Illinois Cases Total 1535 with 250 New Cases; 4 More Deaths for a Total of 16 Deaths Reported Tuesday March 24, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, announced 250 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including four deaths; a Chicago resident in his 50s, two Cook County residents both in their 60s, and a DuPage County resident in her 90s.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
in Illinois Test Results (3/24/2020)

Positive (Confirmed Cases) 1535
Deaths 16
Negative Results XX
Under Investigation 11485

— SOURCE: IDPH

Grundy County is now reporting a case. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,535 cases in 32 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years. Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

Gov. JB Pritzker discussed hospital hospital capacity and worst case scenarios with the associated demand for hospital beds and ventilators. In a worst-case scenario without any mitigation efforts, an model study predicted hospitals would be overrun in a week.

Today, Gov. JB Pritzker, who allowed risk of Coronavirus COVID-19 infections among voters and election judges by not postponing the March 17, 2020 Primary Election, criticized President Donald J. Trump for considering livelihoods over lives by discussing getting the country working again. Pritzker said he was concerned that Trump, who Pritzker said judges himself by the stock market, wasn’t following science, and was prioritizing economics. Pritzker said he doesn’t think the president takes into account the true damage this (the Coronavirus Pandemic) will do to our country if we see truly millions of people die.

COVID-19 Infections Ethnic Stats from IDPH
54% White
35% Black
5% Asian
11% Hispanic

Among all patients, 16% have resulted in hospitalization.

Among all patients, 4% resulted in ICU admission.

Among lives lost, 92% of victims were older than 60.

Illinois National Guard

National Guard Information (Commander, Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard; Director, Department of Military Affairs Brig. Gen. Richard Neely)

The Illinois National Guard is not enforcing any quarantines

115 personnel supporting medical profession doing testing in the community.

There will be possible expansion of Illinois National Guard deployment with engineers that would look at assessing the utilization of recently closed hospitals and also the use of hotels.

The Illinois National Guard is also getting in position to support logistics delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Medical Update

Dr. Omar Lateef, CEO of Rush University Medical Center, spoke on the preparations of Rush University Medical Center. In early March 2020, was prepared with a surge plan that would also prevent co-mingling of infected and non-infected patients.

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation Center for Advanced Emergency Response occupies the hospital tower’s first floor.

The hospital was also prepared in early March 2020 for triage that is performed in a tent that’s been raised over the Emergency Department’s ambulance bay. This creates an area for testing potential COVID-19 patients in isolation from general Emergency Department patients.

Rush University Medical Center was considered among the earliest hospitals to prohibit elective procedures.

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