PLAINFIELD – On Thursday, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) sent an open letter to Governor Pritzker presenting two ideas to move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic. These include placing metrics on mask requirements in Illinois and better localizing community spread metrics.
“Governor Pritzker requested ideas to help us move forward through this deadly pandemic, so I’m offering my input,” said Rep. Batinick. “As the first state elected official to push for the use of face masks, I have engaged on this issue since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic and many months later I am continuing to offer solutions to the obstacles we still face. I look forward to the Governor’s consideration of these ideas and hope to see them implemented in Illinois.”
Rep. Batinick’s recommendations outlined in the letter include placing consistent metrics on mask requirements in the state. These metrics would automatically implement mask requirements when the positivity rate reaches a certain point, and automatically remove them once the positivity rate drops below a certain point. Also recommended was more localization of community spread metrics. Specifically, Rep. Batinick recommended making each county its own region, but calculating that county’s positivity rate from the county itself and any county that borders it.
Rep. Batinick has offered additional ideas to Governor Pritzker throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including an April 2020 letter to the Governor with recommendations on face masks, statewide expansion of his office’s Helping Hands program, and more. Rep. Batinick also sent a May 2020 letter to Governor Pritzker with 39 other members of the House Republican Caucus urging him to consider the devastating effects that ongoing social isolation was having on the mental and long-term health of individuals and families.
Please click here to read Rep. Batinick’s full letter to Governor Pritzker.