Virtual Vaccine Town-hall meeting TONIGHT and other important updates
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Resume McHenry County Update!
Through our collaboration with McHenry County, we will continue to share important information on stimulus programs, PPP loans, COVID-19 updates and more through its Resume McHenry County Updates.
Please take a moment to scroll down to see new advancements this week as we move open McHenry County. As always, MCEDC is here to help, if you have any questions or if we can be of service, please let us know.
Virtual town hall meeting TONIGHT!
Tune in tonight for McHenry County’s virtual COVID-19 vaccine town hall meeting!
McHenry County Board Chairman Mike Buehler, Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson, Director of Nursing Susan Karras, and County Board Public Health and Community Services Committee Chairwoman Lori Parrish will be on hand to answer the public’s questions.
Good COVID-19 vaccine videos and information
Resume McHenry County and McHenry County government are in good company when it comes to getting important and reliable information to the people regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
Our friends at Northwestern Medicine have created and posted an array of videos from medical professionals answering frequently asked questions. The embedded video in this week’s edition is a 30-second clip from infectious disease specialist Dr. Irfan Hafiz, who is explaining the priority recipients of the state vaccination program.
The MCDH is inoculating seniors ages 65 and older who enrolled through the MCDH website, in partnership with local hospital systems and private pharmacies. The enrollment form for seniors can be found at this website people who complete the enrollment form will be emailed additional information on how to schedule an appointment once clinics are available.
A comprehensive list of people eligible for vaccinations under Phase 1b, as well as a wealth of other information on the vaccine, can be found at the MCDH vaccine webpage, where they also can sign up for an e-newsletter (like this one) to receive the latest updates.
McHenry County Restaurant Week is coming!
McHenry County Restaurant Week continues to get better as it attracts more participants – to say nothing of the easing of restrictions under Phase 4 mitigation.
Restaurants throughout McHenry County are offering family-friendly takeout and dine-in deals between Friday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 28.
We will update you with changes as they emerge so that we can do everything we can to support our local eateries under Phase 4 mitigation.
Help Visit McHenry County, which organizes the annual event, to spread the word for our local restaurants to participate! They can sign up and receive more information by clicking here.
McHenry County e-news
McHenry County government has started a monthly e-newsletter containing timely information regarding important county issues, COVID-19 updates, and other news.
You can click here to read the inaugural January edition and to sign up to have it delivered the last week of each month directly to your inbox!
Phase 4 mitigation!
McHenry County is currently under Phase 4 mitigation under the Restore Illinois plan.
That means indoor dining can expand to parties of up to 10 people (with at least 6 feet between groups), and bars that don’t serve food can reopen under the same guideline. High school sports at the conference and intra-region levels are allowed. Select indoor recreation facilities, such as bowling alleys and skating rinks can reopen, and capacity of meetings and gatherings can increase to 50 people or 50 percent of room capacity.
Let’s keep moving the ball forward by physically distancing, washing our hands, and wearing our masks so we keep moving forward, and not take any steps back.
Illinois establishes COVID-19 business navigator program
Illinois is spending $3.4 million to expand community navigator outreach programs and technical assistance to help businesses take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program and other business assistance programs set to launch soon.
The navigator program builds on the system the state piloted when it rolled out its Business Interruption Grant, which awarded $275 million to almost 9,000 small businesses statewide. In the coming weeks, more than $35 billion will be allocated through the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and the new Shuttered Venue Operators grant program.
As a reminder, you can learn more about the PPP by clicking here, and you can click here to find a list of SBA-approved participating lenders. Remember that businesses that received PPP loans under the first round are also eligible for loans under this new round. It’s advised that said businesses use the same bank for the sake of expediency because many more businesses are eligible for this second round because Congress relaxed the criteria.
We hope we got your attention. We need your help reaching more McHenry County residents and businesses to share this important information about the COVID-19 response and connect them with vital resources.
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Resume McHenry County is a collaborative initiative being implemented by McHenry County and the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) in partnership with the McHenry County community, including cities and villages, businesses and residents. The goal is to ensure a successful reopening of our economy so that we can return to our lifestyles safely and responsibly.
McHenry County is rich in resources for both business and residents. Close to world-class metropolitan areas, transportation, education, entertainment, and recreational activities, there is something for everyone.
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