Six new COVID-19-related deaths are being confirmed in Illinois. State health officials reported the deaths yesterday, along with 965 new cases of the virus. The state has recorded over 161-thousand cases of the virus since the pandemic began, as well as nearly 73-hundred deaths.
The goods for Illinois, the State’s positivity rate dipped below 3% after inching up last week. The seven day average for positive tests cases is at 2.9%. If a region goes above 8 percent positivity rate for 3 consecutive days, then that region may see restrictions and closures.
Illinois is now divided into 11 regions. Will County and Kankakee County are in the South Suburban region.
Mitigations will be applied on a regional basis based on the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Regions that have traditionally guided IDPH in its statewide public health work. Expanding to 11 regions allows for a more granular approach in this phase of the response to COVID-19. The new regions follow county lines to account for counties that are in more than one region of the EMS system.
The new regions are:
A map of the resurgence plan regions will be available on the state’s coronavirus website: www.coronavirus.illinois.gov.