Illinois sees spike in COVID-19 cases

As the state’s positivity rate increases, Illinois eyes adding restrictions to local businesses


Office of Governor JB Pritzker

On October 26, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker speaks at his regular COVID briefing to tell the general public about the latest rising COVID-19 case numbers.

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director

The increase in COVID-19 cases may cause parts of Illinois to go back to Phase 3 restrictions late this week and early next week, including the closing of restaurant dining rooms and restrictions on social gatherings.

As of October 23, indoor services at bars and restaurants will end. According to ABC 7 News, restaurants will have to be closed by 11pm. This will continue for 14 days, given the fact that the positivity rate in Mchenry County has risen to 8.9%.

As of October 21, Illinois reported 35,5217 COVID-19 cases and 9,345 deaths in Illinois. Social gathering will also be affected by the spike in COVID-19 cases and will now be restricted to 25 people.

Chicago public health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady explained last week  that,“The spread is coming from people letting their guard down around friends and family. People are more conscious about wearing masks when they’re around strangers in public, such as on public transportation.”

The increase has caused many schools McHenry County to return to remote learning after moving to a hybrid schedule. Following McHenry County guidance issued on October 22, MCHS has opted to “pause” its shift to a hybrid model scheduled for November 4. Athletics that are not considered fall sports have stopped practicing in-person until IHSA issues guidance for its winter season.

While the numbers increase in cases, deaths, and positivity rates more restrictions will be added similar to those in Phase 3. Phase 3 consisted of 10 people max at gatherings, remote learning, and pickup or delivery  for restaurants, as well as outdoor seating. The plan will be slightly changed based on the progress Illinois has made, but overall this is the control mission to get the state back on track.