COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources and Updates

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ALL 11 Regions, including Region 6, Are under Tier 3 Mitigations until further notice.

CURRENT Region 6 Positivity Rate: 13.4%

Currently in Tier 1 Mitigation Restrictions (As of 11/2/2020)
Click here for more information on Mitigation Restrictions 
IPDH reports on a 3 day lag.  Information as of 11/21/2020.

CURRENT Positivity Rate for Vermilion County: 14.5%

Vermilion County is currently on the County Warning List for 11/8-11/14.
To be on the warning list, 2 of the 7 measuring metric areas must be in the warning area.  Click HERE to see Vermilion County.
IPDH reports the current positivity rate on a 3 day lag.  Information as of 11/21/2020.  Click HERE to see Region 6 and Current Positivity Rates .  You will need to scroll all the way down to see Vermilion County

 COVID19 Updates

November 23, 2020.  71 new cases and 33 released for a total of, 2,673.  273 active cases.  

November 22, 2020.  54 new cases and 42 released for a total of 2,602.  235 active cases. 

November 21, 2020.  73 new cases and 95 released for a total 2,548.  223 active cases.  

November 20, 2020.  86 new cases and 101 released for a total of 2475.  245 active cases and 46,852 negatives.  We had an additional death and our hearts go out to their friends and family.  This is our 30th death from COVID19.

November 19, 2020.  No update today.

November 18, 2020.  61 new cases and 57 released for a total of 2389.  261 active cases and 45,681 negatives.  We had an additional death and our hearts go out to their friends and family.  This is our 29th death from COVID19.

November 17, 2020.  NEW MITIGATION Measures will go into effect on November 20th.  Please click here for more information
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1 new cases and 126 released for a total of 2328.  258 active cases.  We had an additional death and our hearts go out to their friends and family.  This is our 28th death from COVID19.

November 16, 2020.  47 new cases and 28 released for a total of 2267.  324 active cases and 44,792 negatives.

November 15, 2020.  8 new cases and 14 released for a total of 2220.  305 active cases.

November 14, 2020.  59 new cases and 27 released for a total of 2212.  311 active cases.

November 13, 2020.  90 new cases and 68 released for a total of 2153.  279 active cases and 43,478 negatives.  We had 10 additional deaths that we can report which brings us to 27 total deaths.  Our hearts go out to their friends and family.

November 12, 2020.  35 new cases and 18 released for a total of 2063.  267 active cases and 42,871 negatives.

November 11, 2020.  45 new cases and 31 released for a total of 2028.  250 active cases.

November 10, 2020.  58 new cases and 61 released for a total of 1983.  236 active cases and 41,846 negative tests.  We had 2 additional deaths that we can report, which bring us to 17 deaths.  Our hearts go out to their friends and family.

November 9, 2020.  12 new cases and 1 released for a total of 1925.  241 active cases and 41,413 negative tests.  We had an additional death, which brings ut to 15 deaths.  Our hearts go out to their friends and family.

November 8, 2020.  25 new cases and 24 released for a total of 1913.  231 active cases.

November 7, 2020.  34 new cases and 19 released for a total of 1888.  230 active cases.

November 6, 2020.  23 new cases and 19 released for a total of 1854.  215 active cases and 40,107 negative tests.

November 5, 2020.  44 new cases and 38 released for a total of 1822.  39,665 negative tests and 202 active cases.

November 4, 2020.  27 new cases and 29 released for a total of 1778.  We had an additional death, which brings us back to 14 deaths.  Our hearts go out to his friends and family.  39,220 negative tests and 196 active cases.

November 3, 2020.  50 new cases and 29 released for a total of 1751.  We have 199 active cases.  We had to remove another death from our previous count due to a reporting error, which moved it down to 13.

November 2, 2020.  27 new cases and 32 released.  We hvae 178 active cases.  We removed one death from our previous count due to a reporting error, which moved it down to 12.    The number of total cases reflects that change as we now have 1701 total cases.  We regret we have do have two new deaths to report, two gentlemen in their 80s.  Our hearts go out to their friends and family.    We now have 14 deaths.

