Easing Enterprise Restrictions Slows Down As COVID-19 Circumstances Rise, Illinois Information
SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – Rising COVID-19 infections and hospital stays are delaying Illinois reopening plans, public health officials said Tuesday.
Some operational restrictions should be lifted this week as part of Governor JB Pritzker’s “bridging phase”, which precedes a full reopening. The plan is for hospital stay to remain stable or decrease over a period of 28 days.
Illinois Department of Public Health officials say hospital admissions have increased almost daily since falling to an annual low on March 12. Hospital stays totaled 1,396 beds as of late Monday, most since late February.
“As long as the number of new admissions to hospitals continues to rise, the state will not advance into the bridge phase and into phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan,” said a statement by health officials. “Health officials continue to urge all residents to continue masking, social distancing, and avoiding crowds in order to reduce transmission and bring metrics back into line for transition into the bridge phase.”
In the “bridge phase” museums, zoos, amusement parks and convention centers would have increased their capacity to 60%.
Both Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed concern about the increasing transmission of COVID-19 among young adults who are allegedly less observant of basic pandemic precautions.