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Batinick launches program to help seniors amid COVID-19 pandemic

Illinois State Rep. Mark Batinick (right) speaks with more than 100 students from Plainfield Central High School on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, during a forum on school safety at Plainfield Central High School in Plainfield, Ill.
Illinois State Rep. Mark Batinick (right) speaks with more than 100 students from Plainfield Central High School on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, during a forum on school safety at Plainfield Central High School in Plainfield, Ill.

State Rep. Mark Batinick recently launched a program to help senior citizens in his district stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Batinick's Helping Hands program will enlist volunteers to help seniors and those at risk with any errands they may need during the novel coronavirus threat, according to a news release.

As of Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 288 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. The Will County Health Department reported Wednesday there were five confirmed cases in the county.

“With the recent updates from the IDPH, it is clear that the coronavirus is circulating in our community,” Batinick said in the release. “Our most vulnerable members in our community remain the top concern and I am asking for our community to work together to help these people."

Batinick added he's looking for volunteers to help make the program work.

“The elderly and those with underlying health conditions are at serious risk.” Batinick said in the release. “My office is strongly encouraging those groups to stay home. If you need to go out for any reason, please contact us, and we can have one of our volunteers do that for you. We can run to the store, library, or pharmacy to get you what you need.”

If a senior or anyone needs help with an errand or a volunteer wants to help, they can call Batinick's office at 815-254-0000 or visit repbatinick.com.

His district includes parts of Bolingbrook, Joliet, Plainfield, Shorewood, Oswego, Montgomery and Naperville.

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