REGION 7 RETURNS TO REOPENING PHASE 4
Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing that Region 7, which includes the greater Will and Kankakee County areas, will return to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan today, September 18, 2020 at 5 p.m. This announcement follows weeks of close coordination between IDPH and local health departments, as well as a concerted effort by community leaders and residents to follow the additional mitigation measures implemented on August 26, 2020.
Region 7 moved to stricter mitigations following three consecutive days of a rolling positivity rate above 8 percent. As of today, Region 7 has reached the threshold to lift mitigations of three consecutive days of a rolling positivity rate below 6.5 percent, with today’s rate at 5.6 percent. This means that as of 5 p.m. today, indoor dining and bar service can resume along with larger gathering sizes as outlined in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.
As a reminder you may find Phase of the Restore Illinois plan HERE.
STATE COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE
In the last 24 hours there has been 2,120 new confirmed cases and 20 deaths.
IDPH is reporting a total of 270,327 cases, to date, including 8,411 deaths.
The state has conducted 4,982,856 tests to-date.
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 September 17th are 249 confirmed cases, 3,268 tests completed, and 2 deaths (based on a 7 day rolling average).
To date, there has been 76,225 confirmed cases in the City of Chicago with 2,923 confirmed deaths and a 4.8% 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.
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)||Hospital Admissions (7 Day Avg.)||<20% Med
|> 8% Positivity
Rate (3 cons. days)
|1. North||2||1||39%||42%||0 (6.4%)|
|2. North Central||1||3||39%||38%||0 (5.9%)|
|3. West Central||2||3||37%||42%||0 (4.7%)|
|4. Metro East||2||0||31%||42%||26
|6. East Central||3||2||36%||45%||0 (2.7%)|
|7. South Suburban||2||3||30%||34%||0 (5.4%)|
|8. West Suburban||4||4||33%||41%||0 (5.5%)|
|9. North Suburban||4||0||41%||60%||0 (5.7%)|
|10. Suburban Cook||2||4||29%||38%||0 (5.2%)|
|11. Chicago||1||3||25%||34%||0 (4.9%)|
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.
- 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%)
- Three consecutive days averaging ≥ 8% positivity rate
- NORTH: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago
- NORTH-CENTRAL: Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford
- WEST-CENTRAL: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott
- METRO EAST: Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington
- SOUTHERN: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson
- EAST-CENTRAL: Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion
- SOUTH SUBURBAN: Kankakee, Will
- WEST SUBURBAN: DuPage, Kane
- NORTH SUBURBAN: Lake, McHenry
- SUBURBAN COOK: Suburban Cook
- 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.
|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.