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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale has been monitoring the COVID-19 issue closely over the past few weeks and has maintained close communications with our federal and state health officials, the Jackson County Health Department, Southern Illinois Healthcare, Southern Illinois University, regional public transportation agencies, public schools, Amtrak, and the Illinois Governor’s office to maintain the most current and accurate information possible so that we can respond appropriately to this rapidly evolving situation. The health and well-being of our residents, businesses, and visitors to our community is our top priority.
To date, there have been 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Illinois. Although none of these cases has been linked to Carbondale, as your local government we must do everything possible to mitigate the spread of the virus. The CDC recommends (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) implementing community mitigation strategies to slow the spread of the virus, primarily for the purpose of protecting people that are at higher risk for severe illness and to protect the healthcare and critical infrastructure workforces. As such, the City of Carbondale is implementing the following protocols effective immediately:
Implementing these temporary measures will mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the community, while also protecting City employees who must be available to ensure that City operations continue to run smoothly. The City of Carbondale encourages other agencies and businesses to implement measures to assist in reducing the spread of the virus. Those measures include:
Most importantly, don’t panic. Most people that contract COVID-19 experience mild flu-like symptoms with only 16% of cases being serious. But, for our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers that are in higher risk groups, please join us in doing everything you can to minimize the spread of this virus.
The City of Carbondale will continually reevaluate conditions to keep the community informed of this public health issue.
“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”