With the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 sweeping the globe, as well as the state of Illinois, life in southeastern Illinois is grinding to a halt.
The number of documented cases in Illinois reached 100 this week, and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker ordered the closure of all schools and indoor dining facilities until the end of March in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. Several local units of government and businesses have also made adjustments to help combat COVID-19.
Below is a list of closures and adjusted service and hours throughout the area in relation to the Coronavirus.
Local city closures or reduced hours:
-Edwards County Supervisor of Assessments extended exemptions due dates to Oct. 2.
-West Salem Village Hall closed to the public beginning March 18. Utility payments may be made at the drop box located west of the Police Station door or by mail.
-Grayville City Hall will be closed to the public through March 30 Staff will be available by phone (618-375-3671) to assist you. The drive-up window will remain open and utility payments can be dropped in the payment box located at the police department.
-The City of Carmi Light and Water Office will be closed to public entry until at least March 30. Those wishing to pay their bill may do so by phone at 618-382-5555, online at cityofcarmi.com, by using drop boxes both in front of or behind Carmi City Hall, or by mailing payment to City of Carmi, 225 E Main Street, Carmi, IL 62821. Those needing to meet with or speak with someone in City Hall may do so by calling 618-384-2001.
Area hospitals and clinics:
-Wabash General Hospital is currently under General Visitor Restrictions. We ask that anyone displaying flu-like symptoms to not visit patients and to seek medical treatment.
Wabash General Hospital now has a COVID-19 Hotline Number that can be used if you are experiencing a fever of 100.4 or above, cough, shortness of breath and potentially been in contact with someone who has tested positive, please call 618-263-6233 prior to coming to the hospital. For your convenience, we have also launched a Coronavirus Symptom Checker on the Wabash General Hospital website- www.wabashgeneral.com. We are screening all individuals entering our campus as a precaution. All outside community events hosted within the hospital have been suspended until further notice. The hospital’s cafeteria is currently closed to the public. We are limiting our visitors to one per patient per day and those restrictions continue to evolve. We understand there are many inconveniences, but we are working to alleviate the best we can. Please continue to take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and take all precautions to maintain social distancing recommendations. Continue to wash your hands frequently and isolate yourself if you are not feeling well.
-Fairfield Memorial Hospital, in an abundance of caution, established an alternate care site Respiratory Clinic in the tent in the parking lot of the Medical Arts Complex. This clinic will be open Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. for anyone that has the signs and symptoms of a respiratory illness. After 8 p.m. and on the weekend, patients with these symptoms should be report to the Emergency Department. Signs and symptoms include: a temperature of 100.4F or higher; shortness of breath/rapid breathing; new or worsening cough; or has been exposed to a person that has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Patients will be able to drive up to the area by tent to screen patients in their vehicles in order to determine the best location to send you for testing and treatment. FMH now has a COVID-19 Hotline Number that can be used if you are experiencing a fever of 100.4 or above, cough, shortness of breath and potentially been in contact with someone who has tested positive, please call 618-516-1062 prior to coming to the hospital.
-Carle Richland Memorial Hospital said to call first. Call your healthcare provider before arrival for a health assessment over the phone if you're concerned about any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. All Carle ambulatory sites are still seeing patients for care needs. If you are exhibiting symptoms you feel may be consistent with COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider or facility prior to arrival.
Ambulatory staff is starting to call patients to see if they would like to reschedule appointments. For example, routine wellness care or well baby visits. Forward screening at our Convenient Care locations, means that patients exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be seen at screening centers to quickly identify and isolate any potentially infected patients and protect others.
Throughout the state:
-Governor J.B. Pritzker expanded the ban on gatherings of more than 50 people for eight weeks from Monday, March 16. The governor said he was acting on the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
-Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Monday that all offices, including Driver Services facilities statewide, will be closed to the public due based upon the health and safety recommendations by experts endorsing social distancing efforts. The closures will take effect March 17 through March 31. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification (ID) cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings will be extended by 30 days through an emergency rule.
-Last Friday, Pritzker made the decision to close all public and Parochial schools in Illinois until March 30. All school activities are suspended throughout the closure. At Monday night’s Edwards County School Board Meeting, Superintendent of Schools David Cowger told the board members that these unprecedented days off are considered “act of God” days. “Act of God” days, as defined by ISBE, normally require approval from regional and state superintendents of education and are for conditions beyond a school district’s control such as snow, flooding, a tornado, or something posing a “hazardous threat to the health and safety of the students." A school district typically can only request “act of God” days after using all emergency days built into its calendar. But in this case, Pritzker’s executive order bypassed the usual approval steps and made March 17 through 30 “act of God” days for every school in Illinois.
