CHICAGO – Illinois continues to see a smoothing in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported on average, while some parts of the state could see a easing of coronavirus mitigation measures that have been in place since November starting Friday.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,642 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases Monday as well as 117 additional deaths.
Viewed above a 7-day average, the number of new Covid cases reported in the state has remained close to 7,000 in the last four days after rising since the end of December. The state continues to see a large number of deaths on average, reporting about 1
Tests continue to rise to a level seen before the Thanksgiving holiday, as the 93,491 new tests reported by IDPH on Tuesday bring the weekly average up to around 92,000 a day. Illinois’ 7-day case positivity also bet down to 7.5%.
As many Illinois regions see a declining number of COVID-19 cases and admissions, some will be allowed to move down from Tier 3 coronavirus mitigation measures to less restrictive levels from Friday, Governor JB Prizker reiterated Monday.
In general, regions need their 7-day test positivity rates to fall below a certain limit for each level in addition to seeing a declining number of Covid hospital admissions and more than 20% availability of intensive care unit and medical / surgical hospital beds.
Officials have not released specifications on whether the lower levels will differ from when they were originally described in July, but here’s how regions can qualify to move down and what that probably means:
How to move to level 2: Mean test-positive rate of less than 12% for three consecutive days, three-day average of staffed ICUs and hospital bed availability above 20% for three consecutive days, and decreasing 7-day average of hospital admissions for seven of the last 10 days
What changes under level 2: Collections extended beyond the household to 10 persons or less; indoor sports and leisure activities resume with restrictions; casinos, entertainment venues and cultural institutions including museums can be reopened with capacity limitations
Regions that qualify from Tuesday: North Central and South suburban regions including Kankakee and Will counties; The West Suburban region including DuPage and Kane counties as well as greater Cook County are close by and only need one day more available on the hospital bed over 20%
How to move to level 1: 7-day average test positivity rate below 8% for three consecutive days as well as the same standard of 20% ICU and hospital bed availability and declining hospital admissions
What changes under level 1: Indoor dining in restaurants resumes with reduced capacity, but is still not allowed in bars; more personal capacity allowed in stores indoor classes allowed at gyms
Regions eligible from Tuesday: The West-Central Region is close, with a positivity rate of less than 8% and declining
How to go back to phase 4: 7-day average test positivity rate below 6.5% for three consecutive days as well as the same standard of 20% ICU and availability on hospital beds and declining hospitalizations
What changes during a return to phase 4: Bars are allowed to reopen for indoor service with capacity limits; Group size limits raised to 50 people or less, with capacity limits increased to 50% for most locations; Up to 10 people allowed in a party at bars and restaurants; fans allowed at outdoor sporting events, but capacity is limited to 20%
Regions eligible from Tuesday: None
As vaccinations continue across the country, the Trump administration is asking states to speed up the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older and to others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of two-dose shots. said officials Tuesday.
Governor JB Pritzker said as of Monday, Illinois has received 587,900 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and 334,939 have been administered.
Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider is among lawmakers who have tested positive for COVID-19 after being forced to go into lockdown during last week’s deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol. At least two other members of Congress have tested positive so far.
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