November 1, 2020.  12 new cases and 15 released for a total of 1675.  185 active cases.

October 31, 2020.  13 new cases and 3 released for a total of 1663.  188 active cases.

October 30, 2020.  33 new cases and 42 released for a total of 1650.  37,555 negative tests and 178 active cases.  Region 6 hit its 3rd day over 8% in COVID19 positivity rates, so our region is officially in Tier 1 Mitigation Restrictions that will begin on Monday, November 2nd, 2020.

October 29, 2020.  33 new cases and 34 released for a total of 1617.  37,336 negative tests and 187 active cases.

October 28, 2020.  25 new cases and 18 released for a total of 1584.  36,973 negative tests and 188 active cases.

October 27, 2020.  52 new cases and 47 released for a total of 1559.  36, 682 negative tests and 181 active cases.  We unfortunately had one of our cases die and our hearts go out to their family and friends.  This is our 13th death.

October 26, 2020.  21 new cases and 41 released for a total of 1507.  36, 296 negative tests and 177 active cases.  As of 10/23 (IDPH reports on a 3-day lag), Vermilion County’s positivity rate dipped below the warning level 8% for the first time since September 27th, 2020.

October 25, 2020.  11 new cases and 16 released for a total of 1486.  197 active cases.

October 24, 2020.  22 new cases and 23 released for a total of 1475.  202 active cases.

October 23, 2020. 63 new cases and 42 released for a total of 1453.  203 active cases.  We unfortunately had one of our hospitalized cases die and our hearts go out to their family and friends.

October 22, 2020.  Mobile Testing is available for COVID19 testing at the Vermilion County Health Department from 10/19-10/25 from 9:00AM to 4:30PM.
18 new cases and 22 released for a total of 1390.  35,025 negatives tests and 184 active cases.

October 21, 2020. Mobile Testing is available for COVID19 testing at the Vermilion County Health Department from 10/19-10/25 from 9:00AM to 4:30PM.
37 new cases and  39 released for a total of 1372.  34,631 negative tests and 188 active cases.   We unfortunately had 2 of our COVID19 cases die and our hearts go out to their family and friends.

October 20,2020.  Mobile Testing is available for COVID19 testing at the Vermilion County Health Department from 10/19-10/25 from 9:00AM to 4:30PM.
21 new cases and 51 released for a total of 1335.  34,163 negative tests and 192 active cases.

October 19, 2020.  Mobile Testing is available for COVID19 testing at the Vermilion County Health Department from 10/19-10/25 from 9:00AM to 4:30PM.
48 new cases and 104 released for a total of 1314.  33,834 negative tests and 222 active cases.  We unfortunately had one of our hospitalized patients die and our hearts go out to their family and friends.  This is our 9th death from COVID19 and our 4th in almost 2 weeks.

October 18, 2020.  15 new cases and 0 released for a total of 1266.  279 active cases.

October 17, 2020.  Recycling Event took up most of the day and we were unable to update numbers.

October 16, 2020.  40 new cases and 39 released for a total of 1251.  32,795 negatives and 264 active cases.

October 15, 2020.  59 new cases and 27 released for a total of 1211.  32,513 negatives and 263 active cases.  We unfortuantely had one of our hospitalized patients die and our hearts go out to their family and friends.  This is our 8th death from COVID19 and our 3rd in a little over a week.

October 14, 2020.  40 new cases and 32 released for a total of 1152.  32,061 negatives and 232 active cases.

October 13, 2020. 17 new cases and 43 released for a total of 1112.  31,615 negatives and 224 active cases.

October 12, 2020. 35 new cases and 38 released for a total of 1095.  250 active cases.

October 11, 2020. 10 new cases and 1 released for a total of 1060.  253 active cases.

October 10, 2020. 17 new cases and 26 released for a total of 1050.   244 active cases.

October 9, 2020.  51 new cases and 18 released for a total of 1033.  30, 243 negatives and 253 active cases.  We unfortunately had one of our hospitalized patients die and our hearts go out to their family and friends.

