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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 23:30

Pritzker Releases Five-Phase Plan to Re-Open IL

Written by Greg Bishop, The Center Square
 Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a news conference on May 5 in Chicago. Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a news conference on May 5 in Chicago.

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Illinois businesses won't be able to fully reopen and conventions, festivals and large events will be on hold until there’s a vaccine or “highly effective treatment” for COVID-19, under a new five-phase plan Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced May 5.

Pritzker released the plan May 5. His office said it’s a public health approach to reopening the state.

 

“Restore Illinois is a public health plan to safely reintroduce the parts of our lives that have been put on hold in our fight against COVID-19,” Pritzker said. “This is also a data-driven plan that operates on a region-by-region basis, a recognition that reality on the ground looks different in different areas of our state.”

 

There are 11 emergency medical service regions in the plan with four health regions split among Northern Illinois, North-Central Illinois, Central Illinois and Southern Illinois.

 

Phase 1 of the plan is “Rapid Spread” and calls for a strict stay-at-home order with social distancing guidelines.

 

“The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital is high or rapidly increasing,” the plan states. “Every region has experienced this phase once already and could return to it if mitigation efforts are unsuccessful.”

 

Phase 2 is “Flattening.”

 

“The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital beds and ICU beds increases at an ever slower rate, moving toward a flat and even a downward trajectory,” the plan states.

 

This phase has nonessential retail stores open for curbside pickup and delivery with face-covering requirements.

 

“To varying degrees, every region is experiencing flattening as of early May,” the plan states.


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