Pritzker Puts McHenry and Lake Counties in New Coronavirus Region, Kane Joined with DuPage

Announced in his afternoon press conference are new regions for the control of Coronavirus.

Covid-19 regions as of 7-15-20.

Do they make sense?

NBC-TV reports,

According to the governor’s office, the following metrics will be used to determine “when the spread of the virus in a region requires additional mitigations”:

Sustained increase in 7-day rolling average (7 out of 10 days) in the positivity rate and one of the following severity indicators:

Sustained 7-day increase in hospital admissions for a COVID-19 like illness

Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds < 20%)

OR three consecutive days averaging ≥ 8% positivity rate

Below is the Governor’s press release:

Gov. Pritzker Announces New Mitigation Plan to Prevent Resurgence of COVID-19 in Illinois as State Surpasses Two Million Tests

New Plan Outlines General and Industry-Specific COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts for the State’s 11 Emergency Medical Services Regions

CHICAGO – Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced a new COVID-19 mitigation plan focused on combating a resurgence of cases while maintaining the progress the state has made towards bending the curve over the last four months. As states across the country experience a surge of new COVID-19 cases, Illinois remains an outlier with lower hospitalization and infection rates and one of the highest rates of testing in the U.S.

The resurgence plan recognizes that the state is in its strongest position to combat the virus since the pandemic began, with a robust testing operation regularly yielding more than 30,000 tests per day, expanded tracing operations with 1,450 contact tracers, a growing stockpile of personal protective equipment, and hospital surge capacity. The plan also accounts for months of additional data and research as public health experts reach a greater scientific understanding of this virus and how it spreads.

“Illinois now has the lowest infection rates among all our neighboring states and one of the lowest positivity rates in the country – and it’s because of the individual actions of millions of our residents,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Opening up our economy does not have to come with a spike in cases. Other countries have done it successfully while reducing cases and infection rates. But that requires vigilance on the part of all of us. It’s imperative that individuals, families, workers and businesses follow the recommendations doctors have given about vital mitigations and that we act quickly if we see any outbreaks and upticks, signs that could lead to a surge of coronavirus infections.”

“This plan ensures we are looking at all available data to make timely decisions to protect the health of our communities,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “By assessing key metrics that indicate both the disease burden and the capacity of each COVID-19 region to respond, we can then take targeted actions within specific regions to help mitigate the spread of this deadly disease while keeping as much of our state open as possible.”

The resurgence prevention plan developed by IDPH outlines three tiers of general and industry-specific mitigations that can be acted upon to prevent a renewed spread of COVID-19. To provide for a more granular approach, the mitigations outlined will be applied on a regional basis based on the 11 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions that have traditionally guided IDPH in its statewide public health work.


The administration has relied on science and data to guide its approach to battling COVID-19 from the very beginning and will continue to do so when determining the metrics and mitigations necessary to prevent a resurgence of cases in Illinois.

The following metrics will be used to determine when the spread of the virus in a region requires additional mitigations:

  • Sustained increase in 7-day rolling average (7 out of 10 days) in the positivity rate and one of the following severity indicators:
    • Sustained 7-day increase in hospital admissions for a COVID-19 like illness
    • Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds < 20%)
  • OR three consecutive days averaging ≥ 8% positivity rate

The updated guidance from IDPH establishes three tiers of mitigations that can be implemented should a region meet the resurgence metrics.

Some mitigation strategies in higher risk settings, like indoor bars and restaurants, will be automatically applied in a region that meets resurgence criteria to prevent rapid spread of COVID-19. A larger list of mitigation strategies relating to settings like retail, fitness, and salons and personal care will be available if testing and contact tracing data at the local level indicate those mitigations to be prudent.

The list of optional measures included in the updated guidance is not exhaustive. Other industries could require additional mitigation if indicated by the region’s data.


Mitigations will be applied on a regional basis based on the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Regions that have traditionally guided IDPH in its statewide public health work. Expanding to 11 regions allows for a more granular approach in this phase of the response to COVID-19. The new regions follow county lines to account for counties that are in more than one region of the EMS system.

The new regions are:

  1. NORTH: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago
  2. NORTH-CENTRAL: Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford
  3. WEST-CENTRAL: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott
  4. METRO EAST: Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington
  5. SOUTHERN: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson
  6. EAST-CENTRAL: Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion
  7. SOUTH SUBURBAN: Kankakee, Will
  8. WEST SUBURBAN: DuPage, Kane
  9. NORTH SUBURBAN: Lake, McHenry
  10. SUBURBAN COOK: Suburban Cook
  11. CHICAGO: City of Chicago

A map of the resurgence plan regions will be available on the state’s coronavirus website:


Since March, the Pritzker administration has implemented policies and programming to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Measures have included issuing a stay at home order to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, expanding the state’s contact tracing program, and building upon testing availability across Illinois.

