IL Gov. Pritzker announces 5 phase plan to reopen Illinois

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ILLINOIS (WFIE) - During Tuesday’s update, Gov. Pritzker and his team announced 2,122 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 65,962 cases.

They also reported 176 more people have died. They say that 2,838 people have now died of COVID-19.

Gov. Pritzker announced a five-phase plan to safely reopen Illinois called “Restore Illinois."

The plan is guided by public health metrics designed to provide a framework for reopening businesses, education, and recreational activities in each phase. The initial plan can and will be updated as research and science develop and as the potential for effective treatments or vaccines is realized.

According to a press release issued by the governor’s office, the five-phase plan is based on regional health care availability and recognizes the distinct impact COVID-19 has had on different regions of our state as well as regional variations in hospital capacity.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has 11 Emergency Medical Services Regions that have traditionally guided its statewide public health work. For the purpose of Restore Illinois, from those 11, four health regions are established, each with the ability to independently move through a phased approach: Northeast Illinois, North-Central Illinois, Central Illinois, and Southern Illinois.

Restore Illinois Health Regions.
Restore Illinois Health Regions. (Source: Governor Pritzker's Office.)

The five phases of reopening for each health region are as follows:

Phase 1 – Rapid Spread: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital is high or rapidly increasing. Strict stay at home and social distancing guidelines are put in place and only essential businesses remain open. Every region has experienced this phase once already and could return to it if mitigation efforts are unsuccessful.

Phase 2 – Flattening: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital beds and ICU beds increases at an ever slower rate, moving toward a flat and even a downward trajectory. Non-essential retail stores reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. Illinoisans are directed to wear a face-covering when outside the home, and can begin enjoying additional outdoor activities like golf, boating and fishing while practicing social distancing. To varying degrees, every region is experiencing flattening as of early May.

Phase 3 – Recovery: The rate of infection among those tested, the number of patients admitted to the hospital, and the number of patients needing ICU beds is stable or declining. Manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops and salons can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. All gatherings limited to 10 or fewer people are allowed. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.

Phase 4 – Revitalization: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital continues to decline. All gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, restaurants and bars reopen, travel resumes, child care and schools reopen under guidance from the IDPH. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.

Phase 5 – Illinois Restored: With a vaccine or highly effective treatment widely available or the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period, the economy fully reopens with safety precautions continuing. Conventions, festivals and large events are permitted, and all businesses, schools, and places of recreation can open with new safety guidance and procedures in place reflecting the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Restore Illinois.
Restore Illinois. (Source: Governor Pritzker's Office.)

You can watch Pritzker’s full press conference here.

WATCH LIVE: IL Gov. Pritzker giving update. >>

Posted by 14 NEWS on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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Here are the numbers for our Illinois counties.

  • White Co. - 2 cases
  • Wayne Co. - 2 cases
  • Wabash Co. - 1 case

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