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IL COVID – 19 Update #123

By September 2, 2020No Comments


  • Additional mitigation requirements for Region 4
  • Today’s State numbers: 1,492  new confirmed cases with 39 deaths



Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts will be implemented in the Metro East effective Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Region 4 has only increased its positivity rate following initial mitigations and is now reporting a current 7-day rolling test positivity average of 9.6%.

The state has continued working closely with local public health administrators and county officials to address activities and behaviors contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in Region 4. Mitigation measures taking effect September 2, 2020 as well as continuing mitigations already in place, include the following:



  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6:00am the following day
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table


  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6:00 a.m. the following day
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings (including weddings, funerals, potlucks, etc.)

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25% capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

Organized group

recreational activities

(fitness centers, sports, etc.)

  • No change
  • All Sports Guidance effective August 15, 2020, remains in effect
  • Outdoor Activities (not included in the above exposure settings) continue per current DCEO guidance

Indoor visitation in long-term care settings and off-site outings were, and will continue to be, prohibited under the additional mitigation measures.

The Press Release may be found here. The mitigation document may be found here.



In the last 24 hours there has been 1,492 new confirmed cases and 39 deaths.

IDPH is reporting a total of 236,515 cases, to date, including 8,064 deaths.

The state has conducted 4,087,122 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 30th are 348 confirmed cases, 4,562 tests completed, and 3 deaths (based on a 7 day rolling average).

To date, there has been 71,285 confirmed cases in the City of Chicago with 2,877 confirmed deaths and a 5.3% 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.


Region Positivity Increases (7 Day Avg) Hospital Admissions (7 Day Avg.) <20% Med

Surge Capacity


ICU Surge


> 8% Positivity

Rate (3 cons. days)

1. North 5 2 46% 47% 0 (5.5%)
2. North Central 4 4 46% 45% 0 (6.8%)
3. West Central 1 0 38% 37% 0 (5.1%)
4. Metro East 5 2 29% 38% 12(9.6%)
5. Southern 5 3 50% 59% 0(6.9%)
6. East Central 3 2 42% 54% 0 (2.0%)
7. South Suburban 5 4 30% 29% 7 (8.8%)
8. West Suburban 5 2 38% 49% 0 (5.9%)
9. North Suburban 4 2 42% 48% 0 (6.1%)
10. Suburban Cook 4 5 31% 38% 0 (6.7%)
11. Chicago 4 3 29% 41% 0 (5.6%)




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%)


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 Restaurants Reduced indoor dining and suspend indoor bar service Suspend indoor dining and bar service Suspend in-person dining; takeout only
Offices Institute remote work for high risk individuals; continued emphasis on telework for as many workers as possible Reduce office capacity with recommendations to resume remote work where possible Institute remote work for all non-essential workers
Gyms Reduce indoor capacity Suspend organized indoor recreational activities Suspend organized indoor and outdoor recreational activities
Retail Reduce in-person capacity Suspend in-person non-essential retail; online and curbside pick-up available for all Suspend all non-essential retail; only essential retail open (i.e. grocery stores, pharmacies)
Salon and Personal Care Institute temporary location shutdown tied to outbreak Institute temporary location shutdown tied to outbreak with possible broader mitigations Suspend salon and personal care operations


The metrics and mitigation information may be found HERE.