IDPH: Will And Kankakee County COVID-19 Mitigation Starts Aug. 26

IDPH: Will And Kankakee County COVID-19 Mitigation Starts Aug. 26

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced new COVID-19 mitigation efforts will be implemented in Region 7, the greater Will and Kankakee County areas, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26, after the region reached 8% positivity for three days.

Region 7 includes Will and Kankakee counties.

Region 4, the Metro East region, which is already operating under additional mitigations, continues to report increasing COVID-19 positivity rates and will have until Sept. 2 at their current mitigation level before the state must move to impose further mitigation in the region.

For Region 7, mitigation measures taking effect Aug. 26, 2020 include the following:

Bars 

  • No indoor service.
  • All outside bar service closes at 11 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.
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table.

Restaurants 

  • No indoor dining or bar service.
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11 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.
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table.

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity.
  • No party buses.
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25% capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable.

These mitigations do not currently apply to schools, and the measures will remain in effect over a 14-day period after which time more stringent mitigation measures can be implemented if metrics do not improve. View the new mitigations online here.  

Key Indicators

The Region 7 hospital availability and ICU bed availability are each at 30%, according to the graphics on the Illinois Regional COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria webpage.

The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to monitor each region in the state for several key indicators to identify early, but significant increases of COVID-19 transmission in Illinois, potentially signifying resurgence.

These are the graphics for seven-day rolling rate and hospital admission increase for Region 7.

Indictors include an increase in COVID-19 cases with a simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity, or three consecutive days greater than or equal to 8% test positivity rate (seven-day rolling rate).

State officials say the indicators can be used to determine whether additional community mitigation interventions are needed for a region to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

IDPH will track the positivity rate in both regions to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.

If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5% over a 14-day period, then Region 4 and Region 7 will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5% and 8%, the new mitigations will remain in place and unchanged.

If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8% after 14 days, more stringent mitigations will be applied to further reduce spread of the virus.

A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website at www.dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois.

IDPH is awarding approximately $300 million in grants to local health departments and community-based organizations to conduct contact tracing, education, and support services.

Every local health department is now utilizing an electronic contact tracing reporting system to collect consistent information to accurately capture the contact tracing efforts in Illinois and reduce further spread of the virus.

SOURCE: IDPH news release

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