Speaking in downstate Peoria, an area Pritzker has put on his warning list, the governor suggested residents are at a crossroads.
“We’re at a danger point everybody. Pay attention,” he said. “Now is the moment to wear your mask properly.” […]
“Much of the increase in cases has been tied to the 29 and under population, large social gatherings and household spread from family member to family member,” Pritzker said in a Facebook post. […]
If a region surpasses certain thresholds — metrics include percentage of people testing positive, hospital capacity, and rising hospital admissions — then officials can choose to tighten restrictions from a “menu” of options outlined in the new tiered-system.
* More from Peoria…
Peoria County has determined, with the help of contact tracing, that cases are rising mainly because people under 30 have not been wearing masks and practicing social distancing, said Monica Hendrickson, administrator of the Peoria City/County Health Department, during a news conference last week when a health advisory was issued. Hendrickson relayed more alarming statistics during Thursday’s news conference.
“Our data shows that our positivity rate has doubled in the past two weeks, that our seven-day average, in terms of cases each day, has climbed 14 cases in one week, where we average 33 new cases each day in Peoria County, as well as our ICU and medsurge capacity is on the incline,” she said.
Peoria County’s positivity rate, at 4.3%, is higher than the state’s 3.8% seven-day rolling average.
Mayor Jim Ardis spoke about the detrimental impact more shutdowns would have on Peoria businesses.
“Taking a step back right now is very likely to be the end of a lot of our small businesses; they can’t take it,” he said.
Ardis is exactly right.
* Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) hit all the right notes…
“This is not a time for Democrats and Republicans to do battle against each other on the topic of public health. We need to take this very seriously,” he said. “Our economic recovery is at stake, the reopening of our schools is at stake, the education of our children is at stake. We need compliance, we need your help. Everyone who is listening, Republicans, Democrats, independents, old people, young people, the millennials — I’m a millennial myself — we are not invincible. We need to take this message very seriously, and everybody needs to do their part to work together as a community. Work to beat this very serious public health challenge.”
Good on him.
* Pritzker also traveled to La Salle County…
“La Salle County has seen an uptick in the number of cases since moving into Phase 4, and especially since early July. Cases in the county have more than doubled since that time. La Salle County is experiencing community spread of the virus. Community spread of the virus means some people are testing positive and are not able to pinpoint when or where they are becoming infected, which is happening all over the county, not one particular area or town,” [La Salle County Health Department administrator Julie Kerestes] said.
“In addition, our highest number of cases continue to be those who are 29 years and younger.”
The COVID-19 numbers are going in the wrong direction, La Salle County Board Chairman Jim Olson said. He said he was “urging” all La Salle County residents to follow procedures set in place by the IDPH and LCDH.
“It’s clear to see that the states that ignored the recommendations from the scientists and opened up early are paying the price now,” Ottawa Mayor Dan Aussem said, adding he doesn’t want to see the same happen here.
He admitted it is uncomfortable to wear the mask, but “at the end of the day, it’s a pretty simple task to do.” He said if you don’t feel comfortable wearing a mask, order curbside or delivery or stay home.
* NBC 5…
In Peoria County, increases were traced to people under the age of 29, large Fourth of July parties and people traveling to Florida, Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin.
In LaSalle County, large family and social gatherings, increases in younger populations and young people visiting bars and attending large social events without masks were blamed.