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An ‘orange’ designation indicates warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk. Eight different indicators are used to determine a county’s designation. If two or more indicators are going in the wrong direction, the county will be designated as orange. An increase in case rates and number of deaths are driving the change to this ‘orange’ designation for suburban Cook County:
Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie and Stickney Township are included in suburban Cook County (Region 10) and the orange designation, but are not part of CCDPH’s jurisdiction. Chicago (Region 11) is served by Chicago Department of Public Health, separate from suburban Cook, and will remain blue.
“The guidance will remain the same for now,” said President Preckwinkle. “But we are at a crossroads. We need everyone to wear a mask, watch their distance, and wash their hands consistently to slow the spread of COVID-19 so we don’t lose the gains we have made.”
Continued Mitigation Guidance (issued by CCDPH on August 3, 2020):
In addition, by the Governor’s order, masking is now required for indoor and outdoor dining any time that a server or other employee approaches a patron, and when a patron is not eating or drinking.
“We need people to follow the current guidance. If the numbers stay ‘orange’ or continue to worsen, we may need to implement additional restrictions, and we really don’t want to go there,” said Dr. Rachel Rubin. “Please work with us and follow the guidance. These steps help protect you, your family, and your community. We can beat this thing if we all work together."