Kane County Assistant Director of Community Health Director Michael Isaacson sent an email to municipal leaders and local chambers of commerce today saying they should be aware of a possible move from Tier 2 to Tier 1 Restore Illinois mitigations — a change that would allow limited indoor dining.
“As we reported earlier this week, Kane County improved from mitigation tier 3 to mitigation tier 2,” Isaacson said in the email. “When we are able to move to Tier 1, there will be many activities that will officially be allowed including limited indoor dining (lesser of 25 people or 25% capacity) and meetings/events (lesser of 25 people or 25% capacity).”
Earlier today (Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021), state officials announced that Region 6 in the Champaign County area would move to Phase 4 mitigations and Will and Kankakee County Region 7 would move to Tier 1 mitigations.
Kane County along with DuPage County is in Region 8 and remains in Tier 2 mitigations.
Isaacson provided municipal and chamber of commerce leaders with a link to this page of the Restore Illinois plan, which he said “does a pretty good job explaining the tiers and what is allowed in each.
“Of course, any of this is subject to change, but we are moving the right direction,” he said in the email.
To move to Tier 1, Region 8 must meet all three of these criteria:
- A seven-day test positivity rate below 8% for three consecutive days. “Our seven-day rolling average is 8.2% and has been gradually decreasing,” Isaacson said.
- A three-day Intensive Care Unit hospital bed capacity greater than 20% capacity. “Our bed availability has been over 20% for more than 31 days,” Isaacson said.
- No sustained increase in the seven-day average rate of COVID-19 patients in hospitals. “Sustained” means the seven-day average must decrease for seven of the past 10 days. “Our patient count has decreased 22 of the last 30 days, though we did have four days with slight increases over the past week,” Isaacson said.
You can see daily updates to this data at the Region 8 selection on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s regional metrics page.
Here is the DCEO FAQ, which was updated Jan. 19, related to mitigation measures. Isaacson said the DCEO document includes helpful clarification on specific issues people may have questions about.
“We may be in Tier 2 for a while, but we could move out of it quickly,” he said. “Please continue to encourage people to practice social distancing and the wearing of face coverings to help us reach the point where we can open up for more activities.”
SOURCE: Kane County Health Department, state of Illinois