State health officials announced today (Friday, Oct. 9, 2020) that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted for Metro East Region 4 in the East St. Louis area but are still in place for Region 1, which includes Kane County neighbor DeKalb County.
Region 1 Mitigations
Region 1, home to Rockford, Dixon and Galena, is currently operating under additional mitigations as the region continues to report a seven-day rolling positivity rate above 8%.
Region 1 includes Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties.
DeKalb County, which shares Kane County’s west border, has a seven-day positivity rate of 7.5%. That rate has been rising for five days, according to data posted on the IDPH’s Region Resurgence page.
Mitigation requirements for Region 1 include restrictions on bars, restaurants, meetings and social gatherings, and organized recreational activities.
Region 8, which includes Kane and DuPage counties, is not under state mitigation and has a test positivity rate of 4.9% as of 11:30 a.m. today.
Additional mitigations can be found online here.
A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to certain businesses and industries may be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website at www.dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois.
Metro East Returns To Phase 4 of Restore Illinois Plan
According to a state of Illinois news release, Metro East will return to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan as of 5 p.m. today.
Illinois Department of Public Health officials say the rate of testing in Region 4 has remained relatively stable, but the rolling average positivity rate in the region has fallen from a high of 10.5% on Aug. 27, 2020 to a rate of 5.8% today.
The roll back is a result of close coordination between IDPH, local health departments, and community leaders encouraging proven and targeted mitigation efforts.
“We are excited to see that after weeks of mitigation measures and sacrifice, Region 4 has reduced its positivity rate and can return to Phase 4,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “It takes communities working together to reduce the spread of the virus and lower the positivity rate. I want to thank Region 4 for its hard work to decrease the risk for all of Illinois.”
Region 4 — which includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties — initially moved to stricter mitigations on Aug. 18, following three consecutive days of a rolling positivity rate above 8%.
On Sept. 2, additional mitigations were implemented after the region increased its positivity rate to a seven-day rolling positivity rate of 9.6%.
As of today, Region 4 has reached the threshold to lift mitigations following three consecutive days of a rolling positivity rate below 6.5%. Therefore, indoor dining and bar service can resume along with larger gathering sizes as outlined in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.
IDPH will continue working closely with the region to prevent another spike in cases.
SOURCE: state of Illinois news release