State Public Health Officials Announce Additional COVID-19 Mitigations to Take Effect
Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced three more regions of Illinois, including those covering DuPage, Kane, Will and Kankakee counties, will be ordered to limit gatherings to 10 people this week as the percentages of positive coronavirus tests in those areas continue to rise.
Positivity rates in the suburban and southern Illinois regions have continued to increase even after Pritzker ordered the shutdown of indoor dining and bar service and capped gatherings at 25 people in those areas roughly two weeks ago. In DuPage and Kane counties, the seven-day average for the test positivity rate was 13.7% as of Friday, up from 9.5% when the tighter restrictions took effect October 23. In Will and Kankakee counties, the positivity rate was 16.4%, up from 9.3%. In the coming days, Illinois Department of Public Health will continue to track the positivity rate in Regions 5, 7, and 8 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place. Residents in nee of a COVID test can find the information on testing centers here: DPH.Illinois.Gov/Testing