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DANVILLE – To increase the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is urging doctors, nurses and other professionals in Indiana to apply for Illinois’ new Out of State Temporary Practice Permits.
 
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) issued a proclamation Wednesday to allow out-of-state physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and respiratory care therapists who are in good standing to provide care to Illinois residents affected by COVID-19.
 
“There is an urgent need to boost the number of health care professionals in Illinois during this critical time,” Bennett said. “The new measures allow us to call on our neighboring state to share their expertise and services with world-class medical providers in Illinois to reduce COVID-19’s impact.”
 
Applications for Out of State Temporary Practice Permits are available online at IDFPR’s website here. Temporary practice approval expires on Sept. 30, 2020. 

For questions or additional information, please contact IDFPR at 1-888-473-4858 or visit idfpr.com.
CHAMPAIGN – A virtual bedtime story event, hosted by chambanamoms.com, will take place Thursday, March 26 and feature State Senator Scott booksBennett (D-Champaign) as the celebrity reader.
 
Despite all the changes to people’s everyday lives, they are finding new opportunities to keep children entertained. In this time of social distancing, some have found time to catch up on reading, which includes story time with their children.

“The coronavirus is changing how we live our daily lives,” Bennett said. “You’re live streaming your services and your studies — so why not bedtime stories?”

The bedtime story event, Good Night #Chambana, features Champaign-Urbana celebrities at 7 p.m. on Facebook each night through March 27, giving kids the chance to listen to a new person read them a story.

“It’s still important that we stay connected while we’re home,” Bennett said. “Mark your calendar and tune in as a family for a bedtime story.”
04252018CM0183SPRINGFIELD - Reports of scams and price gouging have hit Illinois as COVID-19 continues its spread. In response, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is urging residents to file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General to report unfair pricing and other unfair practices connected to the coronavirus outbreak.
 
Last week, Governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order prohibiting price gouging and giving Attorney General Kwame Raoul enforcement authority. The Office of the Attorney General is directing businesses to maintain fair pricing, particularly on items public health agencies are recommending people use to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
 
“Illinoisans shouldn’t have to worry about being cheated while dealing with the effects of the coronavirus,” Bennett said. “I appreciate the attorney general’s efforts to combat price gouging and protect consumers during this challenging time.”
 
The Office of the Attorney General is also monitoring products on websites including Amazon, eBay and Facebook, and contacting companies regarding ads or offers that may be problematic.
 
“If you have information regarding potential price gouging, please file a complaint immediately to the attorney general,” Bennett said.
 
For questions or additional information to stop price gouging and scams, please visit illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.

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CHAMPAIGN - The number of COVID-19 cases are on the rise, including one confirmed case in Champaign County. State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is urging residents to take preventative precautions during this rapidly evolving situation.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the total number of coronavirus cases in Illinois now stands at 93 as of Sunday.

“Information about coronavirus has quickly overwhelmed people’s sense of certainty,” Bennett said. “I want to assure Champaign County residents that we are well prepared for any and all emergency situations thanks to the tireless efforts and preparations made by IDPH, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, and our public health partners.”

IDPH is encouraging the public to remain vigilant to help manage the spread of coronavirus and recommends the following:

• Wash your hands often and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Don’t shake hands, and avoid large gatherings and air travel.
• Avoid close contact with sick people who have respiratory symptoms.
• Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately throw it away.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

“It’s important to take these recommendations seriously,” Bennett said. “As this situation continues to evolve, please take care of yourself and your neighbors who are most vulnerable to this disease.”

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District at 217-352-7961 or visit dph.illinois.gov.

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