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Coronavirus

DeKalb County's region on a 5-day streak of meeting goals for phase 3 reopening

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Illinois’ north-central region, which includes DeKalb County, is currently on a five-day streak for meeting the guidelines to begin phase three of the governor’s plan for reopening the region.

The region must be at or below 20% positivity rate and increase no more than 10% points over a 14-day period; have no overall increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness for 28 days; and have available surge capacity of at least 14% of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds and ventilators.

The Illinois Department of Public Health released an update Friday showing the region has remained a mostly stagnant positivity rate at 8.32% – below the 20% required. The available medical/surgical beds are at 42% surge capacity, 41% surge capacity for ICU beds and 69% surge capacity for ventilators – meeting the criteria of being above 14% for consideration for phase three.

Hospital admissions have declined from 16 to 14 from May 1 to May 5.

Phase three would allow manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops and salons to reopen to the public with capacity limits and safety precautions.

There is a two-day lag in the data that is shared, meaning Friday’s most recent updates from IDPH include information up to Tuesday.

In order to move to Phase 4, the region will have to stay at or under a 20% positivity rate and increase no more than 10% points over a 14-day period; have no overall increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness for 28 days; maintain an available surge capacity of at least 14% of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds, and ventilators; have testing available in the region regardless of symptoms or risk factors; and be able to trace and monitor within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in the region.

Phase 4 would allow for gatherings of up to 50 people, allow for restaurants and bars to reopen, schools and child care facilities and allow for travel to resume.

Once a region moves forward, it can still move back a phase if there is a sustained rise in positivity rate, a sustained increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness, a reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities, or significant outbreak in the region that threatens the health of the region.

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