The next City Council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, February 14, beginning at 5:30 PM. After a review of current data on COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Mayor and City Council have determined that the City will not extend the current Emergency Declaration and the local order requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for patrons of on-premises dining establishments. Patrons dining on-site will no longer need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at restaurants, coffee shops, and other applicable businesses once the order expires at the adjournment of the City Council meeting on February 14.
Earlier this week, Governor Pritzker reported that IDPH data indicated that the immediate threat to healthcare system capacity during the omicron surge had passed. Statewide ICU bed availability now stands at 20%, up from a low of just under 8%, and the daily total of COVID-19 hospitalized patients and the daily total of COVID-19 patients requiring ICU care have fallen significantly (more than 60% for both) from the omicron peak. The City will continue to monitor pandemic metrics as the health and safety of our community is our highest priority.
Although the omicron surge has peaked and current caseloads and patient care are manageable for healthcare providers statewide, it is important to note that we are still in a pandemic that continues to pose a great health risk to immunocompromised individuals, seniors, and those who are unable to be vaccinated, including young children for whom a vaccine is not yet available. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available to everyone age 5 and older, free of charge. Learn more at vaccines.gov.