Dixon Government News 03-23-2020 Unified Leadership COVID-19 Press Release

03-23-2020 Unified Leadership COVID-19 Press Release

Lee County Unified Executive Leadership Team COVID-19 Update:  March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Testing:  43 Negative Tests / 0 Positive Tests

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Notification Guidelines

The Lee County Unified Executive Leadership Team would like to thank you to our community for pulling together and following Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” executive order.  Lee County Sheriff John Simonton and Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell both report that traffic and call volume are down significantly.  This is key to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.  Reducing the devastation can be broken down into three steps:  Stay home, stop the spread, save lives. 

The team is working with Representative Tom Demmer and the Governor’s office to assist community members and local businesses answer questions related to the “Stay at Home” order.  This team is committed to working with our businesses and citizens through a community service model.  This is new for everyone and we are here to help.  Governor Prizker has set up a hotline and email for people who have questions.

“Essential” Business Questions:

If you are a business and not sure how you are affected by the “Stay at Home” Executive Order: The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) can help you decipher the Executive Order.

Please feel free to direct questions to 1-800-252-2923 or  

The Governor’s Office is in the process of collecting and responding to questions regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. To help facilitate that process, they have created an email address, , where citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations. The Governor’s staff will then compile all inquiries and respond with answers.    

IDPH Testing Notification Guidelines:

KSB Hospital has received a total of 43 results from COVID-19 testing and all results thus far are negative. These test results include results from their entire service area, which is Lee and Ogle County. 44 Lee County residents remain in isolation at home pending test results.  7 residents are in quarantine, meaning they have had potential exposure but are not showing symptoms.    The IDPH has issued guidelines for community notification, so today will be the last day that current day test results received after 12:00 p.m. will be available via this news release.   Here is their procedure:

  • IDPH updates the case count at noon each day to be included in the updated count to be disseminated to the public.
  • If the case from your County comes in after noon, it will not be in that day’s news release.
  • The updated count is updated on the IDPH website during the Governor’s news conference.
  • The news conference for the Governor is planned for 2:30 p.m. each day.
  • IDPH sends a news release with the updated count.
  • IDPH asks that local health departments wait until AFTER the Governors news conference to announce cases and testing results.
  • After the news conference, your County can send a news release or hold a news conference to announce cases.

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 236 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 1,285.  Three more deaths were reported, bringing the total deaths in Illinois to twelve.  There were no new counties in our region reporting their first positive case.  31 of the 102 counties in Illinois have confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Lee County Unified Executive Leadership Team Additional Information:

Saturday, the team released this video message in response to Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” order:  https://youtu.be/Nwt9Hie3P_w

Donations:  LCHD and other departments have received inquiries about donations. We’ve designated a donations management person for Lee County: Lora Fassler.  She can be reached at 815/284-3371.

Lee County Courthouse:

Today, Presiding Circuit Judge Jacquelyn Ackert issued an administrative order (Admin Order No. 2020-11) restricting access to the new courthouse to only those individuals from the public who are a “party” to an essential or emergency court proceeding. Visitors who are only present to observe a hearing will not be permitted to enter the courthouse.

Lee County Health Department:

The Lee County Health Department has released a link where people can take virtual field trips with their families over spring break.  These field trips include San Diego Zoo, Yellowstone National Park, and Mars.  Follow this link to start your trip:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/preview?fbclid=IwAR1oh7coxb0R6NSQlYg9rJ9UjFa8fow2wbtle5PkavglwBkCzz1mz8AuqJM&pru=AAABcQNaOrs*zmgr95BXTWdTxU3znzpIOw

KSB Hospital:

KSB Hospital is exploring the use of retired nurses and physicians to supplement current staff.  Efforts are under way to waive certain credentialing requirements.  Retired nurses and physicians are asked to contact KSB Hospital Human Resource.

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.

Illinois “Stay at Home” Executive Order: 

Governor Pritzker’s executive order to “Stay at Home” went into effect Saturday.

Essential services related to groceries, medical care, gas stations, and pharmacies remain open and will not close.  There are many other businesses that fall into the category of essential services that will remain open. 

Travel is restricted by the order for “essential” purposes only.  Interstates, highways, and other roadways will remain open.  The Illinois borders remain open.  Citizens are allowed to travel outside of their home to work, if they work for an essential business that is allowed to remain open.  Citizens can also travel to essential businesses for personal reasons, such as to get gas, groceries, pharmacies, doctor’s visits, and other purposes deemed essential and outlined in the order.

Citizens are allowed to leave their house for outdoor activity, such as taking your dog for a walk, going for a run, cycling, or hiking, provided that they follow the order related to social distancing.  The Governor’s order requires people to stay 6 feet away from each other while engaging in outdoor activities.

Citizens are allowed to leave their residence to take care of a family member, friend, or pet in another household, and to transport family members, friends, or pets as needed for medical care or to obtain essential goods.    

The Unified Executive Leadership team is asking our residents not to rush to the grocery store or gas station.  Please be responsible with your purchases, so there will be plenty of food and essentials for everyone.  Again, these essential businesses will remain open and the distribution centers who serve them will remain open. 

Now is a time for our community to pull together, stay positive, and create the positive change that will end this pandemic.  We must now find ways to take this “gift of time” to create positivity in our lives and the lives of others. 

Governor Pritzker “Stay at Home” Resources:

Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” order can be found at this link:  https://www.iml.org/file.cfm?key=18394

The Governor’s office also released a FAQ document related to the “Stay at Home” order.  The order can be found at this link:  https://www.iml.org/file.cfm?key=18395

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.

Lee County Health Department
KSB Hospital
City of Dixon
Lee County Emergency Management
Lee County Sheriff