Pritzker Purgatory Spreads to McHenry County Saturday, When and Why Were the Goal Posts Moved?

When Coronavirus hit the U.S., the mantra was “flatten the curve.”

The reason was to spread out the need for hospital beds.

The State of Illinois recommends that 20% of medical-surgical beds be available.

McHenry County hospitals have twice that many empty, as reported Monday.

The latest three-day rolling average is even higher than it was two days ago:

More than twice as many medical/surgical beds are available than are recommended to cope with Covid-19 cases.

The same goes for ICU bed availability.

58% of ICU beds are available, almost three times the recommended number.

Here is the metric being used to close down McHenry County:

Percent of those tested found Covid-19 infected.

But, it seems to me that deaths are the most important indicator, There have been only six since the end of July.

The last death was on October 12th.

Here is the McHenry County Health Department’s press release, the enforcement of which will undoubtedly lead to the death of still more businesses:

North Suburban Region 9 Enters Mitigation for COVID-19

Today, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in the North Suburban Region 9, which includes Lake and McHenry Counties, beginning 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2020. 

As of October 25, the region’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate is 8.4%, marking three days above the 8.0% testing positivity threshold set in the state’s Restore Illinois Mitigation Plan. Region 9’s testing positivity rate exceeded the 8.0% threshold on Friday, October 23, 2020.

Mitigation measures are strategies, such as restrictions on certain activities, put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Region 9 restrictions will remain in effect until the region’s positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5% over a 3-day period.

Once mitigations take effect, the State will continue to monitor the region’s transmission of COVID-19 for 14 days to determine if restrictions can be relaxed or if additional mitigations are needed.

Region 9 mitigation measures taking effect at 12:01 a.m. on October 31, 2020, include:


●                    All bars close at 11 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6 a.m. the following day

●                    No indoor service

●                    All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside

●                    No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)

●                    Tables should be 6 feet apart

●                    No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting

●                    No dancing or standing indoors

●                    Reservations required for each party

●                    No seating of multiple parties at one table


●                    All restaurants close at 11 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6 a.m. the following day   

●                    No indoor dining or bar service

●                    Tables should be 6 feet apart

●                    No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting

●                    Reservations required for each party

●                    No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, social events and gatherings (including weddings, funerals, potlucks, etc.)

●                    Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors

●                    No party buses

●                    Gaming and Casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25% capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if     applicable

Organized group recreational activities (fitness centers, sports, etc.)

●                    Recreational Sports Guidance effective August 15  remains in effect

●                    Outdoor activities (not included in the above exposure settings) continue per  current Department of Commerce and  Economic Opportunity (DCEO) guidance

The State’s mitigation measures do not apply to polling places, but residents are encouraged to limit their exposure by voting early, wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and watching their distance from others while voting.

“The rate of new infections is surging in our region – a steeper curve than we saw in the spring,” said Mark Pfister, Executive Director of the Lake County Health Department.

“We successfully flattened the curve then, and we can do it again.

“Our success depends on all businesses and residents doing their part, participating with contact tracers if you are called, and being extremely cautious to eliminate chances for this virus to spread.

“Please do not let your guard down in social settings, even around close friends and family who don’t live in your home.”

IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 9 in the coming days to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.

“We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and keep the region informed about community transmission,” said Melissa Adamson, Public Health Administrator for the McHenry County Department of Health.

“If we work together, we could avoid further mitigations and potentially see a return to Phase 4 restrictions in the next two weeks

“But that’s a goal that can only be achieved by following those preventative measures we’ve stressed for the past several months and working with your local health department to complete their case investigations.”

Additional Information

Everyone should continue to follow the 3 Ws to slow the spread of COVID-19:

From someone not a fan of Gov. JB Pritzker.

●                    Wear a mask

●                    Wash your hands

●                    Watch your distance

To view the North Suburban Region metrics on the Illinois Department of Public Health website, visit and select Region 9. Metrics are updated daily, including testing positivity rates, hospital admissions, and hospital capacity.

