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Spike in COVID cases could return restrictions to Illinois

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- When it comes to the COVID-19 positivity rates in Illinois, the Governor's office says the state is headed in the wrong direction.

That comes from Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton as she spoke with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in a Zoom forum Thursday afternoon.

Stratton says she's proud of the work Illinois did in flattening the curve to get to phase 4, and compared Illinois' extra efforts to neighboring states, where she says the positivity rate is 3-to-4 times higher.

But she says hot spots have reemerged.

"We see a couple of areas where we are seeing those numbers getting up there, and as the governor has said, if he needs to go back, based upon the data of course, and bring some more restrictions --that that could happen," explained Stratton. "But we are certainly looking for our local units of government to do everything they can, to get us to the place where we need to be."

Stratton adds, as the state entered Phase 4, its positivity rate held steady around 2.7%, but it has since risen to around 3.8%.

Joe Rehana

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