April 27, 2020
E-News Blast

Illinois Stay at Home Order Extension

Stay at Home Order Extension Through End of May

Gov. Pritzker announced his intent to extend the statewide stay-at-home order through the end of May. Additional industries have been deemed as essential (including garden centers/nurseries), there will be a face mask requirement in public spaces when social distancing can't be maintained, certain state parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen under certain conditions, as well as additional requirements on essential businesses.
In particular, we'd like to highlight the following item from the release:  
"Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, as well as follow new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers. This will include occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts."

Federal Paycheck Protection Program Enhancement Act
Applications Open Today - April 27th
Federal Paycheck Protection Program Enhancement Act 

President Trump signed another COVID-19  relief package  passed by Congress this week that focuses on additional resources for small business relief, testing and hospitals. It includes:

  • $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Act program 
  • $50-$60 billion for the SBA Disaster Assistance loan program
  • $75 billion for hospitals 
  • $25 billion for testing

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital held a special celebration to commemorate the discharge for a positive COVID-19 patient
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital held a special celebration to commemorate the discharge for a positive COVID-19 patient who is now well enough to go home. Clifford McIntyre, 49 years of age from Glen Carbon, IL, was admitted to St. Elizabeth’s on April 9. He spent five days in the Intensive Care Unit where he was intubated for two days. After showing improvements he was moved to the Medical/Surgical floor for the rest of his stay.

McIntyre was the first patient who had been intubated at St. Elizabeth’s to get extubated and subsequently discharged so the staff planned a cheering send off for him as he met his family outside. To date, the hospital had a total of 16 positive COVID-19 patients who are now on their way to recovery.
Hospital colleagues and his family greeted him at the discharge lounge with claps, cheers and signs.

The patient’s wife is also positive for COVID-19 and is being cared for in a different area of the hospital. Staff facilitated the couple being able to see each other through a window and shared support that she will be able to come home soon, as well.
Outback gives on Admin Assistants Day
Ginny Ham is the new Owner / Proprietor at Outback Steakhouse in Swansea.

A pandemic couldn't stop her from connecting with the community as she delivered complimentary lunches to the Administrative Assistants at Holland Construction Services on Administrative Assistants Day last Wednesday.
Give STL Day is Back on May 6th

for an online day of giving to benefit nonprofits serving the St. Louis region.

Once again, Give STL Day and its 24-hour day of online giving will shine the spotlight on our region's vast assortment of nonprofits, their missions, and the extraordinary ways they make St. Louis special.

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ICA + Kendra Scott Virtual Fundraiser - 4/27
It's a new world and a new life as we know it! Family and friends are more important now than ever before. To celebrate this Mother's Day and Graduations we've partnered with Kendra Scott for some amazing and affordable gift ideas!

It's a win-win during a time when we all need to feel loved...

Autism Awareness Pizza Party! - 4/30
Pizza Hut is helping ICA celebrate Autism Awareness month
by ending it with a tasty treat! On April 30, 2020, when you order ONLINE from Pizza Hut and enter code 1049 , Pizza Hut will make a donation to ICA! So, mark your calendars and decide what kind of toppings you want on your pizza!

Chick-fil-A is selling containers of its sauces
Chick-fil-A announced on Instagram that it is now selling its sauces in 8-ounce containers you can keep in your fridge.

Thank You Meals for First Responders
McDonald's in Fairview Heights is offering a free meal as a thank you to our first responders and healthcare workers. 

Cancer Care Specialist s of Illinois and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Open New Cancer Care Center

On Monday, April 20, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois (CCSI) opened the doors and welcomed patients into the newly built Cancer Care Center of O’Fallon. It will offer comprehensive cancer services to patients in the metro east region.

StraightUp Solar elected installer for this year's Grow Solar Metro East
StraightUp Solar was honored to be selected as the installer for this year's Grow Solar Metro East. This is a community education and group buy program that helps people go solar by reducing the cost of installation. Below is a link to an article in the local Advantage News.

For more information on the program and to sign up for a free site assessment for your home or business, go to  https://www.growsolar.org/grow-solar-metro-east/

Welcome New Members
Midwest Salute to the Arts
Sharon Kassing, Director
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
(618) 622-4210

Link Business Brokers
Gary Smith, Broker
10805 Sunset Office Dr #300
St. Louis, MO 63127
(618) 579-8340

Laura Gier, VP-Store Manager
200 St Clair Square
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
(618) 624-2000

SIUE Office of Educational Outreach
Leslie Brock, Asst Dir of Non-Credit Programs
6 Hairpin Drive, Box 1084
Edwardsville, IL 62026
(618) 650-2660