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Governor Eases Mitigation Restrictions Statewide; Case Count Declines

As the COVID pandemic metrics continue to improve statewide, Governor J.B. Pritzker has eased restrictions throughout the state, including in Washington County.

Region 4, which includes the Metro East and Washington County, moved into the Tier 2 mitigation stage after two months of tighter restrictions due to a spike in coronavirus-related metrics.

Effective last Friday, Region 4, the last region in the state to be under the Tier 3 mitigations instituted in November, was moved into the next tier of the Restore Illinois Plan.

This change comes as a result of decreasing test positivity rates and increases in available hospital beds in the seven-county region. Test positivity has fallen over the last week to at or near the eight percent threshold at the same time the percentage of available hospital beds increased to 20 percent or more.

Full story in this week’s issue. 

Total COVID Case Count Falls Despite Another Death

Even as the total number of new cases dropped again last week, Washington County suffered its 24th COVID-related death.

Washington County Health Department reported that a man in his 80s died from COVID-related causes, upping the total number of deaths in the county to two dozen.

Other metrics continue to improve, as the number of new cases recorded last week fell to 45, marking the second straight week of fewer cases. It is also the fewest number of positive tests since October.

Full story in this week’s issue. 

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