Prayer #247: For Illinois During a Significant COVID-19 Outbreak
Though there has been less attention given to Illinois than some of our other states with regard to COVID-19, it has been experiencing a very significant outbreak of the virus. Daily cases in the last 10 days have sometimes exceeded 15,000 cases per day, making it one of the states with the highest number of daily cases, behind only California and Texas, even though it has a much smaller population than either of these states (Illinois has 12.7 million, California 39.5 million, and Texas 29.0 million). Presently, Illinois's restrictions include: restaurants and bars with no indoor service closed between 11 pm and 6 am; outdoor dining, with tables six feet apart and party size limited to 6, is allowed, but reservations must be made; grocery stores must be limited to 50% capacity and retail stores, 25%; gyms and fitness centers limited to 25% capacity, with no indoor classes; outdoor gatherings limited to 10 people, with social distancing; anyone over age 2 must wear a mask when indoors in a public space or when outside if a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained.
Pray for the state of Illinois during this spike in COVID. Pray that the virus would be brought under control as the holiday season is upon them. Pray for God's protection for the elderly and those with respiratory, cardiac, or diabetes conditions.
Ps. 25:6: "Remember Your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."