Public Coronavirus Unit Update from Stacy Woodyard-Interim Director

The impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to create uncertainty and concern both 
globally and here in our community. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
guidelines, the University of Illinois has implemented social- distancing protocols that impact all 
university events. Illinois Extension, as the outreach program of the university, aligns with all 
policies related to public health and safety.

Effective immediately, ALL face-to-face events organized by Illinois Extension have been cancelled, 
suspended, or transitioned to online delivery. This will apply to all events previously scheduled 
through May 31, 2020. Look for specific information about cancellations or postponements on our 
website at In some cases,
in-person events are being replaced with webinars or online meetings, or with digital resources you 
can review at your convenience.

These plans may change based on guidance and direction provided by the local public health 
department. If you have any questions about events, please contact us via email at

For 4-H specifically, we want to reinforce this means all 4-H club meetings are cancelled through 
May 31, 2020. We are committed to supporting you in your continued 4-H project experience at home. 
Right now, we are preparing a series of statewide 4-H Online engagement opportunities through our 
Facebook page (Illinois 4-H). Please check there for regular updates as additional resources are 

We know you may also have questions about summer events. We will be actively monitoring the 
situation and providing updates as they are available. We know that you have put a lot of work into 
your 4-H projects. Be assured that we are exploring all possibilities for providing continued 
judging, exhibit, and showcase opportunities.

A collection of resources to assist families and community leaders preparing for and coping with 
COVID-19 is available online at

We are working to support all Illinois families at this time. We appreciate your support and 
understanding as we navigate this situation.
Stacy Woodyard
Illinois Extension Interim Director
Edwards, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash & Wayne Counties University of Illinois Extension