Illinoisans might see further pandemic restrictions within the close to future.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker mentioned Tuesday that COVID-19 metrics are going within the incorrect path and he could need to take motion by imposing new mitigations.
“I’ll remind you that if we aren’t in a position to convey these numbers down, if hospitals proceed to fill, if the hospital beds and ICUs get full like there are in Kentucky-that is true subsequent door to Illinois- if that occurs, we’re going to need to impose considerably larger mitigations,” Pritzker mentioned.
In line with the Illinois Division of Public Well being, 37 counties and Chicago had been at a warning stage for intensive care unit mattress availability. For a county to achieve that stage, it should have beneath 20% ICU mattress capability.
Final week, the governor declined to present a selected metric at which the state may impose a masks mandate, leaving the door open to further restrictions.
Pritzker famous that elevated mitigations have already been applied throughout the state, together with an indoor masks mandate in faculties.
State Rep. Andrew Chesney, R-Freeport, mentioned he doesn’t see the logic in a few of these selections.
“It’s all phony science, as a result of they’ll host over 100,000 folks at Lollapalooza, however then they’ll inform everyone they need to put on a masks open air on the [Illinois State] honest,” Chesney mentioned. “You simply can’t make these things up.”
Pritzker mentioned he hopes a mixture of elevated vaccinations and masking will assist Illinois keep away from new restrictions.
Illinois is now averaging practically 24,000 vaccine doses administered per day. Southern Illinois has considerably decrease vaccination charges than different elements of the state. The vaccination charges in Alexander County and close by differ from 16% to 40%.
Chesney mentioned he does not suppose Illinois can return to the times of enterprise shutdowns and capability limits like earlier within the pandemic.
“The one motive we went there the primary time is for political causes, not scientific causes,” Chesney mentioned. “We all know lockdowns don’t work and haven’t labored all through the nation.”