Coronavirus And Precautions
We are under a ”Shelter In Place” order, or a ”Stay At Home” order in Illinois until April 30. What does that mean?
The directive prohibits any gathering larger than 10 people, in keeping with the latest recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also bars residents from socializing in-person with people outside their household, meaning even small parties and casual get-togethers should not take place.
Residents can still go to grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs. All local roads and airports remain open, with interstate travel expressly permitted. Illinoisans can leave home to help care for relatives, elderly residents or other vulnerable people.
Find more information at the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Ways to Help those in Need:
- Donate Blood through the American Red Cross
- Donate to help Central Illinois Food Banks
- Sew homemade masks for Health Care Workers – Unity Point, OSF
School Food Distribution Information:
The following information is from the CDC:
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Practice good hygiene:
- Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting
- Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email
- Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
- Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
Be careful with meetings and travel:
- Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
- When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
- Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
- Assess the risks of business travel
Handle food carefully:
- Limit food sharing
- Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
- Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene
Stay home if:
- You are feeling sick
- You have a sick family member in your home
Recent news & updates from the CDC
- Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI)
- Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education
- Tribal Communities
- FAQs for Administrators and Leaders at Community- and Faith-Based Organizations
- CDC Diagnostic Test for COVID-19
- Resources for Community and Faith-Based Leaders
- If You Are Sick
- How to discontinue home isolation
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children
- Serology Testing for COVID-19
- Antibody Testing
- Information for Laboratories
- Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith
- Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19