The administration has been proactive in expanding testing access since the onset of the pandemic. Illinois was the first state to establish COVID-19 testing capabilities to reduce reliance on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Today, the state is currently experiencing a weekly average of more than 33,000 tests per day, recently surpassing 2 million tests total. This expanded testing programming contributed to a significant decrease in the state’s seven-day rolling average positivity rate, now averaging just over 3.0 percent.

The state has also worked to expand its contact tracing operation, with approximately 1,450 contact tracers now working across Illinois. Over the next week, 26 local health departments will receive additional funding from the state, representing over $127 million of available grant funds for contact tracing. With these funds, local health departments will hire approximately 1,330 contact tracers over the next few months and significantly expand their contact tracing efforts.


Pritzker Puts McHenry and Lake Counties in New Coronavirus Region, Kane Joined with DuPage — 31 Comments

  1. Doesn’t really matter, a judge already ruled all of his orders illegal.

    Amazing that a governor can publicly defy a court ruling like this and no one cares.

  2. Neal is right. We are only combined by nitwits that will follow their “orders” right up to death. Go out and hug your neighbors! You may not get another chance in this realm!

  3. So at first everyone bitched that McHenry County was in the northeast region, which also included Chicago.

    Now that we’re in our own region (McHenry + Lake counties,) that’s no good either?

  4. I mean, we’re all in the same phase.

    At least if things get worse in the city, we won’t be included in Chicago policies.

    In my opinion, this does nothing.

    Maybe if we were in phase 2 still just because of Chicago.

    The contact tracing is bothering me a lot though.

    It’s evident that we don’t need it to flatten a curve or keep people from catching the virus.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if the contact tracers get attacked.

    Should be N interesting summer’s end and Autumn.

  5. Just amazing how people have been duped into buying the fake “science and data” scam
    Lord Jumbo Boy, King Of Burgers And Gluttony, has sold them while he continues to destroy Illinois.

  6. Why can’t he let McHenry join Wisconsin.

    I bet a plebiscite for that would win.

  7. I’m seeing so many stupid comments here. Makes me wonder why I wanted to live in this county.

    We can get rid of this folks.

    WEAR your masks PROPERLY, wash your hands and social distance.

    I see so many people, who don’t want to wear a mask, or wear it with their nose uncovered.

    Are you all doctors?

    Heaven help us if you think you are that smart.

    Remember, you can’t fix stupid.

  8. “I’m seeing so many stupid comments here.

    Makes me wonder why I wanted to live in this county.”

    Nobody asked for you to live here, if you’ve not considered that.

    Are you suggesting that you came to another country and are telling people what to do?

  9. Barbara, go move to Englewood or Bronzeville on Chicago’s south side. Do your damnable virtue signaling there and see how long you’d be ‘ ‘tolerated’.

    You have been so thoroughly brainwashed by the MSM, your brain has been turned to much and reactive to emotional cues.

    Move out Barbara, oh that’s right ya can’t because your taxes are so high you can’t sell w/o taking a nice haircut.

    Barb go join the Kevin Spacey fan club and quit taping ‘the View’…. also please quit vaping crack.

    Are you a charter member of Prairie Ridge’s PFLAG?

  10. Barbara, PlEASE move back to whatever Hellhole you came from. You are an idiot! We already have enough of those here in our fake government.

  11. Fred F. Beans and Franks can say what he wants the people will decide…

  12. I would say getting away from people like Barbara is one of the main reasons people would move to mchenry county.

    Please move somewhere else.

  13. Looking forward to natural selection weeding out those that believe propaganda over science.

  14. Is wearing a mask really that difficult?

    Cases in McHenry are rising again because people think this is somehow fake.

    I guess the entire world is faking it?

    I love all the fake patriots that say they love this country and will defend it, but when asked to wear a strip of cloth on their face to protect themselves and others, they claim some ridiculous conspiracy that somehow the media all over the world and the hospitals are all lying to them.

    Trust, but verify, the facts and stop listening to fiction.

  15. If the Governor wasn’t incompetent and would have locked down the long term care facilities there would only be around 3,000 deaths in a state of around 12.7 million people.

