As of October 21, hospital admissions for patients with COVID-like illnesses had increased 75 percent in two weeks within the Illinois Department of Public Health’s “Region 8,” which includes DuPage and Kane counties.

As of October 23, only 25 percent of hospital beds in Region 8 were open, down from a third earlier that week. The state’s hospitalization “red zone” is 20-percent availability. At that point, regions are automatically put into state mitigation.

Remember “flatten the curve”? Well, the state’s 7-day-average case positivity-rate rose 54 percent in the two-week period ending October 22. And Region 8’s 7-day average test positivity rate increased 64 percent during the ten days prior to that date.

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SOURCE (Rich Miller/River Cities’ Reader )