Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates
Cook County Department of Public Health
Report a Case: 708-633-4000, press 1
Coronavirus Hotline: 708-633-3319
Coronavirus Email: CCDPH.COVID19@cookcountyhhs.org
Coronavirus Updates: Text “ALERTCOOK” to 888-777
Illinois Department of Public Health
Coronavirus Hotline: 800-889-3931
Coronavirus Email: DPH.SICK@illinois.gov
Coronavirus Updates: Text “COVID” to 312-500-3836
For emergencies, call 9-1-1
Updated Policy for Face Coverings
Governor Pritzker issued an expanded statewide policy requiring customers to wear a face covering when interacting with staff at a bar or restaurant. These new 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 are to be worn over the nose and mouth when patrons are approached and served by staff, both indoors and outdoors. Read more about the policy.
Cook County Hiring Contact TracersThrough grant funding, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is currently looking to grow its contact tracing workforce to 400 people. The expanded contact tracing program will reach 90% of contacts of persons who test COVID-19 positive within 24 hours. Apply online.
Contact tracing is a multi-step process of identifying, assessing, and managing people exposed to a positive COVID-19 case and connecting them to resources to assist them during quarantine. Learn more on CCDPH's website.
Restore Illinois - Phase 4
The DCEO has released specific guidelines for industries to resume or expand operations. Click here for a full list of industries and an overview of the guidelines.
- All employees who can work from home should continue to do so.
- Continue to wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet, and frequently wash hands.
- Continue employee health screenings upon entry into the workplace.
- Follow guidelines on capacity limits and group sizes, which will be continually reassessed throughout Phase 4.
- Capacity is limited to no more than 50% occupancy in place.
- Classes are limited to 50 individuals or fewer with 6 feet of physical distance between individuals; multiple exercise groups are permitted if there is space to keep proper physical distance and if the facility can limit interaction between groups.
- Workout stations and equipment should be 6 feet apart without barriers or 3 feet apart with impermeable barriers in between.
- Sanitize equipment before and after each individual use and sanitize locker rooms and showers at least every hour.
- Employees should monitor physical distancing and equipment sanitization.
- Members should wear a face covering over their nose and mouth whenever not exercising.
- Capacity is limited to groups of 50 or fewer, or 50% of facility capacity, with physical distancing measures in place.
- Multiple groups may meet in the same facility if they are physically distanced and in separate rooms.
- Groups should be static for duration of meeting or event.
- Dance floors should remain closed.
- Food service should follow the guidelines for "Restaurants and Bars."
- Indoor dining and drinking is permitted for groups of 10 or fewer with physical distancing in place.
- Tables should be arranged to allow 6 feet in between groups. Impermeable barriers may be installed between booths that are less than 6 feet apart.
- Standing areas in restaurants or bars should be limited to no more than 25% of standing area capacity.
- Face coverings are required for all guests, except while eating or drinking.
- Self-service beverage stations, buffets, and self-service food stations are permitted with safety guidelines in place.
Practicing physical distancing is crucial to preventing further spread of COVID-19. As Phase 4 permits group activities and gatherings of 50 or fewer, physical distancing is as important as ever. Guidelines include the following:
- Maintain a 6-foot distance from individuals outside your household.
- Wear a face covering when out in public, except while exercising or dining with proper physical distancing.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer, frequently and before touching your face.
- Disinfect frequently used surfaces and follow sanitizing protocols for shared equipment.
How to Move from Phase 4 to Phase 5Reaching post-pandemic requires a vaccine, effective and widely available treatment, or the elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.
Summary of Phase 5 - Illinois Restored: With a vaccine or highly effective treatment widely available or the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period, the economy fully reopens with safety precautions continuing. Conventions, festivals, and large events are permitted, and all businesses, schools, and places of recreation can open with new safety guidance and procedures in place reflecting the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor’s plan stresses that the progression is reliant on public health data, and that resurging infection rates could require reimplementation of heightened restrictions. The plan for widespread testing and contact tracing may also extend the timetable for regions moving transitioning through phases.
President Frum Issues Supplemental Order Regarding Golf
Governor Pritzker’s extended Stay-At-Home Order took effect on May 1 with modifications. Pursuant to the modifications, Village President Frum issued a new Supplemental Order stating that golf may be played in the Village, also effective May 1.
The Order specifies that golf must be played in strict compliance with the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order and the safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and amends President Frum’s April 2 Order regarding contact sports.
Governor Pritzker Extends Modified Stay-At-Home OrderOn Thursday, April 23, Governor Pritzker announced that he will be extending the State’s Stay-At-Home Order through May. The Order, effective May 1, includes modifications from the previous Order. Read more here.
A Message from the Northbrook Board of Trustees
Governor Pritzker Issues Stay-At-Home Executive Order
On Friday, March 20, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, effective Saturday, March 21 at 5 pm and continuing through Tuesday, April 7.
The order does not prohibit essential errands like going to gas stations, pharmacies, and grocery stores. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic. All non-essential businesses must stop operating. Individuals may continue going to work if their workplace remains open. Any gathering of more than 10 people is prohibited unless exempted by the Executive Order.
Social Distancing Saves LivesA Message from Village President Sandy Frum:
It’s springtime, and many of us are getting outside for exercise and fresh air, as permitted in Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home Order. However, this does not mean that we can ignore social distancing. We have heard reports of people congregating in our community, and I’d like to emphasize that we must all take this seriously for the health and safety of ourselves, our children, our families, and our neighbors.
Do not gather in groups of any kind, with the exception of members of the same household. Maintain a safe distance of six feet or more from anyone you come in contact with. Do not use playground equipment or play contact sports. Do not put the lives of others at risk. None of us are immune.
While we’re apart physically, we’re all in this together. Do not congregate – you could be saving someone’s life.
Village Hall and Public Works Buildings Closed to Public
The Village of Northbrook will continue providing services, many of which can be conducted online, by phone, or with slight adjustment. Read the full list here.
From March 18 until further notice, Northbrook’s Village Hall and Public Works Center will be closed to the public. This decision has been made to protect the health and safety of our staff and the community amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Northfield Township public school districts, as well as Northbrook and Glenview Park Districts and Public Libraries, closed at the end of the day, Friday, March 13, and will remain closed until further notice.
All Illinois Secretary of State offices and Driver Service facilities are closed to the public through April 30. The expiration dates for driver's licenses, identification cards, vehicle registration, and other transactions and document filings will be extended at least 90 days after Driver Service facilities reopen. Online services are available. Learn more here. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has pushed back REAL ID deadline one year to October 1, 2021. Current Illinois driver's licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports, military bases and secure federal facilities until October 1, 2021.
All Village services are continuing. All events are canceled through April 30. Some public meetings will take place virtually, please check the calendar for updates
The following Northbrook meetings and activities are canceled:
- In-Person Village Board and Commission meetings
- Electronics Recycling
The following events are postponed to a later date (to be determined):
- Friday Night Flights
Watch a Message from Village President Sandy Frum
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those of flu and may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourage everyone to practice the following to prevent the spread of known viruses:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands
- Stay home if you feel ill and contact your doctor
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects regularly
- Distance yourself 6 feet or more from others, except members in your household
- Do not congregate in groups
The Village of Northbrook is closely monitoring the recommendations of the CDC, IDPH, and the Cook County Department of Public Health, and we will provide updates as they become available.