Adams County Road To Recovery
Adams County, Illinois is home to over 65,000 individuals and the regional hub for healthcare, retail, and industry in west central Illinois. Adams County is a tight knit community that is built on small business and thrives on social interaction, but also collaboration. We have persevered through many challenges and crises while supporting our entire community and ensuring responsible recovery. In January, when Adams County began public health emergency operations and the Adams County EOC was activated, the County of Adams set three primary goals for the management of the COVID-19 crisis.
- Take actions that protect the health and well-being of the residents of Adams County, with extraordinary emphasis to congregate living setting and vulnerable populations.
- Maintain the critical function of our healthcare system, while increasing capacity for medical surge.
- Protect and maintain critical infrastructure, government functions, and critical resources.
These goals remain the focus of continued response efforts and provide the groundwork as we develop the recovery process.
The purpose of this document is to outline our preliminary process to Reset, Restart, Revitalize, and Reopen Adams County while maintaining COVID-19 disease management. The framework aligns with state and national efforts that are emerging. The criteria for decisions in this document include that it be evidence-based, fiscally responsible, socially tolerable, and politically supportable by local and state leadership. The renormalization planning effort consists of three pillars, addressing specific components of risk and burden within our community. These include Disease Management, Emotional and Social Outlets, and Economic Revitalization. Each team of experts has brainstormed and prioritized specific community components and then met with other teams to resolve conflicting issues. The result of these virtual planning sessions is the documents to follow and includes a phased opening with scientific and measurable community indicators. These indicators give health and emergency management officials guidance on progressing through these phases responsibly.
The framework identifies four distinct phases, with three phases following the current mitigation measures in place. Phase 0 – Reset – outlines our current situation and provides guidance to our community on what they can do now, not just focusing on what cannot be done. Phase 1 – Restart – focuses on maintaining most of the mitigation measures in place now but looking for early wins for responsible social interaction and alternate business models that allow for social distancing of those businesses who were labeled non-essential. Phase 2 – Revitalize – may be attainable after a three to six week period measuring the health indicators. This phase begins to incorporate more responsible social interactions with face coverings and indoor capacity with percentage limitations, but incorporating more business stimulating our economy. Phase 3 – Reopen – begin to see a larger but controlled opening of business and social gatherings increasing indoor capacity to 50% of all with social distancing.
We recognize that building a framework must maintain flexibility to the changing situation in all three pillars across the community. Our community is dedicated to a collaboration across all sectors and engaging our citizens in producing a safe and healthy environment.