03-27-2020 Unified Leadership COVID-19 Press Release

March 27, 2020

Lee County Unified Executive Leadership Team COVID-19 Update:  March 27, 2020

IDPH Reports 488 New Cases in Illinois for a total of 3,026 in 40 Illinois Counties

The State Death Toll has Risen to 34

There are still no reported cases in Lee County

The City of Dixon and Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street are working with State Representative Tom Demmer to provide information about state and federal financial assistance programs available to our local businesses.  There are two specific grant programs offered through the State of Illinois:  one is the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program and the second is the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program.  The Hospitality grant is due April 1st.  The Downstate Small Business grant just opened.  More detailed information will be available through a separate press release. A direct link to these State of Illinois resources can be found here:   https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/EmergencySBAIntiatives.aspx

Early this afternoon, President Donald Trump signed the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill that will put cash directly in the hands of many Americans and will also provide significant financial assistance to businesses through Small Business Association (SBA) loans.  It appears many of these will come with loan forgiveness if certain parameters are met. 

City and county officials are still receiving complaints related to kids not following the provisions in Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” order.  Leaders are asking parents and young adults for help in meeting these requirements.  Many businesses have been forced to close, those businesses that remain open are seeing significant reduction in sales and many people have been laid off from their jobs.  The more strictly our community and other communities comply with the “Stay at Home” order, the quicker the order will be able to be lifted.  We owe it to our businesses and other community members to do our part in this collective sacrifice. 

The Dixon Police Department has responded to some calls related to kids playing on playgrounds in parks and other violations of the order and have worked to provide friendly reminders about the importance of us all doing our part.  We understand these are difficult times. 

Local Numbers:

Today, we received 22 more test results for Lee County.  All were negative.  There are 75 more test results still pending.  Test results are taking up to 10 days to receive due to the back-up in labs across the state.  There are still no confirmed cases in Lee County. 

State of Illinois Numbers:

The IDPH reported 488 new cases for a total of 3,026 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois across 40 counties.  With test results being delayed as much as 10 days, these numbers are expected to continue to increase at significant levels.  The death toll has reached 24.  There are now a total of 19 cases in our 9 county IDPH region.  Carroll County reported their first case of COVID-19. 

Lee County State’s Attorney’s Office:

State’s Attorney Charley Boonstra would like to warn community members of scams related to COVID-19.  The Attorney General has reported robocalls and fraudulent emails are being transmitted to individuals hoping to get personal information like social security numbers, Medicare beneficiary information, credit card/ bank information, and other sensitive information. These individuals are also calling/emailing and offering products that are related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as testing equipment, masks, and products that will sterilize or kill COVID-19.  Many of these scams are also related to stimulus checks that may be authorized by the federal government. S.A. Boonstra is urging our community to not give out personal information over the phone or email and to contact law enforcement if anyone suspects any of this activity occurring.

Feeding the Hungry:

“Feeding The Hungry” will be moving from The Living Well Church to the KSB Emergency Department Parking Lot on Tuesday and Thursday’s from 5:00 - 6:00 PM.  St. Anne Church hosts the program on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00.  Meals are available to anyone in need with no questions asked.

“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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., where citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations. The Governor’s staff will then compile all inquiries and respond with answers.    

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.

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

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