Rep. Bailey Advises Continued Common Sense to Slow the Coronavirus Spread

Seniors, Immune-Compromised, Pregnant Women at Risk

State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) continues to monitor the on-going situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Illinois. At the daily press briefing by Governor JB Pritzker, 105 cases have been confirmed in Illinois including those who have recovered, and two more counties have identified people who tested positive for the COVID-19, Peoria and Will.

“We need to continue to use common sense with personal hygiene and limiting the size of groups we are congregating around,” commented Rep. Bailey. “According to the Illinois Department of Public Health director, the most vulnerable people for experiencing the harshest reactions to the virus are the elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 12 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois, on Monday, bringing the total to 105 in Illinois. No cases have been announced in the 109th District, as testing progresses, this is likely to change. We should expect this and it is not a reason for panic. The district office for Rep. Bailey will continue regular office hours at the Louisville location Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to assist constituents with state issues.

“This will be a tough time for small businesses, but through March 30, restaurants can offer drive-through, carry-out or delivery,” continued Rep. Bailey. “As of now, no public gatherings larger than 50 is recommended but that may be reduced to no more than 10 soon.”

Employers can work with their local Chamber of Commerce and utilize information from the Illinois Restaurant Association to find out what they can and should do for their employees and to keep their business open to provide food products and services. Additional information and advice will be available on Tuesday.

In accordance with the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued on March 9, 2020, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the closure of all state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas, and historic sites as well as the cancellation of upcoming scheduled events. All Illinoisans impacted by a cancellation or closure are encouraged to call the IDNR’s Parks Administrative Information Line Monday – Friday at 217-782-6752. For more information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH website HERE.

Additional state resources available for Illinois residents include:

IDPH COVID-19 Home page:

COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits:

IDPH Guidance for Schools:

IDPH COVID-19 FAQ:

IDPH COVID-19 Daily Briefings and Documents:

As a reminder, people over 60 and people with a history of heart or lung disease, diabetes or a weak immune system, and pregnant women should avoid close gatherings and avoid proximity to sick people. They should stay home in the short term as we evaluate the situation on the ground.

· Wash your hands often
· Don’t touch your face
· If you are sick, stay home
· Use common sense in your interactions
· This is serious but manageable. Do not panic.

“My staff and I are in contact with the governor’s office, health departments, hospitals, school districts, and others to monitor the virus updates and the needs of our communities,” added Rep. Bailey.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.