July 16, 2020
With coronavirus cases starting to tick back upward in some parts of Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday laid out a mitigation plan. Among other measures, it divides the state into the 11 Emergency Medical Services regions long used by the Illinois Department of Public Health, with suburban Cook County as one such region and the city of Chicago as another.
Some mitigation strategies in higher-risk settings, such as indoor bars and restaurants, will be automatically applied in a region that meets resurgence criteria to prevent rapid spread of COVID-19, Pritzker said.
“Opening up our economy does not have to come with a spike in cases,” the governor said. “Other countries have done it successfully while reducing cases and infection rates. But that requires vigilance on the part of all of us.”
He added that it’s imperative that individuals, families, workers and businesses follow the recommendations from doctors.
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