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The New Normal

We are all adjusting to a new normal. Some of us are working from home, our kids are at home with us ALL DAY, and some of us have lost our jobs (for now). As much as we would like to plan to have face to face events and return to school, colleges and universities across the country have already decided not to re open for the rest of the semester. I have lost two jobs as a result of this: painting scenery at Illinois Wesleyan and University of Illinois.


My focus recently has been on making sure I am sharing as much information as possible with the residents of McLean and Tazewell County regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Last week, we launched a survey, in hopes of helping those in need and assessing where we need to do better in Central Illinois, both with being prepared for an emergency, and having good policies and practices and resources in place. The survey is on our Covid-19 page on the website. If you have any urgent questions or needs, please send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Looking forward, my team and I are planning virtual town halls and social events. Please register on our website to be on our invitation list! Meanwhile, I will keep attending as many community events and county and local board meetings as possible, I was very encouraged by the McLean County board meeting this week. They have made an emergency declaration, which frees up funds and allows them to act quickly to use resources provided by the State. For example, we now have a mobile testing site open, so more tests are being done every day in our county.


I am concerned right now about access to internet, since we all need it for work, school, and to stay connected. Let me know what problems you are having with connectivity.


Stay healthy and stay home!

Karla




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