* IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra has announced that a daycare worker in Rantoul has been infected with the Monkeypox virus. Quick transcript of his introductory remarks…
I’m here today to discuss a case in Champaign County and inform everyone that we are undertaking a robust effort to address the situation.
Screening of children and other staff is taking place now, and no additional cases have been found at this time.
All available state local and federal resources are being deployed to assist families at the direction of Governor Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Public Health is focusing on making sure that families have everything they need.
Governor Pritzker and I’ve been in touch with the White House and we’re happy to report that President Biden’s staff has been incredibly responsive. We are pleased that at our request of the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration is authorized for use of the vaccine for anyone under 18 without jumping through the normal hoops in this process. That means that anyone with a guardian’s approval will be vaccinated today.
Pediatricians are on site as we speak to screen children for cases and their mobile testing and vaccines for their families. Health officials will continue to stay in contact with families and provide information and resources in the coming days.
The adult also works in home health care and we are in contact with the one client who has been impacted.
Governor Pritzker, his administration is also working to provide financial resources for impacted families so they can quarantine safely without fear of losing income for work.
Please pardon all transcription errors.
The local public health director added, “The person with monkeypox is in isolation and is being medically monitored and is doing well,” adding, “This press conference is not meant to alarm the community, but rather to be transparent and to answer any questions that the community may have. Just like with COVID 19, we want to fight fear with facts.”