ILLINOIS (WFIE) - Governor JB Pritzker launched a new $5 million awareness campaign Monday to encourage Illinois residents to wear a face covering every time they’re in public.
There has been a mask mandate in Illinois since May 1.
The campaign uses local information to advertise on broadcast and cable television, radio, billboards and social media to the communities with the greatest risk from COVID-19.
The Governor launched the campaign from the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield with those who are helping to lead the state’s response.
As of Friday, 11 counties have now reached IDPH’s “warning level” for virus spread, including White County.
“I’m proud to launch a new public awareness campaign today that has a straightforward message for Illinoisans: A mask is like anything that keeps us safe. It only works if you wear it,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “We’ve made so much progress since the beginning of this pandemic. Let’s protect that progress. This is our moment to pull together as families, friends and neighbors. We’re all safer and stronger when we go all in, Illinois.”
“This campaign connects the dots between daily actions we take to keep ourselves safe and one the best things we can do to fight COVID-19: wearing a mask,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. When you get in a car, you buckle your seatbelt to protect yourself in case you get into an accident. When you play football or ride your bike, you put on a helmet to reduce your risk of seriously injuring your head or brain. When you’re on the water, you put on a life jacket so you don’t drown. And when you’re in the bedroom, you use a condom to protect against STIs. A mask is no different. It only works when you wear it.”
Here are the current COVID-19 numbers in our part of Illinois:
- White Co. - 57 cases
- Wayne Co. - 44 cases, 1 death
- Wabash Co. - 32 cases
- Edwards Co. - 13 cases