October 8, 2020. 34 new cases and 54 released for a total of 982.  29,836 negatives and 221 active cases.  We unfortunately had one of our hospitalized patients die and our hearts go out to their family and friends.

October 7, 2020.  34 new cases and 20 released for a total of 948.  29,432 negatives and 242 active cases.

October 6, 2020.  79 new cases and 21 released for a total of 914.  28,977 negatives and 228 active cases.

October 5, 2020.  26 new cases and 32 released for atotal of 835.  28, 569 negatives and 170 active cases.

October 4, 2020.  12 new cases and 0 released for a total of 809.  176 active cases.

October 3, 2020.  44 new cases and 12 released for a total of 797.  164 active cases.

October 2, 2020.  22 new cases and 13 rleased for a total of 753.  27,797 negatives and 132 active cases.

October 1, 2020.  31 new cases and 32 released for a total of 731.  27,450 negatives and 123 active cases.  We unfortuantely had one of our hospitalized patients die and our hearts go out to their family and friends.

September 30, 2020.  While we are not into mitigation stages yet, if our region hits 8% for 3 consecutive days, these are the following restrictions that we may have to fall under:   https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/COVID-19-Resurgence-Migitations.pdf

September 30, 2020.  27 new cases and 3 released for a total of 700 positives. 27,086 negatives.  124 active cases.

September 29, 2020.  18 new cases and 18 released for a total of 673 positives.  26,752 negatives.  100 active cases.

September 28, 2020.  17 new cases and 34 released for a total of 655 positives.  26,524 negatives.  100 active cases.

September 27, 2020.  8 new cases and 0 released for a total of 638 positives. 117 active cases.

September 26, 2020.  27 new cases and 21 released for a total of 630 positives.  109 active cases.

September 25, 2020.  15 new cases and 21 released for a total of 603 positives.  25,801 negatives.  103 active cases.

September 24, 2020.  19 new cases and 12 released for a total of 588 positivies.  25,571 negatives.  109 active cases.

September 23, 2020.  22 new cases and 11 released for a total of 569 positives.  25,123 negatives.  102 active cases.

September 22, 2020.  16 new cases and 14 released for a total of 547 positives.  24,822 negatives.  91 active cases.

September 21, 2020.  3 new cases and 33 released for a total of 531 positives.  24,588 negatives.  89 active cases.

September 19, 2020.  20 new cases and 24 released for a total of 528 positives.  119 active cases.

September 18, 2020.  32 new cases and 1 released for a total of 508 positives.  23,756 negatives. 123 active cases.

September 17, 2020.  1 new case and 2 released for a total of 476 positives.  23,401 negatives.  92 active cases.

September 16, 2020.  4 new cases and 1 released for a total of 475 positives.  23,097 negatives.  93 active cases.

September 15, 2020.  32 new cases and 12 released for a total of 471 positives.  22,780 negatives.  90 active cases.

September 14, 2020.  10 new cases and 11 released for a total of 439 positives.  22,601 negatives.  70 Active Cases.

September 13, 2020.  5 new cases.  71 Active Cases.

September, 12, 2020.  6 new cases.  66 Active Cases.

September 11, 2020.  13 new cases and 13 released for a total of 418 positives.  21,953 negatives.  60 Active Cases.

September 11, 2020.  Vermilion County has been added to the State of Illinois’ warning list for COVID19.  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics?county=Vermilion

September 1, 2020 RESTORE ILLINOIS PHASE 4 GUIDELINES – FAQ FOR BUSINESSES AND MITIGATION MEASURES FAQ

September 10, 2020.  14 new cases and 10 released for a total of 405 positives.  21,621 total negatives.  60 Active Cases.

September 9, 2020.  9 new cases and 8 released for a total of 391 positives.  21,307 total negatives.  56 Active Cases.

September 8, 2020. 11 new cases and 13 released for a total of 382 positives.  21,107 total negatives.

September 7, 2020. 2 new cases and 2 released for a total of 371 positives.  No new negatives to report.

September 6, 2020.  1 new case and 0 released for a total of 369 positives.  No new negatives to report.

September 5, 2020. 2 new cases and 0 released for a total of 368 positives.  Total negatives – 20, 661.

