Most states in Illinois County are at the “warning level” of the coronavirus as the state steps into Tier 3 mitigation this week.
The new restrictions announced by Governor JB Pritzker have responded to the rapid increase in coronavirus cases, deaths and hospital care over the past month.
Tier 3 easing in Illinois is forcing many businesses and squares to close, including casinos and museums. Non-core businesses such as gyms and salons will also face new restrictions.
A “warning level” in most Illinois counties means that each of two or more COVID-19s has “increased in risk indicators,” the health department said. The counties currently under warning include all counties in the state except the Union in southern Illinois.
Below are the indicators for the regions of the state, each of which faces mitigation:
Region 1 –
Region 1 in northwestern Illinois had a positive position of 16.6% on Friday, the most recent 11-day decline in the region.
The proportion of hospital care fell slightly in the region, falling to 29 on Friday. The number of ICU beds is 24% and hospital beds are 28%.
Counties in Region 1 include Boone, Caroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago.
Region 2 –
In Region 2, the COVID-19 positivity rate also declined slowly and steadily over the past week, falling to 14.7% on Friday – 0.4% lower than the previous day.
Hospital admissions increased slightly to 57, one of the highest in the state. According to the latest data, 33% of available hospital beds and 23% of ICU beds.
Counties in Region 2 include Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, and Woodford.
Region 3 –
In Region 3, which includes Springfield and other cities in western Illinois, the positivity rate has been steadily declining over the past week, at 13.8% on Friday.
The rate of hospitalization in the region has declined slightly, now sitting at 27. The number of ICU beds is currently 16% and the number of hospital beds is 24%. The latest data show that the availability of ICU beds is below the state’s 20% threshold.
Counties in Region 3 include Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, and Scott.
Region 4 –
In the 4th region, adjacent to St. Louis, positive positivity is declining after the continued surge in recent days. The region sank 14.3% on Friday.
The number of hospitalizations increased to 14, the number of ICU beds increased by 21%, and the number of hospital beds increased by 17%, which is below the Illinois Department of Public Health’s 20% threshold.
Counties in Region 4 include Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington.
Region 5 –
The positivity rate for Region 5 in southern Illinois fell 0.1% on Friday to 12.6%. The region also peaked at 13.9% on 13 and 14 November.
The number of hospital care increased on Friday, currently to 17, with 43% of available hospital beds and 27% of ICU beds.
Counties in Region 5 include Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, and Williamson. Health officials say Union County is the only one in Illinois that is not at a “warning level.”
Region 6 –
Region 6, including Champaign County, Illinois, calculates positivity rates at the University of Illinois, apart from the results of a saliva test in Urbana-Champaign. Outside of university, the region’s positivity rate has gradually declined, now by 13.7%, down 0.3% from a day earlier.
Including the saliva test, the region would remain at a 5.5% positivity rate, the lowest in the state, but still growing steadily since November 8th.
According to IDPH data, hospital care fell slightly again at 32:00 on Friday. The availability of ICU beds increased to 33% and hospital beds to 30%.
Counties in Region 6 include Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iraquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, and Vermilion.
Region 7 –
Only two counties belong to Region 7, where the degree of positivity increased until Tuesday, when the region began to decline. The exchange rate on Friday was 19.2%.
The proportion of hospital care continued to decline in Region 7, with officials currently reporting 41. The number of ICU beds is 18% and the number of hospital beds is 16%, both reaching the 20% threshold set by the state health department.
The counties in Region 7 include Kankakee and Will.
Region 8 –
The positive for Region 8, which again consisted of only two counties, remained at 14.5% on Friday, still the lowest the region has seen in the past two weeks.
The rate of hospital care remains third in the state in Region 8, reporting 58 on Friday. The number of ICU beds is 19% and the number of hospital beds is 17%, both reaching the 20% threshold.
Counties in Region 8 include DuPage and Kane.
Region 9 –
The positivity rate for Region 9, which consists of just two counties, fell again to 13.9% on Friday. The region peaked at 17.1% on November 13th.
Hospital admissions increased again, reportedly on Friday at the age of 42. According to IDPH, the availability of ICU beds is 29% and that of hospital beds is 21%.
The counties of Region 9 include Lake and McHenry.
Region 10 –
Region 10, which includes all Cook counties outside the city limits of Chicago, is the only Illinois region to report a 15% positive rate on Friday. The number is 0.1% higher than the previous day.
Hospital admissions in the region also rose, to 118 at its highest on Friday – the highest in the state. The number of hospital beds is 24% and the number of ICU beds is 19%, which is below the state’s 20% threshold.
Cook is the only county in the 10th region.
Region 11 –
Chicago, the only city in the 11th region, experienced a slow and steady decline in its positivity rate, reportedly at 14% on Friday. The region peaked on November 13 at 15.6%.
With the second highest hospital care in Illinois at 112 in Chicago, metrics have seen the most recent increase. The number of ICU beds is 22% and that of hospital beds is 20%.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced that the city is under “home counseling” and encourages residents to leave their homes only for the necessary tasks and make appropriate mitigation efforts in public.