COVID 19 Illinois Today: Governor JB Pritzker announces youth sports guidelines as IL reports 1,393 new coronovirus cases, 18 deaths

CHICAGO (WLS) – Governor JB Pritzker announced new guidelines on youth sports in Illinois due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Illinois has reported 1,393 new COVID-19 cases and 18 additional deaths.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that the state’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases had reached 175,124, involving 7,462 people.

The initial seven-day positivity rate for July-21 to July 27 is at 3.8% as the state conducted 38,187 tests in the last 24 hours.

Officials said till Tuesday night that 1,491 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, with 355 patients in ICU and 152 on ventilator.

At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Governor Pritzker announced on the basis of contact and proximity some sports, such as tennis and baseball, could proceed with more limited restrictions than contact sports such as wrestling and football.

There are three risk levels, lower, medium and high and four levels of play. In each of the four levels, different levels of play are allowed, such as no contact practice for full-scale tournaments in level four.

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In Tier One, only practice and training without contact is not allowed. In Tier Two, intra-team scrimmage is permitted for minors with parental consent. In Tier Three, inter-conference intra-EMS-field or intra-league play is permitted and there may be state or league championship games for low-risk games. In Tier Four, tournament and out-of-conference games can be played and out-of-state and championship games are also allowed.

Starting August 15, lower-risk sports, including baseball, tennis, and golf, can be played at levels one, two and three, with competitions with safety protocols.

Medium-risk sports, including basketball and football and volleyball, can be played at levels one and two, with no contact practice and team scrimmage.

High-risk sports, including football, hockey, and lacrosse, can be played without any contact practice and at the level of training and conditioning.

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“I know that our hearts are broken when we hear the word ‘ban’, especially when it comes to our kids loving their game. Whether this is their first time in court this year or it’s their senior season – This news is not known to anyone, Governor J.B. Pritzker said, “I want to hear.” “But with rising rates of the spread of the virus, with rising positivity rates across Illinois and the United States, this is a situation where the most difficult The option is also the safest. Therefore, today, my administration is issuing new guidance prohibiting youth and adult entertainment. Sports in Illinois. We have worked in consultation with the governing body of many of these organized sports events, and collectively we hope that, when the metrics and risks improve, we will be able to resume these games. “

Illinois lists the full list of guidelines on the state’s Coronavirus website.

Meanwhile, the IHSA is meeting on Wednesday to decide what to do for Fall Sports.

Some local student athletes volunteered at an event in Englewood said they understand how hard the union has to make decisions, but it is harder if not with their teams.

Nazareth Academy senior football player Jake Reiki said, “All the players behind me and next to me know that we really play the game, we have a strong passion for the sport we play and what you love.”

The decision may come to completely cancel the falling game or simply postpone the season.

Football athletes who have lost in a season know how to break a heartbreaker.

“We were able to get small groups of people able to train together to get ready to play for that tournament, but I’m really feeling for them because when I got the news I would definitely Was heartbroken, ”said Waukonda High School senior football player Jordan Bowden.

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