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Governor Pritzker announced on Tuesday, October 20th that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) and Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties), beginning October 23. The governor explains that by the end of the week, four of the 11 regions will be operating under the standard resurgence mitigations, which includes no indoor dining or indoor bar service and limiting in-person gatherings to no more than 25 individuals.
As detailed in the July 15 Restore Illinois resurgence plan, new mitigations will be applied if a region’s positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8 percent for three consecutive days, or if a region experiences a sustained increase in the positivity rate (increases in 7 out of 10 days) AND sustained increase in hospital admissions for a COVID-19 like illness or reduction in hospital capacity that threatens surge capabilities (availability of ICU or med/surgical beds under 20 percent). If a region has exceeded IDPH criteria that trigger additional mitigations to combat a resurgence of COVID-19 and prevent uncontrollable spread, new measures are necessary to curtail further spread.
Regions that are experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 will operate under these new mitigation requirements