Gov. Pritzker: Things are moving in a concerning direction in the Metro East


BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker held his daily COVID-19 briefing today from Belleville where he said things are moving in a concerning direction in Region 4.

Gov. Pritzker went on to say he was pleased to see the Metro East area exit its tightened mitigation on October 9. He acknowledged that only came about because the people in the area put in the effort to make it happen.

According to the data, the governor says the positivity rate in Region 4 has ticked back up from 5.8% two weeks ago to 7.8% today.

Gov. Pritzker also mentioned Region 1 in northern Illinois. He said additional mitigation will be going into effect there because after two weeks of added restrictions things didn’t turn around. The positivity rate has reached 11.9% as of this morning.

He said Region 1 and Region 4 carry the additional responsibilities of dealing with neighboring states where there are massive surges in cases. He said that has spill over effects on Illinois.

This comes as for the second time in less than a week, Illinois health officials reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases Thursday as a resurgence in infections continues across the state.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,942 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, surpassing the previous single-day record of 4,554 reported on October 16. An increase of 5,368 cases reported on September 4 was due to a reporting backlog, health officials said at the time.

See coronavirus case numbers for the region here.

Let’s look at the latest COVID-19 seven-day positivity rate averages for this area. Region Four, which includes all of the metro-east, is at 7.6 percent. St. Clair County is at 7.1 percent while Madison County’s seven-day number is 6.7 percent.

If the seven-day average positivity rate in a region is at or above 8 percent for three days in a row, then additional restrictions can be put in place including no indoor service at bars and restaurants.

New COVID-19 restrictions are starting today in Region Five counties there include Jefferson, Perry, and Marion.

Governor Pritzker said every region in Illinois has started to move in the wrong direction when it comes to COVID-19 numbers.

Map of Illinois coronavirus cases:

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