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Editor's note: Four days after this story was published, David Stachowski's wife, Samantha, notified WGLT that his test results came back negative for COVID-19. He has a lung infection. "He's happy to be home with the kids and myself," Samantha told WGLT.

A father of three from Lexington who is quarantined in a tent in his backyard says he wants people to take the coronavirus more seriously and stay home.

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The pandemic has stretched across all 50 states. The novel coronavirus has hit major cities the hardest and spread slower in rural areas. But residents of small towns in central Illinois said they nonetheless worry about the likelihood of the pandemic striking their communities.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped in Lexington on Saturday during his annual Route 66 motorcycle ride from the Chicago area to Springfield.