COVID-19 ALERTS

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April 3, 2020
5:30 PM
City of Elmhurst COVID-19 UPDATES, April 3

Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTDAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES 23 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/3/20, Message from City Manager Grabowski, #ElmhurstStaysHome, Who to Call at City Hall, Volunteer Opportunities, CLARIFICATION ON SPECIAL RECYCLING & WASTE PROGRAMS, The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), CENSUS 2020, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome
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April 1, 2020 5:30 PM Calling all Elmhurst Residents! #ElmhurstStaysHome

The City of Elmhurst, Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst School District 205, Elmhurst Public Library, and Elmhurst College are challenging you to lift up our community’s spirits while we all adjust to this new normal. 

We’re calling all residents to get creative! Send us your pictures and videos on how you and your families are staying positive and having fun through the State’s "Stay at Home Order". We will collect this content through the month of April, and feature it on our website and social pages. Some of the submissions may also make a debut in the next City of Elmhurst Front Porch Newsletter. 
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April 1, 2020 5:27 PM City of Elmhurst COVID-19 UPDATES, April 1

Topics include: Governor Pritzker Extends"Stay at Home Order" through April 30th. DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES, CALLING ALL ELMHURST RESIDENTS! , DIRECT LINES TO CITY STAFF, IT'S CENSUS DAY!, CHILD CARE FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS, Small Business Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Properly disposing medical equipment, New section on the City's website with COVID-19 information, YARD & ORGANIC WASTE/BRUSH COLLECTION BEGINS APRIL 1, FIRE DEPARTMENT BLOOD DRIVE POSTPONED, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates 
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March 30, 2020 5:05 PM City of Elmhurst COVID-19 UPDATES, March 30

Topics include: DuPage County Health Department Releases Reported confirmed COVID-19 cases by Municipality, Elmhurst Fire Department Blood Drive, Saturday, April 4th, Be Cautious of Phone Scams in Elmhurst related to COVID-19, Upcoming City Council Meetings: Submitting Public Comment Electronically, Mayor Morley Interviewed by E-Town Lowdown on COVID-19, Message from Elmhurst Hospital Foundation on Ways you can help, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), SOLICITOR TEMPORARILY PROHIBITED, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates
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March 30, 2020 4:45pm DuPage County COVID-19 Dashboard

Today, the DuPage County Health Department is announcing a new, interactive COVID-19 case map. The dashboard links data from the DuPage County Health Department into the GIS Data Systems from DuPage County to provide a greater level of understanding into how the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, pandemic is unfolding across our communities. MORE INFO
LINK TO DASHBOARD ON COUNTY WEBSITE
March 27, 2020 5:30 PM City of Elmhurst COVID-19 E-NEWS Update - March 27

Topics include: A message from the Elmhurst Police Department on COVID-19, Elmhurst City Council Meeting, April 6th at 7:30pm, Governor Announces New Grants/Loans, Volunteer Opportunities during COVID-19, Responding to the 2020 Census is critical for our community, Ways to Support Local While Staying Safe, Elmhurst Park District: A Statement for Park Patrons, Playgrounds Closed, Yard Waste Service Delay / Recycling Event Cancelled, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates


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March 27, 2020 1:30 PM POSTPONED START DATE: Yard Waste, Brush and Organic Waste Collection

The City’s yard waste, brush and organic waste collection start date of April 1st has been postponed in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The new collection start date will be announced as soon as possible.
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March 26, 2020 8:00 AM City of Elmhurst Water and Sanitary Operations

We understand this is a stressful time for our community and for the households and businesses we serve. Please know that The City of Elmhurst employees are here for you and are committed to taking all steps necessary to maintain safe, reliable water and sanitary services. Here is some important information regarding the City’s water and sanitary operations during this time. 
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March 25, 2020
1:23 PM
Giving DuPage Points Volunteers in the right direction during the COVID-19 Crisis Giving DuPage serves as the DuPage County Volunteer Center, with a mission to promote giving and volunteering countywide. They have been contacting food pantries and other agencies around the area to see where the need is greatest. Please check out their website If you are interested in volunteering. You can sign up through their portal:
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March 25, 2020
9:30 AM
City of Elmhurst COVID-19 E-NEWS Update - March 25

