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Gov. Pritzker Launches Coronavirus.illinois.gov with Resources for Illinois Residents, Small Businesses
Murphysboro, Ill. — Following an earlier stop at the St. Clair County Health Department in Belleville this morning, Governor JB Pritzker held his administration’s daily COVID-19 press briefing in Jackson County today and announced the launch of a new website detailing the state’s evolving response to COVID-19 and resources available to Illinois residents during this challenging time.
“My administration is doing everything in our power to support our working families and our small businesses during this time—which means a lot of new information coming at you every day. Consider our new website as a hub for all the resources we’ve developed in response to this crisis,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “If you want to review our announcements on unemployment eligibility benefits—which we expanded and sped up for those impacted by COVID-19—or the work we’ve done to prevent utility shut-offs, expand health care, and support small businesses, you’ll find it all on this new website at coronavirus.illinois.gov.”
In another effort to provide timely and accurate information to the public,Coronavirus.illinois.govcentralizes the breaking updates from state government, prevention and preparation tips, frequently asked questions and resources from public health experts.
  • News:The latest announcements from the Governor’s Office and state agencies on the evolving response to COVID-19.
  • Prevention:Tips to keep safe and healthy practices at home, in the office, in long term care facilities, in homeless shelters, around local neighborhoods and during day-to-day activities.
  • Preparation:How to take effective actions to plan for a situation where you may get sick, such as implementing family action plans, and what to do if you suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • FAQs:Answers to general questions on COVID-19 and more specific questions related to education and unemployment.
  • Resources:Guidance from experts at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and crucial information for both families and medical providers.
  • About Coronavirus:What is coronavirus? Instructions on what individuals can do to protect themselves and help prevent community spread.
Social distancing is the paramount strategy for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The Governor continues to make tough calls to keep Illinoisans safe, including mandating that events of 50 people or more be canceled, suspending dine-in operations of bars and restaurants and temporarily closing public and private K-12 schools. Public health officials continue to urge Illinoisans to stay home as much as possible.
Those experiencing symptoms should call a health care provider who will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.


What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide. While that sounds normal, COVID-19 has proven to spread widely and have high potential to cause serious, life-threatening illness to the elderly or those with compromised immune systems. Coronavirus symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are no specific treatments for coronavirus, but to relieve symptoms, patients are instructed to take pain and fever medications, drink plenty of liquids, and stay home and rest.

How does coronavirus spread?

According to the CDC, coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person. Act the same way you would act if you had the flu— if you think you may be sick, keep your distance from other people and always cover your coughs and sneezes.

Do I need to wear a mask? 

It is not recommended to wear a face mask if you are well. Face masks should be reserved for those showing symptoms of COVID-19 and for health care workers.

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19? 

At this time, there is no available vaccine for COVID-19. The best way to prevent getting infected is to not be exposed.

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The State Fire Marshal annual Fire Prevention and Life Safety Award is to recognize extraordinary efforts in furtherance of fire prevention and life safety performed by fire departments, firefighters and staff from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal. Nominations for this award shall be made using a nomination form provided by the Office at the link below. Anyone may submit a nomination and previous nominees who were not awarded can be nominated again. A committee consisting of staff from the Office will review nominations and will select a recipient from each nomination category. Recipients will be presented the award during the Fire Fighting Medal of Honor ceremony in Springfield, Illinois on May 12, 2020.

A copy of the nomination form is available on our website by clicking on the link below:

Nominations can be submitted to:
Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal
Attn: Robin Sudduth
1035 Stevenson Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62703
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