CHICAGO — 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.
Chicago has the lowest coronavirus positivity rate in the state of any of the state’s 11 effective mitigation regions. The positivity rate fell from 4.6 percent to 4.3 percent during the week ending 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, fell from a rounded rolling average of 24 people a day to 23 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 health officials have