-On Monday, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced the closure of all state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites as well as the cancellation of upcoming scheduled events throughout the state.
-The Illinois Gaming Board suspended all video gaming operations at all licensed video gaming establishments effective Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 30.
Restaurants and bars:
On Monday, the governor also ordered all bars and restaurants to close starting at close of business that evening. Many local places are still offering call-ins and in some cases, walk-ins, for take-outs and curbside pick-ups as well as delivery options. A not all-inclusive list of places offering these services include:
-All local fast food chain restaurants will continue drive-thru services or carry-out.
-Chappy’s Steakhouse, Grayville: curbside pick-up only from the back door, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Call your order in to 618-375-2190 and they will deliver it to your car.
-Mandy’s Restaurant, Grayville: curb side pick-up for meals ordered from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. 618-375-2021.
-Down’s Pizza & More, Grayville: delivery and carry out, 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. 618-375-5005 or 618-375-5006.
-Westwood Saloon, Grayville: carry out, hours vary. Call 618-375-0412 for more information.
-Coyler’s Coffee House, Albion: carry-out only, 7 a.m. until 4. p.m. (lunch start: 11 a.m.). Call 618-445-2800 ahead with orders and they will complete them in the order received.
-El Gallito Mexican Restaurant, Albion: drive-thru window for pick-up and delivery (deliveries: 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. only), 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Call in your order to 618-445-9200 prior to your arrival so they can have your food ready; they will not take your order in the drive-thru.
-DiMaggio’s Pizza, Albion: take-out and delivery (deliveries: during lunch hours), 10:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. 618-445-2277.
-Super Seven Sandwich Shoppe, Albion: drive-thru, 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. 618-445-1994.
-Spare Time Bowling Alley, Albion: closed until March 30.
-Tastee Takeout, West Salem: carry-out only (If needed, we will deliver locally), 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. You can call/text in orders to 618-388-0781 or get a hold of them on Facebook.
-Little Italy’s Pizza, Mt. Carmel: delivery, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call 618-262-4121 for more information.
-Big Jon’s Lunch Box, Mt. Carmel: closed until March 30, though some catering options may be available, call 618-263-8680 for more information.
-Famous J’s Drive-Thru, Mt. Carmel: drive-thru, carry out and where available, delivery available. 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. 618-450-2179.
-Bobe’s Pizza, Mt. Carmel: Free delivery through March 30. They have also added new online ordering specials at bobespizza.net. 4-9 p.m. 618-450-2623.
-Twin Rivers Restaurant, Mt. Carmel: Pick-up will be available from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call 618-450-2274 or message on Facebook. Catering will still be available. Call for more information.
-Coffee Room and Resale, Mt. Carmel: carry out and free delivery. Hours vary. Call 618-240-6081 for more information or to order.
-Vick’s Bread & Brew, Mt. Carmel: closed until March 30.
-Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant, Mt. Carmel: curbside pick-up will be available at all locations through March 30 from 11a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Delivery will be available at locations who have Grubhub or Door Dash. Call 618-997-0162 to order pick-up.
-Big Boy BBQ, Fairfield: offering a set menu for delivery upon request. They are honing in on those in need, elderly and those immune compromised.
-Jovalou, Fairfield: offering a set menu for delivery upon request. They are honing in on those in need, elderly and those immune compromised.
-La Fuente Mexican Restaurant, Fairfield: carry out, curbside and delivery, (deliveries: 11a.m. until 2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.) Call 618-842-5000 or 618-599-9738.
-DiMaggio’s Pizza, Carmi: curbside and delivery, hours vary. Call 618-382-8912.
-Gottzz’s, Carmi: curbside pick-up and delivery. Call 382-5715 to place your orders. You can go to gottzzs.com to see our full menu. You can also ask for a take-out menu.
-New China Buffet, Carmi: carry out, order from carry-out menu by calling 618-382-8282 or visiting our website at newchinabuffetcarmi.com (we have online ordering) during normal operating hours.
-Main Street Café, Carmi: curb side/to-go’s from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call 618-382-5180. They will have your order ready with your name and number and will meet you at the front door of the restaurant.
Ginny’s Place, Carmi: text in ordering for pickup or delivery, 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. Call/text 618-384-9039 to order. They will also offer outdoor seating as weather permits.
The Taco Factory, Carmi: call in your order and they will bring to your car, 618-382-TACO. www.tacofactorycarmi.
-Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant, Carmi: curbside pick-up will be available at all locations through March 30 from 11a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Delivery will be available at locations who have Grubhub or Door Dash. Call 618-384-4037 to order.
Mr. Jalapeno, Carmi: curbside only on weekends. Call 618-382-8224 for hours and/or to place your order, they will ask for a phone number and provide an estimated pick-up time in the front parking lot.
-Maier Grocery, Crossville: curbside, hours vary. Call 618-966-3461 for more information.
-FNB Community Banks in Grayville, Fairfield and Wayne City: until further notice, drive-thru services should be used at all locations for as many transactions as possible. FNB’s night drop will also be checked on an hourly basis during regular banking hours for this period of restricted lobby access. For customers that cannot be served in the drive-thru (i.e. loans, new accounts, safe deposits, change orders, and large deposits/withdrawals), we will make in-lobby appointments. \Appointments can be made by contacting any FNB location-Fairfield (842-2107), Wayne City (895-2107) or Grayville (375-2261).
-The Walmart stores in Carmi, Fairfield, Olney and Princeton will be closing between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day until further notice. Corporate Walmart put out a notice, so this should be in effect for all Walmart stores.
-Richland County Farm Bureau closed.
-The Hope Center, Albion: will still be open Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
School Lunches/Food Distribution:
-White County: NCO Elementary and Booth School are offering breakfast and lunch at their locations-a grab-and-go lunch with breakfast for following day can be picked up if you sign up for a meal by calling the school by 8:30 a.m. the morning of pick-up. These meals can be picked up from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the school site. If unable to pick up meal during these times, please notify the school for an alternative delivery option.
Carmi-White County schools are providing lunch and breakfast for following morning) at these locations from 11:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.: Lincoln School, Church of God, Stewart St. Church, Faith Tabernacle, First United Methodist Church, and Crossville UMC.
-Wabash County: The Lunch Wagon, Mt. Carmel, will be serving all children at several locations: Cherry Street Estates from 10:30-11 a.m.; M.C.E.S. Parking Lot from 11:15-11:45 a.m.; Lambert Drive Parking Lot from 12-12:30 p.m. and
Lincoln Park from 12:45-1:15 p.m.
Allendale School will be delivering meals to all children in the community between 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Call 618-299-3161 ext. 117, 118 or 119 by 9:30 a.m. with the following information: name, address, phone number, number of meals, type of cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms or Reese’s Puffs), choice of lunch entrée or peanut butter and jelly, and type of milk (white or chocolate).
-Edwards County: in Albion, pick-up or delivery are available for all school-aged children (Pre-K through 12th grade) while schools are closed. Distribution centers in Albion will be at the K-12 School, the Hope Center and the House of Prayer from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. and West Salem Grade School from 11:30 a.m.12 p.m. Meals will consist of that day’s lunch menu item plus breakfast for the following day. If delivery is needed, please call 445-2268 to make arrangements or leave a message. A copy of the lunch menu can be found on the front page of the school district’s website at www.edwardscountyschools.org. They ask all remain in your vehicle and meals will be brought to you. If anyone has any questions, please call 445-2814. Grayville schools provided meals for the week to students on Tuesday with advance ordering. No further information is provided for their Spring Break starting next week.
-Wayne County: Geff Grade School will provide a breakfast and lunch sack meal between 11-11:30 a.m. Pick-up location on the west side of the building.
North Wayne School District is offering a grab-and-go meal that can be picked up between 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Please call by 9 a.m. the day of need. The meals will be distributed at Cisne High School, Cisne Middle School, Mt. Erie Grade School and Johnsonville Grade School. Wayne City School District is also offering meals 11 a.m. -12 p.m. for pick up or delivery. Call the school to sign up.
North Side School and Center Street School are offering two bag meals daily from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Distribution sites are North Side School and Jesus Name Pentecostal Church. Fairfield Community High School is offering bag meals daily at four distribution sites. Please call the school by 9 a.m. daily to be included. Distribution sites are 10:45-11 a.m. at Manor of the Woodlands, 11:15-11:30 a.m. at Tice Clevenger Shelter at Lakeside Park, 11:45 a.m.-12 p.m. at Fairfield Memorial Hospital Annex and 12:15-12:30 p.m. at Bob and Maxine Park on Broadway.
-The Albion, Grayville, West Salem, Mt. Carmel and Fairfield Senior Citizen Centers have stopped holding congregate meals until further notice, per a request from the Illinois Department on Aging to take precautions against COVID-19. Carry-out meals and home-delivered meals will be offered to those who qualify. Some exceptions will apply and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.