The City of Urbana, as part of Region 6, has been upgraded to Tier 1 as a result of the Illinois Department of Public Health adjusting the metrics to allow more regions to lift strict mitigations.
This decision was made after a meeting with hospital leaders.
The IDPH said in a statement that hospital leaders and local health departments have communicated to IDPH that their primary capacity challenge is the need for additional staffing and stressed that state-facilitated staffing contracts will be critical in addressing this challenge. With this surge staffing program, IDPH and hospital leaders feel confident that metrics can safely move away from utilizing medical/surgical bed limits to move across mitigation tiers, allowing more regions to advance. The adjustment also recognizes the substantial progress the state has made since November 20, 2020 when Tier 3 mitigations were put in place.