STEPHENSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS — Under authority of Illinois Compiled Statues 20 ILCS 3305/11, I, William N. Hadley, Stephenson County Board Chairman, upon joint recommendation by the Directors of the Stephenson County Department of Health and Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency, do hereby proclaim that a disaster emergency exists in Stephenson County due to the following reasons:
The first presumptive positive case of the COVID-19 virus has occurred within Stephenson County. Emergency procedures and protocols need to be implemented to facilitate decision making across the county and allow expedited procurement should it be necessary. The County requires resources from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). This emergency will exceed the County’s available personnel and financial resources, and therefore funding and resources from the State and/or Federal Government will be necessary to mitigate the disaster.
The Stephenson County Department of Health Public Health Emergency Plan and the Stephenson County Emergency Operations Plan are hereby activated and the Directors of the Stephenson County Department of Health and Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency are ordered to proceed with all haste to bring said disaster to a rapid conclusion for the best interest of the residents of Stephenson County and pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act and the Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency ordinance.
This proclamation is effective this 22nd day of March, 2020 and shall expire the 30th day of April, 2020 unless extended by the Stephenson County Board Chairman.
March 22, 2020
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 296 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including an infant. IDPH also announced three deaths. The deaths included a Cook County man in his 80s, a Chicago man in his 80s, and a McLean County woman in her 70s. Jo Daviess, Livingston, Rock Island, and Stephenson counties are now also reporting cases. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,049 cases in 30 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.
Health officials are still learning about this new virus and information and guidance is rapidly evolving. At this time, it is still unknown if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In these cases, which are a small number, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk. Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.