Lee County Unified Executive Leadership Team COVID-19 Update: March 31, 2020

Today, Governor Pritzker extended his “Stay at Home” order until April 30, 2020. This is also the earliest students could return to the classroom. Cases in Illinois continue to spike and this spike is with very limited testing across the state. We must all do our part to flatten the curve through social distancing, good handwashing practices, and staying at home unless necessary to leave for work or essential travel.

The Lee County Unified Executive Leadership Team has been receiving questions regarding different scenarios related to activities. Governor Pritzker’s order is to “Stay at Home” except for specific exemptions related to essential businesses, driving to work to perform your duties for your essential business, and essential travel such as going to a grocery store, pharmacy, doctor’s office, or other things specified in the order. If you question whether or not your activity is in compliance with the order, please refer to the order or direct questions to 1-800-252-2923 or [email protected]

Today, the State of Illinois reported 937 new cases bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Illinois to 5,994 across 54 counties. The state death toll has climbed to 99.

Random acts of kindness continue to occur. Today, the Sauk Valley Taking Care of our Caretakers group delivered lunch from Sowbelly’s to Lee County Health Department employees. The health department would like to thank this group for the kind gesture.

Local Numbers:

Our county received no new test results today. To date, there have been 102 negative test results in Lee County. 66 tests remain pending. Seven people were tested at the KSB Hospital drive- thru site. Lee County still does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19.

In the event Lee County does receive a confirmed case, the health department will release the following information: the fact the person lives in Lee County and the age of the person by decade. The health department and KSB Hospital place patient confidentiality and patient care at a premium. There are plans in place if a case is confirmed in Lee County to notify anyone who was potentially exposed.

Lee County Health Department “Support for Seniors”:

The Lee County Health Department has created a “Support for Seniors” program, usingvolunteers.

The purpose of the program is to help seniors avoid potential risk and exposure to COVID-19 by providing assistance in picking up groceries and other essential needs. Volunteers have undergone background checks. The number of volunteers is limited, so this service is available to those who do not have family or friends who can help with these tasks. There is a short screening process to be eligible for this assistance. If you need assistance, please contact Jennifer Kolb at the health department-815/284-3371, extension 118.

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