Illinois health regions could see relaxed COVID restrictions this week


SPRINGFIELD, Ill.– The Illinois Department of Public Health will reassess the metrics for the state’s health regions and some could see looser restrictions starting January 15.

“By operating with consistent and meaningful mitigation during the holidays, it’s my believe Illinois has saved lives,” said Gov. Pritzker.

The entire state has been under Tier 3 mitigations since Nov. 20. Gov. Pritzker says since then hospitalizations have dropped by a third in Illinois. However, he stressed the number of COVID patients in the hospital is still double from the summer.

Gov. Pritzker said the mitigations put into place before the holidays helped flatten the curve in Illinois, bring down community risk, and set the state up to reduce these mitigations that are both safe and smart.

These are the three metrics regions must see before moving out of Tier 3 restrictions:

  • A region must experience less than 12% test positivity rate (7-day rolling average) for three consecutive days
  • A region must have greater than 20% percent available intensive care unit (ICU) and medical/surgical bed availability (3-day rolling average) for three consecutive days
  • A region must see a decline in the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital (7-day rolling average) in 7 out of the last 10 days

You can look up the metrics for Region 4, which includes the Metro East, on the IDPH website.

This comes as the Illinois Department of Public Health announces 4,776 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. There also are 53 additional deaths, bringing the total in the state to 17,627 deaths.

Illinois now has a total of 1.033,526 COVID-19 cases.

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