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PRINCETON — Bureau County Board Chairwoman Marshann Entwhistle has issued an emergency declaration for the county in response to the increasing concerns over COVID-19.
According to a news release issued Tuesday by Bureau County Emergency Management Director Keenan Campbell, the declaration is a civil emergency that puts into action the county’s Emergency Operation Plan and will assist with local, state and federal operations along with funding as deemed necessary and appropriate.
Campbell said issuing this declaration provides for additional measures and resources to help protect citizens and minimize the spread of COVID-19 within the communities.
“The decision was made after examining all current information available on COVID-19 and its potential impact on our community and local resources,” Campbell stated in the release.
“This is a difficult situation for our county, and with changes happening on a daily basis, the need to act was not taken without the utmost respect for diligence and caution.”
The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois has increased dramatically over the past week. Bureau County currently has no positive cases.
The number of cases can be reduced by adhering to public health guidance on social distancing, washing hands frequently, disinfection of commonly touched surfaces and staying home when ill.
COVID-19 shares many symptoms with more common respiratory diseases. If someone have a fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing and/or fatigue, they should contact their health care provider for further guidance.
The Bureau County Emergency Operations Center is now activated. All practical steps taken to coordinate and facilitate responses in Bureau County, as well as any actions deemed necessary to ensure intergovernmental cooperation, are under the direction of Campbell.
“We ask the public to follow and share trusted sources of information on COVID-19. The spread of incorrect information can lead people to take actions that are detrimental to the health of not only themselves but the health of others,” Campbell stated. “If we all work together and think of others, we can and will get through this.”
Campbell encourages the public to refer to the Center for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Bureau Putnam Marshall County Health Department websites, as well as their social media accounts, for trusted information.
Citizens can also download the Ready Bureau App from both the Android and iPhone App stores, which has a link to the health department webpage, for more COVID-19 information.