Friday, February 26, 2021
The Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) press release announcing their daily test data is available via this link. Preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from February 19 through February 25 is now 2.5%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from February 19 through February 25 is 2.7%. As of today, the State of Illinois has administered more than 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccinations. Cases by county can be found on the state’s coronavirus website at coronavirus.illinois.gov.
The U.S. Congress is still considering what will be in the next phase of COVID-19 relief legislation. Later this evening, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 1319, entitled the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. If passed, it will be sent to the U.S. Senate for further consideration. Included in H.R. 1319 is $65.1 billion for cities, villages and towns regardless of size. As I have reported previously, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is advocating that Congress pass his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (available via this link), which is the basis for this legislation.
On February 18, Illinois Municipal League (IML) President Ricky J. Gottman, Mayor of Vandalia, and IML Vice President Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, along with other municipal officials, sent a letter (available via this link) to the Illinois Congressional Delegation urging them to support funding for state and local governments and work to ensure that the additional funding can be utilized to cover lost revenues. IML is tracking the progress of the proposed relief package and will continue advocating for the inclusion of direct, unrestricted aid to all municipalities, regardless of size.
This afternoon, a federal advisory panel recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve the Emergency Use Authorization of a Johnson & Johnson one-dose coronavirus vaccine. The FDA will consider the panel’s recommendation before making a final decision, which is expected soon. If approved, Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected to be available quickly.
Today, Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot, along with U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, announced that the state, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, would be opening a mass vaccination site on March 10 at the United Center in Chicago. This vaccination site will serve any eligible residents of Illinois under either Phase 1A or 1B. At first, the site will prioritize appointments for seniors. It should also be noted that any vaccines administered at this site will be from the federal government and will not affect the allotments being distributed to the local public health departments by the state. More information is available in the Governor’s press release via this link.
Illinois is in Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination distribution plan, which now includes individuals ages 16 and older, who are not otherwise eligible, that have comorbidities, underlying conditions or disabilities. Updated guidance regarding Phase 1B is available on the state’s coronavirus website via this link.
As the federal government distributes additional vaccine doses to the state, additional appointments will become available. New vaccination sites and pharmacies are being added by the state daily. Find vaccination sites in your area via this link.
The status of Local CURE funding still available for each eligible municipality according to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), as of February 22, 2021, is available via this link. Communities with available funds are encouraged to contact DCEO and their third party administrator, Crowe LLP, by email at LocalCure@crowe.com.
Also today, Governor Pritzker signed HB 4276 (Rep. Hoffman, D-Swansea/Sen. Cunningham, D-Chicago), now Public Act (P.A.) 101-0653. The law extends the temporary rebuttable presumption for essential workers, through workers’ compensation insurance coverage and the Public Employee Disability Act, that contracted COVID-19 during the course of their employment. Employers are allowed to offer a rebuttal of that presumption if the employers are following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDPH guidance. The presumption will last through June 30, 2021. The new law went into effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature.
It is recommended that all communities comply with the Governor’s executive orders and enhanced mitigations for the protection of their residents throughout this public health crisis. If a municipality wishes to deviate from the executive orders and enhanced mitigations, municipal officials should consult with their legal counsel or retained attorney prior to taking any formal or informal action that would conflict with the executive orders, as that could create liability exposure to the municipal government or those municipal officials.
IDPH is providing daily updates on their COVID-19 website (available via this link) regarding the metrics used to determine each phase of the Governor’s “Restore Illinois” plan (available via this link). Those metrics include COVID-19 admissions to the region’s hospitals, the region’s COVID-19 test positivity rate and the available surge capacity at the region’s hospitals. IDPH is providing metrics for each individual county (available via this link).
IML is posting all of this information and more on our COVID-19 resources page available at iml.org/covid.
The State of Illinois’ central website for COVID-19 is available at coronavirus.illinois.gov.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Village of Sheridan will be closed to walk in services for the time being. You can reach us by calling the Village Hall @ 815-496-2251 or e-mailing us @ email@example.com.
If you are a senior citizen located within the Village of Sheridan in need of groceries and/or medication, please call us at 815-496-2251 or 815-496-2186 and we will assist you.
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Please help in support of our local businesses through this time. Here is a list of Sheridan businesses that will be open with contact information, some of which offer curbside or carry out services:
Sheridan Food Mart 815-496-2272
Calico Cafe 815-496-9734
Sheridan Tobacco and Spirits 815 496-3121
Sheridan American Legion 815 496-2380