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[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Update: October 20, 2020

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Increased Mitigation Measures to Begin for Region 8 
Today, Region 8 surpassed the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19’s threshold of 8% test positivity 7-day rolling average or for three or more consecutive days. As a result of increased COVID-19 spread and increased positivity rates, heightened mitigation measures will be put into place for Region 8, which encompasses all of Kane and DuPage County, including Lombard, beginning12:01 a.m. on Friday, Oct.23. 

What to Expect
 
Mitigation efforts will be put into place to reduce the increased spread of COVID-19. Region 8 will be required to adhere to Tier 1 mitigation measures, as determined by the Illinois Department of Public Health. These include the following restrictions:

Bars

  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11 p.m.
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart  
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

 

Restaurants 

  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11 p.m.
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party  
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table 

Returning to Phase 4 Requires Decrease in Positivity Rates
 
In order to return to Phase 4, COVID-19 positivity rate averages must be less than or equal to 6.5% over a 3-day period. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5% - 8% the IDPH will continue to monitor the region to determine if additional mitigations are needed. 

If the positivity rate averages are greater than or equal to 8% after 14 days, more stringent mitigations may be applied to further reduce the spread of the virus

How You Can Help: Take Action Against COVID-19
 
Mitigation measures are based on COVID-19 positivity rates. To help reduce mitigation measures, the spread of COVID-19 must decrease. You can help support your local businesses by acting responsibly to slow the spread of illness, by following the below guidance from the CDC

  • Maintain a 6 feet social distance minimum.
  • Wear a face mask when in public. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and sanitize commonly used surfaces.
  • Quarantine for 14 days if returning from a COVID-19 hotspot. 
  • Avoid group gatherings.
  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. 
  • Get tested: DuPage County Testing Site - https://www.dupagehealth.org/601/COVID-19-Testing 
  • Avoid contact with others that are sick or experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Local COVID-19 Updates from IDPH and DuPage County Health Department 
The DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 dashboard, shows the number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in each municipality. As of Tuesday, October 20, 2020, there have been a total of 1,021 confirmed cases in Lombard. https://www.dupagehealth.org/610/DuPage-County-COVID-19-Dashboard

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