COVID-19

IL COVID – 19 Update #113

By August 7, 2020 August 10th, 2020 No Comments

SUMMARY of the DAILY REPORT

  • Governor’s Office Files Business Penalty Emergency Rules
  • Contact JCAR Members Immediately
  • 13 Illinois Counties are at a “warning level”
  • 1 of the 11 regions are in the danger zone
  • Today’s State numbers: 2,084 new confirmed cases with 21 deaths

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE FILES BUSINESS PENALTY EMERGENCY RULES

Governor JB Pritzker has directed the Illinois Department of Public Health to refile an emergency rule today that punishes a business owner with a Class A Misdemeanor for operating in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order. It was filed without notice or hearing.  

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) meets Tuesday and most likely will take up the matter.

A Class A Misdemeanor could lead to up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2500.

CONTACT JCAR MEMBERS IMMEDIATELY

As described above, Governor Pritzker formally proposed a rule to fine businesses if consumers are not wearing masks. We strongly encourage you to contact the members of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and urge them to REJECT the proposed rule and any rule that punishes businesses for the action of consumers over whom we have no control.

When this was first tried a few months ago, your contacts worked. It will work again but you need to act now and get your friends, family, and other business owners to act now. 

You can find the phone number information for the members of JCAR here.

You can find the emails and other contact information for the members of JCAR here.

This is imperative. JCAR MEETS NEXT TUESDAY. CONTACT THE MEMBERS TODAY AND EVERYDAY UNTIL TUESDAY. COPY, PASTE, AND SEND THE FOLLOWING TALKING POINTS TO JCAR MEMBERS:

  1. It is not fundamentally right for the state to fine businesses for the actions of others.
  2. Business have no control over individuals. No ability to restrain. Efforts to do so expose businesses to legal liability.
  3. While we support individuals wearing masks, if the Governor believes individuals are not complying, enforcement should be focused on individuals.
  4. This proposal lacks any common-sense.
  5. Please vote to reject the rules until they focus on the individuals who are not complying.

13 ILLINOIS COUNTIES AT WARNING LEVEL

According to the Illinois Department of Health, the following counties are at or have entered the “warning level”:

  1. Cass
  2. Coles
  3. Grundy
  4. Iroquois
  5. Jackson
  6. Monroe
  7. Perry
  8. Saline
  9. St. Clair
  10. Tazewell
  11. Union
  12. Williamson
  13. Winnebago

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.

RegionPositivity Increases (7 Day Avg)

Hospital Admissions (7 Day Avg.)

<20% Med  Surge Capacity<20%

 ICU Surge 

Capacity

> 8% Positivity

 Rate (3 cons. days)
1. North

2240%53%0 (4.5%)
2. North Central7242%43%0 (5.3%)
3. West Central6239%47%0 (5.1%)
4. Metro East1131%45%0(6.8%)
5. Southern4250%64%0(6.5%)
6. East Central4237%

48%0 (2.9%)
7. South Suburban4434%36%0 (5.9%)
8. West Suburban2334%47%0 (4.5%)
9. North Suburban4639%54%0 (5.1%)
10. Suburban Cook5429%34%0 (5.7%)
11. Chicago4127%41%0 (4.9%)

STATE COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE

In the last 24 hours there has been 2,084 new confirmed cases and 21 deaths. 

IDPH is reporting a total of 190,508 cases, to date, including 7,613 deaths. 

The state has conducted 2,984,618 tests to-date.  

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

CHICAGO COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE

In order for Chicago to move to the Moderate Incidence risk level which will allow the city to open up capacity to 50% and allow gatherings of up to 100 people, it has to get below 100 new cases per day and stay there for 14 days.

The per day averages citywide as of August 3rd are 294 confirmed cases, 4,678 tests completed, and 2 deaths (based on a 7 day rolling average).

To date, there has been 62,797 confirmed cases in the City of Chicago with 2,798 confirmed deaths and a 6.3% 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.

NEW 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

NEW 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, 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

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.

SETTINGTIER 1TIER 2TIER 3 
Bars and RestaurantsReduced indoor dining and suspend indoor bar serviceSuspend indoor dining and bar serviceSuspend in-person dining; takeout only
OfficesInstitute remote work for high risk individuals; continued emphasis on telework for as many workers as possibleReduce office capacity with recommendations to resume remote work where possibleInstitute remote work for all non-essential workers
GymsReduce indoor capacitySuspend organized indoor recreational activitiesSuspend organized indoor and outdoor recreational activities
RetailReduce in-person capacitySuspend in-person non-essential retail; online and curbside pick-up available for allSuspend all non-essential retail; only essential retail open (i.e. grocery stores, pharmacies)
Salon and Personal CareInstitute temporary location shutdown tied to outbreakInstitute temporary location shutdown tied to outbreak with possible broader mitigationsSuspend salon and personal care operations

The metrics and mitigation information may be found