9 (2), 6/25 (1)

JULY — 2 TOTAL

AUGUST — NONE

SEPTEMBER —3 TOTAL

OCTOBER — 8 TOTAL

  • 10/5 (1), 10/21 (2), 10/25 (1), 10/26 (2), 10/29 (2)

NOVEMBER — 22 TOTAL

  • 11/6 (2), 11/7 (1), 11/8 (3), 11/9 (1), 11/13 (1), 11/15 (2), 11/18 (2), 11/20 (2), 11/21 (1), 11/23 (1), 11/25 (1), 11/26 (1), 11/27 (2), 11/28 (1), 11/30 (1)

DECEMBER — 33 TOTAL

  • 12/2 (1), 12/3 (1), 12/4 (3), 12/5 (3), 12/6 (3), 12/7 (1), 12/8 (4), 12/9 (1), 12/10 (2), 12/13 (2), 12/15 (1), 12/16 (1), 12/17 (2), 12/18 (3), 12/21 (2), 12/25 (1), 12/28 (1), 12/31 (1)

2021

JANUARY — 4 TOTAL

  • 1/2 (1), 1/3 (1), 1/5 (1), 1/6 (1)

According to the medical examiner, the age breakdown for the 105 deaths is: 80+ (73), 70-79 (22) 60-69 (6), 50-59 (3) and 40-49 (1).

Phase 1B Of Illinois’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Revealed

As of Thursday, the Cook County Department of Health is reporting 181,356 confirmed cases and 3,439 deaths since the pandemic began. That marks an increase of 7,098 cases and 155 deaths since Patch’s last update on Dec. 31. For further comparison, there was an increase of 6,412 cases and 155 deaths between Dec. 24-31. These numbers include all confirmed and probable cases under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Department of Public Health (excludes Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie, and Stickney Township).

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 21,427 confirmed cases in Cook County long-term facilities and 3,011 deaths. That marks an increase of 563 cases and 89 deaths since Dec. 31. For comparison, there was an increase of 741 cases and 100 deaths between Dec. 24-31. 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 cases and deaths at some of these facilities in Arlington Heights:

  • Manor Care at Arlington Heights — 27 cases, 2 deaths (closed), 12 cases, 7 deaths (open)

  • The Mooring of Arlington Heights —3 cases, 0 deaths

  • The Reserve at Arlington Heights — 13 cases, 1 death

  • Waverly Inn Memory Care Community — 18 cases, 8 deaths

These numbers include both residents and employees of the long-term care facilities.

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State health officials on Thursday reported 8,757 new cases of the coronavirus and 177 more deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. Thursday marks the fifth day in a row with increasing case numbers. More than 1 million infections have been reported across the state and more than 17,000 Illinoisans have now died.

The latest deaths in Illinois include:

  • Adams County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

  • Bureau County: 1 male 60s

  • Christian County: 2 males 70s, 1 male 80s

  • Clay County: 1 female 60s

  • Coles County: 1 male 80s

  • Cook County: 2 males 40s, 3 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 6 males 60s, 8 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 7 females 80s, 9 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 2 males 90s, 1 female 100+

  • Douglas County: 1 male 80s

  • DuPage County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 70s, 3 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 male 100+

  • Edgar County: 1 female 80s

  • Fayette County: 1 male 80s

  • Fulton County: 1 male 30s

  • Grundy County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

  • Hancock County: 1 male 50s

  • Hardin County: 1 male 60s

  • Henry County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Iroquois County: 1 female 80s

  • Jackson County: 1 female 70s, 2 females 90s

  • Jefferson County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

  • Jersey County: 1 male 80s

  • Kane County: 1 male 60s, 3 females 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Kankakee County: 1 male 90s

  • Knox County: 1 female 90s

  • Lake County: 1 male 40s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Lee County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

  • Livingston County: 1 female 70s

  • Macon County: 1 male 90s

  • Macoupin County: 1 male 70s

  • Madison County: 1 male 50s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 80s

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

  • Marshall County: 1 male 70s

  • McHenry County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 female 100+

  • McLean County: 1 female 80s

  • Montgomery County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s

  • Peoria County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

  • Piatt County: 1 female 60s

  • Randolph County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Rock Island County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s, 2 males 90s

  • Sangamon County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

  • St. Clair County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 male 90s

  • Tazewell County: 1 female 70s, 3 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

  • Vermilion County: 1 male 80s

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

  • Will County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 female 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Williamson County: 1 female 80s

  • Winnebago County: 2 female 70s 1 male 70s

  • Woodford County:1 male 80s

“In a pandemic that has contained far too many tragic milestones, today’s marking of one million cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Illinois deserves particular recognition,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “As this disease continues to wreak havoc on our nation – with the United States setting another record for the most COVID-19 deaths in a day just yesterday – it is critical that we take extra caution today and in the months ahead to reduce the spread, bring down hospitalization rates, and save lives. Now that vaccine distribution has begun, we can see the light at the end of this difficult time — let’s do everything we can to ensure all of our neighbors are able to be there as we cross that finish line, healthy as well. With that goal in mind, I encourage all Illinoisans to choose to receive the protections of the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn in line.”

