On March 20th the Governor of Illinois issued a "Shelter in Place" Executive Order requiring Illinois residents to stay at home. The order closes all "nonessential" businesses and prohibits gathering of more than 10 people. To learn more about the order, and what's considered "essential" and "nonessential," click here or here.
All Public and Private Schools will be closed from March 13- April 7th as ordered by GOvernor Pritzker
All Community Colleges (John A Logan,SIC,Shawnee and Rend Lake College) in the region will be closed until March 23rd and then will be offering online instruction until further notice.
Child Care: All licensed child care has been suspended efftecive March 21st. Licensed homes can operate as license exempt and can only care for up to 6 children. LIcensed center must apply to DCFS to operate asi an emergency center,meeting specific criteria as outlined in emergency rules. A full list of emergency child care centers
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has closed all state park and historic sites.
DRIVER SERVICESIllinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Friday that all driver services facilities statewide will be closed through April 7 due to Gov. Pritzker's "stay at home" order. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings will be extended for 30 days through an emergency rule.
HOSPITALSBaptist Health Paducah is suspending elective procedures and elective screening exams. Urgent and emergency procedures and diagnostic exams will still be performed. The hospital has also implemented a stricter visitor policy, limiting visitors to one per certain patients and having visitors use only certain entrances. The hospital says exceptions will be considered for special cases.
Crossroads Community Hospital has temporarily suspended all patient visits until further notice. Exceptions may be made for pediatric patients and in end-of-life situations. Crossroads will screen all visitors upon entry.
Ferrell Hospital is not allowing any visitors. Exceptions will be made for one adult accompanying a pediatric patient and end-of-life situations. The hospital and affiliated clinics have implemented patient screening protocols prior to entering the facility and/or clinics.
Franklin Hospital has implemented a temporary, hospital-wide visitor restriction. No visitors are allowed in any clinical area. A patient under the age of 18 may have one visitor. Exceptions may be made per nursing discretion for special needs or compromised patients. The hospital cafeteria is restricted to employees only until further notice.
Hamilton Memorial Hospital District is not allowing visitors under the age of 18 and no more than two visitors in a patient's room. Visitors must also complete an Illinois Department of Public Health screening questionnaire.
Harrisburg Medical Center has implemented a "No Visitors" policy effective 1 p.m. March 23. The only exception is pediatric patients, end-of-life patients, and ER patients may have one person with them.
Heartland Regional Medical Center has canceled several activities, classes and events (see below in the Events section) and is restricting the hospital cafeteria to only current HRMC staff until further notice. The hospital has also established a call-ahead hotline to limit exposure to COVID-19. Patients with fever, cough, shortness of breath, or those exposed to the coronavirus should call (888) 543-2786 before seeking testing or care. Patients are limited to 1 adult visitor per patient. All visitors will be asked screening questions by designated staff.
Marshall Browning Hospital is enforcing a visitor restriction policy. The hospital dining room is closed to the public. Carry-out meals will be available to staff and providers. Cardiopulmonary Rehab has been suspended.
Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital is asking people not to visit its facilities, including senior services and long-term care locations. For mother/baby and pediatric patients, visitors are limited to a designated partner or primary caretaker/guardian (only one at a time). Exceptions will be considered based on "end-of-life situations or when a visitor is essential for the patient's emotional well-being and care."
SIH has set-up a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline to provide telephone screening, information and to answer general questions: 1-844-988-7800. All elective surgery has been postponed. Effective March 23, SIH has suspended visitation within its facilities until further notice. The hospital has opened three drive-thru testing sites for patients who receive an electronic doctor's order through the hotline.
SoutheastHealth has adopted a "no visitor" policy. Limited exceptions will be made for several areas such as pediatrics, OB, and the NICU.
SSM Health is offering a free "virtual visit" for anyone who is concerned they may be experiencing symptoms of, or may have been exposed to, COVID-19. Anyone who lives in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma or Wisconsin, regardless of insurance or if they are a current SSM Health patient, is eligible for the free evaluation. The hospital has also set up testing sites for patients referred by a SSM Health physician or SSM Health virtual visit. Until further notice, no visitors will be allowed in any SSM Health care sites except in certain specific circumstances. SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital is accepting donations of unused personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Carbondale Public Library: Closed March 17 - March 29. No fines will accrue will the library is closed.
- Du Quoin Public Library: Closed to the public beginning March 17. Books will be available through curbside service. Patrons may order books online or by calling (618) 542-5045. Library hours will be 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
- Harrisburg District Library: Closed to the public March 18 - April 1. Curbside assistance available for book return/pickup, copies, fax, printing. Call (618) 253-7455.
- Herrin Public Library: Closed to the public. The book drop will be closed. Overdue fines will not accrue while the library is closed.
- Marion Carnegie Library: Closed beginning March 16.
MEDICAL/DENTALCenterstone has instructed most of its staff to provide services to clients and communities through virtual care – the use of video and telephone – during the coronavirus pandemic. Current and new clients in Illinois may call 1-855-608-3560 to schedule an appointment. At that time, they can request an in-person session or one delivered via telephone or video.
Jackson County, IL Health Department will remain open with limited access starting Monday, March 23. The facility will be open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 618-684-3143 ahead to arrange services.
Marion Eye Centers and Optical offices in Missouri and Illinois and Marion Eye Centers Surgery Center in Mt Vernon, Illinois has suspended appointments for all eye exams, treatments and surgeries. However, Marion Eye Centers will set up injection clinics for patients who are being treated for Macular Degeneration. Patients will be contacted by Marion Eye Centers for a specific time and date.
OFFICESBuncombe Public Water District is closed until further notice. Payments may be made via dropbox, mail, ACH or online at buncombepwd.com
Carbondale Park District: Administrative offices closed to the public.
