Chicago going under state-mandated COVID-19 mitigation

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(Graphic from IDPH)

SPRINGFIELD — Chicago, which is its own region under Illinois COVID-19 response, will go under mitigation restrictions on Friday, Oct. 20.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s office said that Region 11, Chicago’s region, would have additional mitigations because of a sustained increase in its positivity rate as well as a sustained increase in COVID-related hospitalizations for more than seven of the past ten days.

The governor’s office said Region 11 was the second region to trigger additional restrictions, the first being Region 10 (suburban Cook County).

“Region 11 is now averaging more than twice as many COVID-related hospital admissions per day as it was a month ago, with a positivity rate that has almost doubled since the beginning of October,” said Pritzker. “So, starting on Friday the city, too, will begin operating under our resurgence metrics, with a closure of indoor restaurant and bar service and a restrained gathering cap limit of 25 people. We can’t ignore what is happening around us – because without action, this could look worse than anything we saw in the spring.”

“When the first several regions started implementing mitigation measures, it was because the 7-day rolling test positivity was above 8% for three consecutive days,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “What we are starting to see now, first with suburban Cook County, and now with Chicago, is that mitigation measures are needed because COVID-19 hospital admissions are going up alongside increases in test positivity. Based on current trends, we soon could face reduced hospital bed availability and overwhelming our health care systems.”

Region 4 (MetroEast) and Region 10 are set to enter mitigations on Wednesday. Last week, Region 5 (southern Illinois), Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) and Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties) were put under restrictions. Region 1 (northwestern Illinois) has been under the measures since the beginning of October.

On Tuesday, IDPH reported 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, including 46 more deaths.

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