5 things Clark, Champaign residents need to know today about the coronavirus

Kaylee Lucero eats a free meal on the front steps of the Springfield Soup Kitchen Wednesday. Due to the coronavirus, the Springfield Soup Kitchen is not allowed to open, so they got Kim and her husband, Fred, to park their food truck in the parking lot across the street from the soup kitchen and are feeding people outdoors. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Kaylee Lucero eats a free meal on the front steps of the Springfield Soup Kitchen Wednesday. Due to the coronavirus, the Springfield Soup Kitchen is not allowed to open, so they got Kim and her husband, Fred, to park their food truck in the parking lot across the street from the soup kitchen and are feeding people outdoors. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Here are five things Clark and Champaign residents need to know about COVID-19, or coronavirus today.

1. The stay-at-home order is going into effect tonight. Non-essential businesses will be closed until at least April 6. There is a list of exceptions that allow residents to leave their home for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of work, and taking care of others.

READ MORE: Businesses that are considered essential businesses will stay open

READ MORE: Stay-at-home order - What are you allowed to do? 

2. The Springfield Soup Kitchen is closed, but residents can still receive hot dinners from Freddie's Franks & Burgers food truck. The food truck will be in the soup kitchen's parking lot 5 to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

READ MORE: Local food truck steps in after Springfield Soup Kitchen closed

3. Clark County grocery stores are dedicating special hours for elderly citizens. IGA in New Carlisle is open 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Kroger is open 7 to 8 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Meijers is open 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesdays, and Walmart is open 6 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays for elderly citizens.

RELATED: Deputies at grocery stores to protect elderly, at-risk shoppers, Clark County deputy says 

4. Local schools are engaging with students online through story time, bingo and other fun activities.

READ MORE: Clark, Champaign schools engage with students online during break 

5. A new program is matching Springfield residents in need of help with people wanting to help. To sign up for this program or to help visit www.nehemiahfoundation.goentrepid.com.

READ MORE: Nehemiah Foundation created COVID-19 Elder and High Risk Match Program 

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