In a break from previous messaging regarding COVID-19, the Henry and Stark County Health Department released information regarding the number of confirmed cases in Kewanee. According to the Health Department there are 5 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kewanee. The reason for the change is to illustrate that COVID-19 is in the community and to urge more people to adhere to stay at home and social distancing guidelines.
Henry and Stark County Health Department Director Duane Stevens released this statement:
“We implore all Henry and Stark County Mayors; County and Municipality Officials; County and Local Law Enforcement, County School Districts, and All Area Residents to join in the effort of promoting and encouraging vigorous social distancing practices and compliance. This is no drill. A fence is only as strong as its weakest link – and we are concerned that all our area residents are at risk for an increase in local Covid-19 cases. To give this a greater perspective, Peoria County has 3.5 times the population as Henry County and yet we have as many cases. It is plain people are not “Sheltering At Home” and conducting correct social distancing measures and practices.”
Previously, the Illinois Department of Public Health had cited Colona and Atkinson as places in Illinois with 5 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Henry and Stark County Health Department confirmed those numbers as well. You can read the full statement and explanation for this break in protocol on the Henry and Stark County Health Department website and on their Facebook page linked here.