Pritzker Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions In Chicago Suburbs

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced tighter restrictions on DuPage, Kane, Will and Kankakee counties because of escalating coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

That will mean outdoor dining will be limited to six people per table instead of 10, and maximum allowable gatherings will be limited to 10 people instead of 25 in those areas.

In Region 8, which covers DuPage and Kane counties, positivity rates have been climbing for 10 straight days, and COVID-related hospitalizations have risen for eight straight days, according to Illinois Department of Public Health data.

The rolling positivity rate over seven days is now at 13.3% in those collar counties, the state is reporting.

And to the south in Region 7, which covers Will and Kankakee counties, the situation is worsening, as well.

Positivity rates in those counties have risen for 10 straight days, and COVID-related hospitalizations have climbed for seven days in a row. The rolling, seven-day positivity rate in Kankakee and Will counties now stands at 16.4%.

“The situation has worsened considerably in certain areas of the state with massive increases in the rates of community transmission,” Pritzker said in rolling out the new COVID-19 mitigations steps.

Each region encompassing all four counties “now has a positivity rate above 13%, meaning just about one in every seven tests in these areas is coming back positive,” Pritzker continued. “Per [the World Health Organization], the benchmark for reopening is no more than one in every 20 tests.”

Statewide, numbers released Monday show that 10,573 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the past day. And 14 more people died of the virus, bringing the total lives lost since the pandemic began to 10,210. The state’s 7-day case positivity rate stands at 11.4%.

Dave McKinney covers state politics for WBEZ. Follow him on Twitter @davemckinney.