Illinois marked a grim milestone Tuesday as it surpassed 2,000 deaths linked to the new coronavirus, including 144 deaths since Monday, a new record in single-day fatalities.
The COVID-19 death toll now stands at 2,125 in Illinois.
Of the 144 newly reported deaths, 80% occurred in northern Illinois, 14% in southern Illinois and 6% in central Illinois, according to Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.
The majority of those who died from the virus in the past 24 hours were white (44%), followed by residents who were black (28%), Hispanic (13%) and Asian (8%), according to Ezike.
Cook County saw the most deaths linked to the virus in the past 24 hours, including two residents in their 20s and 11 in their 90s, according to IDPH data.
Statewide, 2,219 new cases of the coronavirus have been reported since Monday, bringing the total number of cases to just over 48,000.
As of Monday, 4,738 people were in the hospital with COVID-19, according to Ezike. Of those hospitalized, 1,245 (or roughly 25%) were in the intensive care unit and 778 were on ventilators.
During Tuesday’s press briefing, Ezike also shared some encouraging news about a survey of patients who tested positive for the virus in Illinois. Roughly half recovered in less than two weeks, and nearly three-quarters said they had recovered after a month, the survey found.
“I hope that’s seen as encouraging news. That people do recover,” Ezike said. “We mourn the loss of all lives and we’re sorry for all of those who’ve had to endure a battle in the hospital but people do recover.”
Also on Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he and Illinois National Guard Brig. Gen. Richard R. Neely met with members from a Polish medical delegation who served on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in Poland and Italy. Members of the delegation, which includes doctors and nurses, will assist with Illinois’ COVID-19 response, according to Pritzker.
The Illinois National Guard has had a relationship with Poland since 1993, and the two have joined forces and co-deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Pritzker.
“Just as we fought together in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Illinois National Guard and our longtime partners and friends in the Polish military have come together once more in a fight against the global enemy of COVID-19,” Pritzker said.
“This is an excellent representation of the very best of humanity. Medical experts from different parts of the world come together to save as many lives as possible no matter where they call home.”
Coronavirus Prevention Tips and Resources
Officials advise taking preventive measures to slow the spread of the virus, including:
—Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
—Using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
—Sneezing or coughing into a tissue and then disposing of the tissue
—Limiting contact with people regardless of how you feel
—Staying home when you are sick
Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:
—New onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath
—Congestion in the nasal sinuses or lungs
—Sore throat, body aches or unusual fatigue
If you think you have COVID-19:
Call you doctor before showing up at their office. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, tell the operator that you think you have COVID-19. If possible, wear a mask before medical help arrives or presenting at a doctor’s office. More advice for those who think they have COVID-19.
—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
—Illinois’ COVID-19 website
—Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website
—IDPH COVID-19 hotline: 800-889-3931
—IPDH COVID-19 email link
—City of Chicago COVID-19 website
—City of Chicago COVID-19 hotline: 312-746-4835
—City of Chicago COVID-19 email link