During today’s briefing, Governor JB Pritzker focused on the pandemic unemployment insurance system for self-employed individuals and independent contractors pursuant to federal law. More than 50,000 have been filed as of today. These benefits are paid for 100% by the federal government.
During Q&A, the Governor was pressed over resentment of counties near Chicago who meet the metrics (see Regional Progress Report below) but are looped in with Chicago. His answer was that people frequently travel outside of areas. He also noted this is about healthcare resources and accommodating a possible surge.
The Governor reiterated that he will not support delaying the July 1st minimum wage increase from $9.25 to $10.00 calling the 8.1% increase ‘small’ and not that important to small businesses.
REGIONAL PROGRESS REPORT
Under the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan, in order to move from Phase 2 to Phase 3, each of the four medical regions must have a surge capacity of at least 14% for hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators. The positivity rating for the region must be under 20% for a 14-day period. Any number in red means that region has not met the capacity requirement for that category. These numbers are calculated on 14-day rolling periods with a 3-day delay. This is the first time the Northeast region met the positivity rate threshold of 20%.
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Readers can find all these stats here.
IRMA launched a campaign called Illinois Retail Cares. It is an effort to tell the story of the many efforts retailers have undertaken during the pandemic to meet the needs of the hungry, healthcare workers, first responders, etc. These are efforts above-and-beyond the herculean efforts retailers have undertaken to meet the demands of consumers. Each week new stories will be told. If you have a story to share, we would love to share it! Please email your story to us today.
ILLINOIS COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, MD, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 3,239 new cases in Illinois, including 138 additional deaths. IDPH is reporting a total of 87,937 cases, to date, including 3,928 deaths, in 99 of Illinois’s 102 counties.
Over the last 24-hours, the state has conducted 22,678 tests for a total of 512,037 to-date. .
As of midnight last night, 4,473 individuals were hospitalized for COVID-19. Of those, 1,132 (25.3%) are in the ICU occupying 30.79% of the 3,676 staffed ICU beds. Of those, 689 (60.86%) are on ventilators or 13.72% of the 5,021 staff ventilators.
FACE COVERINGS SUPPLIERS
In order to assist retailers in the procurement of facial coverings for employees, IRMA has created a place on it’s website. Retailers can review and contact the supplier of their choice on IRMA’s website.