General Updates


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Region 6 (without UIUC tests) maintained at 14.0% (ending 11/15).   Vermilion County’s 7-day rolling average decreased 14.2%. 


COVID19 updates on our webpage:  https://vchd.org/covid-19/



Mitigation Measures  (No new changes at this time)


All 11 regions will move into Tier 3 effective November 20, 2020 at 12:01AM


Please click on the following link for details:  https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan


Areas Affected:

  • Retail
  • Personal Care Service
  • Health and Fitness
  • Hotels
  • Manufacturing
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Meetings and Social Events
  • Offices
  • Organized Group Recreational Activities
  • Indoor Recreation, Theaters, Cultural Institutions


School districts and local officials should follow extensive guidance released by IDPH and ISBE in August and make decisions related to in-person and remote learning at the local level, based on the unique needs of their communities.


Child care facilities may continue to operate subject to DCFS guidelines.


To get to Tier 2:  In order for a region to move back to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must experience less than 12% test positivity rate for 3 consecutive days AND greater than 20% available ICU and hospital bed availability AND declining COVID19 hospitalizations in 7 out of the last 10 days.  Once we reach that, then we will need to continue progress to get back to Tier 1 and then hopefully back to Phase 4.  I am anticipating this taking us well into December unfortunately. 


It’s going to take our community being responsible and making good decisions to get back open again.  I have included a graph that depicts what non-pharmaceutical interventions (social distancing, masking, closures) did for the United States during the 1918 pandemic.  Again, this is NOT the first time we’ve had a lot of people get sick and die from a virus and this is not the first time WE had to put in strong mitigations to combat a pandemic.  We can learn a lot from history.  As you can see when there was a lapse in social distancing measures, the deaths went up and once the social distancing measures were implemented, they went down. 


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