Underwood Convenes Kendall County Health Department Public Health Expert for Discussion on Local Impacts of Coronavirus

March 26, 2020
Press Release
Continuation in series of digital events to connect with residents of the 14th District virtually

WEST CHICAGO— Yesterday, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) hosted a Facebook Live discussion with Dr. Amaal Tokars, Executive Director of the Kendall County Health Department on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The event is a part of a new series of digital events Underwood is hosting to remain accessible to residents of the 14th District and provide regular updates on the spread of coronavirus. During the event, Underwood and Dr. Tokars discuss resources available to Kendall County residents to protect themselves from coronavirus, along with steps everyone can take if they are feeling sick. Additionally, Dr. Tokars how Illinois families can develop preparedness plans in the event a family member contracts the coronavirus.

“During this time of uncertainty, we are looking to the experts and health department officials who are on the frontlines of fighting the coronavirus and keeping our neighbors healthy,” said Underwood. “We know that there are a growing number of cases in our community, so I’m working to make sure everyone has the best, up-to-date information as we continue to face this public health crisis.”

Full video of Underwood’s Facebook Live Discussion can be found here.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Underwood has worked to remain accessible and provide Illinois families with accurate, up-to-date information on the spread of the coronavirus in Illinois communities. Recently, Underwood released a Coronavirus Community Resource Guide that includes contact information for federal, state, and local agencies leading response efforts; resources for students, veterans, senior citizens, families, and small business owners impacted by the virus; and an overview of Underwood’s work in Congress in response to COVID-19. Earlier this week, Underwood hosted a Facebook Live discussion with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to share resources with Illinois small business owners impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.