Edgar County adjusts to Illinois modified stay-at-home order


EDGAR, Co., Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — As of May 1st, there aren’t any positive cases of COVID-19 in Edgar County.

“Sometimes that gives people a false sense of security. Just because we don’t have a confirmed case doesn’t mean that the virus is not in this county,” said Monica Dunn, Assistant Administrator with the Edgar County Public Health Department.

Dunn said testing was not as widely available to them at first.

“There were pretty high restrictions so there wasn’t a lot of tests. Testing has significantly increased in Edgar County,” she said.

As of Friday morning, there have been 107 residents tested. 15 results are pending.

On May 1, Governor J.B. Pritzker put a modified stay-at-home order in effect for Illinois. Dunn said even with some lighter restrictions, residents should still be careful.

The order allows non-essential retail stores to re-open for curbside pick-up. Greenhouses and animal grooming services can also re-open, as long as customers and workers wear masks.

Golf courses have also re-opened, with restrictions.

“The only way someone can take a cart is if they have physical disabilities or limitations where they don’t think they can walk the course. Then, we can rent them out a cart. Our other limitations are instead of playing foursomes, they’re only allowing twosomes to play at one time,” said Janis Ludeks, of Eagle Ridge Golf Course.

Ludeks said he’s glad to have the course back open and will keep watching for more changes to come.

“I expect a lot of people. I’ve got people calling and they’re just so anxious to get out here and play, so we’re looking forward to it,” he said.

Edgar County health officials want the public to continue wearing face coverings, maintain a social distance, and give them a call with any questions.

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