COVID-19

IL COVID-19 Update #144

By November 13, 2020 No Comments

SUMMARY OF REPORT

1. Chicago announces a stay at home ADVISORY

2. IDPH announces a state stay at home ADVISORY

CHICAGO ANNOUNCES STAY AT HOME ADVISORY

Please note that Mayor Lightfoot announced a Stay At Home ADVISORY today. It is not a mandate. Instead, she is strongly advising all residents to stay at home for at least the next 30 days unless they have to leave home to address essential needs. This means that they are encouraging residents to refrain from gathering for Thanksgiving and are advising them to cancel all travel for the next 30 days.

Indoor/outdoor meetings and social events will be reduced from the current 25 capacity cap to a 10 person limit. This includes weddings/funerals at places of worship. While regular religious services will maintain the 40% capacity or 50 person cap, any organized events will be limited to the new, more restrictive cap.

The city is rolling out a new messaging campaign called, Protect Chicago. It will essentially have the look and feel of a political campaign where they will have street teams handing out masks, knocking on doors to hang door signs, display yard signs and in other ways build awareness so that people will take the pandemic seriously.

The curfew for “non-essential” businesses will continue to say in place. Such businesses must close to the public by 11pm and cannot re-open to the public until 6am. There will be no further restrictions for the business community.

The city understands what a further shut down could do to the local economy, so they are trying to strike a balance that will allow our businesses to stay open while pressing the message that people should stay home as much as possible. We again encourage you to ensure that you are visible with your metering of occupancy. The Mayor paid particular attention to this issue in her press conference. Please take heed. They can, and will, fine you and can also, if necessary, shut you down.

The ADVISORY will go into effect on Monday, November 16th.

You may find the Protect Chicago press release Here and the stay at home advisory HERE.

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES A STATE STAY AT HOME ADVISORY

IDPH issued a stay at home advisory. It is only an advisory and is not a mandate.

IDPH recommends the following:

Work from Home if Possible

For the next three weeks, work with your employer to plan to work from home unless it is necessary for you to be in the workplace. We ask employers to make accommodation for this. Our goal is to reduce transmission as we head into the holidays so businesses and schools can remain open.

Participate in Essential Activities Only

For the next three weeks, stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities, such as work that must be performed outside the home, COVID-19 testing, visiting the pharmacy, and buying groceries.

Limit Travel and Gatherings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts tell us that gatherings and travel in and out of communities present a high risk of spreading the infection. In our current situation, with a rising prevalence of the virus, attending even small gatherings that mix households, or traveling to areas that are experiencing high rates of positivity, is not advised and is potentially dangerous. Please, travel only if necessary.

REGIONS 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, AND 11 MITIGATION

Regions 2, 3 4, 6, 9, 10 AND 11 are under the following 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.

“TIER 2” MITIGATION

Regions 1, 5, 7, and 8, are under “Tier 2” mitigation. This includes the mitigation above in addition to the following stricter elements:

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.

STATE COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE

In the last 24 hours there has been 12,702 new confirmed cases and 43 deaths.
IDPH is reporting a total of 536,542 cases, to date, including 10,477 deaths.The state has conducted 8,765,100 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 10th is 1,920 confirmed cases, 14,807 tests completed, and 8 deaths (based on a 7 day rolling average).

To date, there has been 122,712 confirmed cases in the City of Chicago with 3,152 confirmed deaths and a 14.1% 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)
>8% Positivity Rate
1-North
9
18.9%
2-North Central
10
15.1%
3-West Central
7
16.4%
4-Metro East
8
13.9%
5-Southern
8
12.5%
6-East Central
8
12.7%
7-South Suburban
10
18.5%
8-West Suburban
10
15.1%
9-North Suburban
10
15.3%
10-Suburban Cook
10
13.7%
11-Chicago
10
13.9%
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.