Spike in Cases in Southern Illinois has Small Business Owners Concerned

More than 370 coronavirus cases have been reported in Wayne County, and that has small business owners in the town worried about how this spike might affect them.

Posted: Oct 11, 2020 8:02 PM

More than 370 total cases have now been reported in the small southeastern area of Wayne County.

And a rise in cases in this county has small business owners concerned that things may return to the way they were in the beginning of the pandemic

Steve Brake - Classic Pizza & Pasta

“We closed the dining room and cut our staff big time,” said Steve Brake, owner of Classic Pizza & Pasta.

“We felt that it was best to shut down," said Chad Musgrave, co-owner of Momma Bear's Four seasons Crafts & More. "I think we shut down for maybe a month or a month and a half, and then when we came back, it took a while to build back up.”

And with Wayne County recording a total of 45 new positive cases on Saturday and Sunday, small businesses fear they be negatively affected by this surge.

”We have had a couple spikes," said Musgrave. "We had a spike two or three weeks ago. Recently we had one in the last day or so. Back when we had one a couple weeks ago, it did seem like there was a correlation. It did seem like we had some pretty slow days when it was announced.”

The Wayne County Health Department reports that a majority of these 45 cases are connected with long term care facilities in the area.

Back in August, Wayne County had less than 50 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and the county now stands at more than 370 confirmed cases

This sudden rise in cases over the last two months has small businesses in Wayne County concerned that they’ll be faced with more regulations or shutting down

And with talks of more stimulus or small business loans stalled in the senate, some have worries of layoffs or closing down.

“If it wasn’t for the PPP loan, we probably wouldn’t be here today," said Brake. "We would’ve had to close and lay off people.”

And with flu season approaching in the midst of a pandemic, the Wayne county health department has a drive thru clinic available on Monday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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