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No Indoor Dining, Drinking In Kane-DuPage Amid Coronavirus Surge

KANE COUNTY, IL — Restaurants and bars in Kane and DuPage counties will be forced to suspend indoor service starting Friday after a surge in coronavirus cases in the region over the past few weeks.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday that Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties) and Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) will face enhanced coronavirus restrictions after positivity rates there surpassed 8 percent for three consecutive days.

Restrictions Near As Positivity Rate Tops 8% In Kane-DuPage

Those restrictions include a ban on indoor service at restaurants and bars, as well as a 25-person limit on any gatherings in those four counties, Pritzker said.

Restrictions will be lifted when the region records positivity rates under 6.5 percent for three days in a row, while public health officials will add more restrictions if the regional positivity rate remains above 8 percent for 14 days in a row.

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Pritzker said his administration will give priority consideration to businesses in regions facing new restrictions through its $220 million Business Interruption Grants program.

“The new wave of the virus is disrupting small businesses in these regions,” Pritzker said.

Pritzker urged residents to wear masks, wash their hands and keep their distance as flu season starts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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“As cold weather approaches and flu season is upon us, we’re going to see the rippling effects of these current unfortunate trends,” Pritzker said, warning that “the massive surge of cases in our neighboring states will continue to have a spillover effect.”

“There is no easy fix for the effects of this virus on our economy and on our public health.” Pritzker continued. “But we can, and we will, manage through this.”

Check back to Patch.com for updates to this developing story.

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Restrictions Near As Positivity Rate Tops 8% In Kane-DuPage

KANE COUNTY, IL — Coronavirus statistics in Region 8 are trending toward new restrictions after a surge of new cases over the past few weeks, according to public health data.

The positivity rate in Region 8 — made up of Kane and DuPage counties — hit 8.4 percent Sunday and climbed to 8.5 percent Monday, according to IDPH statistics. That means the county could trigger new restrictions if its positivity rate remains above 8 percent Tuesday.

The positivity rate in Region 8 was just 4.8 percent two weeks ago.

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Officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health are ready to impose coronavirus restrictions if a region’s positivity rate tops 8 percent for three days in a row. New restrictions could also be imposed if the positivity rate grows alongside increases in hospitalizations and ICU admissions.

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Region 8 has reported positivity-rate increases each of the past 10 days, and five daily increases in hospital admissions over the same period. The region remains well above the state’s thresholds for medical/surgical beds and ICU beds, public health data shows.

Kane County Back On Watch List As Positivity Rate Tops 9%

The IDPH placed Kane County back on its watch list for new restrictions Friday after the county’s positivity rate hit 9.1 percent. Kane County’s positivity rate rose to 10.9 percent by Monday, the highest it’s ever been, according to public health data.

DuPage County’s positivity rate is 7.2 percent, as of Monday, according to the state’s data.

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Kane County’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases hit 158.8 cases Sunday after more than 400 new cases over the weekend. That’s nearly twice as high as that measure had been at any point in the previous four months.

Kane County recorded 189 new cases Saturday, the most in a single day since May 21, public health data shows.

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