Strict mitigation efforts remain in place for Illinois’ Region 4 as coronavirus cases climb

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said stricter mitigation efforts in the Region 4 Metro East area will continue as that region continues to see an “exceedingly high” COVID-19 infection rate.

Pritzker implemented enhanced protocols on the St. Louis-area after its 7-day rolling testing positivity rate exceeded the state’s minimum of 8%. The governor said the current positivity rate there is 10.1%.

Region 7, Will and Kankakee counties, were placed on the same stricter measures on August 19th, and is currently experiencing a downward turn, at 7.5%.

Two weeks ago, Pritzker said of the 11 Illinois regions, 9 were seeing increases. As of today, the governor said 7 were seeing a slight decrease, while 3 were increasing.

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