Illinois’ Region 1 could move to Tier 2 this weekend

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said as Region 1 progresses, they are anticipating a move from Tier 3 to Tier 2 mitigations as early as this weekend.

“Locally, we are encouraged by lower positivity rate and fewer cases,” McNamara said at a weekly coronavirus update press conference held Wednesday. He also thanked people who are continuing to “take this pandemic seriously.”

“Tier 2 includes limited capacity meeting indoors but does not include indoor bar or restaurant service,” McNamara said.

The mayor said the region is “entering the state of progress” but still have a long way to go to defeat the coronavirus, stressing “vigilance” and “patience.”

Winnebago County Health Department Director Dr. Sandra Martell also said that 10,000 healthcare workers have received their first round of the vaccine. Martell said over 3,000 recipients in Phase 1A have received both doses.

Those who wish to help with the administration of vaccines can call 815-319-6705, Martell said.

The county is preparing to move into Phase 1B, which includes police and fire personnel, teachers, persons over 65-years-old, some manufacturing, inmates, the postal service, public transit, delivery drivers, grocery store workers, and more, accounting for two-thirds of the county’s population.

“We are in a marathon, but we are gearing up, we pair up, we are doing it every day. And we need your patience.” Dr. Martell said. “We will vaccinate everyone who wants to be vaccinated. But it will not be tomorrow, it will not be overnight.”

Over 32,000 residents have registered to receive a vaccination online. Once registered, recipients will be prioritized based on occupation, age, zip codes of concern, and health risk factors, Martell said.

Martell warned of vaccine scams, saying, “You should not be charged for registering or making an appointment” to receive a vaccine,” and said residents should avoid giving personal information to any offers that do.

She said the county has seen 104 new cases today, for a total of 24,505 since the pandemic began. Two people were reported to have died today, for a total death total of 380 from COVID-19.

Currently, 101 people have been hospitalized locally.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 5,862 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 97 additional deaths.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from January 6–12, 2021 is 7.3%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from January 6–12, 2021 is 8.3%.

Region 1’s 7-day rolling positivity average: 8.9%

Boone: 14.6%
Carroll: 4.2%
DeKalb: 11%
Jo Daviess: 7.8%
Lee: 2.4%
Ogle: 11.2%
Stephenson: 6.7%
Whiteside: 8.2%
Winnebago: 10%

TO GET TO TIER 2 ON FRIDAY: According to IDPH Region 1 is green in all three of the following metrics:
*less than 12 percent test positivity rate for three consecutive days (YES)
*greater than 20 percent available intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital bed availability (YES)
*declining COVID hospitalizations in 7 out of the last 10 days (YES)

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