September 4, 2020.  10 new cases and 4 released for a total of 366 positives.  Total negatives – 20,648.

September  3, 2020.  12 new cases and 7 released for a total of 356 positives.

September 2, 2020.  8 new cases and 4 released for a total of 344 positives.  Still waiting on IDPH to update their system for our total of negatives.

September 1, 2020.  6 new cases and 0 released for a total of 336 positives.  We regret to report our 4th death from COVID19, a gentleman in his 60s.  We do not have an account of our negative totals as the state is updating their server and hope to have an accurate number soon.

August 31, 2020.  6 new cases and 13 released for a total of 330 positives.

August 30, 2020.  4 new cases for a total of 324 positives.

August 29, 2020.  2 New Cases for a total of 320 positives.

August 28, 2020.  15 new cases and 6 released.  18,808 negatives so far and a total of 318 positives.

August 27, 2020. 5 new cases and 4 released.  18,501 negatives so far and a total of 303 positives.

August 26, 2020 IDPH releases COVID guideline update, Restaurant & Bar Establishments Safety Guidelines.

August 26, 2020.  2 new cases and 0 released.  18,127 negatives so far and a total of 298 positives. 

August 25, 2020.  15 new cases and 7 released.  18,008 negative results so far and a total of 296 positives.

August 24, 2020.  3 new cases and 6 released.  Vermilion County also had their 3rd death from COVID19.  17,864 negative results so far and a total of 281 positives.

August 23, 2020.  5 new cases.  A total of 278 positives. 

August 21, 2020.  5 new cases and 8 released.  17,201 Negative Results so far and a total of 273 positives.

August August 20th, 2020.  4 new cases and 16 released.  16,877 negatives tests so far and a total of 268 positives.

August 19th, 2020.  0 new cases and 0 releases.  16,712 Negatives Tests so far and a total of 264 positives. 

August 18th, 2020. 1 new cases and 5 released.  16,176 Negative tests so far and a total of 264 positives.

August 17th, 2020.  9 new cases and 3 released.  16,079 Negative tests so far and a total of 263 positives. 

August 14, 2020.  7 new cases and 7 released.  15,531 Negative tests so far and a total of 254 positives.  28 active cases (27 at home and 1 hospitalized.

August 13th, 2020.  11 new cases and 2 released.  15,301 Negative tests so far and a total of 247 positives.  28 active cases (27 at home and 1 hospitalized).

August 12, 2020.  8 new cases and 2 released.  15,198 Negatives tests so far and a total of 236 positives.

August 11, 2020.  2 new cases and 10 released.  15,023 Negative tests for far and total of 228 positives.

August 10, 2020.  7 New Cases and 19 Released.  14,813 Negatives so far and a total of 226 positives. 21 actives cases (20 are in home isolation and 1 is hospitalized)

August 7, 2020.  3 New Cases an 2 released.  14,139 Negatives tests so far and a total of 219 positives.

August 6, 2020.  4 New Cases and 5 Released.  13,899 Negative tests so far and a total of 216 positives.ugust 5, 2020.  9 New Cases and 6 released.  13,714 Negative tests so far and a total of 212.

August 4, 2020. 6 New cases and 7 released.  13, 518 Negative Cases so far and a total of 203 positives.

August 3, 2020.  12 New Cases and 28 Released. 31 Active Cases (30 are at home and 1 hospitalized.  13,095 Negative Results and a total of 197 positives.

July 31, 2020.  9 New Cases and 6 Released. 47 Active Cases (46 at home and 1 hospitalized.) 12,341 Negative Results so far and a total of 185 positives.

July 30, 2020.  11 New Cases and 11 Released. 44 Active Cases (42 at home and 2 Hospitalized.)  12,205 Negative Results so far and a total of 176 positives.

July 29, 2020.  5 New Cases and 2 Released.  44 Active cases (42 at home and 2 hospitalized).  12,118 Negative Results so far and a total of 165 positives.

July 28, 2020.  14 New Cases and 0 Released.  41 active cases (40 at home and 1 hospitalized).  11,880 Negative tests so far and a total of 160 positives.

