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IL COVID – 19 Update #116

By August 13, 2020August 17th, 2020No Comments


  • Carbondale City Ordinance Clarification
  • 3 of the 11 regions are in the danger zone
  • Today’s State numbers: 1,834 new confirmed cases with 24 deaths

IF a region meets the metrics as outlined below, the regions could be put into mitigation. The mitigation measures are outlined below.


Today, IRMA had a great discussion with Carbondale’s City attorney regarding Carbondale’s City Ordinance requiring individuals to wear masks inside businesses. 

The city attorney took a great deal of time walking IRMA through the ordinance and answered all of IRMA’s questions.

  1. The ordinance requires consumers to wear masks while on the premises of a retailer;
  2. The ordinance states that a retailer MAY prohibit a consumer from entering the premise without a mask but IS NOT REQUIRED to prohibit the consumer from entering the premise without a mask;
  3. A retailer will NOT be fined for a consumer not wearing a mask while on the premise of a retailer;
  4. The retailer SHALL require all employees who are unable to maintain six-feet of social distances to wear masks while on the retailers premise and performing duties on behalf of the retailer;
  5. The only way a retailer can violate the city ordinance is if an employee is not wearing a mask while on the premises and performing duties on behalf of the retailer; and
  6. Both the employee AND the retailer will be separately liable for the $750 fine in the event an employee is not wearing a mask on the premises while performing duties on behalf of the retailer.

Additionally, the City attorney is more interested in education and warning then he is about punitive damages. Retailers should continue to encourage consumers to wear masks while they are on the premises of the retailer. Retailers shall continue to REQUIRE employees to wear masks when they are unable to practice social distancing.

If practical, the city attorney encourages retailers to contact the police if a consumer refuses to wear a mask and gets into an altercation with a retail employee.

Also, this is a CITY ordinance and has no impact on the recent state mandate that requires retailers to require consumers to wear masks on the premise or face fines.


In the last 24 hours there has been 1,834 new confirmed cases and 24 deaths. 

IDPH is reporting a total of 200,427 cases, to date, including 7,696 deaths. 

The state has conducted 3,235,807 tests to-date.  

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


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 299 confirmed cases, 4,648 tests completed, and 3 deaths (based on a 7 day rolling average).

To date, there has been 64,612 confirmed cases in the City of Chicago with 2,812 confirmed deaths and a 6.4% 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.


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 


> 8% Positivity

 Rate (3 cons. days)
1. North

4143%60%0 (3.9%)
2. North Central7240%46%0 (5.5%)
3. West Central5236%43%0 (5.7%)
4. Metro East5232%51%0(7.9%)
5. Southern5252%61%0(7.5%)
6. East Central3438%

41%0 (2.6%)
7. South Suburban5630%35%0 (6.6%)
8. West Suburban3231%46%0 (4.9%)
9. North Suburban6438%53%0 (5.8%)
10. Suburban Cook3431%36%0 (5.9%)
11. Chicago5327%42%0 (5.1%)


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%)


2. Three consecutive days averaging ≥ 8% positivity rate


  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


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.

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 HERE.