Topics include: Morley’s Address to the Elmhurst Community, March 25, 2020, Mayor Morley Issues Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 including information on EMERGENCY DAYCARE FOR ELMHURST HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES, UNINTERRUPTED SERVICE/ LATE FEES, VEHICLE LICENSE FEES, LIQUOR SALES/PACKAGED GOODS, SOLICITOR PERMITS, Elmhurst Civilian Police Department Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19, What does “STAY AT HOME” order mean?, COVID-19 Business Impact, Relief and Resources, City of Elmhurst Water and Sanitary Operations, Protect Yourself Against COVID-19 Scams, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates
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March 25, 2020 9:00 AM Mayor Morley's Address to the Community on COVID-19, March 25, 2020 LINK
March 25, 2020 8:45 AM Mayor Morley Issues Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 

Mayor Steve Morley has issued an executive order with the intent of lessening the hardships that have transpired due to the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 has resulted in significant economic impact, including the loss of income and wages, that undermine financial security and stability for the Elmhurst residents and business owners.

“We are constantly evaluating ways in which we can provide services and relief to Elmhurst residents and business owners during this difficult time,” states Morley. “We are prepared to protect our community and take measures to alleviate the burden that has resulted from this pandemic.”

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March 23, 2020 9:00 PM Elmhurst Civilian Police Department Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19 PRESS RELEASE
March 20, 2020 1:35 PM City of Elmhurst COVID-19 E-News Update - March 20


Topics include: A message from the Elmhurst Fire Department, PLEASE KEEP WIPES OUT OF OUR PIPES, CITY HALL OPEN FOR BUSINESS WHILE FACILITIES ARE CLOSED TO PUBLIC, METRA SERVICE CHANGES, ELMHURST GROCERY STORE SPECIAL HOURS, Giving DuPage Points Volunteers in the right direction during the COVID-19 Crisis, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates, COVID-19 Business Impacts, Relief, & Resources, VOVID-19 Restaurant Support Guide, DuPage County Board Video on Limiting the Spread of VOID-19. 

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March 20, 2020 5:13 PM Governor Prizker issues “STAY AT HOME ORDER” as Illinois aims to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Here is what this means for the Elmhurst Community... PRESS RELEASE
March 18, 2020 5:13 PM City of Elmhurst COVID-19 E-News Update - March 18

Topics include: A message City Manager Grabowski, City Hall Restricted Access, NO CHANGES TO GARBAGE AND RECYCLING SERVICE, DUPAGE WATER COMMISSION REMINDER THAT WATER IS SAFE, Elmhurst Local Businesses need your support: call in, order carry-out, curbside pickup, COVID-19 Restaurant Support Guide, Small Business Association Seeks COVID-19 Business Impact in Illinois, Who should I call about COVID-19?,Protect yourself from COVID-19

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March 16, 2020 6:29 PM COVID-19 Executive Order No. 5 has been issued by Governor Pritzker today. 
Please note Section 6 on page 3 which suspends the provisions of the Open Meetings Act requiring or relating to the in-person attendance by members of a public body. This is for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation (currently through April 9, 2020)
Link to COVID-19 Executive Order No. 5
March 16, 2020 3:53 PM COE Special E-Newsletter on COVID-19

Topics include: A message City Manager Grabowski, DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES ON COVID1-9, SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
NOW MORE THAN EVER, MAYORAL ADDRESS ON COVID-19, MON. MARCH 16 @ 7:30pm, COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL CIVIL EMERGENCY PLANS TO COVID-19, WHERE CAN I GET THE LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE COE?, COE OPERATIONS PREVENTATIVE AND PROACTIVE MEASURES


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March 16, 2020 2:36 PM

In a proactive response to COVID-19, Mayor Steve Morley along with three aldermen have called a special meeting to discuss potential civil emergency declaration plans.

At a special meeting taking place directly following the Elmhurst City Council Meeting on Monday, March 16th at 7:30pm, City Council will discuss an ordinance that grants the Mayor temporary emergency executive powers to amend the City’s code to call for a civil emergency declaration.

Current State statutory law has specific requirements which restrict most remote or electronic attendance for Alderman at city council meetings. A temporary change in code will allow for emergency action in the event that city council does not have the ability to meet to approve emergency operating procedures.

