Village's Coronavirus Response Information, 3/11/20
You’ve likely seen on the news information about the spread of a new strain of coronavirus called COVID-19.
Over the past week, the Village has been in conference with the Governor’s Office, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH); the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and Medical doctors to coordinate efforts across the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Elk Grove Village is working closely with our Joint Emergency Management System and the Cook County Department of Public Health in order to monitor potential outbreaks, provide frequent updates on the latest information, and plan a coordinated response.
Our internal response team is meeting regularly to review updates and plan the Village’s COVID-19 response, including:
- Continuity of operation plans
- 9-1-1 response protocols
- Declaration of Emergency processes
- Quarantine and isolation protocols
- Stress testing remote operations capability; and
- Reviewing multiple contingency plans
As a public service provider, the health and safety of Village residents, visitors, and employees is our top priority, and we will continue to track and preparing to safeguard the community and first responders from COVID-19.
CDC Tips to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
We encourage everyone to follow CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including:
- Clean your hands often
- Stay home if you’re sick, unless you need to see your doctor
- Regularly clean frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Postpone large gatherings
- Avoid contact with sick people
- Practice social distancing--maintain a separation of 6 feet from others
- Stay home as much as possible to reduce the risk of being exposed
Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are considered to be at high risk for coronavirus and are especially encouraged to stay home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary interactions with others.
Reliable Sources of Information on COVID-19
- The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a COVID-19 hotline that residents may call, 1-800-889-3931, and a dedicated email address for inquiries,firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and is providing updates and recommendations as the situation continues to evolve: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus