Tuesday’s coronavirus update from state government

Department of Public Health announced 236 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois

Yesterday’s daily update from the Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported the confirmation of another 236 cases of coronavirus in Illinois, with three more deaths. The state is also reporting a total of 12 deaths statewide, with three more occurring in Cook County yesterday. IDPH has set up an e-mail address for people to use when offering to donate personal protective equipment. That address is PPE.donations@illinois.gov.

The full report from IDPH is available here.

More clarity on “essential businesses”

State agencies continue to issue guidance on which businesses are considered essential during the Governor’s “stay at home” order which is in place through April 7. In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, last Friday the Governor ordered all non-essential businesses to close and employees to stay home. Since then, there have been questions about which businesses are exempted from the order.

Department of Agriculture guidance for farmers during the “stay at home” order

What businesses are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Who’s hiring?

Many jobs have been impacted by the shutdowns and the economic damage from the disease. But at the same time, some businesses, like grocery stores, are in need of more workers. The Illinois Retail Merchants’ Association has put together a list of businesses which are in need of more employees to help meet the needs of our communities during the emergency.

More news from state government:

Department of Financial and Professional Regulation acts to increase healthcare workforce

The latest guidance for schools from the Illinois State Board of Education

For continually updated news from state agencies, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov or my website at repbennett.com and click on COVID-19 Info. Persons with coronavirus questions or concerns should call the statewide toll-free coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or submit questions via e-mail at dph.sick@illinois.gov.