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Local officials are keeping in close contact with one another to make sure they are at the ready should the coronavirus make its way to DeWitt County.


CEO Paul Skowron stopped into the WHOW studios Thursday morning and indicates everyone from the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department, the Emergency Management Agency and the hospital are talking daily about the latest in a growing situation worldwide.



The message from the CDC continues to be to take common-sense approaches to your daily life. Skowron says those recommendations include staying home if you're ill and washing your hands and keep a good amount of distance in social settings.



Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has expressed his frustration with the lack of test kits that are in Illinois right now and Skowron expressed his frustration as well but points out, the good news is coming as kits are expected as soon as next week.



Skowron indicates the next three to four weeks are going to be critical in their preparation because students and families are going all over the country and some even leaving the country, and when they return it is unknown what they will bring with them. 

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