From the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Illinois’ response has been guided by data, science, and public health experts. Relying on the experts, Governor Pritzker took decisive action to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save as many lives as possible including:
Millions of Illinoisans working together by staying at home and following experts’ recommendations have proven these mitigation and social distancing measures effective so far, but modeling projects a rapid surge in new cases if all of these measures are immediately lifted.
We must follow a safe and deliberate path forward to reopen our economy, guided by public health and data, to keep Illinoisans as safe as possible.
Restore Illinois is a five-phase regional plan to reopen the state’s economy on a regional basis in accordance with key public health metrics.
Until we have a vaccine, treatment, or no new cases over a sustained period of time, this plan recognizes that just as health metrics will tell us it is safe to move forward, health metrics may also tell us to return to a prior phase. The Illinois Department of Public Health will be closely monitoring key metrics to immediately identify new growth in cases and hospitalizations to determine whether a return to a prior phase is needed.
As research and data on this novel coronavirus continue to develop, the Illinois Department of Public Health may update this plan to ensure it reflects the latest science.
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