Illinois Department of Public Health is now reporting 105 cases of COVID-19 in 15 counties in Illinois, an almost 50 percent rise in a day, as testing in the state continues to expand after delays in the availability of the test. Cases have occurred in all age ranges and the number of cases that do not have a clear connection to travel or a known COVID-19 case is increasing. 

In an unprecedented turn of events, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a flood of local cancellations.

Local fund-raising events like the FFA Auction, Herscher Firemen’s Fish Fry, and the Bonfield Celebration Cash Bash are on hold.

All Illinois K-12 schools are out of session at least until March 31. Students have been sent home with packets or e-learning lessons to complete.

 All school-related events are cancelled through March 30.

 Herscher High School’s, Herscher’s Got Talent, Swing and Sing, and Straight A’s Banquet are nixed, as are the 3rd grade concert and Jr. High Solo and Ensemble Contest.

In addition, The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced that it has cancelled its remaining winter State Series postseason tournaments.

Limestone Township Library District closed Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. 

Many colleges and universities, including Kankakee Community College and Olivet Nazarene University, are extending spring break so that professors can plan distance learning lessons this week. Students, ejected from dorms, will be doing their distance learning from home for the foreseeable future. 

College sports have been put on hold. Professional sports are suspended as well.

The Illinois Gaming Board has ordered all 10 casinos and 33,500 slot and poker machines in the state to suspend operations for 14 days. 

In addition, museums and state parks are closed.

Regarding state government, most court proceedings will not take place from March 17 - April 17.

 Driver Services Facilities will be closed March 17 - March 31