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IL Covid – 19 Update #120

By August 24, 2020No Comments


  • Region 4 receives additional mitigation requirements
  • Region 7 receives mitigation requirements.
  • Today’s State numbers: 1,612 new confirmed cases with 8 deaths
    • Sunday: 1,893 new confirmed cases with 6 deaths
    • Saturday: 2,356 new confirmed cases with 17 deaths
    • Friday: 2,208 new confirmed cases with 24 deaths
    • Thursday: 1,832 new confirmed cases with 27 deaths


Region 4 receives additional mitigation while Region 7 receives initial mitigation efforts. The new mitigation requirements will begin Wednesday. 

  • In both regions 4 AND 7, indoor dining will now be suspended. 
    • Only outdoor will be allowed. 
    • Reservations will still be required with contact information for at least one member of the party. 
  • In Region 7, restaurants and taverns must be closed by 11:00 p.m. 
    • This mitigation step is already in place in Region 4. 
    • Closure does not apply to drive-thru, curbside or delivery. 
  • In Region 7 gaming and casinos must close at 11:00 p.m. and are limited to 25% capacity. 
    • This mitigation step is already in place in Region 4.
    • IDPH has not made a final determination on the rules for taverns or restaurants that have gaming machines. That determination will be made in the next few hours.  
  • In both regions 4 and 7 Reception halls are closed and no party buses. This means restaurants or taverns can not hold receptions. 

In order for the mitigation efforts to be removed, a region must achieve a positivity rate of at least 6.5%. 


In the last 24 hours there has been 1,612 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths. 

IDPH is reporting a total of 221790 cases, to date, including 7,888 deaths. 

The state has conducted 3,740,191 tests to-date.  

Additional information can be found here. COVID-19 stats by zip code can be found here.


In order for Chicago to move to the Moderate Incidence risk level which will allow the city to open up capacity to 50% and allow gatherings of up to 100 people, it has to get below 100 new cases per day and stay there for 14 days.

The per day averages citywide as of August 23rd are 340 confirmed cases, 4,712 tests completed, and 2 deaths (based on a 7 day rolling average).

To date, there has been 68,720 confirmed cases in the City of Chicago with 2,854 confirmed deaths and a 7.2% positivity rate.

Additional information may be found here where you may select different data points such as zip code, ethnicity, age, gender, cases, tests, death, etc.


If the regions meet the metrics outlined below, then they COULD be subject to restrictions or mitigations outlined HERE

You may find the regional metrics HERE.

Danger regions are marked in RED.

RegionPositivity Increases (7 Day Avg)

Hospital Admissions (7 Day Avg.)

<20% Med  Surge Capacity<20%

 ICU Surge 


> 8% Positivity

 Rate (3 cons. days)
1. North

6145%52%0 (4.9%)
2. North Central5335%44%0 (5.9%)
3. West Central3037%41%0 (5.6%)
4. Metro East7230%41%9(9.4%)
5. Southern5150%63%0(6.9%)
6. East Central2039%

49%0 (1.6%)
7. South Suburban7130%30%4 (8.3%)
8. West Suburban5233%50%0 (5.8%)
9. North Suburban2139%53%0 (5.5%)
10. Suburban Cook5532%38%0 (6.7%)
11. Chicago3327%43%0 (5.2%)


As you are aware from FAIIR’s last notice, the Administration will now use the following metrics to determine whether or not a region is moving forward or backward. 

  1. Sustained increase in 7-day rolling average (7 out of 10-days) in the positivity rate and ONE of the following severity indicators:
    • Sustained 7-day increase in hospital admissions for a COVID-19 like illness;
    • Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds < 20%)


2. Three consecutive days averaging ≥ 8% positivity rate


  1. NORTH: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago
  2. NORTH-CENTRAL: Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford
  3. WEST-CENTRAL: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott
  4. METRO EAST: Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington
  5. SOUTHERN: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson
  6. EAST-CENTRAL: Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion
  7. SOUTH SUBURBAN: Kankakee, Will
  8. WEST SUBURBAN: DuPage, Kane
  9. NORTH SUBURBAN: Lake, McHenry
  10. SUBURBAN COOK: Suburban Cook
  11. CHICAGO: City of Chicago


Once a region meets the resurgence criteria, the following tiered menu of mitigation options will be considered. If sustained increases in health metrics continue unabated, further mitigations could be added from additional tiers.

Bars and RestaurantsReduced indoor dining and suspend indoor bar serviceSuspend indoor dining and bar serviceSuspend in-person dining; takeout only
OfficesInstitute remote work for high risk individuals; continued emphasis on telework for as many workers as possibleReduce office capacity with recommendations to resume remote work where possibleInstitute remote work for all non-essential workers
GymsReduce indoor capacitySuspend organized indoor recreational activitiesSuspend organized indoor and outdoor recreational activities
RetailReduce in-person capacitySuspend in-person non-essential retail; online and curbside pick-up available for allSuspend all non-essential retail; only essential retail open (i.e. grocery stores, pharmacies)
Salon and Personal CareInstitute temporary location shutdown tied to outbreakInstitute temporary location shutdown tied to outbreak with possible broader mitigationsSuspend salon and personal care operations

The metrics and mitigation information may be found HERE.