The Illinois Department of Health issued new directives on Wednesday urging residents to stay home and leave only for “essential activities”.
The guidelines, which come shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, recommend that over the next three weeks, “residents stay at home as much as possible, leaving only for essential and essential activities, such as work to do outside the home, COVID-19 screening, visiting the pharmacy and grocery shopping.”
The guidelines also urge employers to have employees work from home as much as possible during that time period.
In a statement issued by the ministry, “We ask the employers to provide the necessary arrangements for this.” “Our goal is to reduce transmission as we approach the holidays so that businesses and schools remain open.”
In addition, health officials suggest limiting travel and gatherings.
The statement read: “In our current situation, with the increasing spread of the virus, attending small gatherings that bring together families, or traveling to areas with high levels of positivity, is not recommended and may be dangerous.” “Please, travel only if necessary.” “.
Illinois health officials It again reported more than 12,000 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, Setting a record for the highest one-day report of new cases for the second day in a row as the state also celebrated the largest day of the epidemic since May.
The new recommendations come on the heels of a warning from Pritzker that the Health Department was looking into the possibility of additional restrictions at the district level or perhaps the state level.
Already, all health care districts in Illinois have been under increased state relaxation, which has resulted in in-house restaurants and bar service closures and limit crowd sizes.
On Wednesday, three of those areas Entered Level 2 of the state mitigation plan, Reducing party sizes at outdoor dining tables and further restricting group sizes. Only one other area was actually under these restrictions.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said that some areas of Illinois have seen more than three times the number of hospitalizations due to the Corona virus compared to what happened during the first wave of the epidemic, and a group of doctors has warned that the state may “exceed the capacity of its ICU bed by Eid.” Thanks”.
The state saw increasing numbers of patients in hospitals on Wednesday, with 5,042 residents currently in hospitals due to illnesses similar to the Coronavirus. Of these patients, 951 are currently in intensive care units and 404 are on ventilators.
All three of the stats are the highest metrics the state has seen in its respective categories since the first peak in COVID-19 cases earlier this year.