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Updated on 11.19.2020 

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.

There are steps individuals can take to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread.

  • 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
  • Wear a face covering when visiting essential businesses, and when social distancing is not possible.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects regularly

Please click here, to view Lincolnwood specific FAQs related to COVID-19

Latest News from the Village of Lincolnwood:

Emergency Declaration Information 

On Tuesday, November 17, the Village extended the Declaration of Emergency that was originally issued on March 18 pursuant to Article 6 of Chapter 5 of the Municipal Code regarding Emergency Management and Disaster Authority through to the end of the next regular or special Village Board Meeting. The Declaration of Emergency implements the Village’s emergency operations plans, emergency staffing protocols, emergency purchasing procedures, cooperation procedures with other government agencies, and ordered the closure of Village playgrounds. The full Declaration of Emergency can be viewed here.

“By issuing a declaration of emergency, it provides me as Mayor authority, to pay bills and make staffing changes, in order to ensure the continuation of services,” stated Mayor Barry Bass. “We must do everything we can to aggressively combat COVID-19, including maintaining social distancing, constant washing of hands, and staying at home whenever possible. We will get through this current situation, working cooperatively together. Please check on your family and neighbors to see if they need any assistance.”

All questions regarding health and wellness related to COVID-19 should continue to be directed to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s hotline at (800) 889-3931 or dph.sick@illinois.gov. In an emergency, dial 911. When calling 911, for the protection of first responders and public health, callers must inform dispatchers if the sick individual is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or has traveled in the past 14 days.

Restore Illinois Information

As of June 26, the Village of Lincolnwood, along with the rest of the Northeast Region, has moved to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Mitigation measures were put into place on October 28.  The Cook Department of Public Health put together an FAQs guide about the Mitigation order which can be accessed by clicking here.  For more information related to the guidelines for specific businesses and industries, please review the Restore Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines page here.  

Resources for Information and Updates

The Illinois Novel Coronavirus Hotline is (800) 889-3931 and is available 24-hours a day. E-mails can be sent to dph.sick@illinois.gov.​

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 the 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!

Utility Information

Following, are specific links to COVID-19 related webpages for local utilities.  These web pages include information on programs that are offered if you are in need of assistance with your bills during this time.

Travelers Advisories

Travelers should consult the U.S. Department of State​ Travel Advisories page to determine alert levels by country.

​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:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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.

Do I need to wear a mask?

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

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

The Village has been updating a web-page with business resources.  This page has information about local, state, and federal resources and can be found here.

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.

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