BOURBONNAIS – Beginning Wednesday, every one of Illinois’ 11 COVID-19 Regions is under mitigation to combat the resurgence of the pandemic in the state.
As part of mitigation efforts, indoor dining at restaurants and bars is not allowed until mitigation efforts are lifted. For the mitigation to be lifted, a region has to fall below a rolling seven-day positivity rating of 6.5%.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported Wednesday afternoon an additional 7,538 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 55 deaths. There have now been 437,556 cases and 9,933 deaths in the pandemic.
On Tuesday afternoon, every Region in Illinois had a double-digit positivity rating for their seven-day rankings, with the exception of Region 6, which is now at 3.6%.
As part of Region 6, some individual counties are posting double-digit weekly rates, including Iroquois County, which had a seven-day rolling positivity rating of 10.9% and a daily positivity rating on Halloween of 18.3%, the highest the area has seen to date. Clay, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Effingham, Macon, Shelby, and Vermillion counties all are recording double-digit positivity ratings in Region 6.
No indoor dining or bar service is allowed with bar patrons should be seated at tables outside, Limit to a lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors. A full list of migrations can be found on the IDPH website here.
On Monday, Kankakee County and Iroquois County reported single day highs for the area in new cases. In total, 245 new cases were announced in Kankakee while 46 new cases were announced in Iroquois County. Both results included weekend totals.
Included in newly reported deaths Wednesday included two residents of Kankakee County and one of Will County.
Most local Health Departments were closed due to election day and won’t report new numbers until later this afternoon, with inflated numbers expected due to closures.