PEORIA — The two U.S. Representatives representing Peoria and central Illinois have reacted to the diagnosis of the first confirmed COVID-19 in Peoria.
Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) and Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) released the following joint statement on Monday.
“Today, we learned of the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Peoria County. As your Representatives, we want to urge all Central Illinoisans to follow the guidance outlined by our health professionals to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We are Americans and Illinoisans first, and this moment calls for us to look out for each other and remain united. It’s imperative we all practice the preventative measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and work together to keep our community prepared and safe.”
Both LaHood and Bustos voted for the Families First bill. The bill is meant to help cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as businesses and institutions close over the virus, impacting the paychecks of many people.