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The Public Health Director the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department is echoing the message from the State Public Health Director that we need to assume this virus is in our communities and take precautions.


Dave Remmert expected the coronavirus to make its way to central Illinois and says we should go about our daily lives under the assumption the virus is here and begin to think about the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.



Remmert continues to reference the H1N1 outbreak of 2009 that was particularly bad for people. He indicates this virus is not as destructive to humans as that one and we need to take a step back and have a little perspective.



Remmert supports the government's attempts to minimize the spread of this virus and feels a nationwide quarantine would be difficult to enforce but hopes people who are sick and can self-quarantine will do so.

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