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Posted on: March 14, 2020

City of Aledo Coronavirus Response dated March 14, 2020

The Mayor and City Staff are closely monitoring the COVID-19 response by the State and Federal agencies responding to the international crisis.  At this time, no extraordinary measures are necessary and City facilities will remain open for business.  Employees who are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms or symptoms of any other contagious illness are asked to stay home. Citizens who are ill or have symptoms of any contagious disease are asked to refrain from visiting public places and facilities except to seek medical assistance. 

Mercer County School District #404 will close as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and will remain closed for at least two (2) weeks.  A link to the District’s website is available here, along with a copy of the message from School Superintendent Petrie.  

Nursing homes and facilities for the elderly through the State are restricting visitors.  The coronavirus has the greatest impact on members of the elderly population, particularly those who have other existing medical conditions.  

The Governor has instituted emergency measures to protect the residents of nursing homes and elderly care facilities.  Employees of State-run facilities will be checked prior to the start of shifts to assure they are not sick. Persons under 18 are asked not to visit nursing homes during the COVID crisis. Privately owned and operated facilities, including those in Aledo, are encouraged to follow the same guidelines.  

Numerous public gatherings in Aledo have been canceled by the sponsoring businesses and organizations.  If you are planning to attend an upcoming event, monitor the website of the sponsor closely for updates.  

If any emergency measures become necessary, or if restrictions in City services will be instituted, this website will be updated and notifications will be made through local news outlets.  

Illinois Department of Public Health:

Mercer County Health Department (Facebook page)

 March 13, 2020:

Message from Mercer County School Superintendent Scott Petrie:


Today, to further safeguard our communities from the spread of the virus, Governor JB Pritzker has declared mandatory school closures for all schools, both public and private, serving Illinois pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students. 

This mandatory closure takes effect Tuesday, March 17. Currently, we anticipate the closure to last through March 30. 

Mercer County Schools will continue to provide continuous learning opportunities in any way that we are able through our recently developed e-learning plan. In addition, we will make every effort to provide meals for all children who need them. Many questions are yet to be answered, and we will do our best under these extraordinary circumstances. More updates will be forthcoming.

Scott Petrie, Superintendent


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

 World Health Organization

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