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March 13, 2020

CoronaVirus Precaution

Dear Residents,

The City of Crest Hill is reaching out to ensure you have the best available information to protect and care for yourself and your loved ones as we learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the coronavirus to be a serious public health threat. It is important that you are aware of the disease and the efforts necessary to prevent its spread.

2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus identified in December 2019 as the cause of an outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. People who get sick with COVID-19 develop mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Illness can begin 2 to 14 days after an exposure.

Although this virus likely emerged from an animal source, it can also spread from person-to-person. Spread from one person to another is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic.

Currently, the health risk to the general public from COVID-19 remains low, both in the U.S. and in Illinois. The goal of the ongoing U.S. public health response is to detect new cases quickly and prevent community spread of COVID-19.

The coming days and weeks are likely to bring more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and globally, but strong public health measures now may blunt the impact of the virus.

Symptoms

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have visited China within the past two weeks and start to feel ill, call your doctor. 

Prevention 

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: 

•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

•    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

•    Stay home except to get medical care 

•    Call ahead before visiting your doctor

•    Wear a facemask

•    Cover your coughs and sneezes

•    Avoid sharing personal household items

•    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

•    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Travel Warnings 

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China and South Korea. CDC also advises that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions consider postponing nonessential travel to Iran, Italy, and Japan. Travelers should practice usual precautions when traveling to Hong Kong. If you plan to travel internationally, We encourage you to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important messages, alerts, updates, and travel advisories while you are there. 

Further Information 

Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date.

The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals.

The Illinois Department of Health provides updates on the disease’s spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here.

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.

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Latest Update:

November 19, 2020 10:29 AM

Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations
With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across the state of Illinois and the nation, the state is committed to listening to public health experts and following the science to keep people safe. Tier 3 builds on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan first released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and ensure our hospitals do not become overrun. This new tier aims to limit gatherings and encourages people to stay home to the greatest extent possible, while permitting some industries to remain open at significantly reduced capacities with proper safety measures in place. All detailed Phase 4 operational guidance remains in effect. Where Phase 4 guidance and Tier 3 Mitigations imply different standards, the more restrictive Tier 3 Mitigations will apply. School districts and local officials should follow extensive guidance released by IDPH and ISBE in August and make decisions related to in-person and remote learning at the local level, based on the unique needs of their communities. Child care facilities may continue to operate subject to DCFS guidelines. With COVID-19 spread now exponential in every region of the state, our statewide positivity rate at record highs and hospitalizations already surpassing our Spring peak, all 11 regions will move into Tier 3 effective November 20, 2020 at 12:01am. View the Resurgence Mitigation.

https://covid19-illinoisgov.cs32.force.com/coronavirus/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan

Prior Updates

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March 20, 2020 2:03 PM

• Most municipal EMAs were on.
• Katie Weber from Will County Health Department was also participating
• Monitor WEB EOC for periodic updates (I have an account and monitor throughout the day)
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Requests have been made to Will County EMA, those requests have been sent to IEMA and resources that do exist are starting to move. No word on when resources will be received.
• IEMA has set up a website for every municipality to set up an account. (Information will be coming soon) This will be the portal and process for us to submit and track expenses related to this emergency for Federal reimbursement. Track all expenses/overtime related to response operations.
• Katie Weber with Will County Health
o 8 confirmed cases in Will County
o Where? According to IDPH and HIPA they can only release sex and age. No hometown. No geographic region beyond county
o Community transmission is a reality. Assume it is in your area.
o IDPH HOTLINE is up and running
 815-740-8911 M-F 0800-1600 hours. Maybe more hours
https://willcountyhealth.org/coronavirus-information/

• Most municipalities have reduced hours and access // most by appointment only
• No onsite consumption of food/drink Enforcement of orders to bars and restaurants
o Local Enforcement
o IDPH Hotline reports about non-compliance will go to municipal PD ten digit numbers (WESCOM)
o Establishment can be closed down, fined, license revocation, loss of drive thru privileges for duration of emergency.

• IDPH website is updated daily at 1400 hours. That is the accurate data from IDPH. Local reports may be more up to date. May be more accurate and timely information from Will County. They meet later today. Hope to get more timely reports.
• Funerals and Wakes. Guidance from Illinois Funeral Director Association. Recommend keeping
assembly to under 10 people.

March 13, 2020 3:57 PM

Social distancing actions are taken to restrict when and where people can gather to stop or slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID‐19) or other infectious diseases in communities. Social distancing actions include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings or canceling events.

Protect yourself and your community
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have soap or water, use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you’re sick.

Change your daily Habits
Avoid shopping at peak hours and take advantage of delivery or pick‐up services with retailers.

Work with your employer
Cooperate with leadership to change company practices, set up flexible shift plans, have employees telecommute, and cancel large meetings or conferences.

Universities and Colleges
Consider suspending on campus classes, implementing web‐based learning and canceling large campus meetings and gatherings.

Keep at least six feet between you and others
Avoid shaking hands as a social greeting.

Public transit
Avoid public transit if possible and don’t travel to areas with active outbreaks.

Crowded places
Avoid crowded places. Events with 1,000 or more people have been canceled. Community events with 250 or more recommended be canceled or postponed. Major sports events are canceled.

Questions about COVID‐19? Call 1‐800‐889‐3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Public Health ‐ www.dph.illinois.gov6