Pritzker: ‘The virus is winning the war,’ additional restrictions announced for more Illinois regions

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday that new daily cases in Illinois are up 380% since October 1st, and deaths and hospitalizations have gone up 150%.

“The virus is winning the war right now,” Pritzker said, saying that the state is seeing “massive spread” in Regions 5, 7 and 8, which will join Region 1 in Tier 2 mitigations, starting on Wednesday, November 11th at 12:01 a.m.

Region 5 has been under Tier 1 of the state’s resurgence mitigation plan since October 22 and Regions 7 and 8 since October 23, after seeing a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days. However, the positivity rate has continued to significantly increase in these regions. Beginning November 11, Regions 5, 7, and 8 will face additional mitigations, such as a tighter gathering cap of 10 individuals rather than 25 and new table caps of six rather than 10 when eating out.

For Regions 5, 7, and 8, additional mitigation measures taking effect November 11 include the following:

Bars and Restaurants
Reduce party size from 10 to six individuals

Meetings, Social Events and Gatherings
Maximum indoor/outdoor gathering size of 10 individuals
Applicable to professional, cultural and social group gatherings
This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general business guidance, such as office, retail, etc.
Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning
Not applicable to sports, see sports guidance

Organized Group Recreational Activities
Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors
Groups limited to 10 individuals or fewer
Does not apply to fitness centers

These mitigations do not apply to schools.

“Too many local officials across the state are ignoring their local health departments and doing nearly nothing to assist their residents to follow the most basic COVID-19 guidelines,” the governor said.

“Mitigations are only effective if they are followed,” he continued. “The end goal of mitigating the damage the virus is doing to people’s lives is this: keep as much of our economy and our schools as open as possible in a safe manner, and when risk rates in the community surge up, take meaningful action to bring things back down in order to protect ourselves and the people we love.”

Drug maker Pfizer said Monday an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, indicating the company is on track later this month to file an emergency use application with U.S. regulators.

Monday’s announcement doesn’t mean a vaccine is imminent: This interim analysis, from an independent data monitoring board, looked at 94 infections recorded so far in a study that has enrolled nearly 44,000 people in the U.S. and five other countries.

The Governor added that he was pleased that one of President-elect Joe Biden’s first announced acts will be the formation of a Coronavirus Task Force, saying that, without Trump, Illinois can work with the the federal government with “one less impediment.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 10,573 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 14 additional deaths.

Carroll County: 1 male 60s
Coles County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 70s
Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 3 males 80s, 1 male 90s
DuPage County: 1 female 80s
LaSalle County: 1 male 70s
Macoupin County: 1 female 90s
Tazewell County: 1 female 70s
Will County: 1 female over 100

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 498,560 cases, including 10,210 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 64,760 specimens for a total 8,469,064. As of last night, 4,409 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 857 patients were in the ICU and 376 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 2 – November 8 is 11.4%. This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests. Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July. Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests. On October 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 2, 2020 – November 8, 2020 is 12.4%.

Region 1’s 7-day rolling positivity average: 17.6% (18.8 yesterday; 15.8% Friday)

Boone: 21% (21.1% yesterday)
Carroll: 21.2% (20.1% yesterday)
DeKalb: 12.6% (12.1% yesterday)
Jo Daviess: 16.4% (15% yesterday)
Lee: 14% (17.4% yesterday)
Ogle: 18.7% (17.6% yesterday)
Stephenson: 19.1% (17.7% yesterday)
Whiteside: 20% (18.3% yesterday)
Winnebago: 17.9% (17.2% yesterday)

“Region 1 has a very unusual situation that is very unfortunate,” Pritzker said. “They literally sit at the corner of Wisconsin–which had 40% pos. rate over the weekend, and Iowa–which has gone up to 30-something percent.”

The governor said they are working hard to get people in Region 1 to follow the Tier 2 guidelines.

“The City of Rockford has done a better job than some of the surrounding areas,” Pritzker said, and encouraged Rockford residents to continue to follow the mitigations.

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