Gov. Pritzker: Illinois regions can possibly move out of Tier 3 mitigations next week

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker holds a media briefing Thursday on COVID-19 in the state.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker holds a media briefing Thursday on COVID-19 in the state.
Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 12:58 PM CST
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CHICAGO, Ill. (WIFR) - At the daily COVID-19 press conference from Chicago Wednesday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says regions across the state could start seeing a cutback in COVID-19 mitigations next week.

Pritzker says starting on January 15, 2021, any region that has met the COVID-19 metrics for reducing mitigations will be able to move away from the current Tier 3 mitigations, which have been in effect statewide since November 20, 2020.

While health officials did expect a surge in COVID-19 cases after the holiday season, Pritzker says the state didn’t see as big of a surge some expected. Pritzker says, “Illinois did not experience post-Thanksgiving uptick that plagued much of the rest of the country. I’m cautiously optimistic as there are some early signs that some regions have made real progress and won’t reverse that progress.”

Nothing is official as the metrics will still need to be monitored in the coming days. In order for a region to move back to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must experience less than 12 percent test positivity rate for three consecutive days, have more than 20 percent available intensive care unit (ICU) hospital bed availability and have declining COVID hospitalizations in 7 of the last 10 days.

In Region 1, which includes all counties in Illinois of our viewing area, the seven-day rolling positivity rate is at 10.5 percent as of Jan. 3. The region has been under 12 percent for 11 consecutive days, IDPH says.

The region continues to meet the metrics for hospital beds available with 11 consecutive days of over 20 percent availability and a decrease of COVID-19 hospitalizations (8 days), health officials say.

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