As of today, there are 105 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 15 counties across Illinois. Yesterday, Whiteside County announced their first confirmed case. While there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lee County, it is safe to assume that there are unknown cases in our community. The Unified Executive Leadership Team continues to work closely together to provide timely, accurate, and reliable information to our community.
Today, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people. Tonight at 9:00 p.m., Governor’s Pritzker’s order to close all restaurants and bars will go into effect. Restaurants will be allowed to continue drive thru, curb side, and delivery operations.
Earlier this afternoon, KSB Hospital began testing for COVID-19. Residents may only be tested if they meet specific Center for Disease Control criteria. If you believe you meet this criteria, go to the KSB Hospital website at https://www.ksbhospital.com/locations/ksb-hospital/and click on the “Virtual Care” Section.
If you think you have COVID-19, do not go to the hospital. Residents should call their doctor, use the KSB Hospital “Virtual Care”, or contact the KSB Hospital COVID-19 hotline at 815/285-7777. The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Lee County Court’s Services Building and Old Lee County Court House are being limited to “essential business” only. The Lee County Sheriff is issuing a separate news release which contains more detail.
Earlier today we became aware of a “Hoax” which stated the entire country would be quarantined within the next 48 to 72 hours. Federal authorities have said that this is not true. This was just an internet “Hoax.”
Leaders continue to offer the following recommendations:
The following are tips to help stop and prevent the spreading of COVID-19:
The Unified Executive Leadership Team will continue to release information as it becomes available. Residents can go to the following websites for additional information:
Go to KSB, IDPH, or CDC websites. Lee County Health Department provides regular updates on its Facebook page.
For general questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or 211.