While state health officials reported 20 more COVID-19-related deaths and added 6,222 new illnesses on Monday, some parts of the state are preparing for the possibility of being severely restricted. more closely.
Two suburbs that were already subject to mitigation restrictions COVID-19 could see additional restrictions in place over the weekend.
The positive rates for testing and hospitalization in District 8 of DuPage and Kane counties, as well as Area 7 of Will and Kankakee counties, have continued to increase exponentially even after regulatory restrictions. The business and collection activity model is in place on October 23. Restrictions include a ban on indoor serving at bars and restaurants, and a limit on social gatherings to 25 people or 25% of a facility̵7;s capacity.
Governor JB Pritzker’s mitigation plans call for an increase in the restriction, known as Level 2, if the rate of COVID-19 test results is positive and the number of people hospitalized has not decreased after two weeks of application of the deadline. Level 1 in those areas. Mitigation efforts will be made to two regions on Friday.
If applicable, the next restriction will mean that outdoor seating at bars and restaurants will be limited to six people per group. Social gatherings will be limited to 10 people for indoor and outdoor events. Sports and entertainment events will be limited in group size and audience size.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said the only way that regions could avoid further restrictions was to maintain social distance, wear a mask, wash hands and stay limited. Interact with others to ward off criminals.
“Every day is so important and very important in getting Illinois back on track and away from the mitigations we’re facing,” she said on Monday.
IDPH officials report that neither suburban area has seen a positive decline since the mitigation restrictions were in place. The average positive rate in the seven-day average trial in DuPage and Kane’s Area 8 was 11.1%, up from 9.5% when restrictions were applied. In Area 7, the positive rate is 12.4%, three percentage points higher than when the restrictions were put in place.
On Thursday, all of Illinois will be subject to some kind of restriction.
Currently, only District 1, which includes nine counties in the northwest corner of the state, is restricted to Level 2.
The area was initially placed on a Level 1 mitigation restriction in late September. Pritzker may have imposed a Tier 2 two weeks later, but he waited more than three weeks since the initial restrictions to make it. that. Despite increased mitigation efforts in those counties, the combined average positive rate there rose to 14.6%, the highest of any area in the state.
“Of course we have Level 3 mitigations or other things we can do,” Pritzker said, adding that he has no plans to move the entire state back into used measures. spring.
“We do not consider home stay orders,” he said. “But that’s obviously something lurking in the background if we don’t believe that scaled mitigation measures are effective.”
Area 10, a suburb of Cook County, and Area 9 with Lake and McHenry counties may also have Level 2 restrictions next week if positive rates and hospitalization trends continue.
Illinois has seen a record number of new cases over the past week, along with an increasing number of deaths and hospitalizations due to the virus.
The state’s respiratory illness death toll was 9,810, while 423,502 residents have been infected since the outbreak began.
New cases today come from a batch of 68,118 test results, which means that 9.1% of all tests resulted in a newly diagnosed case of the virus. Exactly five months have passed since that level was reached.
The seven-day average statewide infection rate was 8.1%, the highest since the end of May.
Hospital admissions increased again. Statewide, hospitals added 77 COVID-19 patients by the end of Sunday, with 3,371 people currently receiving viral treatment. Of those admitted to the hospital, 722 are treated in intensive care.
Statewide, hospital admissions for COVID-19 were up 28% from the previous week, and the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs was up 22% from the previous week.