With new stay-at-home warnings coming into effect in Chicago and suburbs of Cook County amid rising coronavirus measures, does Illinois see another stay-at-home request statewide? Here is a look at what Gov. JB Pritzker said about it.
Pritzker last warned on Thursday that a mandatory stay-at-home order might be possible “if things do not take a turn in the coming days.”
Speaking one day after the Illinois Department of Public Health issued new directives urging residents to stay home and leave only for essential activities, Pritzker said, “Time is running out, and our options are running out.”
“The numbers don’t lie,” Pritzker said. “If things don’t take a turn in the coming days, we’ll quickly get to the point where some form of compulsory residency application will remain at home. With every part of my being, I don’t want us to get there, but it now seems like that’s where we’re headed.” .
November 12: Governor of Illinois. GB Pritzker warned Thursday that a “mandatory” stay-at-home order is possible “if things do not take a turn in the coming days.”
He also called on state leaders who do not implement state directives and “anti-masks” who refuse to follow the guidelines.
“What does it take to make this real for you?” I asked. “Do we have to reach a positive rate of 50 percent as we see in Iowa today? Are you waiting for health-care workers to get sick to the point where there aren’t enough staff in the local hospital to cover the next shift? What if your hospitals get too full? So that there is no longer a place to turn to for your illness and your contents?
Illinois state health officials reported 11,632 confirmed and probable cases of the new coronavirus on Monday and 37 additional deaths, on the 11th consecutive day the state witnessed more than 10,000 cases of the novel coronavirus.
The International Institute of Public Health said that these figures brought the total number of cases in the state to 585,248 cases since the start of the epidemic, and brought the death toll to 10,779.
IDPH It issued new directives Wednesday Residents are urged to stay home and leave only for “essential activities”.
The guidelines recommended that over the next three weeks, “residents stay at home as much as possible, leaving only for essential and basic activities, such as work to be performed outside the home, testing for COVID-19, visiting a pharmacy, and buying groceries.”
The guidelines also urge employers to have employees work from home as much as possible during that time period.
“We ask the employers to provide the necessary arrangements for this,” said a statement issued by the ministry. “Our goal is to reduce transmission as we approach the holidays so that businesses and schools remain open.”
In addition, health officials suggest limiting travel and gatherings.
“In our current situation, with the increasing spread of the virus, attending small gatherings that bring together families, or traveling to areas with high levels of positivity, is not recommended and potentially dangerous.” The statement says, “Please, travel only if necessary. Command. “
IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Iziki spoke about the latest coronavirus metrics in Illinois.
Stay-home warnings went into effect Monday morning in Chicago and the suburbs of Cook County with similar recommendations.
Chicago Mayor Laurie Lightfoot issued a warning to the city on Thursday along with new restrictions on crowd sizes as it said the city had reached a “critical point” in the pandemic.
A city stay-at-home counselor asks residents to “leave the house just to go to work or school, or to meet basic needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, buying ready food, or receiving deliveries.”
City officials also advise residents not to hold gatherings inside their homes with anyone outside their family, even with trusted family and friends, and to avoid all unnecessary trips outside the country. For several months, Chicago officials have required anyone to travel to or from the list of states on the city’s emergency order – now including 43 states – quarantine or negative testing before reaching the city, with the condition depending on the state and severity. From its outbreak.
A stay-at-home counselor also requires that everyone practice social distancing by staying six feet away from others and wearing a face covering at all times, experts have advised for several months.
The city also specifically noted that holidays should be celebrated using phone or video chatting rather than in-person visits.
In addition to stay-at-home guidelines, Chicago officials also announced new restrictions on gatherings, limiting meetings and social events to 10 people, indoors and out.
Cook County followed suit Friday with its stay-at-home guidelines that mirror Chicago, which apply to all residents of the Cook suburbs.
Already, all health care districts in Illinois have been under increased state relaxation, which has resulted in the shutdown of dining and indoor bar services and limits on crowd sizes.
Before his Thursday warning, Pritzker also hinted at the stay-at-home order just a few days earlier, on November 9.
“I am very concerned as we approach Thanksgiving,” Pritzker said during his daily press conference on the Corona virus. “I’m very concerned with these numbers going up. And as a result, as I told you, for days, you know, we’re really looking at every possibility – the possibility that we have to go back to some point, the likelihood that we will eventually have a stay-at-home order – these aren’t things I’d rather do. But these are the things that can’t stand these numbers. “
It remains unclear exactly when the governor might make such a decision on another stay-at-home order, but he has noted the metrics he watches.
“I think one thing I look at every day is we bend the curve like we did, in the spring, we were doing – do we bend the curve?” He said. “This does not mean that the numbers decrease from day to day, but it does mean that the rate of increase is subsiding. This is the beginning of its flattening and the trend to the downside.”
Only the week before, Pritzker said he was not looking into the stay-at-home issue but had not ruled it out in the coming weeks.
“I don’t see the broader easing of staying home as something I’m going to do in the next days or week, but I can’t guarantee you what it will look like two weeks from now or three weeks from now – I just don’t know,” Pritzker said on November 6. “None of us expected, frankly, that the entire country would be engulfed with an increase in COVID-19.”
The state was previously under home from mid-March until the end of May during the first wave of the pandemic.