COOK COUNTY, IL — New regional COVID-19 mitigations lifted on one area of Illinois this week and imposed on another, as rising coronavirus positivity rates in neighboring regions risk triggering additional restrictions.
Suburban Cook County, Region 10, saw hospitalizations rise by nearly 35 percent, even as the positivity rate slightly declined during the first week of October, falling by 0.2 percentage points to 5 percent on Tuesday, the most recent day where data is available from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
During the same period, daily new hospitalizations of patients with “COVID-like illnesses,” or CLI, rose from a rounded rolling average of 23 people a day to 31 people a day on Oct. 6.
Only one region is currently subject to increased restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus as part of the 11-region Restore Illinois COVID-19 resurgence plan, as of Friday. It is the third region where public