COVID-19

IL COVID-10 UPDATE #143

By November 10, 2020 No Comments

SUMMARY OF REPORT

1. Additional Mitigations for Regions 5,7, and 8 will take place WEDNESDAY.

STATE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL MITIGATION FOR REGIONS 5, 7, AND 8

For Regions 5, 7, and 8, additional mitigation measures taking effect Wednesday, November 11 include the following:

Bars and Restaurants

  • Reduce party size from 10 to six individuals

Meetings, Social Events and Gatherings

  • Maximum indoor/outdoor gathering size of 10 individuals
  • Applicable to professional, cultural and social group gatherings
  • This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general business guidance, such as office, retail, etc.
  • Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning
  • Not applicable to sports, see sports guidance

Organized Group Recreational Activities

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors
  • Groups limited to 10 individuals or fewer
  • Does not apply to fitness centers
  • These mitigations do not apply to schools.

Please note that Region 1 has been under these additional mitigations since October 25th.

REGIONS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, AND 11 MITIGATION DATES AND COUNTIES

Region 1: Thursday, October 1st

  • Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago

Region 5: Thursday, October 22nd

  • Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson

Region 7: Friday, October 23rd

  • Kankakee and Will

Region 8: Friday, October 23rd

  • DuPage and Kane

Region 1: Sunday, October 25th (additional mitigations)

Region 4: Wednesday, October 28th

  • Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington

Region 10: Wednesday, October 28th

  • Suburban Cook

Region 11: Friday, October 30th

  • Chicago

Region 9: Saturday, October 31st

  • Lake and McHenry

Region 3: Sunday, November 1st

  • Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, and Scott.

Region 6: Monday, November 2nd

  • Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion

Region 2: Wednesday, November 4th

  • Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, and Woodford.

Regions 5, 7, and 8: Wednesday, November 11th

REGIONS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, AND 11 MITIGATION

Regions 1, 2, 3 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 AND 11 are either under mitigation or are scheduled to be under mitigation.

Bars

  • No indoor service;
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.;
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside;
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed);
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart;
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting;
  • No dancing or standing indoors;
  • Reservations required for each party; and
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table.

Restaurants

  • No indoor dining or bar service;
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.;
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart;
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting;
  • Reservations required for each party; and
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table.

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity;
  • No party buses; and

Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable.

STATE COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE

In the last 24 hours there has been 10,573 new confirmed cases and 14 deaths.

IDPH is reporting a total of 498,560 cases, to date, including 10,210 deaths.

The state has conducted 8,469,064 tests to-date.

Additional information can be found here. COVID-19 stats by zip code can be found here.

CHICAGO COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE

 

The per day averages citywide as of November 7th is 1,599 confirmed cases, 12,909 tests completed, and 6 deaths (based on a 7 day rolling average).

To date, there has been 116,581 confirmed cases in the City of Chicago with 3,124 confirmed deaths and a 12.4% positivity rate.

Additional information may be found here where you may select different data points such as zip code, ethnicity, age, gender, cases, tests, death, etc.

CHICAGO RETAIL

Today, IRMA received contact from the Mayor’s office that she has witnessed crowded stores and does not believe the industry is doing enough to ensure the capacity limits are being appropriately monitored and controlled. The Mayor and her team are seeing full parking lots, yet no lines of customers waiting to get inside. This is our second and most aggressive warning. As IRMA communicated to you about a month ago, the Commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection was unhappy with retails lack of ‘metering’ (i.e. controlling capacity limits).

Like the rest of Illinois, Chicago’s COVID numbers are out of control. It is clear the city will be looking for someone to blame particularly because they don’t believe they can do anything about the real source of the problem – private gatherings in homes. They have shown a willingness to enforce. For example, they have levied a $10,000 fine on a small business for not following the reopening guidelines.

Retailers can help avoid that by making a concerted and visible effort to show that you are enforcing metering. We strongly encourage you to take actionable steps to get capacity under control or the industry will see a crackdown at its most critical time of the year which will include aggressive fines. I know we are all planning, and hoping, for a busy holiday season and further limitations placed by the city will be unwelcome.

For your convenience, please find below the metering requirements for the city of Chicago. Thank you in advance for the attention we know you will give this notice. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss.

Retail Capacity Limits – City of Chicago

If your store is considered “essential”, then the capacity is 50% capacity indoors and if your store is considered “non-essential” you must observe 40% capacity indoors ensuring that there are no more than 50 people per space within the retail location. This is not a 50 person maximum for the entire space but whether you can divide by floor or room. For example, 50 people per floor but you still can’t go over the 40% maximum of the space in question.

Restaurants/Bars Capacity Limits – City of Chicago

Currently, due to the Governor’s mitigation, restaurants and bars must be closed indoors (unless you have a wall that opens up at least 50% and you have a row of tables at least 8ft from that wall), but can be open for outdoor service.

CURRENT REGION METRICS UPDATE

If the regions meet the metrics outlined below, then they COULD be subject to restrictions or mitigations outlined here.

You may find the regional metrics here.

Danger regions are marked in RED.

Region
Positivity Increases (7 Day Avg)
>8% Positivity Rate
1-North
8
17.6%
2-North Central
10
13.2%
3-West Central
9
14.4%
4-Metro East
7
12.4%
5-Southern
7
11.5%
6-East Central
7
11.3%
7-South Suburban
10
16.4%
8-West Suburban
10
13.7%
9-North Suburban
10
12.7%
10-Suburban Cook
10
12.2%
11-Chicago
10
12.2%

MITIGATION THRESHOLD METRICS

As you are aware from IRMA’s last notice, the Administration will now use the following metrics to determine whether or not a region is moving forward or backward.

1. Sustained increase in 7-day rolling average (7 out of 10-days) in the positivity rate and ONE of the following severity indicators:

·    Sustained 7-day increase in hospital admissions for a COVID-19 like illness;

·    Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds < 20%)

OR

2. Three consecutive days averaging ≥ 8% positivity rate

REGIONS

1. NORTH: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago

2. NORTH-CENTRAL: Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford

3. WEST-CENTRAL: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott

4. METRO EAST: Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington

5. SOUTHERN: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson

6. EAST-CENTRAL: Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion

7. SOUTH SUBURBAN: Kankakee, Will

8. WEST SUBURBAN: DuPage, Kane

9. NORTH SUBURBAN: Lake, McHenry

10. SUBURBAN COOK: Suburban Cook

11. CHICAGO: City of Chicago

You may view the regions and map of the regions here.

TIERED MITIGATION MEASURES
Once a region meets the resurgence criteria, the following tiered menu of mitigation options will be considered. If sustained increases in health metrics continue unabated, further mitigations could be added from additional tiers.
SETTING
TIER 1
TIER 2
TIER 3 
Bars and Restaurants
Reduced indoor dining and suspend indoor bar service
Suspend indoor dining and bar service
Suspend in-person dining; takeout only
Offices
Institute remote work for high risk individuals; continued emphasis on telework for as many workers as possible
Reduce office capacity with recommendations to resume remote work where possible
Institute remote work for all non-essential workers
Gyms
Reduce indoor capacity
Suspend organized indoor recreational activities
Suspend organized indoor and outdoor recreational activities
Retail
Reduce in-person capacity
Suspend in-person non-essential retail; online and curbside pick-up available for all
Suspend all non-essential retail; only essential retail open (i.e. grocery stores, pharmacies)
Salon and Personal Care
Institute temporary location shutdown tied to outbreak
Institute temporary location shutdown tied to outbreak with possible broader mitigations
Suspend salon and personal care operations

The metrics and mitigation information may be found HERE.