County Board Chairman Jack Franks Declares Coronavirus Emergency Day After County’s First Presumptive Case

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has declared a state of emergency for McHenry County in response to the county’s first presumptive case of coronavirus.

The declaration activates the emergency operations plans of the McHenry County Department of Health and the McHenry County Emergency Management Agency, and requests state and federal funding and resources to combat a potential outbreak. Franks made the declaration upon the joint recommendation of county Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson and EMA Director David Christensen.

“Declaring a state of emergency is not a decision to be made lightly. However, with a McHenry County resident now presumptively diagnosed with coronavirus, I have the responsibility to ensure that we can bring all available local, state and federal resources to bear to blunt the impact and bring this to as quick of a conclusion as possible,” Franks, D-Marengo, said. “This declaration should not be taken as a cause for panic or alarm, and I echo Governor JB Pritzker’s call for level-headedness and calm while staying abreast of new developments and taking common-sense precautions.”

Governor JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation Monday for Illinois to help free up federal funds to assist with the ongoing coronavirus response statewide. State officials on Tuesday announced that a McHenry County man in his late teens, and a Kane County woman in her 60s, had presumptively tested positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19. They were the first cases in Illinois outside of Cook County. As of noon Wednesday, Illinois has reported 19 confirmed or presumptive cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19.

To learn more about coronavirus and the steps you can take to protect yourself and your family, visit the Department of Health homepage at or call the Illinois Department of Public Health’s coronavirus hotline at 800-889-3931.

Also the Woodstock Secretary of State Driver’s License Facility at 28 South Eastwood Drive was closed Wednesday, March 11, 2020 due to a potential indirect coronavirus exposure being investigated.

Multiple national news sources reported Wednesday, March 11, 2020 that President Donald Trump is considering issuing a national emergency declaration connected to the coronavirus outbreak with an address to the nation possible Wednesday night or Thursday night (UPDATE: Statement scheduled 7:00 PM CT Wednesday March 11, 2020).

The news also arrived the same day the World Health Organization classified the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic.



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