A information sign shows in front of a Walgreens drugstore in Glenview, Ill., Thursday, June 18, 2020. All Illinoisans should wear as mask or face covering when they must leave their home or report to work for essential operations and they either cannot or it is impractical to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and others. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
A information sign shows in front of a Walgreens drugstore in Glenview, Ill., Thursday, June 18, 2020. All Illinoisans should wear as mask or face covering when they must leave their home or report to work for essential operations and they either cannot or it is impractical to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and others. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Illinois reported 18 deaths and 1,772 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The state tested 41,134 people over the previous 24 hours. Illinois’ seven-day rolling positivity rate remained flat at 3.8%. Illinois has now seen 176,896 total cases of the virus and 7,478 people have died. A total of 2,649,786 people have been tested.

As of late Wednesday night, Illinois had 1,452 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 353 were in the ICU and 149 were on ventilators.

Regional update: According to a July 15 update to the governor's COVID-19 response plan, the state will be tracking public health metrics in a slightly different way to monitor any potential resurgences of the coronavirus. Additional restrictions can be placed on any of the state's 11 health regions if the region sustains an increase in its average positivity rate for seven days out of a ten day period.

A region may also become more restrictive if there is a seven-day increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-related illness or a reduction in hospital medical/surgical beds or ICU capacity below 20%. If a region reports three consecutive days with greater than an 8% average positivity rate, additional infection mitigation will be considered through a tiered system of restriction guidelines offered by the IDPH.

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen nine days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter measures – but only one day of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate went up to 5.3%. Currently 38% of medical/surgical beds are available and 52% of ICU beds.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen four days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 4.5%. Currently 35% of medical/surgical beds are available and 49% of ICU beds.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen seven days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter measures – but only two days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 6.2%. Currently 27% of medical/surgical beds are available and 34% of ICU beds.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen six days of positivity increase and zero days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate went down to 5.0%. Currently 45% of medical/surgical beds are available and 52% of ICU beds.

The North-Central region (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties) has seen six days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 4.3%. Currently 42% of medical/surgical beds are available and 49% of ICU beds.

Chicago has seen six days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate went up to 4.8%. Currently 29% of medical/surgical beds are available and 43% of ICU beds.

Suburban Cook County has seen nine days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter measures – but only four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate went up to 5.6%. Currently 28% of medical/surgical beds are available and 36% of ICU beds.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, see the full IDPH dashboard here.

Newly reported deaths include:

- Champaign County: 1 female 90s

- Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s

- DeKalb County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

- DuPage County: 1 male 80s

- Kane County: 1 female 70s

- Kankakee County: 1 male 60s

- Lake County:1 male 80s

- Macon County: 1 male 50s

- Madison County: 1 male 60s

- Winnebago County: 1 male 80s

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