The Pritzker Administration's focus on possibly imposing COVID-19 restrictions in Region 1 including all or part of Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago, and Whiteside counties is once again based on one-size-fits-all criteria that do not reflect the relatively low number of cases in the region, according to Senator Chuck Weaver.
Senator Weaver says the Governor's modified restrictions, if imposed, would strike yet another blow to already shaky regional economies.
"The 37th District encompasses a very small portion of Region 1, but this approach reflects what we consider the wrong approach to the COVID-19 situation. We do not need a rush to judgment on changes that will affect a very large portion of our state. We need more information about where these higher rates are. We want to know if they reflect a single large increase in one area, such as a spike in a communal-living situation like a nursing home community. We should also look at the actual number of cases in our region," Weaver said. "We should not continue to be subjected to the standards designed for cities like Chicago that have significantly more cases of COVID-19 than our communities. Letâ€™s continue the focus on letting businesses open based on their unique circumstances to operate safely, and not on arbitrary and subjective designations."