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The CEO of Clinton's Warner Hospital has several messages for the community as the State of Illinois enters phase 5 of Governor JB Pritzker's COVID reopening plan.


Phase 5 ends the mask mandate except in certain settings including healthcare facilities. Paul Skowron says while we've weathered the storm of the last year-plus, we still need to be vigilant.



Earlier this week on Regional Radio News, DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department Dave Remmert told Regional Radio News he felt we were getting close to having most of the population with some sort of immunity, Skowron did not necessarily agree nor disagree with that but expressed the overlapping desire of the two healthcare officials to get as many people vaccinated as possible.



Skowron is emphasizing to the public 'Phase 5' guidance continues to require masks in healthcare settings. Even as healthcare facilities have been back open in full for around a year, he continues to report preventative healthcare screenings and appointments remain behind. 



Skowron believes a lot of the hesitation in coming back to healthcare facilities is still an uncomfortably factor due to COVID but also individuals that do not want to wear a mask when they go to the doctor. 

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