LEE COUNTY — Today, Lee County has three new cases (two people in their 50s and one in his or her 20’s) of COVID-19, bringing the total to 28. 13 of these 28 have recovered and been lifted off isolation.
The State of Illinois reported 2,563 new cases in 97 counties for a total of 52,918. There were 141 new deaths bringing the death toll to 2,355.
The Lee County Council on Aging (LCCOA) is delivering meals to seniors 65 and older 5 days per week at no charge. The meals are provided by LCCOA and made by KSB. If interested, call the Lee County Council on Aging at 815-288-9236.
New Testing Criteria:
The Illinois Department of Public Health has expanded testing guidelines. Now anyone with COVID-19 like symptoms (cough, shortness of breath and fever) OR who have a risk factor, such as contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, a compromised immune system or a serious chronic medical condition.
can get a test, even without a doctor’s order. And now the following people can be tested with or without symptoms.
Here are the new provisions that will take effect on Friday, May 1, unless the Governor makes changes before then:
Public Health Requirements for Individuals Leaving Home and for Businesses
over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering (a mask or cloth face-covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings are required in public indoor spaces such as stores.
that sell groceries and medicine, hardware stores, and greenhouses, garden centers,
and nurseries) designated as Essential Businesses and Operations under this Order
shall to the greatest extent possible:
occupancy limits based on store square footage set by the Department of
Commerce and Economic Opportunity;
between customers and identify the one-way aisles with conspicuous signage
and/or floor markings;
communicate with customers through in-store signage, and public service
announcements and advertisements, about the social distancing
requirements set forth in this Order (Social Distancing Requirements); and
discontinue use of reusable bags.
Businesses and Operations may re-open for the limited purposes of fulfilling
telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery – which
are deemed to be Minimum Basic Operations. Employees working in the store must
follow the social distancing requirements, and must wear a face covering when they
may come within six feet of another employee or a customer.
to this Order must follow Social Distancing Requirements and take appropriate
precautions, which may include:
minimum six-foot social distance at all times;
rooms and lunchrooms, allow for social distancing; and
and to provide a safe workplace in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
able to work from home, and are encouraged to facilitate remote work from home
when possible. All businesses that have employees physically reporting to a worksite must post guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding workplace safety during the COVID-19 emergency.
We are still awaiting clarification of some items in the executive order in the form of a frequently asked questions document. We will share that when we receive it.
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:
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.