Humane Society of Missouri is temporarily closing its adoption shelters to the public beginning 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, and will remain closed until the 30-day 'Stay-At-Home' mandate for the St. Louis area is lifted.
Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has announced that all Division of Rehabilitation Services’ (DRS) Offices will close until early April. DRS’ customers can reach their local offices by phone or online at DRS.illinois.gov.
Marion Animal Care & Control is reducing public access and has placed a freeze on all trapping of animals. All adoptions will be by appointment only.
Murdale Water office is closed to the public effective March 17. Payments may be made by mail.
Paducah Water Business Office is closed to the public until further notice. Paducah Water is still operating and will continue to provide water to customers. Call (270) 442-2746 or visit pwwky.com.
The Perry County Government Building in Pinckneyville is closed to the public until further notice. If you have questions, call or email the appropriate office/department.
Pulaski County offices are closed to the public. Appointments to conduct in-person business may be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of county office personnel.
State Rep. Terri Bryant's district officers in Murphysboro and Mt. Vernon are closed until further notice. Constituents may reach staff by calling (618) 242-8115 or (618) 684-1100 or by emailing Bryant@ILHouseGOP.org.
White County Courthouse and all county offices are closed to the public. Court remains open for emergency purposes only. Residents should call if they have a question.
Williamson County Administrative Building will be closed to the public until further notice, effective Friday, March 20.
SENIOR CENTERSThe Illinois Department on Aging notified all senior centers to suspend "gathering activities" including group meals and social activities. Carry out and delivered meals are still allowed.
Gov. Andy Beshear has also urged Kentucky senior centers to temporarily close in-person activities.
Active Day of Marion: Closed for 30 days, expected to be back in operation April 20. If you have questions, call (618) 998-2032.
Our Healthy Circle, Heartland Regional Medical Center: All events canceled until further notice.
ACTIVITIES/EVENTSGreater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America has called on all members to stop in-person meetings and cancel all activities and camping trips.
Carson Center: The Carson Center for the Performing Arts has suspended all normal operations for approximately 30 days. Most performances and events during this period have been rescheduled, postponed, or canceled. At this time, performances and events scheduled after April 12 will take place as planned.
Marion Cultural and Civic Center: The Marion Cultural and Civic Center will be closed until May 1. Any tickets held for a show that is being rescheduled will be directly transferred to the new date. If an event is not rescheduled, ticket holders will be contacted about a refund.
Show Me Center: Several events planned at the Show Me Center have been postponed:
- April 17-19: Hot Wheels Monster Trucks LIVE postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced in the future.
AMC Theaters have temporarily closed all locations nationwide in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
City of Carbondale Employment Fair originally scheduled for April 1 has been postponed.
Carbondale branch of NAACP has canceled its March and April meetings.
Carbondale Park District: Board of Commissioners and Citizen Advisory meetings are postponed.
City of Carterville/McDonalds Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for March 28 has been postponed.
For Kids' Sake Closing Celebration postponed until further notice. Bidding can be done remotely by viewing the show online and emailing a bid.
Fun-HUB Bash for CASA at the HUB Recreation Center in Marion postponed until Friday, August 7.
Herrin Bowl closed through March 30.
Herrin Chamber of Commerce has canceled all events through March 30.
Herrin Civic Center will not be hosting any events through the end of March.
IFCO*/Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba scheduled for Monday, March 30 in Carbondale has been postponed.
Jefferson County Historical Society is closed and all events and programs canceled through April 6.
John A. Logan College: All events at the college, regardless of size, canceled March 17 - April 30. Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for March 24 is canceled.
Kentucky Oaks Mall: Closing at 6 p.m. Monday, March 23
Knights of Columbus of Harrisburg has canceled its Lenten fish fries.
Marion Chamber of Commerce has postponed the 10th annual Bass Tournament, the March Lunch & Learn and the April Membership Luncheon.
Metropolis city parks: All baseball, softball and soccer games/tournaments scheduled through March 31 are canceled.
Metropolis Community Center and Girl Scout House closed through March 31.
Paducah QuiltWeek Show that was scheduled for April 22 - April 25 is being postponed until Sept. 2 - Sept. 5.
Pinckneyville Community Hospital: Open House for the Wellness Center scheduled for Sunday, March 29 has been postponed.
Relay For Life of Washington County is postponing its events - the Taste of Hope, the Survivor Dinner and Celebration of Hope and the Relay For Life Bark in the Park. These events will be rescheduled for later in the year.
Rend Lake College Culinary Arts Showcase has been canceled.
Benton-West City Chamber of Commerce has postponed the 2020 Rend Lake Water Festival originally scheduled for April 29-May 2. A new date has not yet been set.
River to River Trail Society has canceled its public hikes scheduled for March 21, 22, and 28.
Scratch Brewing Company 7th anniversary celebration postponed until summer or fall.
Shawnee Group Sierra Club has canceled its meeting previously scheduled for March 19.
Shrek the Musical presented by the Frankfort Community High School Music Department has been postponed to a later date.
SIU Carbondale: SIUC has announced that group events involving the gathering of more than 25 people will be canceled through at least April 25. Canceled events include:
- 03/28/20 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
- 04/02/20 Environmental Education Association of Illinois Conference
- 04/02/20 - 04/03/20 - Renewing Illinois Summit
- 04/04/20 Honors Day
- 04/04/20 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
- 04/08/20 John Cruickshank, Consul General of Canada
- 04/08/20 World Language Day
- 04/14/20 Arbor Day/Earth Month
- 04/29/20 Women in Technology
Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois has postponed Flight #7 from May 5 to June 9.