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Posted on: January 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Governor Discusses Mitigation Efforts and Vaccine Administration Plan

During a press conference this afternoon, Governor JB Pritzker discussed the COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts and updates on the Vaccine Administration Plan.

Highlights for Region 8 (DuPage and Kane Counties)

At this time, Region 8 will remain in Tier 3 Mitigations, with the strong possibility to meet the metrics to move to Tier 2 in the coming days if current trends hold.

In order to move to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics:

1) A test positivity rate below 12 percent for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND

2) Greater than or equal to 20 percent available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 3-day rolling average; AND

3) A sustained decrease in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

Once moved into Tier 2, the following changes in mitgation efforts will be effective.

• Suspend indoor service

• Bars and restaurants close at 11 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6 a.m. the following day

• No tables exceeding 6 people

Additionally, Regions moving out of Tier 3 mitigations can resume youth and recreational sports under the statewide All Sports Policy. Greater levels of play will be permitted as metrics improve into the subsequent tier.

Vaccine Administration Plan

The state anticipates substantially completing Phase 1A next week and moving into Phase 1B of the Vaccine Plan on January 25, 2021, at which point residents over the age of 65 and frontline essential workers can receive the vaccine. While shipments from the federal government remain limited, the state is building out wide-reaching capacity to prepare for additional shipments and ensure those eligible in Phase 1B can receive their vaccine as quickly and equitably as possible.

The full press release(PDF) provides more information for the entire state.

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