Neighboring counties move to more relaxed COVID restrictions

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Information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 21, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Region 7 (Kankakee and Will Counties) is advancing to Tier 1 of the COVID Restore Plan and Region 6 (Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion) is returning to Phase 4. Information about which tier and phase regions are in can be found at the top of the IDPH website homepage.

Restaurants in Will and Kankakee counties may now reopen with capacity limits of 25 per room or 25% of capacity. Meetings and gatherings are also capped at 25 people or 25% of capacity. Recreation and fitness centers may open as well, under Phase 4 guidelines.

Will and Kankakee counties comprise Region 7, shown in the orange. University Park, Crete, and parts of Steger are among the nearby municipalities in Will County. (Graphic from Illinois Department of Public health)

Suburban Cook County is Region 10, which is currently in Tier 2 of the state’s regulations as of January 18.

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Lansing is currently in Tier 2 of the above graph as of January 18.

“I am excited that 10 out of our 11 regions have moved out of Tier 3 mitigations,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “However, this does not mean we can let our guard down. We must continue to practice actions to protect ourselves from the virus—wear our masks, avoid large gatherings, and get the vaccine when it is our turn. This is particularly critical as new variants circulate, which early studies show spread much more rapidly. We are headed in the right direction once again, so let’s stay the course.”

IDPH will continue to closely monitor test positivity, ICU bed availability, and the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19. Should data show regions trending in the wrong direction, based on the established mitigation metrics, regions could once again find themselves in a higher tier with increase measures.

Metrics for moving from a higher to lower tier are as follows:

Tier 3 to Tier 2

Test positivity rate = 8% and below 12% for three consecutive days (7-day average) AND

Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average) AND

Sustained decline in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

Tier 2 to Tier 1

Test positivity rate between 6.5% and 8% for three consecutive days (7-day average) AND

Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average) AND

No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

Tier 1 to Phase 4

Test positivity rate = 6.5% for three consecutive days (7-day average) AND

Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average) AND

No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

Information about mitigation and resurgence metrics can be found on the IDPH website at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics.

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