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Moving Forward: How Region 2 can advance to Tier 1 mitigations for indoor dining

CHICAGO (WEEK/WREX) — Region 2 is now under Tier 2 COVID-19 mitigations, but to return to indoor dining, a region must move to Tier 1.

On Friday, the governor announced three regions, 1, 2 and 5, are now under tier 2 mitigations, which includes several businesses opening back up and loosened restrictions on gatherings.

The governor also announced in order to be able to eat indoors again, a region must move into tier 1 mitigations, rather than Phase 4. When a region reaches tier 1 mitigations, indoor dining will be allowed with 25% capacity and masks must be worn at all times.

Related: Illinois Restaurant Association pleads for return to indoor dining

So what's required to move to tier 1 mitigations?

In order to move to Tier 1 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics: 

  1. A test positivity rate below 8 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. No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

So where does Region 2 sit on those metrics as of Friday, Jan. 15? We take a look at the numbers:

Positivity Rate

Region 2's seven-day rolling positivity rate is down to 7.9% as of Jan. 12, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health data. The region has seen its positivity rate decrease for five consecutive days.

The last time the region was below 8% for its positivity rate was Oct. 26, 2020.

Hospital Bed Availability

The region currently has more than 20% of beds available for both ICU beds and med/surg beds.

As of Jan. 14, the region had 22.7% of ICU beds available along with 24.7% of med/surg beds available.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Region 2 has had a decrease of COVID-19 hospitalizations for 7 of the past 10 days, according to IDPH data. In fact, the region has had 7 consecutive days of a decrease in hospitalizations.

Conclusion

As of Friday, Region 2 does not meet the metrics to move to Tier 1 mitigations because of the COVID-19 positivity rate. We'll continue to track Region 2's progress of moving to tier 1 mitigations.

Provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health

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