Illinois Farm Bureau Board members sent a letter last week to Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello with suggestions to improve the Restore Illinois plan.

The director indicated he would share the suggestions with Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

The letter specifically urges the governor to shorten the Restore Illinois 28-day hospital admission standard to 14 days. Multiple regions throughout the state currently have a significant percentage of available hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators, the letter stated. Additionally, the positivity rate in these regions is well below the thresholds required by the Restore Illinois plan.

The letter further noted flexibility should be provided on the rate of hospital admissions.

“As written now, the criteria state a region must have no overall increase in hospital admissions of patients with COVID-like illnesses within the plan’s timeline. Our members are concerned this criteria could hold a region back even if its hospital admissions increase by only a single person,” the letter noted.