Rep. Parkhurst Announces COVID-19 Update

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) announces an update on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the 79th District.

“Currently, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the 79th District. However, this does not mean the virus is not in our communities. Testing to date is limited. Residents of our district should continue to use general hygienic practices, including handwashing, avoid touching the face, and social distancing to prevent the continued spread of the virus.  The goal is to control the outbreak to protect our healthcare system and decrease morbidity.” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) urge people to use a practice known as “social distancing.” Social distancing is the practice of minimizing social contact with others by limiting social events, avoiding public transit and crowded places, and keeping a physical distance of at least 6 feet between others.

Rep. Parkhurst continued, “In an abundance of caution for constituents and staff, I closed the 79th District Office until further notice. My staff is working remotely and district operations continue. Please contact my office by phone or email if you need assistance with a state agency or legislation in the General Assembly at 815-523-7779 or visit “ News regarding COVID-19 changes daily. Links to information about COVID-19 as well as daily press conferences with the governor and resources for homes, businesses, and schools are available at