CHICAGO – Illinois remains stable in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported on average, while some parts of the state may see a relaxation of coronavirus mitigation measures that have been in place since November starting Friday.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,642 new confirmed and probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, in addition to an additional 117 deaths.
Looking at an average of 7 days, the number of new Covid cases reported in the state has remained near 7,000 for the past four days after rising since late December. The state still saw a large number of deaths on average, reporting about 112 deaths per day as of Tuesday.
Testing continues to rise towards the level seen before the Thanksgiving holiday, as 9,3491 new tests reported by IDPH Tuesday raise the weekly average to around 92,000 per day. The 7-day Illinois case-positive rate has decreased to 7.5% as well.
As many areas of Illinois are experiencing a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, some will be allowed to transition from Level 3 coronavirus mitigation measures to less restrictive levels starting Friday. Governor GB Prizker repeated on Monday.
In general, areas need 7-day test positive rates to drop below a certain threshold for each level, in addition to seeing fewer Covid hospital admissions and more than 20% availability of ICU and medical / surgical hospital beds.
Officials have not released specific details about whether the lower levels will differ Originally set for JulyBut here’s how areas might qualify for the decline and what that likely means:
How to get to level 2: Average test positive rate of less than 12% for three consecutive days, average of three days for a staffed ICU and availability of hospital beds above 20% for three consecutive days, average drop of 7 days in hospital for seven days from the last 10 days
What changes under Level 2: Extending gatherings outside the household to 10 members or less; Resumption of indoor sports and leisure activities with limits; Casinos, entertainment venues and cultural institutions including museums can reopen with capacity limits
Eligible regions as of Tuesday: North Central and South Suburbs, including Kankakee and Weil counties; The West Suburban area including DuPage and Kane counties as well as Greater Cook County is close, and only needs one day hospital bed availability above 20%
How to move to level 1: Average test positive rate for 7 days is less than 8% for three days in a row plus the same standard of 20% in ICU, hospital bed availability, and hospitalization decline
What changes under Level 1: Indoor dining is resumed in restaurants with reduced capacity, but it is still not allowed in bars; More personal capacity allowed in stores; Indoor classes are permitted in gyms
Eligible regions as of Tuesday: The central western region is close, with a positive rate of less than 8% and going down
How to return to stage 4: Average test positive rate for 7 days is less than 6.5% for three days in a row, plus the same benchmark of 20% in the ICU, hospital bed availability, and hospitalization decline
What changes when you return to stage 4: It is allowed to re-open the rails for internal service with a limited capacity; Group size limits increased to 50 people or fewer, with capacity limits increased to 50% for most places; Up to 10 people are allowed at a party in bars and restaurants; Fans are allowed at outdoor sporting events but capacity is limited to 20%.
Eligible regions as of Tuesday: nothing
As vaccinations continue across the country, the Trump administration is asking countries to do so Rapid delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 years of age or older And for others at high risk by not holding back the second of the two doses, officials said Tuesday.
Governor J.B. Pritzker said, as of Monday, Illinois has received 587,900 doses of Pfizer and Moderna and 334,939 doses have been given.
Illinois Representative Brad Schneider is Among lawmakers who have tested positive for COVID-19 After being forced into a lockdown during the deadly siege of the US Capitol building last week. So far, two other members of Congress have been infected.