Dear Friend,

Thanks to efforts by residents and businesses to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus, our region has been approved to move out of Tier 3 mitigations, putting us one step closer to a full recovery.

In Tier 2, low- and medium-risk youth and recreational sports can resume play, including baseball, track, volleyball, gymnastics and more. Learn more about risk levels and what kinds of play are permitted here.

Additionally, Illinois has updated its COVID-19 mitigation plan to allow limited indoor dining to resume in Tier 1. In order to reach Tier 1, our region must meet the following metrics:

  1. A test positivity rate below 8% for three consecutive days;
  2. Greater than or equal to 20% available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days; and
  3. No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days.

You can monitor our region’s metrics and learn more about the state’s updated mitigation plan on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

To put an end to this pandemic for good, the vaccine distribution process is well underway. Phase 1A, prioritizing health care workers, is expected to be completed statewide as early as next week, meaning individuals over age 65 will soon be eligible to receive the vaccine. Contact your local health department to learn more about how to make an appointment.

It wasn’t easy, but by washing our hands, wearing masks and practicing social distancing throughout the holiday season, we were able to bring down rates of community spread and move our region closer to recovery. Thank you for your efforts to protect your friends, family and neighbors.

Visit The South Suburban Council website to keep updated as we make further progress toward Tier 1 and as we proceed with our vaccine distribution plan. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

The South Suburban Council

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