Gov. Pritzker announces 5-phase plan to reopen Illinois

Updated: May. 5, 2020 at 2:45 PM CDT
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CHICAGO, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker held a COVID-19 briefing on the state’s response at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

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Posted by Governor JB Pritzker on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Governor Pritzker announced Restore Illinois, a five-phase plan to reopen Illinois.

“We have to figure out how to live with COVID-19 until it can be vanquished – and to do so in a way that best supports our residents’ health and our healthcare systems, and saves the most lives,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Restore Illinois is a public health plan to safely reintroduce the parts of our lives that have been put on hold in our fight against COVID-19. This is also a data-driven plan that operates on a region-by-region basis, a recognition that reality on the ground looks different in different areas of our state.”

He said four health regions were established, each with the ability to independently move through a phased approach: Northeast Illinois, North-Central Illinois, Central Illinois and Southern Illinois.

The five phases of reopening for each health region are as follows:

Phase 1 – Rapid Spread: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital is high or rapidly increasing. Strict stay at home and social distancing guidelines are put in place and only essential businesses remain open. Every region has experienced this phase once already and could return to it if mitigation efforts are unsuccessful.

Phase 2 – Flattening: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital beds and ICU beds increases at an ever slower rate, moving toward a flat and even a downward trajectory. Non-essential retail stores reopen for curb-side pickup and delivery. Illinoisans are directed to wear a face covering when outside the home, and can begin enjoying additional outdoor activities like golf, boating and fishing while practicing social distancing. To varying degrees, every region is experiencing flattening as of early May.

Phase 3 – Recovery: The rate of infection among those tested, the number of patients admitted to the hospital, and the number of patients needing ICU beds is stable or declining. Manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops and salons can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. All gatherings limited to 10 or fewer people are allowed. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.

Phase 4 – Revitalization: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital continues to decline. All gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, restaurants and bars reopen, travel resumes, child care and schools reopen under guidance from the IDPH. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.

Phase 5 – Illinois Restored: With a vaccine or highly effective treatment widely available or the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period, the economy fully reopens with safety precautions continuing. Conventions, festivals and large events are permitted, and all businesses, schools, and places of recreation can open with new safety guidance and procedures in place reflecting the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,122 new cases of COVID-19, including 176 additional deaths.

IDPH reports a total of 65,962 positive cases of COVID-19 and at least 2,838 deaths.

Approximately 346,286 have been tested for COVID-19 in Illinois.

The State of Illinois encouraged hospitals and health care facilities to use the PPE decontamination system. It’s a free service state leaders say will safely stretch the critical PPE supplies for frontline workers.

Effective immediately, workers in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and other frontline occupations should start saving unsoiled N95 masks for decontamination.

A Battelle Critical Decontamination System was established in Waukegan to address the immediate need.

To participate, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other facilities with health care workers who wear N95 masks must enroll by clicking here.

Once enrolled, each facility will be responsible for collecting unsoiled, used masks and making sure they are labeled with a facility code and name of the mask user.

FedEx and Cardinal Health are providing end-to-end logistic support at no costs. They will collect used masks from participating agencies and transport them to the Battelle site, then return the decontaminated masks to the facility, which will return them to individual users.

The following makes and models of N95 masks can be decontaminated:

3M Models:

  • VFLEX 1804
  • 1860(S)
  • Aura 1870+
  • 8205
  • 8000
  • 8210
  • 9010
  • Aura 9210+

Gerson Models:

  • 1730
  • 2140C

Moldex Models:

  • 1500 Series
  • 2200

Kimberly Clark Models:

  • 46727

They system can decontaminate up to 80,000 N95 masks per day. It’s authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the decontamination and reuse of N95 respirators for healthcare personnel.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services fully funds the production, deployment and operation of the systems.

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