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Illinois Hits More Than 100,000 Cases of COVID-19

bebarnes | PixabayMost of Illinois will officially allow activities such as outdoor dining, salons and gatherings of 10 or less people to resume today, but Chicago isn’t moving as fast.

All regions in Illinois are on track to enter phase three of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. This comes with an additional 2,388 confirmed COVID-19 cases May 20, totaling 100,418 total cases. 

All regions in the state are currently in phase two — meaning some businesses are reopened with enhanced social distancing measures and activities such as golf and fishing are allowed. 

Phase three would allow the reopening of barber shops, retail stores, offices and salons and allow gatherings of up to 10 people, according to the Illinois Coronavirus response website. Face coverings in public and standard social distancing measures are still in effect during this phase. While metrics are being met for every region, it’s unknown when any region could advance yet. 

In order to move into phase three, certain metrics must be met. The positivity rate of a region — the percentage of COVID-19 tests that are positive for the virus — must be at or under 20 percent. The Northeast Region, which includes Chicago, is at 17.4 percent, as of May 20. ICU bed and ventilator availability are also at phase three standards, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website.

Wednesday’s surpassing of 100,000 confirmed cases also came with 147 additional deaths, pushing the total to 4,525 deaths from the virus.

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