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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 113 additional deaths and 1,614 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday's death toll is about five times the number of deaths reported on Monday (23) and the daily case count is significantly higher than the 974 new cases reported Monday.

This brings statewide totals to 122,848 confirmed cases and 5,525 related deaths, according to IDPH data.

A total of 934,704 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Illinois since the pandemic began. The IDPH received the results of 16,431 tests in the 24-hour period leading up to Tuesday afternoon of which 1,614 were positive.

The state currently is reporting a seven-day rolling average positivity rate of 7%.

Of the deaths reported Tuesday, 67 were Cook County residents, accounting for around 60% of the daily total.

Regional update

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Northeast region (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties) reported an average positivity rate of 12%, down four percentage points in the last 14 days. The region reported an average availability of 29% of medical/surgical beds, 34% of ICU beds and 69% of ventilators.

The North Central region (Bureau, DeKalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Carroll, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Putnam and Jo Daviess counties) reported an average positivity rate of 6%. On average, the region has enough medical/surgical beds to accommodate a 42% surge in COVID-19 cases.

The North Central region reported that 45% of ICU beds are available and 68% of ventilators are available. The region reported a 2% increase in hospital admissions over the past 28 days which, according to Restore Illinois, is a small enough increase to be considered "stable."

The Central region reported an average positivity rate of 2%. On average, there was an availability of 46% of medical/surgical beds, 50% of ICU beds and 80% of ventilators as of Tuesday afternoon.

The Southern region had an average positivity rate of 5%. On average, there was an availability of 47% of medical/surgical beds, 43% of ICU beds and 80% of ventilators.

Threshold to advance to Phase 4

In order to move to the fourth phase of Gov. JB Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, the state's four health regions must continue to meet all of the requirements of Phase 3 as well as a few new requirements.

Phase 3 requirements, which all regions still are meeting, are as follows: average positivity rate of 20% or lower, increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period, no overall increase in hospital admissions because of COVID-19 for 28 days and an available surge capacity of at least 14% of the region's ICU beds, medical/surgical beds and ventilators.

In addition to these requirements, health regions must ensure that testing is available to all residents regardless of symptoms or health-related risk factors. Testing should be regularly available to the residents and staff of congregate living facilities such as long-term care facilities or jails, according to the plan.

Finally, each health region must implement a system for COVID-19 monitoring and contact tracing that is able to respond within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in the region.

Once these requirements are met, the soonest that any of the state's health regions will be able to move into Phase 4 is June 26. This is because of the requirement of a 28-day monitoring period for hospital admissions between each phase.

Newly reported deaths

• Cook County: 3 males 40s, 1 unknown 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 10 males 60s, 6 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 16 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 7 females 90s, 5 males 90s, 2 females 100+

• DeKalb County: 1 female 90s

• DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s, 4 males 90s

• Hancock County: 1 female 60s

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

• Kankakee County: 2 males 70s

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

• LaSalle County: 1 male 90s

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

• McHenry County: 1 male 90s

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

• Will County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s

• Winnebago County: 1 female 90s

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