Region 6 will have to match all three metrics Thursday to advance to the less-restrictive Phase 4, which allows for gatherings of up to 50 people. ... Wednesday's new 7-day positivity rates: Champaign County, 5.5% (no change); Douglas, 4.7% (-1.0%); Ford, 6.3% (-0.7%); Iroquois, 5.9% (-0.4%); Piatt, 5.5% (-0.2%); Vermilion, 8.7% (no change); Region 6, 6.4% (-0.1%).

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To move from Tier 2 to 1, regions must meet the exact same requirements needed to get from Tier 3 to 2 all over again. ... Friday's new 7-day positivity rates: Champaign County, 6.6% (unchanged); Douglas, 10.4% (-0.1%); Ford, 7.8% (-0.3%); Iroquois, 8.1% (-0.6%); Piatt, 6.8% (+0.3%); Vermilion, 9.0% (-0.4%); UI campus, 0.3% (-0.1%); Region 6, 7.9% (-0.4%); State, 6.5% (-0.3%).

5.6% of the eligible (16-and-over) population in Champaign County has now received the first dose. ... 963, or 0.6%, have received both doses ... More new positive tests at the Danville prison, where active cases among inmates were up by seven, to 140. Over the past two months, 857 inmates and staff have recovered from cases, with 152 still considered active.

Hospitalizations have now fallen for three straight days in Region 6. Two more days like that could mean the end of Tier 3 mitigations for East Central Illinois. ... Wednesday's new 7-day county positivity rates: Champaign, 7.3% (-0.3%); Douglas, 10.7% (+0.4%); Ford, 8.5% (+1.2%); Iroquois, 9.4% (-0.1%); Piatt, 7.0% (-0.4%); Vermilion, 9.4% (0.5%).

A new part of our twice-daily updates: the latest vaccine data for area counties, as provided by the state: Champaign County, 7,327 residents have received first dose, 499 both doses, 0.24% of county fully vaccinated ... Douglas, 586, 20, 0.10% .... Ford, 421, 62, 0.47% ... Iroquois, 1,113, 231, 0.84% ... Piatt, 713, 43, 0.26% ... Vermilion, 1,015, 42, 0.05%.

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