The Illinois Department of Health issued new guidance Wednesday urging residents to stay at home and only allow them to perform “basic activities.”
The guide (to be released before the Thanksgiving holiday) advises residents to “stay at home as much as possible in the next three weeks, leaving only some necessary and necessary activities, such as work that must be done at home, COVID-19 testing , Visit the pharmacy and buy food.”
The guidelines also urge employers to allow employees to work from home as much as possible during this period.
The department said: “We ask employers to facilitate this.” “Our goal is to reduce the spread during the holidays and keep businesses and schools open.”
In addition, health officials recommend restrictions on travel and gatherings.
The press release said: “Under the current circumstances, with the virus epidemic, it is not even recommended to attend small gatherings of mixed families or travel to areas with high positive rates. This is potentially dangerous,” the press release stated: “ Please, travel only when necessary.”
Illinois health officials again reported more than 12,000 newly confirmed and possible coronavirus cases on Wednesday, setting a record for the highest single-day report of new cases for the second consecutive day, as the state also marked the deadliest of the pandemic since May one day.
Pritzker warned that the health department is considering the possibility of increasing restrictions at the district level or even statewide.
All health care districts in Illinois have been subject to increasing mitigation measures from the state government, closing indoor dining and bar services, and limiting the size of gatherings.
On Wednesday, three of these areas entered the state’s Method 2 of the mitigation plan, limiting the number of gatherings at outdoor dining tables and further limiting the number of gatherings. Only another area has been subject to this restriction.
Governor JB Pritzker said that certain areas of Illinois have more than tripled the number of hospitalizations for the coronavirus than those during the first wave of pandemics, and some doctors have warned that the state may “surpass it before Thanksgiving. ICU beds”.
The number of hospitalizations in the state continued to increase on Wednesday, with 5,042 residents currently hospitalized due to coronavirus-like illnesses. Of these patients, 951 are currently in the intensive care unit and 404 are on ventilators.
Since the first peak in COVID-19 cases earlier this year, these three statistics are the highest indicators the state has seen in their respective categories.