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Phase 4 does not signal the end of COVID-19

Health department administrator urges moving forward with ‘great caution’

As Illinois has moved into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments remind citizens that COVID-19 has not gone away.

“For persons at higher risk for serious illness and complications from contracting COVID-19 this is a time for moving forward with great caution,” said Hector Gomez, administrator of the Bureau, Putnam, Marshall County Health Departments. “For the rest of us, it is a time to realize the risks some of our family, friends and neighbors are still facing and exercise good sense and concern for all members of our communities. COVID-19 is not gone and there is no cure.”

Gomez explained that “Phase 4 will be the longest of the Restore Illinois phases unless COVID-19 cases increase again to a level that begins to threaten availability of health care services. Phase 5 will not be attained until there are vaccines or effective treatments or cures available and that will be months, or longer, to reach.”

To prepare businesses and employers to implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4, the state has developed a toolkit complete with signage, posters and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.

Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

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