OTTAWA, IL – State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, is urging citizens of the state to follow the precautionary measures noted by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control to help contain the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
“This is not only about protecting ourselves, but protecting our community members, including those who are particularly vulnerable to this disease, like the elderly and those who have current common medical conditions,” said Yednock. “By following the proper guidelines, we can help reduce the spread of this disease and timeline, allowing our medical professionals the time and resources they need to treat those who may be experiencing severe complications from contracting the virus. Our local health care system simply cannot handle a massive gain of needed hospitalizations, and by taking collective action, we can help reduce the number of cases happening at one time.”
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends many measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 like washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or longer, cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces frequently, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and face. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that gatherings of 50 or more people be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks. To stay up to date on the status of COVID-19 in Illinois, residents can visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus or follow IDPH on social media.
“It is imperative that we follow the safety instructions made by health care officials and providers,” said Yednock. “By taking action together, we can help protect others around us. I am continuing to stay in constant contact with our medical professionals in the Illinois Valley and at IDPH to provide the most accurate information possible to citizens during these challenging times.”