For trusted information on the COVID-19 pandemic from reputable state and federal sources, visit the State of IllinoisIllinois Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.


Pritzker Purgatory Spreads to McHenry County Saturday, When and Why Were the Goal Posts Moved? — 19 Comments

  1. It absolutely is an overreach.

    Already one judge in Kane county has issued a restraining order against the governor.

    I don’t think the courts will be so willing to go along with it this time around.

  2. The business world needs to band together and push back.

    The business community needs to rally the customers to back them as a 2nd force.

    We need to start living and living with some common sense or there will be no world to emerge to.

    Do we over-report 65 cases out of 308,000 people with normal flu? Seriously!

    The running totals are since March. Look at the overall percentages in ALL categories: catching, recovery, death.

    The IDPH and now MCDH use questionable numbers.

    For instance and this has been experienced by people known to me:

    Positive person tests multiple times to reach a negative.

    EACH test is a new case as opposed to the same 1 case.

    If you signed in to a drive thru and tire of waiting in line and leave: you are considered a positive even though you NEVER submitted an actual test.

    A co-worker even received the letter saying they were positive!!

    It is ridiculous.

    Trump is absolutely right.

    Let’s LIVE with this utilizing the treatments that are working, but poo-pooed by main stream media as advocates to the fear mongering politicians to perpetuate and increase control.

    Wake up.

    I do not want to live in a rioting, nutty, socialistic world…do you?

  3. If the Covid Cops show up at your business demanding that you close, feel free to administer
    an “attitude adjustment” with prejudice.

    Then strip them naked and leave them laying in the middle of the street as a
    warning for all to see.

  4. Former Congressperson Aaron
    Schock (IL, R-18) and Former Ohio State Representative Wesley Goodman agree with strip them naked. 🤔😮

  5. How many of the positive tests were positive with symptoms?

    Reports are showing that many of us might have had the Kovid Krud and never even knew it.

    The “positive” that is being found is dead Kovid cells still in your nasal passages.

    You had it and it was nothing more than a slight cold or feeling lousy.

    These questions need to be answered.

  6. It’s really as simple as this.

    We all know what is going on and can each make decisions for ourselves about the risks we wish to take.

    If you are high risk, it’s easy stay home.

    If you are regularly around higher risk people, don’t eat in a restaurant.

    It really really is that simple.

  7. Just goes to show you what a failure Jack Franks is.

    He supposedly wrote a letter to his friend the Gov.

    Perhaps they are NOT friends and Franks is being shunned by his friend the Gov. too.

    We need better leadership at the County

    Franks is impotent, compromised, shunned and unable to get the work done for the people.

    VOTE Mike Buehler for positive change.

  8. The metrics that Pritzker and Co are using are just plain silly.

    Someone needs to organize an effort to get a bunch of healthy people tested to bring the positivity rate down.

  9. They have to continue to perpetuate the chicken little syndrome so they can continue to blame T man before elections

  10. Anything to stop Trump.

    Will Fatty close the polls on Election Day too?

  11. Maybe Pritzy and Jackie can have a Fontana pow-wow and settle this.

  12. Anyone taking bets on Pritzker enjoying this weekend up at Lake Geneva?

    Perhaps spending time with McHenry County’s newest emigrant, Jackoff?

  13. It would take some serious balls for Pritzker to close the polls.

    I just don’t see it happening.

  14. I made a strange discovery at Northwestern hospital (formerly Centegra) with my Dad.

    Hospitalized for gallbladder removal.

    He tested positive for Covid on admission via the ‘rapid test.’

    But the next day he was retested on the same ‘rapid test’ and found negative.

    A second, different test was administered on day 3 of his stay…. negative too, and his doctor said ‘the (first) test has a lot (sic) of false negatives.

    But my Dad’s first test was reported to the Vounty health dept!

    I asked his doctor if a correction was then sent to the County.

    “No, we never do that. There’s no provision for that.’

    I asked then what the false positive rate was.

    “I have no idea.”

    I asked then why is the rapid test wan’t replaced.

    His response: “That’s a good question, Maybe we should.”

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