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04-20-2020 Unified Leadership COVID-19 Press Release

April 20, 2020

Lee County Unified Executive Leadership Team COVID-19 Update: April 20, 2020

IDPH Reports 1,151 New Cases in Illinois for a total of 31,508 in 95 Illinois Counties

The State Death Toll has Risen to 1,349

The total number of positives for Lee County remains at 17.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Lee County remains at 17.  Today, the State of Illinois announced 1,151 new cases bringing the total to 31,508 across 95 of the 102 counties.  The death toll is now at 1,349.   

The Lee County Unified Leadership Team would like to thank and recognize Lee County Sheriff John Simonton, State’s Attorney Charley Boonstra and State Representatives Tom Demmer and Dan Swanson for their efforts regarding the surrounding campgrounds in Lee County.  Minimizing non-essential travel during these times is paramount to the success of reducing the amount of COVID-19 cases in our community. Due to their leadership, Governor Pritzker provided further direction and revised the March 20, 2020 Executive Order to prohibit travel from primary to secondary residences within Illinois. This prohibits people from traveling to campgrounds in Lee County.  

While it is not practical to achieve 100 percent compliance with these orders, this team would like to thank the leaders at Woodhaven for their work in accomplishing this goal.  The population within Woodhaven is well below normal for this time of year and officials are seeing in excess of 92% compliance. We look forward to continuing to work with Woodhaven and the other campgrounds during these unprecedented times.

Acts of Kindness:

We would like to thank Josh Dober and Natalia Becker for their generous donation of Salmandra’s for lunch for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.  Thank you for showing this support to our first responders.    

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
Last modified on May 05, 2020 - 3:42 pm