Lee County Unified Executive Leadership Team COVID-19 Update: May 28, 2020


LEE COUNTY — Lee County will move to Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan tomorrow.  This will create significant changes from the current “Stay at Home” order.  Beginning tomorrow, all non-essential retail stores, salons, and spas will re-open for business with reduced occupancy limits and specific guidelines.  Taverns and restaurants will be allowed to provide on-site food and beverage service outdoors with specific approvals. Health and fitness classes can resume outside only.  Gatherings of 10 or fewer people will be allowed. Youth sports will be able to resume practice with “no contact” restrictions, following social distancing. Non-essential manufacturers will reopen with social distancing and face covering restrictions. Outdoor recreation restrictions will be reduced. Summer day camps will be allowed to begin with restrictions. 

The following guidelines remain in place:

  • Face coverings
  • Social distancing
  • Frequent handwashing
  • Frequent cleaning of high touch-point spaces

For complete details on “Restore Illinois” Phase 3 guidelines, click on this link:  https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/RestoreILP3.aspx

Since Governor Prizker’s announcement on Phase 3, the Lee County Health Department, City of Dixon, and Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street have been working closely with tavern and restaurant owners to prepare for outdoor beverage and food service. The City of Dixon is expected to approve an ordinance tomorrow morning at a special city council meeting scheduled for 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be broadcast live on the City of Dixon Facebook Page.    

The new ordinance would allow current tavern and restaurants to expand outside seating areas on private property and allow for approval of outdoor food and beverage service on approved city parking lots and roadways.  A few highlights of the State of Illinois guidelines: 

  • Tables must be limited to 6 people or less
  • Tables must be a minimum of 6 feet apart
  • Employees should wear face coverings when they cannot maintain social distancing
  • Customers should wear face coverings when not seated at their table

Additional guidelines and information can be found at the link provided above.

The Lee County Health Department reminds facilities that if you are planning to re-open on May 29, 2020 or any time during Phase 3, please send a written plan that shows how you will adhere to the Phase 3 Recovery Restaurant & Bars for Outdoor Dining Guidelines for approval to [email protected] An email with more specifics was sent out this afternoon, so please be sure to check for it. If you don't receive a Phase 3 permit from LCHD you are not permitted for outside service.  Please submit plans ASAP, to allow time for review.

Based on current information from the Governor’s Office, the earliest Lee County could move to Phase 4 would be near the end of June.  This is not an automatic transition.  The transition is dependent on positive case & testing trends and hospital capacities in our designated region. 

Current Testing Criteria:

The following people can be tested with or without symptoms. 

  • Work in health care facility
  • Work in correctional facilities, such as jails or prisons
  • Serve as first responders, such as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers, or firefighters
  • Support critical infrastructure , such as workers in grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation.

Other individuals may be tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath and fever) OR

have a risk factor, such as contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, a compromised immune system or a serious chronic medical condition

What to do if you think you have COVID-19: (UPDATED INFORMATION)

During the current Corona Virus outbreak, individuals with symptoms SHOULD NOT GO to health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and urgent care centers without CALLING FIRST.  Instead, they can seek care by using one of the following options:

  • Use the “KSB Care Anywhere” virtual care app (https://ksbhospital.zipnosis.com/) for a free 5 question screening in order to help differentiate your symptoms between the virus and other seasonal maladies. While a credit card is required for a more involved assessment, no charges will be applied if a COVID-19 testing referral is made.
  • KSB is offering a Coronavirus HOTLINE, by which symptoms can be evaluated against federal screening guidelines, and if appropriate, a referral is made to their Drive-Thru Screening site. The screening site is available ONLY through the hotline and between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm on weekdays by calling 815-285-7777.
  • Residents with a Primary Care Practitioner can also CALL their office for advice. Again, CALL FIRST before going to the office.

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.

  • https://www.ksbhospital.com/coronavirus-outbreak-covid-19/
  • http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  • For businesses: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
  • Facebook: Lee County IL Health Department

For general questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or 211.

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