Illinois is still a disaster area, according to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who ordered his 14th consecutive COVID-19 disaster proclamation Friday. The 30-day order says despite efforts to contain the virus, it continues to spread and minimizing physical interaction is critical. And while vaccines are effective, the order states preventative measures must continue. Such declarations also facilitate accessing federal emergency funding.
Health officials are warning about another surge and possible restrictions returning. Another indoor dining ban or limiting reduced gathering crowds are being talked about in Cook County. Suburbs are showing 7-day averages of nearly 500 daily cases of COVID. Officials say the spike is driven by young adults.