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Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC)
Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC)

As vaccines continue to rollout throughout the country and mitigation efforts help slow the spread of COVID-19, there is good news for those on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities.

Due COVID-19 positivity rates dropping in Region 2 of Illinois, that region will be able to lower to Tier 2 mitigation plans which will relax and reopen some businesses. Region 2 of Illinois includes all of the Illinois Quad Cities, and the following counties:

  • Rock Island
  • Henry
  • Mercer
  • Henderson
  • Bureau
  • Knox
  • Warren
  • And others outside of the B100 listening area

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), for Tier 3 mitigation metrics to be relaxed, a region must meet the following criteria:

  • Have less than 12% test positivity rate (7-day rolling average) for three consecutive days
  • Have greater than 20% available intensive care unit (ICU) and medical/surgical bed availability (3-day rolling average) for three consecutive days.
  • Decline in the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital (7-day rolling average) in 7 out of the last 10 days.

According to IDPH's metrics, Region 2 of Illinois has met that criteria. Region 2 has had their positivity rate less than 12% for 11 consecutive days. ICU and medical/surgical bed availability has been above 20% for 11 consecutive days now as well.

Due to Region 2 metrics meeting those criteria, counties in that region will be able to move to Tier 2 mitigations by Friday. This will be two weeks out after celebrations from ringing in the new year.

Tier 2 will allow some businesses to reopen but not all of them. Bars and restaurants will remain as outdoor dining only. One of the bigger changes with Tier 2 mitigations is in recreational activities. Tier 2 mitigations will be able to allow up to 25 guests or 25% of overall capacity both indoors and outdoors, which includes sporting events.

Casinos will be able to reopen in Tier 2 mitigations as well. Casinos will need to follow the same social distance guidelines as bars and restaurants when applicable, including closing at 11 p.m. and reopening as early as 6 a.m. the following day.

You can read more details about Tier 2 mitigations here, and see more metrics from IDPH here.

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