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Just days away from issuing a warning of “stricter mitigations” if infection numbers do not decline, Governor JB Pritzker issued another mandate on indoor use of the mask on Thursday, as well as new rules regarding vaccines and COVID-19 testing for employees of schools, universities and health professionals.

JB Pritzker announced that the indoor mask use mandate for individuals 2 years of age and older and regardless of immunization status will be reinstated statewide effective Monday, August 30.

The two new orders come as Illinois records a worrying rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in southern counties where vaccination rates remain low.

Region 5 reports the lowest vaccination rate in the state with 44%, and only 3% ICU beds are available, in addition the region has the highest COVID-19 case rate in the state, “said the Department of Public Health of Illinois.

According to Dr. Ngozi Ezike, of the just over 2,000 cases a day positive for COVID-19 on average in Illinois today, 98% are from people who are not vaccinated. 96% of those who are hospitalized for complications due to the virus, are not inoculated either.

Both state leaders stressed that the use of the mask and vaccines against COVID-19 are the best tools to prevent the spread of the virus and new variants.

Use of masks indoors

The new mandate on the use of indoor masks is very similar to the mandates issued in Chicago and Cook County and will require their use in bars and restaurants, gyms, common areas of condominiums and buildings of multiple private residences and clubs.

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In a similar way to the previous mandates, the clientele will be able to remove the mask in restaurants, bars and other establishments while they are consuming food and drinks. The masks can also be removed for certain activities such as beard shaving or facials.

Additionally, employees can remove masks in settings such as office cubicles, as long as they keep a physical distance of 6 feet.

Masks also remain mandatory on public transportation, in healthcare facilities, schools, correctional and congregation facilities.

Additionally, the governor announced that all teachers from kindergarten through college will either have to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or will have to undergo weekly testing through a program of enhanced protocols.

Vaccination order for teachers and medical staff

The Vaccine Mandate aims to reduce the number of more COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions and the spread of the delta variant, the governor said the following groups should receive the vaccine by September 15:

  • Health workers
  • Public and private nursing home workers
  • Pre-K-12 School Teachers and Staff
  • University staff and students

Earlier in the week Pritzker warned that if COVID-19 case and hospitalization numbers do not decline, “significantly greater mitigations” would have to be imposed in the state.

37 Illinois and Chicago counties are under “warning” for limitations on the availability of beds in intensive care units, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

For a county to reach the “warning level,” it must have an ICU bed capacity below 20%, the department said.

The following counties and areas report limited ICU bed availability: Alexander, Bond, Boone, Carroll, Chicago, Clinton, Cook, DeKalb, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jo Daviess , Johnson, Lee, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Ogle, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, St. Clair, Stephenson, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, Whiteside, Williamson, Winnebago.

All but one Illinois counties are also experiencing “high” community transmission of COVID-19, putting most of the state under the category where all people over the age of 2 must wear masks indoors. regardless of vaccination status. say health officials.

Pritzker said it does not rule out reimplementing certain “phased” mitigations or restrictions, but did not provide many details.

“Those are things we don’t want to go back to,” he said. “Those are, you know, phases, situations, that I think we wouldn’t want to have to go back to right now.”

CLICK HERE: To find out if your county is one of the places where the mask should be used indoors.

PRESS HERE: To see the numbers of infections and hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Illinois

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker warned Tuesday that if COVID-19 case and hospitalization numbers do not decline, “significantly greater mitigations” would have to be imposed in the state.

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