The ordinance defines the necessary and appropriate established standards in determining if a state of emergency exists and allows the Mayor to temporarily exercise limited power and executive order during the possible state of emergency. If necessary, the declaration will be used to ensure that the effects of COVID-19 are mitigated and minimized and that residents and visitors in the City remain safe and secure.

Examples of these limited orders or regulations that could be declared in a civil emergency include temporary suspension or relocation of all City Council, Commission and Board Meetings, the ability to make provisions for temporary emergency housing, approval for applying for local, state or federal assistance, approval to transfer functions of City departments and agencies during the event that disaster services are needed, and the ability to close public facilities, along with any other action deemed reasonable and necessary to address the civil emergency.

If approved, the ordinance establishing temporary executive power will expire at the next regular City Council meeting unless extended for due cause by the City Council.

City Council Members will vote to expire or extend the ordinance at the subsequent regular City Council meeting.

Residents are encouraged to watch the Mayor’s address to the residents of Elmhurst, which will be streamed live on YouTube @ElmhurstTV, live on AT&T Uverse Channel 99 and on Comcast Channel 6 at a later time.

March 13, 2020 12:03 PM

CITY OF ELMHURST UPDATE ON COVID-19

The City of Elmhurst is taking a proactive approach to public health concerns regarding COVID-19. We are prepared for the potential impact of a heightened situation.

City Staff have initiated emergency operation meetings to evaluate and execute the precautionary measures and response logistics in preparing for a localized case. We continue to work closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health, DuPage County Health Department, the DuPage County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, as well as our community partners.

It is the City’s highest priority to provide superior governmental services to the community and we continue to operate at the highest level of service. This priority is always our first consideration when developing preventative measures of safety and preparing plans for local incidents.

City Department prevention methods for COVID-19 include:

Department Directors are advising sick employees to stay home.

City facilities, high traffic areas such as the Metra Station and parking garages, as well as city equipment and vehicles are being disinfected multiple times a day.

All employees, residents and visitors who enter a city facility are offered hand sanitizer and are encouraged to wash their hands.

All individuals entering city facilities are encouraged to go “hand-shake-free” and find an alternative way to greet each other.

City staff are encouraged to schedule conference calls versus face-to-face meetings.

Whenever possible, employees are remaining 6-feet apart from co-workers, residents, and visitors.

Staff is encouraged to clean workspaces including keyboards, cell phones and office phones.

The City is taking safety measures which include cleaning and disinfecting public spaces in City facilities and employee work areas. Employees have been encouraged to follow best practices to prevent the spread of germs.

At this time the following procedures have been put in place:

- All city facilities will remain open for essential services, with the exception of the Elmhurst History Museum.

- All city facilities will postpone non-essential meetings, events and tours.

- Residents and visitors are encouraged to conduct city business online or by phone if possible.

- City staff will not be allowed to attended conferences.

- An additional supply of disinfecting wipes and sanitizers and other cleaning products throughout City Hall.

- While our buildings are cleaned daily, additional cleaning services will be provided this weekend.

- City employees are advised to maintain the CDC recommended distance of 6 feet from others.

- City council meetings are always recorded and live streamed on YouTube @ Elmhurst TV are also available to view on Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. Residents are encouraged to watch these meetings at home.

City Manager, Jim Grabowski states, “While City Hall is open, we strongly recommend that you conduct any business online or by phone if possible. Our priority is to maintain the highest level of safety to our residents, employees and visitors. For this reason, we have established preventative and proactive measures to safeguard and reduce exposure to our community."

Residents are encouraged to remain calm and aware of the key measures to take in preventing the spread of illness which include:

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.

- Stay home when you are sick.

- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

- If you have not already done so, discuss influenza vaccination with your health care provider to help protect you against seasonal influenza.

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath it is advised that you stay home and contact your primary care provide by phone. Please only contact 9-1-1 if you have a life-threatening emergency.

If you have questions about Coronavirus- Call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline 1(800) 889-3931 or send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV Anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more background information on the coronavirus and for the latest updates, please use the following links:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

INFORMATION LINKS:

Illinois Department of Health - http://www.dph.illinois.gov



Elmhurst Hospital: https://www.eehealth.org/coronavirus/



Elmhurst School District 205: https://www.elmhurst205.org/resources/health-services



Elmhurst Park District: https://www.epd.org



Elmhurst Public Library: https://elmhurstpubliclibrary.org 



Elmhurst College: https://www.elmhurst.edu






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