Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates & Information

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October 20th UPDATE 

State Public Health Officials Announce COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations to Take Effect in Regions 7 and 8 on October 23

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) and Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties), beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020. Both regions are seeing a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days, which exceeds the threshold set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.

Mitigation measures taking effect October 23 in Regions 7 and 8 include:

 Bars 

• No indoor service
• All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
• All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
• Tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• No dancing or standing indoors
• Reservations required for each party
 • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants 

• No indoor dining or bar service
• All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
• Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• Reservations required for each party
 • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
• No party buses
 • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not currently apply to schools.

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Regions 7 and 8 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place. If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5% for three consecutive days, then the regions will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5% and 8%, the new mitigations will remain in place and unchanged. If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8% after 14 days, more stringent mitigations can be applied to further reduce spread of the virus.  

 Yesterday, the administration announced COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 5, in Southern Illinois, beginning October 22. Region 1, in Northwestern Illinois, has been operating under tightened mitigations since October 3 and the region has continued to see test positivity climb at a consistent pace. Including Regions 7 and 8, four of the 11 public health regions have now triggered the state’s failsafe state-action metric.

This marks the second time that Region 7 has surpassed the threshold set for establishing additional resurgence mitigation measures. The state initially implemented additional mitigations in Region 7 on August 26. The region was able to return to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan on September 18, following weeks of close coordination between IDPH and local health departments, as well as a concerted effort by community leaders and residents. Now, in addition to a test positivity rate of above 8% for three consecutive days, Region 7 is also experiencing concerning ICU availability.

A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the DCEO website here.             Read the full PRESS RELEASE 

IDPH Issues COVID-19 Holiday Season Safety Tips

Plan ahead for the holidays and consider alternatives 

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Oct 14- Springfield- As Illinoisans prepare to spend the holidays with family and friends, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is offering recommendations on how to celebrate safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. During a time when social distancing and limiting the number of people at gatherings is important, special consideratioons should be taken. 

“COVID-19 has changed the way we work, live, and play, and will now change how we plan to celebrate the holidays,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “While the safest way to celebrate is with members of your household and connecting with others virtually, we know, for many, the holidays are all about family and friends, so we want to provide some tips on how to celebrate safer.”

Traveling increases the chance of spreading COVID-19.  When planning travel, consider the mode of transportation.  Traveling by plane, train, or bus can mean standing in lines and sitting less than 6 feet from people for long periods of time.  Traveling by car may include stops along the way for gas, food, and bathroom break.  Decrease your risk by consistently wearing face coverings during travel.  

If you are hosting a holiday gathering, limit the number of guests and try to have as many activities outside as weather permits.  If your gathering needs to be inside, try to increase air flow by partially opening a couple windows.  Please prepare yourself and your guests to wear masks indoors when not eating and drinking.

Limit your activities in the two weeks before your gathering and ask your guests to do the same.  This will decrease the risk of exposure to the virus and further spread.

Try to do gift shopping online by looking at local store websites and choosing pick-up options.  Grocery shopping online with delivery and curbside pick-up is also available in many locations.  If you need to shop in-person, try to go at a time when stores are not as busy.

Think about the seating arrangements if you are planning a meal.  Keep members of the same household together and try to put space between one family and another. 

When serving food, avoid a buffet-style or potluck setting and consider having one person serve all the food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.  Also try to limit the number of people going in and out of areas where food is being prepared – like the kitchen and dining room.

If you are sick, do not travel and do not attend gatherings and celebrations.  Even if your symptoms are mild, you may still be able to infect others, and no one wants the gift of sickness this season.

To help stave off illness, get your flu vaccine now.  It takes the body several weeks after receiving the vaccine to build up antibodies that will help protect you from flu, so get it now to help protect you and others during the holidays.  Roll your #SleeveUp and get your flu shot.

For more holiday safety tips, go to the IDPH website under guidance.

Halloween Safety Information

Oct 2- The Village of Hanover Park has received inquiries regarding trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Halloween approaches, the Village would like to provide some information to assist residents. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released Halloween Guidance that emphasizes the continued need for social distancing, proper handwashing and for participants to wear masks or face-coverings. Information includes recommendations for neighborhood trick-or-treating as well as other Halloween-inspired activities and events.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on Halloween includes lower, risk moderate risk and higher risk activities associated with Halloween. Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is considered a higher-risk activity by the CDC.

Additional Safety Information

Residents are reminded that Hanover Park does not have any ordinances that regulate trick-or-treating. The Village's traditional hours have been from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st. 

The Village understands that not everyone may feel comfortable participating in trick-or-treating this year. It will be up to families and parents to decide if and how they should participate in Halloween activities. Village staff has designed signs for residents to print and place in their windows, doors or other highly visible areas for trick-or-treaters to identify whether they are participating in trick-or-treating. The signs can be downloaded from our website or residents may pick up a copy at Village Hall. 
DOWNLOAD THE SIGNS HERE

For those participation in trick-or-treating, families going door-to-door are reminded to please wear a face covering at all times, keep trick-or-treating groups small and maintain safe distances from other groups when moving from house to house. Families choosing to pass out candy are also encouraged to wear face coverings, wear gloves and pass out prepackaged treats. 

Do not participate in trick-or-treating or other activities if you, or a member of your group, feels unwell, is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Regardless of which activities you choose to take part in, please take extra precautions to maintain social distancing, wear masks or face coverings, avoid touching of the face (mouth/nose/eyes), and use hand sanitizer often.


STATE OF ILLINOIS UDPATES SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR RESTAURANTS AND BAR ESTABLISHMENTS TO PROTECT PATRONS AND WORKERS FROM COVID-19

August 25- The State of Illinois today announced revised guidelines for restaurants and bar establishments statewide to operate safely and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Based on a recent increase in cases, these latest guidelines will require patrons to wear a mask during any interaction with wait staff, food service workers and other employees at bars and restaurants. Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth when patrons are approached and served by staff, including but not limited to when employees take patrons orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables. This guidance will also apply to other facilities with food services areas that are currently subject to the Restore Illinois guidance, such as indoor recreational facilities, museums and entertainment venues.

New guidelines go into effect Wednesday, August 26th and will require face coverings to be worn both in indoor and outdoor dining settings in all eleven regions in the state. Full guidelines may be found on the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website.