Gov. Pritzker: Metro East closer to having COVID mitigations lifted

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the Metro East is getting closer to having regional COVID-19 mitigations removed.

During a Wednesday briefing, Gov. Pritzker applauded the work being to lower the positivity rate in Metro East’s Region 4 .

Gov. Pritzker said the transmission rate is coming down in the area after it reached a positivity rate as high as 10% and bordering Missouri which has a positivity rate of nearly 12%. Illinois’ statewide positivity rate from September 16-22 remains steady at 3.5 percent.

Currently, Pritzker said the positivity rate for the region is 7.3% and may be moving down to 6.5% which would bring a removal of regional mitigations.

“We are all rooting for the Metro East. You are so close and you are heading in the right direction,” exclaimed Gov. Pritzker.

He also asked area leaders to work together to enforce capacity limits, masking policies, and distancing guidelines.

Gov. Pritzker warned the COVID-19 test positivity rate in the region including Rockford and several northwest Illinois counties is nearing the state’s 8 percent limit as the virus’ death toll in the state passed 8,500 Wednesday.

“Please wear your masks, encourage others to wear masks, watch your distance, wear your masks and get your flu shots now,” Pritzker said.

Today, the Illinois Department of Health reported 1,848 new confirmed COVID cases and 22 additional deaths. The total for the state is now 279,114 cases, and 8,508 deaths.

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