July 27, 2020.  5 New Cases and 16 Released.  27 Active Cases (26 at home and 1 hospitalized)  11,492 Negative Tests so far and a total of 146 positives.

July 24, 2020.  9 New Cases and 3 Released.  38 Active (37 in home isolation and 1 hospitalized) 10,441 Negative Tests and 141 Positives TOTAL.

July 23, 2020.  7 New Cases and 7 released.  32 Active (31 in home isolation and 1 hospitalized)

July 22, 2020.  12 new cases and 2 released. 32 Active (31 in home isolation and 1 hospitalized)

July 21, 2020.  6 new cases and 4 released.  22 Active (21 in home isolation and 1 hospitalized)

July 20, 2020.  7 new cases.  5 were released.  (20 active and 0 hospitalized)

July 17, 2020.  Total of 100 cases.  18 are active (all at home and 0 hospitalized)

July 16, 2020. Total of 94 Cases.  27 are active (all at home and 0 hospitalized).

July 14, 2020.  1 New Confirmed Case in Vermilion County. 33 Active Cases (32 at home and 1 Hospitalized).  Overall positivity rate is 1.1%.

July 13, 2020.  2 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County.

July 10, 2020.  3 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County.

July 8, 2020.  4 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County.

July 7, 2020.  2 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County.

July 6, 2020.  3 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County.

July 3, 2020.  2 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County.

July 2, 2020.  4 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County.  We were able to release three, so we have 25 active cases (23 are at home and 2 are hospitalized).

July 1, 2020.  3 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County.  This brings our active cases to 24 (22 are home and 2 are hospitalized).

June 30, 2020. 2 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County.  This brings our active cases to 21 (20 in home isolation and 1 hospitalized).  Many of our new cases are due to travel outside the state.

June 29, 2020.  8 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County.

June 26, 2020.  4 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County.

IDPH releases county Level COVID-19 Risk Metrics:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics

June 25, 2020.  1 New Confirmed Case in Vermilion County brings our total active cases to 7.  (6 in home isolation and 1 hospitalized).

June 24, 2020.  1 more individual was released from isolation.  We have a total of 6 active cases (5 in home isolation and 1 hospitalized).

June 23, 2020.  4 more individuals were released from isolation.  We have a total of 7 active cases (6 in home isolation and 1 hospitalized).

June 22, 2020, Restore Illinois Phase 4: Revitalization.   Restaurant & Bar Establishment Safety Guidelines can be seen here:

June 22, 2020.  3 New Confirmed Cases in Vermilion County brings our total active cases to 11.  We have 10 in home isolation and 1 hospitalized).  The total number of confirmed cases is 49.  

June 17, 2020.  1 New Active Case in Vermilion county brings our total active cases to 8 cases, all in home isolation. The total number of confirmed cases is 46.  

June 16, 2020. Vermilion County reports its 2nd COVID-19 related death.  A resident in their 70s.  We have 7 active cases with 7 in home isolation.  The total number of confirmed cases is 45.

June 15, 2020. 2 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Vermilion County bring our total of active cases to 8.  We have 7 in home isolation and 1 hospitalized.  These new cases are connected through a household from a current case. The total number of confirmed cases is 45.

June 10, 2020. Vermilion County was able to reduce its total COVID19 positive cases to 43 due to lab errors and updated addresses.  We had some cases who were transferred to Indiana, Chicago or other counties due to incorrect addresses.  Current active cases are 8 (5 at home and 3 hospitalized).

June 9, 2020.  3 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Vermilion County brings our total to 48.  We currently have 9 active cases (6 in home isolation and 3 that are hospitalized).  There was an additional case that was released.

June 8, 2020.  1 New Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Vermilion county brings our total to 45.  We currently have 7 active cases (5 in home isolation and 2 that are hospitalized).

June 5, 2020.  1 New Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Vermilion County brings our total to 44.  We currently have 6 active cases (4 in home isolation and 2 that are hospitalized).

June 3, 2020.  1 New Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Vermilion County brings our total to 43.

June 1, 2020.  2 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Vermilion County brings our total to 42.

