State health officials announced Monday that the Region 10, suburban Chicago, including Homewood and Flossmoor, will move from Tier 3 to the less restrictive Tier 2.
Although COVID-19 infection rates have been steadily improving in recent weeks, a state program that will help increase hospital staffing was credited with enabling the move.
The restrictive mitigation efforts, including bans on indoor dining and limits on occupancy in businesses, were designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 not only to save lives but in order to protect hospitals from becoming overwhelmed . . .