As the Coronavirus is now a global pandemic, Lincolnwood personnel are in communication with the Cook County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health, in addition to area partner agencies, to prepare for the possibility of our area becoming affected. The Village is monitoring developments and working in coordination to share resources and expertise should any local cases be reported.
There are steps individuals can take to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread. Common-sense practices during the flu season are recommended:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands
- Stay at home if you feel ill and contact a doctor
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects regularly
- Get a flu shot if you have not already had one this flu season. While this will not prevent COVID-19, it will help keep you well
Latest News from the Village of Lincolnwood:
- March 30, 2020: Business Resources During COVID-19
- March 29, 2020: Message from Mayor Barry Bass Regarding COVID-19
- March 26, 2020: COVID-19 Executive Order No.5 and Guidance for Food Service Operations
- March 20, 2020: Governor Issues Order to Stay Home
- March 20, 2020: Support your Local Restaurants
- March 19, 2020: Declaration of Emergency Issued
- March 19,2020: Playground Closures Due to COVID-19
- March 18, 2020: The Lincolnwood Way, Be a Good Neighbor
- March 17, 2020: Lincolnwood Police Announce Temporary Change in Service Protocols Due to COVID-19
- March 13, 2020: COVID -19 Preparations and Plans. This press release contains information regarding municipal closures, online services, cancellation of public meetings, and building and permitting adjustments.
- March 12, 2020: Parks and Recreation Closures and Cancellations
- March 3, 2020: Coronavirus: Precautionary Measures
Resources for Information and Updates
- Centers for Disease Control — Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Illinois Department of Public Health – Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Cook County Department of Public Health – Coronavirus
- World Health Organization — Coronavirus
- Homeland Security, Ready.gov — Pandemic
The Illinois Novel Coronavirus Hotline is (800) 889-3931 and is available 24-hours a day. E-mails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for calling 9-1-1 to Protect the Community and First Responders from COVID-19
Protecting the community and our paramedics and firefighters are paramount during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our 9-1-1 dispatchers will be asking the following questions of any caller requesting a service that requires face-to-face contact.
- Does the patient or anyone on scene have a fever, cough, or trouble breathing?
- Has the patient traveled outside the United States or had close contact with someone who recently traveled outside the United States and was Sick?
- Has anyone been exposed to an individual known to have or suspected of having COVID-19?
- Has anyone on-scene tested positive for COVID-19?
We are asking our residents to review these questions with everyone in their household now. Knowing the answers ahead of an emergency will make it easier to recall should the need arise. Please respond honestly to the questions, as they help our first responders take appropriate actions and wear proper personal protective equipment to avoid exposure when they respond. Keeping our EMS/Fire personnel healthy will help us keep the Village of Lincolnwood safe!
Travelers should consult the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories page to determine alert levels by country.
Travelers returning from any country with a Travel Alert Level 3 should stay home and monitor their health for up to 14 days. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow the spread of this virus.
- Do not go to school or work. Absences for this purpose should be excused, and alternate arrangements should be made for teleworking and online school assignments.
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and watch your health.
- If you develop a fever (100.4F/38C) or cough, seek medical care right away. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you were in an affected area. In the case of a medical emergency, call 911.
Travelers returning from any country with a Travel Alert Level 2 are also encouraged to monitor their health but do not need to limit their movement or activity. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel to an area with community spread of COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with SARS-CoV-2.
Chinese health officials have reported tens of thousands of cases of COVID-19, with the virus reportedly spreading from person-to-person in parts of China. COVID-19 illnesses, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the U.S. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 also has been seen among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan. The latest situation summary updates, including the number of cases identified in the U.S., are available on CDC’s web page Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
What are the symptoms?
Patients who get sick with COVID-19 develop mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- difficulty breathing
Many common illnesses can cause these same symptoms. COVID-19 can only be diagnosed at a public health laboratory. Individuals who have these symptoms and have traveled to China or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be seen by a doctor or medical professional.
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
How does it spread?
Although the virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, it is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in Hubei province and other parts of China. In the U.S., spread from person-to-person has occurred only among a few close contacts and has not spread any further to date.
How is it treated?
There is no specific medicine to treat COVID-19 infection at this time, though studies are underway. People sick with COVID-19 should receive supportive care from a health care professional. Supportive care means care to help relieve symptoms; for example, medicine to bring down fevers, or oxygen if a patient’s oxygen level is low.
How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
Diagnosis occurs through laboratory testing of respiratory specimens and serum (blood). Some coronavirus strains cause the common cold and patients tested by their health care provider may test positive for these types. The COVID-19 strain can only be detected at a public health laboratory.
Do I need to wear a mask?
CDC does not recommend that people who are well to wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?
CDC recommends avoiding travel to China. Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan and other areas in Hubei Province, including buses, subways, trains, and the international airport. Additional restrictions and cancellations of events may occur. For travel advice for other countries, please visit that country’s Destination Page or CDC’s Travel Health Notice website.
Information for Businesses & Employers
Employers play a key role in promoting healthy communities. The CDC recommends that employers encourage sick employees to stay home, especially if they have had a fever of 100.4°F or higher. Employees should be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before returning to work. For additional best practices, the CDC offers guidance for an informed response from employers. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has prepared a useful fact sheet for businesses and employers.
Special guidance for healthcare professionals is also available.
The information on this page is adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cook County Department of Health, and the Illinois Department of Health. Please contact your healthcare provider with questions about symptoms of COVID-19 or if you require medical advice for yourself or your family.