Please click HERE to watch Mayor Feinen addressing Champaign County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 and the City’s response.
Hello, I’m Deb Frank Feinen, Mayor of the City of Champaign.
Today, it was announced that Champaign County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. I do understand this may cause many of you to feel uncomfortable or anxious, and that’s perfectly normal. But please be assured, the health and safety of our community is the top priority for me and for the Champaign City Council. The City has been preparing for the potential news of a confirmed case for quite some time. We are continuing to consult with public health officials and countywide leaders to assess the situation. As we do, it’s my commitment to you to make sure the City is clearly, concisely and transparently communicating to ensure you have the latest information regarding our services.
Many of you are aware the City has temporarily limited public access to its Police Department, Fire Departments, City Building and Public Works Facility. Although our facilities are closed, we remain happy to assist you by phone or online. The Champaign Public Library has also announced they will be closed starting on March 16 through March 30. This was done with the public’s interest in mind, but also to make sure we protect those who work tirelessly to provide the essential city services you require of us. Recently, the City Council adopted an emergency ordinance to allow the flexibility to continue essential public safety services. I can promise you any emergency action taken by the City Council will be limited to protecting public health.
I cannot stress enough how important it is that you get your public health information from reputable sources. This includes the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, the Illinois Department of Public Health or the Centers for Disease Control websites. For information on changes in city operations during this time, please visit the City of Champaign website.
It is unclear how this public health concern will truly impact our community. To residents, business owners and visitors, please understand we are doing everything we can to maintain city services and care for your health and safety.
I want to thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. In the days and weeks to come, the best way to move forward is by doing so together.