As the threat from the coronavirus grows, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health officials are stressing the importance of hand-washing. Prevention becomes essential to stopping the spread of the virus because there is no vaccine to prevent it and no anti-virals to treat it. There is no doubt that washing our hands with liquid soap and water is effective in reducing the spread of infectious microorganisms, including those that are resistant to antimicrobial agents. When you don’t have the opportunity to wash your hands after touching questionable surfaces, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Limit the touching of your hands to your mouth, nose and eyes. Furthermore, maintain a healthy microbiota by limiting stress, getting enough sleep and “fertilizing” your gut microbes with a diversity of plant-based foods. It’s not only a small world, but a dirty one as well.
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has provided a link to a recorded panel presentation about the Covid-19 coronavirus. While the sound and audio quality are uneven, the information shared by panel members is timely and relevant. Illinois State Representative Carol Ammons, Senator Scott Bennet, and Champaign-Urbana Public Health Director Julie Pryde, along with physicians from Carle Hospital and the University of Illinois Medical School, and the Champaign County Emergency Manager, are the panel for a virtual town hall, hosted on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CUPHD/videos/220404162699792/
Connect Illinois is designed to expand broadband access across Illinois, and includes a capital investment from Rebuild Illinois, the creation of a Broadband Advisory Council and Broadband Office, and a new program that will provide all Illinois public K-12 students access to high-speed broadband at no charge. The initiative also includes a $400 million broadband grant program and a $20 million capital program for the Illinois Century Network, a high-speed broadband network serving K-12 and higher education institutions, among others. For more information on the Connect Illinois launch, click here. Rebuild Illinois, the Illinois infrastructure program, includes $400 million to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for a statewide broadband deployment grant program. This appropriation will begin to expand access to reliable, high-speed internet service statewide. According to the USDA, fully utilizing digital technologies within the agriculture industry could create approximately $47 to $65 billion annually in additional gross benefit for the U.S. economy. Applications for the first round of funding are due April 3.
Noon - 1PM, Thursday, March 26, 2020
Please join Illinois Extension on Thursday, March 26, at 12PM (Central time) for Preparing for Extreme Weather, an important webinar for local officials, community partners, and professionals across Illinois. State Climatologist Trent Ford will discuss the science and impacts of climate change as they relate to water in Illinois. Following his presentation, Illinois State Water Survey engineer and hydrologist Sally McConkey will explain where to find floodplain information, how to interpret a floodplain map, and further important information. Participants will be able to ask question during a Q & A following the presentation. There is no cost to attend, but you must register.