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Here's Where Each Illinois Region Stands on Coronavirus Metrics

Though most regions saw a gradual incline in positivity rates, many have begun declining in recent days, data shows

All but one of Illinois' 102 counties are at a "warning level" for the coronavirus as state officials impose Tier 3 mitigation efforts effective Friday.

The new restrictions, announced by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, were in response to a rapid increase of coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations statewide over the past month.

Tier 3 mitigations in Illinois force several businesses and spaces to close, including casinos and museums, among others. Non-essential businesses, such as gyms and salons, are also facing new limitations.

The "warning level" for most Illinois counties means each saw increases in two or more COVID-19 "risk indicators," the health department said. The counties now under a warning include every county in the state, except for Union in southern Illinois.

Here are the metrics from regions across the state, which all face mitigations:

Region 1 –

Region 1, located in northwestern Illinois, reported a 17.1% positvity rate as of Thursday, which is a decrease from their peak at 20.9% about one week prior.

Hospitalization rates have remained fairly steady across the region, reaching 30 as of Thursday. ICU bed availability sits at 23% and hospital beds at 26%.

Counties in Region 1 include Boone, Caroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago.

Region 2 -

Region 2 has also seen a slow and steady decrease of COVID-19 positivity rates over the past week, dropping to 15.1% as of Thursday --1% lower from one day prior.

Hospital admissions in the region have seen a steady increase in recent days, with just 28% of hospital beds available and 20% of ICU beds.

Counties in Region 2 include Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford.

Region 3 –

Region 3, which includes Springfield and other cities in western Illinois, saw its positivity rate steadily decrease over the past week, reporting 14.4% Thursday.

The region's hospitalization rates decreased slightly, now sitting at 28. ICU bed availability currently stands at 17% and hospital beds at 27%. Most recent data shows ICU bed availability lower than the state's 20% threshold.

Counties in Region 3 include Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler and Scott.

Region 4 –

Region 4, which is adjacent to St. Louis, has been seeing a steady increase in positvity rates since Nov 8., peaking at 16.4% Monday. The region dropped to 15.1% by Thursday.

Hospitalizations currently sit at 13 with ICU bed availability at 21% and hospital bed availability at 16%, which is below the 20% threshold from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Counties in Region 4 include Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington.

Region 5 –

Located in southern Illinois, Region 5' positivity rate saw another decrease Thursday, sitting at 12.7%. The region peaked at 13.9% both Nov. 13 and 14.

Hospitalizations in the region have remained steady as of Thursday, currently at 16 with 48% of hospital beds available and 28% of ICU beds.

Counties in Region 5 include Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White and Williamson. Union county is the only in Illinois not at "warning level," according to health officials.

Region 6 –

Region 6, containing Illinois' Champaign county, calculates positivity rates separate from the results of the saliva test at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Apart from the university, the region's positivity rate has seen a gradual decrease, now at 14%, which is 0.5% lower than one day prior.

Including the saliva test, the region would be sitting at a 5.5% positvity rate, which is the lowest in the state but still steadily increasing since Nov. 8.

Hospitalizations decreased slightly by Thursday at 33, based on IDPH data. ICU bed and hospital bed availability are both at 29%.

Counties in Region 6 include Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iraquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby and Vermilion.

Region 7 –

Only two counties are included in Region 7, which was seeing an increase in positivity rates until Tuesday, when the region began to decline. The rate sits at 19.8% as of Thursday.

Hospitalization rates decreased slightly in Region 7, with officials currently reporting 44. ICU bed availability is at 17% and hospital beds at 14%, both of which are below the 20% threshold set by the state's health department.

Counties in Region 7 include Kankakee and Will.

Region 8 –

Region 8, comprised of again just two counties, has seen a decrease in positvity rates over the past week, dropping to 14.5% Thursday.

Hospitalization rates remain the third in the state in Region 8, reporting 56 as of Thursday. ICU bed availability is at 18% and hospital beds at 16%, both of which are below the 20% threshold.

Counties in Region 8 include DuPage and Kane.

Region 9 –

Comprised again of just two counties, Region 9's positivity rate has dropped again, now at 14.2% as of Thursday. The region peaked at 17.1% Nov. 13.

Hospital admissions have slowly decreased, reportedly at 40 as of Thursday. ICU bed availability sits at 25% and hospital beds at 19%, according to IDPH data, dropping lower than the 20% threshold.

Counties in Region 9 include Lake and McHenry.

Region 10 –

Region 10, which includes all of Cook County not within Chicago’s city limits, has seen a general decline in positivity rate since Sunday, but has fluctuated 0.2% over the last week. The region's rate dropped to 14.9% as of Thursday.

The region's hospital admissions have dropped over two days, sitting at 117 as of Thursday -- the highest in the state. Hospital bed availability is at 22% and ICU beds at 19%, which is below the state's 20% threshold.

Cook is the only county included in Region 10.

Region 11 –

Chicago, the only city in Region 11, has seen a slow and steady decline of positivity rates, reportedly at 14.3% as of Thursday. The region peaked Nov. 13 at 15.6%.

With the second highest hospitalizations in Illinois at 110, Chicago has gradually decreased admissions since Nov. 15. ICU bed and hospital bed availability are both at 20%.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the city is under a "stay-at-home advisory," encouraging residents to only leave their homes for necessary tasks and to practice proper mitigation efforts when in public.

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