As new home stay tips take effect in Chicago and suburban Cook County amid rising coronavirus rates, can Illinois see another home stay order? Here is what Governor JB Pritzker said on the subject.
Pritzker last warned on Thursday that a mandatory home stay order could be possible “if things don’t turn around in the next few days”.
Speaking a day after the Illinois Department of Public Health issued new guidelines urging residents to stay home and leave only for basic activities, Pritzker said “our time is running out and we are running out of opportunities.”
“The numbers don’t lie,” Pritzker said. “If things don̵
November 12: Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker warns on Thursday that a “mandatory” home stay order is possible “if things don’t turn out in the next few days.”
He also called on state leaders who do not apply state guidelines and “anti-masks” who refuse to follow instructions.
“What will it take to make this real for you?” He asked. “Should we reach a positivity rate of 50 percent, as we see today in Iowa?” Are you waiting for your healthcare workers to get sick to the point where you don’t have enough staff at the local hospital to cover the next shift? What would you say if your hospitals became so overcrowded that the sick and dying had nowhere to turn? Because I promise you that until you manage to take responsibility in your city and county, this day is approaching – and it will be yours. ”
Illinois health officials reported 11,632 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus on Monday and 37 additional deaths, marking the 11th consecutive day the state has seen more than 10,000 new cases of coronavirus.
These figures have brought the total number of cases in the state to 585,248 since the start of the pandemic and raised casualties to 10,779, IDPH said.
IDPH issued new guidelines on Wednesday, urging residents to stay home and leave only for “core activities”.
The guidelines recommended that residents “stay at home as long as possible over the next three weeks, leaving only the necessary and basic activities, such as work to be done outside the home, testing for COVID-19, visiting a pharmacy and buying groceries. “
The guidelines also call on employers to get employees to work from home as much as possible during this time.
“We ask employers to provide accommodation for this,” the department said in a statement. “Our goal is to reduce transmission while heading to the holidays so that businesses and schools can stay open.”
In addition, health officials are proposing to limit travel and gatherings.
“In our current situation, with the growing spread of the virus, attending even small gatherings that mix households or traveling to areas that experience high levels of positivity is not recommended and is potentially dangerous,” the statement said. , travel only if necessary. “
IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike talks about the latest coronavirus indicators for Illinois.
Tips for staying home came into effect Monday morning in Chicago and the suburban Cook County with similar recommendations.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a city council on Thursday, along with new restrictions on the size of the collection, as she said the city had reached a “critical point” in the pandemic.
The city home council asks residents to “leave home only to go to work or school or for basic needs, such as seeking medical help, visiting a grocery store or pharmacy, taking food for delivery or receiving supplies. “
City officials also advise residents not to gather in their homes with anyone outside their household, even with trusted family and friends, and to avoid any insignificant travel outside the country. For months, Chicago officials have wanted anyone who must travel to or from the city’s emergency list – now including 43 states – quarantined or tested negative before arriving in the city, depending on the condition and severity of the outbreak.
The home stay council also requires everyone to practice social distancing by staying a meter away from others and wearing a face blanket at all times, as experts have been advising for months.
The city also noted that the holidays should be celebrated by phone or video chat, rather than in person.
In addition to home stay tips, Chicago officials have also announced new restrictions on gatherings, limiting meetings and social events to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors.
Cook County followed suit on Friday with its own home-based board, reflecting the Chicago one applicable to all residents of the Cook suburbs.
All Illinois health regions have already been subjected to increased mitigation by the state, excluding dining and indoor service and limiting the amount of collection.
Prior to his warning Thursday, Pritzker also hinted at an order to stay at home just days earlier, on November 9th.
“I’m very worried as we approach Thanksgiving,” Pritzker said during his daily coronavirus briefing. “I’m very concerned because these numbers are rising. And as a result, as I told you, for days, you know, we’re really looking at all the possibilities – the possibility of having to go back in phase, the possibility that in the end we will have to have an order to stay at home – these are not things I prefer to do. But these are things that these figures are not sustainable. “
It remains unclear when exactly the governor may make such a decision for another home stay order, but he noted which indicators he is monitoring.
“I guess one thing I see every day is whether we bend the curve like we did in the spring – is the curve curved?” He said. “And that doesn’t mean that the numbers are decreasing from one day to the next, but it means that the growth rate is decreasing. And this is the beginning of the equalization and downward direction.”
Just a week ago, Pritzker had said he was not considering a home stay order, but did not rule it out in the coming weeks.
“I don’t see the broader mitigation of staying at home as something I would do in the next few days or weeks, but I can’t guarantee what it will look like in two weeks or three weeks – I just don’t know,” Pritzker told November 6. ” Honestly, none of us expected the whole country to be swept away with an increase in COVID-19. “
Previously, the country was under its home from mid-March to late May during the first wave of the pandemic.