Health Department: Area Is On Track For Phase 4

The Washington County Health Department stated on Wednesday, June 24, that the area is “on track” to begin Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan later on in the week.

The beginning of the Phase 4 is set to begin on Friday, June 26, and guidance is available online at https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/.  Additional guidance will be shared as it becomes available, and the health department will continue to publish changes in the recommendations as they are made throughout Phase 4.

“As states are opening up activities, we are seeing an increase in cases nationwide,” Administrator Elizabeth Lehde said in the release. “While it is to be expected, it will be important to continue to be safe and smart moving forward to avoid getting into an emergency situation.  Many states are reporting record numbers of daily positive cases and are facing possible shutdowns again. Everyone is asked to follow the recommendations and take additional precautions if you do not feel comfortable in a situation.”

The summary of the Phase 4 includes:

  • Masks or face coverings are still recommended

  • Social distancing is still recommended

  • Indoor dining is allowed with spacing restrictions

  • Group gatherings are allowed up to 50 participants

  • Additional activities and venues may open with capacity limits

“We recognize that the last few months have been difficult,” Lehde said. “Your efforts and safe practices have kept our county in good standing, and it is greatly appreciated. Together we can continue to keep our community safe.”

Washington County continues to have fewer reported positive cases than several other counties in the surrounding area.

As of Wednesday, there have been 648 negative results that have been reported to the department at this time. 

The summary of the Washington County’s nineteen (19) confirmed cases are:

  • 0 active

  • 19 released from isolation

  • 0 deaths

Illinois Department of Public Health is posting number of cases by zip code for those having more than five (5) cases.  This information, as well as case and test counts, can be found at http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics.

For testing, contact your healthcare provider or find where testing sites are located at: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites

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