Trends Show Region Is Ready For Phase 3

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Illinois is ready to move into the Phase 3 “recovery” stage of the state’s five-phase COVID-19 coronavirus plan on Friday, May 29.

Beginning Friday, manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops, and salons can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions, and gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed.

The move to Phase 3 is based on regional data, such as the percentage of positive test results, changes in those percentages over a two-week period, hospitalizations, and percentages of hospital intensive care beds and ventilators available.

Favorable trends in that data over a four-week period qualifies a region to move on to the next stage, but a statistical relapse could result in movement back to more restrictive phases.

As of Wednesday, May 27, the Montgomery County Health Department reported a total of 40 positive coronavirus test results and seven pending tests.  According to IDPH, 64 percent of the positive cases in Montgomery County are female.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) hospital beds used by coronavirus patients, as well as those on ventilators, continues to decline in the region that includes Montgomery County. As of Wednesday, 41 percent of the regions 160 ICU beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients, and 16 percent of the region’s 391 ventilators are in use by coronavirus victims.

Even though the number of COVID-19 deaths has trended downward in recent days, the state surpassed 5,000 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday.  On Tuesday, the state began reporting the statewide recovery rate–now 92 percent.  IDPH defines recovery rate as “persons with initial positive specimen collection date more than 42 days who have not expired,” divided by the number of statewide positive test results.

Phase 4, “Revitalization,” will allow gatherings of up to 50 people, and restaurants and bars could reopen under safety guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

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