Monitoring the COVID-19 Positivity Rate
If you've been keeping up with the news from coronavirus.illinois.gov, you're aware that June 26th was when Illinois officially entered phase 4 of the 5-phase plan to reopen the economy. Restaurants, offices, factories, and more are all now allowed to operate at limited capacities, provided they meet the guidelines of the IDPH. What you may not know is that, in the best-case scenario, we won't be moving onto phase 5 until 2021. Here's a quote pulled from their page on what will allow us to officially enter phase 5 and thus, return to normalcy: “[we’ll need a] vaccine, effective and widely available treatment, or the elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.” In other words, this state of existence we find ourselves in is going to last indefinitely: vaccines take time to make, so a year or two is not out of the question.
Reverting to Phase 1 is a Real Possibility
Following the conditions for a success scenario is a list of what threatens to push us back. In short, any increase in infections that surpasses the 10% limit within 2 weeks, or a scenario which causes hospitals to run short on ICU/medical beds and ventilators will lead to another lockdown. If you haven’t prepared for the possibility of reverting back to phase 1, now’s a good time to think about your business continuity plan, your server backups, and employee training. We have a wide variety of cloud solutions, VoIP apps, and more to prepare your team to operate under any situation. Getting computer help from one of our expert technicians is simple, just give us a call and learn how we can provide your network with 24/7/365 remote and on-site support.
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