Logan County Department of Public
Health urges social distancing
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[March 18, 2020]
To be With the rapid spread of
the coronavirus (COVID-19), social distancing is a critical practice
that is essential to help prevent the virus from spreading. This
means distancing yourself from other people in the community.
It is safe to assume COVID-19 may be active within
the community as other central Illinois counties have individuals
who have tested positive. What is dangerous about viruses such as
COVID-19 is that the stranger sitting next to you may carry the
virus but shows no signs of illness. This person may have contracted
the virus through a person he knows who recently traveled and you
would not know it. This is why it is safe to assume anyone can carry
the virus which makes social distancing that much more critical.
The best way to practice social distancing is to avoid public places
and to maintain a distance of at least six feet between you and
others. If you are a social person, avoiding people is never easy,
but having to suffer through an illness is even worse! Employers can
even do their part by allowing employees to work at home if
possible. Avoiding public transportation, if possible, is another
way to distance yourself from others who may potentially transmit
COVID-19. If meetings are not necessary, cancel the meeting.
In an effort to practice social distancing, LCDPH has closed its
walk-in services at this time. Programs such as the WIC “curb side”
pick up will continue to operate. Clients can dial 217-735-2317(ext.
282) from the parking lot and WIC staff will be out to serve you.
LCDPH regrets any inconveniences at this time but can assure you it
is a sensible way to protect the community.
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At this time, LCDPH is working closely with the
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), medical providers,
emergency management, police and other local responders to assure
the community can be protected as best as possible. Through COVID-19
surveillance, LCDPH is actively monitoring the movement of COVID-19
and environmental health services continue operation.
Lastly, LCDPH reminds you if you are sick or have symptoms such as
cough, fever and shortness of breath, call your medical provider. In
addition, practice frequent handwashing and cleaning of
commonly-touched surfaces. Lastly, practice social distancing.
If you would like information regarding COVID-19, you can check out
the Centers for Disease Control website at WWW.CDC.Gov or IDPH at
WWW.DPH.ILLIOIS.GOV. In addition, you can contact LCDPH at
217-735-2317 or log onto their website at WWW.LCDPH.ORG.
[Don Cavi, MS, LEHP
Public Health Administrator
Logan County Department of Public Health]