May 27, 2020. 1 New Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Vermilion County brings our total to 40.

May 23, 2020, RESTORE ILLINOIS PHASE 3 GUIDELINES for Industries, retail, food service, recreation, Youth Sports, Day Camps, Personal Care, Health & Fitness and more can be viewed here.

May 23, 2020.  1 New Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Vermilion County brings our total to 39.

May 22, 2020.  1 New Confirmed COVID-19 case in Vermilion County brings our total to 38.

May 21, 2020.  3 New Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Vermilion County brings our total to 37.

May 19, 2020.  1 New Confirmed COVID-19 case in Vermilion County brings our total to 34.

May 18, 2020.  1 New Confirmed COVID-19 case in Vermilion County brings our total to 33.

May 12, 2020.  1 New Confirmed COVID-19 case in Vermilion County brings our total to 32.

May 11, 2020.  3 New Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Vermilion County brings our total to 31.

May 8, 2020.  2 New Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Vermilion County brings our total to 28.

May 6, 2020.  1 New Confirmed COVID-19 case in Vermilion County brings our total to 26.

May 5, 2020,  Governor Pritzker unveils “Restore Illinois Five Phase Plan” for opening the state.  Full details can be read here.

May 5, 2020.  3 New Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Vermilion County brings our total to 25.

May 4, 2020.  3 New Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Vermilion County brings our total to 22.

April 30, 2020,  Governor Pritzker extends declaration of all counties in Illinois as a disaster area and extends the executive order requiring Illinois residences to “stay home” except for essential businesses, essential government activities, essential activities and travel.  The extension is for an additional 30 days.  To view the entire executive order click here.  To read a summary of the order click here.  The order modified some non-essential businesses and activities and requires all residents to wear face masks in public where social distancing cannot be practiced.

Non-essential businesses can now open for curb-side or delivery services.

Pet grooming is now an essential business.

Nurseries and garden centers are now essential businesses.

April 29, 2020, A new confirmed COVID-19 case in Vermilion County making the total 19.

April  28, 2020,  Vermilion County has a total of 18 confirmed COVID-19 Cases.  Sadly the county has had its first death (70 yr old. male).

April 27, 2020, over the weekend Vermilion County had 4 new confirmed cases of COVID -19 bringing the total to 17.

April 24, 2020, two new confirmed cases reported today raising the total to 13.

April 20, 2020, the county’s total confirmed cases is 11.

April 17, 2020, the county’s total confirmed cases is 10.

April 15, 2020, a total of 9 confirmed cases in Vermilion County

April 10, 2020, A total of 8 confirmed cases in Vermilion County.

 April 9, 2020, Vermilion County total confirm COVID-19 cases is now 7.

April 6, 2020 – Go to this CDC link for the new guidance on all persons wearing a mask when in public:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

April 3, 2020, 5 total confirmed cases in Vermilion County.

April 2, 2020, 2 additional cases of COVID -19 confirmed in Vermilion County

April 1, 2020 Vermilion County has its second confirmed COVID-19 case.

March 31, 2020, the first COVID-19 case reported in Vermilion County.  Please make sure that the information you receive and share is reliable and truthful.  We recommend going to the CDC website for the latest information and guidance.  Please see the following links for more information on personal care for COVID-19.

Who Should I Call ?
What to do if your were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19?
What to do if you have confirmed or suspected  COVID-19?
What to do if you have symptoms of COV-19 and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed?

March 30, 2020 Grocery Store Guidance released 

March 20, 2020, a revision to the original Order has been released.  See items below.

 

2. Non-essential business and operations must cease. All businesses and operations in the State, except Essential Businesses and Operations as defined below, are required to cease all activities within the State except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined For clarity, businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home).

