Pritzker issues new restrictions in southern Illinois as COVID-19 spread increases statewide

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced new restrictions Monday for a region of southern Illinois and raised concerns about the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

Pritzker said Region 5, which includes Carbondale, Marion, and Harrisburg, had reported a 7-day positivity rate of 8% or more for 3 straight days. The region will have additional restrictions put into place on Thursday, including a ban on indoor service at bars and restaurants. Gatherings of more than 25 people also are restricted.

Dr. Craig Davis, system director of hospitalist medicine at Southern Illinois Healthcare, said some people aren’t taking the virus seriously.

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