La Salle County residents must do more to limit the spread of coronavirus. That message from Governor Pritzker in Ottawa Thursday. County officials, happy with a visit from the Governor, likely were dismayed by the Health Department's daily confirmed case count. That number was 26 - one of the highest daily numbers during the pandemic. Unless things change, stated Pritzker, restaurants are four days away from returning to just carryouts and drive up.
The County Health Department's Julie Kerestes laid the blame for high COVID-19 numbers mainly on 20-somethings not taking the situation seriously. Many are asymptomatic. In other words, they're infected and likely don't know it. Kerestes said they are passing coronavirus to family, friends and co-workers. Health officials including IDPH Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike continue to stress social distancing, washing hands and wearing a mask in public. The event was done Facebook live on the Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO Facebook page.
Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties Health Department reported 19 new cases Thursday.