All 11 Regions in Illinois Now Under Resurgence Mitigation

All 11 Regions in Illinois Now Under Resurgence Mitigation

All 11 Regions will under resurgence mitigation this week, as Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (are announcing COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 2 — North-Central Illinois — beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.

The region has seen a seven-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8% or above for three consecutive days, which exceeds the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.

Region 2 includes Rock Island, Henry, Bureau, Putnam, Kendall, Grundy, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren, McDonough, Fulton, Stark, Marshall, Peoria, Tazwell, McLean, Woodford, Livingston, and Lasalle counties.

“I know that the vast majority of people in this state want to keep themselves safe, their families and children safe, their parents and neighbors and friends,” Pritzker said. “I have always maintained enormous faith in the people of Illinois to do what’s right for each other.”
“The mitigation measures soon to be implemented across the entire state of Illinois have been established to protect your health and the health of those around you,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “These mitigation measures are not meant as a punishment, but as a way to help all of us co-exist with COVID-19 more safely.”
Mitigation measures taking effect Nov. 4 in Region 2 include:

These mitigations do not apply to schools or polling places.

The positivity rate in Region 2 has fluctuated in recent months, with the region currently seeing an 9.3% positivity rate as of today. While the rate was 7.7% in early September, it dropped to 5% by early October and increased again to 7.2% in late October.

Region 2 has also experienced a slight uptick in hospitalizations in October after leveling off the two months prior.

With the final addition of Region 2, now all 11 regions have triggered one of the state’s failsafe state-action metric. By tomorrow, Regions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 will all operate under Tier 1 mitigation measures, given that these regions continue to report a 7-day rolling positivity rate above 8%.

Regions 10 and 11 are operating under Tier 1 mitigations after triggering additional mitigations based on sustained increases in both positivity and hospitalization rates.

Region 1 continues to operate under Tier 2 mitigation measures after seeing a rise in positivity even under the Tier 1 mitigation framework, with the highest rolling positivity average in the state.

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

SOURCE: IDPH news release