    That would be considered statistically nothing and this wouldn’t be a topic.

    Now in McHenry, there have been only around 20 people that died with COVID and not necessarily because of.

    McHenry County has around 307,0000 people.

    This mass hysteria needs to stop.

    And please remember…people will get sick.

  16. Barbara, I feel your pain. McHenry County has more than our share of stupid people.

    Wear the damn mask you idiots!

  17. Hmmm. 3 million tests in ILLINOIS.

    If the gov pays 30 per test and pays 40$ per lab diagnosis, that’s $70 x 3 million to PRITZKERS Family as they own the company making the test kits and own the labs that are calling them all positive.

    I will assume just about every governor has the same scam going.

    Wakenup sheeple.

    Its the flu.

    Same as every year!

  18. Yet again we are divided on another front.

    United we stand divided we fall!

  19. Oh you all are so right.

    Let’s get a governor who plain does not give a crap.


    Look at our numbers compared to other states.

    Pritzer is doing a good job. Barbara’s right.

    What’s it going to take?

    Children dying? Icu’s filled?

    Dr’s having to make decisions between life or death?

    Cindy you are the fn idiot.

    I pray for your family

  20. I didn’t realize there were so many redneck idiots living in this county….

    you want to “live” like they are in Florida and Arizona right now..

    foot loose and fancy free..

    no masks and social distancing?

    Then go down south and be part of the pandemic and don’t come back until your dead or you actually grow some brain cells.

    There’s no brain washing here…

    just a bunch of people that are uneducated morons thinking this pandemic is all some sort of a hoax.

    Tell that to the doctors and nurses on the front lines…

    tell them it’s all in their heads…

    the people in ICU are all just faking it and they’re just part of some kind of crazy political joke.

    You people are the jokes!

  21. Dame Barbara, picture yourself in a lifeboat with 1 person over the maximum capacity.

    Somebody’s got to go overboard.

    The somebody with the mentality that sunk the big ship originally.

    That somebody is you Barbara.

  22. Thank you Barbara for your insight!

    All of these ignorant people commenting, who have no medical background, stating their opinions like any of us care.

    And yes, only a percentage die from the COVID19.

    Tell that to families that have lost Mom, Dad or Grandma and Grandpa.

    Don’t want to wear a mask, then don’t go out in public.

    It’s that simple.

    Don’t give me all of this baloney about how it is a violation of your freedom and rights.

    Wearing a mask for 30 minutes while you go grocery shopping.


    What a sacrifice.

    There are people in other countries that have no shelter, no food, no job.

    You people need to pull your heads out of your behinds.

    Typical entitled Americans.

    Making masks into a political statement is absolutely ironic.

    Ironic like our government.

    You people need to learn empathy and think about others besides yourselves.

    So much ignorance in 2020.


  23. Yes…every death matters but people die from a wide variety of causes everyday.

    COVID-19 is just another cause.

    So whatever you would tell someone who lost a Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa the same thing if they died from the Flu, Cancer, an accident, etc.

    I just went to a funeral for my 93 year old cousin and guess what…she died from being 93 years old.

    She had a great life and unfortunately it was her time to go.

    More people in McHenry County are going sick and yes die with COVID-19 (not because of it) until herd immunity or a vaccine is created (which probably is at least a year out, if we are lucky).

    Use common sense and live your life.

    If you follow the data and science like they drilled into our heads for several months…in McHenry County and most of Illinois this should be a non-issue but unfortunately many people insist on making this political.

    I can’t wait until November 4th when everything will magically go back to normal.

    It was a mistake for a statewide lockdown.

    The lockdown was needed for long term care facilities but our “fearless” leader didn’t know what he was doing and caused the mass hysteria.

    The only thing the statewide lockdown did is spread out the timeline before herd immunity could take effect.

    Look at places that weren’t as restrictive…they have done just fine or better than Illinois.

    We are seeing the spike now because we delayed it by a couple of months as a result of the lockdown.

  24. Tim? Great advice except there is NO SUCH THING AS A VIRUS. They don’t exist. There is NO SUCH THING AS CONTAGION. Get your hands on “Invisible Rainbow” and read up. For further reading find a copy of “What really Makes You Ill?”.

  25. Hey Cindy, I work at a psych ward. We’ll save a bed for your delusional behind.

  26. Hey Dump? Then you are in ANOTHER fake realm. I hope you are with the cleaning staff because they possibly have not been indoctrinated to believe in the pseudoscience of mental health quackery and dealing in psychotropic drugs.

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