ILLINOIS (WFIE) - Illinois Governor JB Pritzker gave a coronavirus briefing at noon Friday.
The Governor also announced adjustments to the resurgence mitigations in light of ramped up vaccination efforts across the state, with Tier 1 of the resurgence mitigation plan now allowing restaurants and bars in a qualifying region to resume indoor dining with limited capacity. Youth and recreational sports may also resume play following the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) All Sports Policy in all regions moving out of Tier 3.
In addition, the Governor announced Phase 1A of the Illinois COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Plan is on track to be substantially completed next week, with the entire state moving to Phase 1B on Monday, January 25. In accordance with local progress, IDPH has permitted local health departments who have already substantially completed their 1A populations to move forward with 1B in order to leave no vaccine on the shelves.
While vaccine shipments from the federal government remain limited, the state is aggressively building out its capacity to prepare, with hundreds of additional pharmacy sites coming online starting Monday and the Illinois National Guard deploying to support local health department vaccination sites starting Tuesday, both initially only available to the 1A population.
Restaurants and bars in Regions in Tier 1 can open indoor dining with capacity limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25 percent of room capacity. Additionally, establishments must serve food and indoor tables must be limited to no more than four people, with reservations limited to two hours. Outdoor dining regulations across the resurgence plan and Phase 4 remain unchanged.
Illinois officials say the British variant of COVID-19 was found in Illinois.
You can watch the briefing below.
On Friday, Illinois health officials reported 6,642 new cases and 121 additional deaths.
That brought the state’s confirmed total to 1,052,682 confirmed cases and 18,049 total deaths.
Here is the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths reported in our area:
- Wayne County - 1,480 cases, 42 deaths
- White County - 1,299 cases, 22 deaths
- Wabash County - 1,157 cases, 11 deaths
- Edwards County - 456 cases, 7 deaths