When Can Illinois Enter Phase 4?

Beatrice J. Doty

ACROSS ILLINOIS — The earliest Illinois could move into Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan would be June 26. And currently, all regions of the state or on track to do so, state officials told Patch on Friday.

In recent weeks, the number of people testing positive for the virus has decreased. And on Sunday, 19 people died due to COVID-19, which was the lowest 24-hour death count since April 2, according to state health data.

But even as the state moves closer to that next phase, which would allow restaurants to open seating inside and for schools to resume classes, some politicians and mayors are urging Pritzker to reopen sooner.

Last week, Rep. Dan Ugaste, R-Geneva, said Illinois is among the few states to look at 28 days of a sustained drop in cases instead of 14 days, which is the benchmark for most other states.

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