Illinois residents again urged to stay home as COVID-19 cases increase
SPRINGFIELD — State health officials are again urging residents to stay home except for essential services to stop the spread of COVID-19.
According to a release from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinoisans are being asked to stay home for the next three weeks. Those who are able should work from home.
“We ask employers to make accommodation for this,” the release said. “Our goal is to reduce transmission as we head into the holidays so businesses and schools can remain open.”
Travel should be restricted, the department added. Citizens should only travel outside their homes for groceries, medical needs and COVID-19 testing, the department says.
“In our current situation, with a rising prevalence of the virus, attending even small gatherings that mix households, or traveling to areas that are experiencing high rates of positivity, is not advised and is potentially dangerous,” the release continued. “Please, travel only if necessary. Our goal is to reduce transmission as we head into the holidays so businesses and schools can remain open.”
The news comes as Illinois reported more than 12,000 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, a total that includes probable and confirmed infections. As of Tuesday night, 5,042 people across the state were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 951 were in the ICU and 404 were on ventilators.
The recommendations are not orders, although Gov. J.B. Pritzker said another stay-at-home order could be on the table soon as the state’s positivity rate continues to climb and hospitals capacity continues to swell.
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Nov. 4 to Nov. 10 was 12.4%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Nov. 4 to Nov. 10 was 13.6%.