State health officials said earlier this 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.

“Viruses are constantly changing through mutation and variant virus are expected,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “At this time, we have no evidence that infections by this variant cause more severe disease or death.”

Ngozi also released a statement as the state passed a million coronavirus infections.

“As the vaccine rolls out, our hope, and goal, is that the number of new cases we see each day will decrease,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Reporting more than one million COVID-19 cases in Illinois seemed like an unlikely number at the beginning of the pandemic, and we’ve now all seen how devastating this disease can be. I urge everyone to continue to wear their mask, avoid social gatherings, and get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”

Vaccinations started across the state three weeks ago, but federal officials say the process has been slow-going and distribution is behind schedule. According to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office, not quite 2 percent of the state’s total population has received the first of two shots necessary for vaccination. As of Tuesday night, 207,000 shots had been administered across the state, including the first round of second doses.

According to the governor, about a third of Illinois health care workers have been vaccinated. Officials said the next phase of the vaccine rollout will begin once the first stage has been “substantially completed.” It will include seniors over 65 and front-line essential workers such as police, firefighters and teachers.

As of Wednesday night, 3,921 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across Illinois, including 783 in intensive care and 450 on ventilators.

The statewide case positivity rate — a rolling, seven-day average — is now 8.5 percent. The test positivity rate is 9.8 percent. Both have risen steadily in the past week.

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.

See how your region is doing here.

The United States now has more than 21.3 million confirmed coronavirus infections, and at least 362,828 Americans have died from COVID -19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Based on the latest predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 405,000 to 438,000 Americans could be dead from the disease by Jan. 30.

Globally, more than 87.5 million people have been infected and more than 1.8 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:

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Register For Coronavirus Vaccine Info From Kane Co. Health Dept.

Kane County residents can register to get the latest information on coronavirus vaccines, but they won’t be guaranteed a spot in line.

Students Should Be In School ‘All Day, Every Day’: D308 Parents

A group of Oswego school district parents started a petition asking for the return of students to in-person learning by Jan. 19.

Over 30K Will County Residents Register For COVID-19 Vaccine

WCHD said that it will take some time for residents to find out when and how they can be vaccinated.

How COVID-19 Changed IL And What To Expect In 2021

As we head into 2021, mass vaccination, which could happen by summer, is being lauded as our ticket out of the pandemic.

Haircut Led To COVID-19 Deaths Of Chicago Couple, Family Says

Carol Bruno was admitted to the hospital on Thanksgiving Day and died two weeks later. Her husband Mike died just days before Christmas.

Mandatory Coronavirus Testing Begins At New Trier High School

Students — but not staff — must participate in the district’s COVID-19 saliva screening program to come to campus in Northfield or Winnetka.

Free Coronavirus Testing Site Opens In Glenview

Testing at Flick Park Field House begins Monday.

18-Year-Old Dies Of COVID-19 Day After Christmas

Sarah Simental would have graduated from high school this spring: “She said, ‘I’m going to be okay, Mom.’ And that was the last thing.'”

Family Of Teen Who Took Own Life Taking Pritzker, IHSA To Court

After the pandemic struck, “Trevor was never the same,” his mother said.

Myocarditis Concerns Grow For Athletes Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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Coronavirus Vaccine Ready For Public By March, Walgreens Predicts

The Deerfield-based company has begun administering Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to 3 million residents in long-term care facilities.

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:

Illinois:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 1,008,045

  • Confirmed Deaths: 17,272

  • People tested: 13,803,946

  • Recovered: Illinois does not provide exact numbers of recovered cases, but says the recovery rate is 97 percent.

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 21,394,326

  • Deaths: 362,828

  • People tested: 257,725,753

  • Recovered: latest data unavailable

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 87,588,168

  • Deaths: 1,890,824

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 48,944,445

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 [email protected] For health questions about COVID-19, call the state coronavirus hotline at 800-889-3931 or email [email protected]

This article originally appeared on the Arlington Heights Patch

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