EMA: So Far, So Good For Phase 4 On June 26

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After COVID-19 coronavirus cases surged in 21 states around the country last week, the number of new cases in Illinois is still headed in the right direction.

The Illinois Department of Public Heath (IDPH)reported 672 new cases on Sunday, June 14, and 19 additional confirmed deaths.

The 19 deaths are the lowest state-wide single-day total since the 16 reported on April 2 in the early days of the virus.

“Christian and Montgomery counties are on target to move to Phase 4 on June 26,” EMA Director Greg Nimmo said on Friday as local confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases remained on a plateau.

Montgomery County remains at 40 positive tests with only three pending results as of Saturday, June 13. 

If the local region moves into Phase 4 on June 26, that would allow gatherings of up to 50 people, restaurants and bars could reopen with capacity limits, non-essential business employees could return to work with approved safety guidance, and entertainment and retail could reopen with approved safety guidance.

Nimmo said the Christian-Montgomery EMA is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that would allow county government to work toward reimbursement of 75 percent of allowable COVID-19 response expenses.  

“Cities and schools are also individually eligible to apply,” Nimmo said.  “The minimum threshold of expenses for any given entity is $3,300 to apply.”

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