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On Saturday, Illinois health officials reported 11,891 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 127 additional deaths.

This brings the total cases to 646,286, including 11,430 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

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The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 14 – November 20, 2020 is 11.5%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 14 – November 20, 2020 is 13.2%.

Last Monday, new restrictions took effect in Chicago, aka “Protect Chicago”.

“Chicago has reached a critical point in the second surge of COVID-19, demanding that we undertake this multi-faceted and comprehensive effort to stop the virus in its tracks,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “The gains we have made this past year have been the result of our willingness to work together. Even in this difficult moment, we will continue to unite as we always have for our city in order to halt the rise we’re seeing, shake out of the fatigue we’ve been experiencing, and make the crucial difference in what our future is going to look like.”

A chief pillar of Protect Chicago include a Stay-at-Home Advisory, which calls on all Chicagoans to follow clear measures to protect their community and help us flatten the curve. Residents are strongly advised to adhere to the Advisory by following these guidelines, which will go into effect on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.:

  • Only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to    the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up take-out food, or receiving deliveries. If you do leave home, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a face covering at all times.
  • Do not have gatherings in your home with anybody outside of your household (except for essential staff such as home health care workers or educators), even with trusted family or friends.
  • Avoid all non-essential, out-of-state travel; if travel is essential, quarantining or testing negative prior to travel is required, depending on which state a traveler is originating from.
  • Comply with City and State Orders, including wearing face coverings, limiting gatherings, and mandating early closure of non-essential businesses at 11pm.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others if you go outside to get fresh air.
  • Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family, especially on holidays such as Thanksgiving.