Now that Illinois has been in the fourth phase of the “Restore Illinois” plan for more than a month, where are the individual health regions of the state in key metrics related to the coronavirus pandemic?
Here is an overview of each region and its current performance in terms of positivity rates and the availability of hospital beds, intensive care beds, and ventilators provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
To take a look at the extensive metrics that are updated daily by the NBC 5 Investigates team and to see how your county performs, check out our full list of interactive charts and graphs here.
On July 15, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced that it had decided to further divide the state from four into eleven separate health regions.
The individual regions currently have comments on each region:
In this region, positivity increased from 3.6 percent to 5.2 percent on seven consecutive days.
Region 2: NORTH CENTRAL Office, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford
In this region, positivity increased for seven days, rising from 4 percent to 4.4 percent.
Region 3: WEST CENTRAL Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Maurer, Maurer, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Hecht, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott
The positivity rate in the region, which includes Springfield, has increased from 3.3 percent to 4.3 percent in the past nine days, with seven consecutive days of increase. Hospital stays have remained practically flat.
Region 4: METROOST Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington
As for several days, this region is close to the 8 percent threshold, which would lead to increased restrictions. On July 19 it was 6.9 percent and today it is 7.7 percent.
Region 5: SOUTHERN Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massacre, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson
The positive rate has increased significantly in this region. The number was 4.6 percent on July 19 and now 6.5 percent.
Region 6: EASTERN CENTRAL Champagne, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion
The positive rates in this region are still relatively low, but are increasing as they have increased from 2.4 percent to 3.1 percent in the past nine days. There has also been a slight increase in hospital admissions in this region.
Region 7: SOUTHERN CITY Kankakee, Will
Hospitalizations have remained largely unchanged over the past week, with a slight decrease, but the positive rate has increased from 4.9 percent to 6.3 percent in the past nine days.
Region 8: WEST SUBURBAN DuPage, Kane
The region’s positivity rate is increasing, but hospitalizations have declined for several days before increasing slightly recently.
Region 9: NORTH SUBURBAN Lake, McHenry
The positivity rate in this region has risen from 4.0 percent to 5.3 percent last week, according to IDPH numbers. The hospitalization rate has dropped in the past few days.
Region 10: SUBURBAN COOK Suburban Cook County
Hospitalizations declined slightly last week, while positive rates rose from 4.8 percent on July 19 to 5.7 percent on July 28.
Region 11: CHICAGO City of Chicago
The positivity rate was largely unchanged and even decreased for a while, but has increased in recent days and was 4.8 percent on July 28.