Spreading COVID-19 Causes More Closures

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The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 29 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois on Sunday, and Gov. JB Pritzker announced that all bars and restaurants in the state will be closed to the public at the close of business Monday, March 16, through Monday, March 30.

Five additional counties are reporting cases as of Sunday: Champaign, Clinton, Sangamon, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.  Other locations with cases include Chicago and Cook, Cumberland, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, St. Clair, and Woodford counties.

“There are no persons suspected of the virus in Montgomery County as of right now,” Montgomery County Health Department administrator Hugh Satterlee said on Sunday.  “That may change tomorrow, but that’s the case as of today.”

Over the past few days, the situation has changed dramatically in the state.  On Thursday, Gov. JB Pritzker banned events with more than 1,000 attendees for the next 30 days.  On Friday, he announced the closure of all schools in the state, and on Sunday he closed all bars and restaurants in the state.

The state is working with restaurant owners and food delivery services to ensure kitchens can safely remain open to continue food delivery and put in place drive-thru and curbside pickup options for restaurants to continue to serve the public.

“We are seeing the number of COVID-19 cases increase exponentially and in more locations across Illinois,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.  “At this point, it is best to assume that the coronavirus is circulating in your community and you should take the same precautions when interacting with other people that you would when interacting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  This may seem like an extreme step, but this is how we reduce the number of new cases and prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed.”   

As of Sunday, IDPH is reporting 93 cases in 13 counties in Illinois, up from 64 on Saturday.  Cases have occurred in all age ranges and the number of cases that do not have a clear connection to travel or a known COVID-19 case is increasing.

Social distancing measures, such as working from home when possible, limiting the amount of time spent in the community, and trying to avoid public transportation as much as possible, will help reduce the number of people who become sick at any given time and the possibility of exhausting our health care resources.

For information about how you, your workplace, and community can prepare, visit montgomeryco.com/health or call the Montgomery County Health Department at 217-532-2001.  For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Bank of Hillsboro branches will temporarily suspend lobby access and operate as drive-up only until further notice. Customers may contact your local branch, Loan Officer, or our main customer service line at 800-717-3991 to set up an appointment if an in-person service is needed. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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