‘Bridge Phase’ on Hold Due to Rising COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations

‘Bridge Phase’ on Hold Due to Rising COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations

SPRINGFIELD – State health officials said Tuesday while 70 percent of Illinois residents 65 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, not all of the metrics needed to advance to the Bridge Phase and on to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan have been met.

They said the number of people being admitted to the hospital in Illinois due to COVID-19 continues to increase. As long as new hospital admissions continue to increase, the state will not advance. The number of cases of COVID-19 has seen an increasing trend as well.

Health officials urged all residents to continue to mask up, socially distance, and avoid crowds to reduce transmission and bring the metrics back in line to transition to the Bridge Phase.

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