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All but one of Illinois’ 102 counties are at a “warning level” for the coronavirus as state officials impose Tier 3 mitigation efforts effective Friday.
The new restrictions, announced by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, were in response to a rapid increase of coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations statewide over the past month.
Tier 3 mitigations in Illinois force several businesses and spaces to close, including casinos and museums, among others. Non-essential businesses, such as gyms and salons, are also facing new limitations.
The “warning level” for most Illinois counties means each saw increases in two or more COVID-19 “risk indicators,” the health department said. The counties now under a warning include every county in the state, except for Union in southern Illinois.
Here are the metrics from regions across the state, which all face mitigations:
Region 1 –
Region 1, located in northwestern Illinois, reported an 18.2% positvity rate as of Wednesday, which is a decrease from their peak at 20.9% exactly one week prior.
Hospitalization rates have remained fairly steady across the region, reaching 30 as of Wednesday. ICU bed availability sits at 25% and hospital beds at 28%.
Counties in Region 1 include Boone, Caroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago.
Region 2 –
Region 2 has also seen …
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