Dear Friends,

Our hospitals are under heavy stress due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, and if we continue on our current course, they may soon become overwhelmed.

Doctors and nurses are doing their best to care for us—we need to do our part, too.

To contain the spread of the virus, Gov. JB Pritzker has instituted new Tier 3 resurgence mitigations across the state beginning this Friday, Nov. 20 at 12:01 a.m.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also suggests keeping home gatherings to household members only and working from home when possible. Find a full list of Tier 3 mitigations here.

IDPH will continue to track our region over the next two weeks to determine if mitigations can be relaxed. In order for Tier 3 mitigations to be lifted, we must see a reduction in our average positivity rate, a decrease in our hospitalizations, and an increase in our ICU and hospital bed availability. You can monitor the latest state and regional numbers here.

Please note: This latest round of mitigations does not include a stay-at-home order.

Help our community get back on its feet by doing your part to stop the spread: Please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands and maintain safe social distancing as much as possible, and urge your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

In the meantime, businesses who may be struggling as a result of the pandemic should apply for aid through the Business Interruption Grant program, and we encourage residents to support those businesses working hard to follow state guidelines and keep staff and customers safe.

Our community needs your help to recover from this setback. Especially with the holidays on the horizon, we urge you to do right by your friends, family and neighbors by following these health and safety guidelines.

Sincerely,

The South Suburban Council

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