The Tri-County region saw one new confirmed case on Wednesday out of Peoria County bringing the area total between Peoria, Woodford, and Tazewell County to 17.
As of Wednesday our four major hospitals in the Greater Peoria area (OSF St. Francis and UnityPoint Methodist, Proctor, and Pekin) have one confirmed case in the ICU, this is down from three on Monday.
Still without any known cure for COVID-19, Dr. Gregg Stoner said taking steps to be as healthy as possible are vital.
“It’s also a time if you have chronic medical illnesses to really optimize your care and get yourself as healthy as you can even in the next two weeks changes that you make, might be changes that save your life should you get COVID-19.” said Dr. Stoner, the Medical Director for the Peoria City/County Health Department
He said this also goes for life choices such as smoking tobacco or cannabis.
In the short term he said smoking can damage the cilia, which are like filters that keep the lungs clear, while long term damage to lung tissue makes it more difficult to breathe.
“So cancer is a risk that not everyone gets that smokes but emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, everybody gets that who smokes so they’re all at risk for having worsened symptoms with the COVID-19 on top of that.”
The CEO of The Community Foundation of Central Illinois announced on Wednesday the reactivating of the Disaster Recovery Fund. This was first started after the Washington Tornadoes.
“It’s purpose is to accept tax deductible contributions that will be used to provide grant support to community organizations that are directly supporting our local residents and families. Those who are most effected by our emerging health, economic, and social impacts.” said CEO Mark Roberts
And as the stay at home order is set to continue for the rest of the month, Peoria County Board Chairman Andrew Rand said this is not the time to be complacent. With warmer weather he said he has seen many people outdoors, and while that is allowed and exercise is suggested, it must abide by social distancing rules.
“Congregating in play grounds is not, a pick up game of basketball is not, and unfortunately Sunday church in the parking lot of your favorite congregation is not either.”
Andrew Rand is also the CEO of Advanced Medical Transport and he said their calls to 211, which has been set up to help direct you to the best services regarding COVID-19 have doubled to over 100 a day.