With a resurgence in cases of COVID-19 across the country and in parts of Illinois, as well as increased testing and contact tracing ability in the state, Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently released a COVID-19 Mitigation plan.
Among other things, the plan increases the number of reopening regions from four to 11, which are based on the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) Emergency Medical Services regions. Notably, Chicago is now its own region, and the collar counties have been split up to more accurately reflect regional dynamics.
As with the original Restore Illinois plan, regions can move backward independently. A region could become more restrictive if it either displays a positivity rate greater than or equal to 8% over three consecutive days, or if it sees a sustained increase in the seven-day rolling average (seven out of 10 days) in the positivity rate, in addition to one of the following:
- Sustained seven-day increase in hospital admissions for a COVID-19-like illness
- Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds less than 20%)
All Tinley Park businesses are encouraged to do their part by having employees and customers wear face coverings and maintain safe social distancing. Working together, we can make sure Tinley Park doesn't move backward into a more restrictive phase.