Governor J.B. Pritzker says Adams County residents and elected officials need to take COVID-19 more seriously.
Adams County is one of only four counties on the state's COVID-19 "Warning Level.
The governor says there needs to be a renewed effort to bring down the county's infection rate.
"What's happening here in Adams County is alarming and if these trends continue in the negative direction the state will need to take immediate action to impose additional mitigations to slow the spread and keep more people from getting sick."Governor J.B. Pritzker | Governor of Illinois
Governor J.B. Pritzker wants local officials to step up enforcement of COVID-19 precautions.
"We're counting on city and county health departments and leaders to what they know is right protect their residents. That includes closing or ticketing a bar that's not adhering to the 25% capacity limit and separating large gatherings that exceed the 50 person limit."Governor J.B. Pritzker | Governor of Illinois
Despite previously deferring enforcement to state agencies, local officials now say they're prepared to act against those who choose to ignore public health precautions.
"We know that there might be an instance where somebody is creating a public health risk and if that occurs…then we have met as a county and as a city and we will take the appropriate action," Mayor Kyle Moore said.
Moore points to the recent 21-day mask challenge by area mayors as an example of attempts to get people to wear masks and social distance.
But, if campaigns like that continue to fall flat…Pritzker says residents must hold local elected officials accountable.
"Demand they take action because if they don't, they'll drive the entire region back to closed bars and restaurants and greater job losses or even another stay at home order."Governor J.B. Pritzker | Governor of Illinois
The governor says there are three thing things residents can do to be proactive:
- Wear a mask
- Encourage other's not wearing a mask to wear one.
- Follow health precautions like hand washing and social distancing
Pritzker also says if a contact tracer calls your phone to please pick up.
He says contact tracing is one of the most important things they can do to stop virus spread in the community.
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