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Entire State in Phase 4 Except for Region 4

As of this morning, Regions 8 and 9 moved into Phase 4. Region 4, still in Tier 2 Mitigations, is now the only region in Illinois that has not moved into Phase 4. 

According to IDPH, in order to move from Tier 2 to Tier 1, a Region must have: 

  • Test positivity rate between 6.5% and 8% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
  • Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
  • No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

As of right now, Region 4 has met both the test positivity rate requirement (6.5 for the region) and has had no sustained increase in Covid patients in the hospital. In fact, Covid hospitalizations are decreasing in the Region. However, Feb 1 marks the first day on the IDPH’s website where Region 4 reached Staffed ICU bed availability of at least 20%. 

In order to move into Phase 4, a region must:

  • Test positivity rate = 6.5% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
  • Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
  • No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

Looking at the metrics, once more staffed ICU beds become available, Region 4 should be on its way to Phase 4 as well.  

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