State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst addressed her constituents this morning on Facebook Live.
During the address, Rep. Parkhurst thanked her constituents for self-quarantining and complying with Governor and President’s directives.” She was joined by Omayra Giachello from Illinois Department of Health who updated Illinois’ latest figures.
“As of March 17th, we have 160 confirmed cases and 1 death unfortunately,” Giachello announced.
“We’re seeing positive results in those who are at greatest risk of severe medical complications. From what we’ve seen so far, older adults illness.” says Giachello “What we are recommending at this time that people wash their hands at least 20 seconds, do not touch your face, and if you do not have any soap to wash your hands, we recommend you can use alcohol-based minimum of 60% alcohol and if there’s no soap or no water available at the time.
“It can be stopped at the community level by canceling large events, staying home as much as possible, and washing your hands including frequently touched surfaces. Working from home when possible and restricting visitors to long care facilities. These are sacrifices we must all take, but these steps will make the biggest difference.
We are seeing infections in all ages in Illinois.” Giachello says it will take all of us working together to reduce the spread of the virus.
Illinois Department of Health officials are asking people seeing symptoms to call their primary care physician. DO NOT SHOW UP TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL, DO NOT SHOW UP TO YOUR DOCTORS OFFICE. Each physician needs time to prepare for your arrival before the visit.
“This is a very rapidly evolving situation; we understand people are interested in being tested. We urge them to reach out to their health care providers,” says Giachello. “We want to urge people to stay home as much as possible to reduce the number of people who may be sick so we can limit the burden on our health care system.”
The State has set up a hotline to deal with general questions, which number is 1-800-889-3931.
If you have any questions, you can reach out to Rep. Parkhurst at 815-523-7779.
“We have a great American spirit, and great Illinois spirit.” Parkhurst said, “Let’s stick together and get through this virus.”