10. Essential Businesses and Operations. For the purposes of this Executive Order, Essential Businesses and Operations means Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Governmental Functions, and Essential Infrastructure, and the following:1

a. Stores that sell groceries and medicine. Grocery stores, pharmacies, certified fanners’ markets, fann and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, and other establislnnents engaged in the retail sale of groceries, cairned food, dry goods, frozen foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries, medicine, including medication not requiring a medical prescription, and also that sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and Essential Businesses and Operations;

b. Food, beverage, and cannabis production and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation, including farming, livestock, fishing, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; licensed medical and adult use cannabis dispensaries and licensed cannabis cultivation centers; and businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, ke1mels, and adoption facilities;

c.  Organizations that provide charitable and social services. Businesses and religious and secular nonprofit organizations, including food banks, when providing food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities;

All Essential Businesses and Operations are encouraged to remain open. To the greatest extent feasible, Essential Businesses and Operations shall comply with.Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Executive Order, including by maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and members of the public at all times, including, but not limited to, when any customers are standing in line.

March 18, 2020, the following revisions, Enforcement of “CovE05, has been made to the Governor’s Executive Order dealing with the Enforcement of this order.  See information below.

“Please be advised that your establishment is required to adhere to this Executive Order immediately, and that these steps are necessary and proper to prevent further spreading of COVID-19.

If you do not adhere to this Executive Order, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Certified Local Health Departments have the authority to order that a place be closed and made off limits to the public “to prevent the probable spread of a dangerously contagious or infectious disease *** until such time as the condition can be corrected or the danger to the public health eliminated or reduced in such a manner that no substantial danger to the public’s health any longer exists.” 20 ILCS 2305/2(b). The process of issuing such an order is set forth in 20 ILCS 2305/3(c). Furthermore, police officers, sheriffs and all other officers in Illinois are authorized to enforce such orders.”

March 18, 2020, a “IDPH COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Food Service, has been released “to provide information on COVID-19 prevention in various food service operations and address the Governor’s Office mandate”

March 18, 2020, IDPH has released a guidance for food establishments that are completely closing and food establishments that remain open during this time period

March 18, 2020, CDC recommending the cancellation or postponement of all gathering of 10 or people.

March 16, 2020 the Governor office issued an Illinois Executive Order in Response to COVID-19. This order declares the prohibition of the on-premise service of and the consumption of food and beverages and provides the reason for this prohibition. See detail below.

CDC currently recommends the practice of social distancing to combat the spread of this virus. Social distancing is the practice of avoiding close contact with a group of individuals for a length of time. The CDC recommends the cancellation or rescheduling of gatherings of 50 people or more.   “The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends Illinois residents avoid group dining in public settings”. The State of Illinois Executive Order states, beginning March 18, 2020, “all public and private gatherings in the State of Illinois of 50 people or more are prohibited for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.”

It is stated in the Illinois Executive Order that, “A public or private gathering includes community, civic, public leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, and any similar event or activity that brings together 50 or more people in a single room or a single space at the same time. This includes venues such as fitness centers/health clubs, bowling alleys, private clubs, and theatres. This does not include venues that provide essential goods or services such as grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, gas stations, banks/credit unions, and shelters…”

As stated in the Illinois Executive Order, “Beginning March 16, 2020 at 9 p.m. through March 30, 2020, all businesses in the State of Illinois that offer food or beverages for on-premises consumption-including restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and food halls must suspend service for and may not permit on-premises consumption. Such businesses are permitted and encouraged to serve food and beverages so that they may be consumed off-premises, as currently permitted by law, through means such as in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through, and curbside pick-up. In addition, customers may enter the premises to purchase food or beverages for carry-out. However, establishments offering food or beverages for carry-out, including food trucks, must ensure that they have an environment where patrons maintain adequate social distancing.”

The Executive Order is not restricted to only restaurant and bars. This order includes any venue in which there may be a gathering of 50 or more people at any one time.

The Illinois State Police, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the State Fire Marshall and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, “are all directed to cooperate with one another and to use available resources to enforce the provisions of this Executive Order”

Provided with the Executive Order the Vermilion County Health Department now has the guidance needed to better answer the questions we have been asked about how various food service establishment will be affected by this order. We will attempt to answer those questions as we are asked. As more information is provided to this department, we will post it here at this website.

March 9, 2020, Governor Pritzker issued a Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation. This proclamation allows the Governor additional executive authorities to protect public health and safety.