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:
- June 29, 2020: Lincolnwood’s Playgrounds are Open for Play
- June 26, 2020: Grand Re-Opening of the Lincolnwood Business Community
- June 24, 2020: Business Guidelines for Phase 4
- June 19, 2020: Temporary Outdoor Advertising Guidelines
- June 17, 2020: Declaration of Emergency Extended
- June 15, 2020: Determination Regarding In-Person Village Board Meetings
- June 12, 2020: Village Hall Reopening Schedule
- June 5, 2020: Extension of Billing and Licensing Periods
- June 4, 2020: Declaration of Emergency Extended
- June 3, 2020: Parks and Recreation Department COVID-19 Update
- May 29, 2020: Approval of Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas
- May 21, 2020: Declaration of Emergency Extended
- May 15, 2020: Postponement and Cancellation of Upcoming Community Events due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- May 5, 2020: Face Coverings Required
- May 4, 2020: Guidance on the Use of Masks or Face Coverings
- April 24, 2020: The Village of Lincolnwood Issues Orders Regarding Compliance with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and the Requiring of Face Coverings
- April 22,2020: Declaration of Emergency Extended
- April 21, 2020: The Lincolnwood Way, Know your Neighbor
- April 15, 2020: Mayor Bass Issues Recommendation on the Usage of Face Coverings for Residents and Essential Businesses
- April 8, 2020: Village COVID-19 FAQs
- April 8, 2020: Declaration of Emergency Extended
- April 7, 2020: Maintain Social Distancing on our Trails
- April 3, 2020: Cook County Department of Public Health Data
- 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
Emergency Declaration Information
On Tuesday, July 21, 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 email@example.com. 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 Friday, May 29, the Village of Lincolnwood, along with the rest of the Northeast Region, has moved to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. With the transition to Phase 3, many industries and services are now able to reopen under guidelines from the Restore Illinois Plan. The Village is continuing to review the reopening process for programming and facilities and will be providing that update as soon as possible. For more information related to the guidelines for specific businesses and industries, please review the Restore Illinois Phase 3 Guidelines page here.
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 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.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has prepared Phase 3 Business Guidelines for all businesses permitted to open beginning May 29, those guidelines can be found here.
The Lincolnwood Chamber of Commerce and Industry has prepared a Back to Business Tool Kit to aid businesses by providing the information and resources they need to safely re-open in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan (effective May 29th), and beyond, please click here here for the tool kit. For additional information on business resources, please visit the Lincolnwood Chamber of Commerce website located 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.