COVID-19 ALERTS

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May 27, 2020 City of Elmhurst E-News, May 27 Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES: 223 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 5/27/20, Restaurants, Retail, Fitness & Personal Care Services on target to re-open May 29th, City of Elmhurst prepares to assist in new operation requirements, Support Local 60126 Campaign, Elmhurst Heroes Campaign, 2020 Elmhurst Memorial Day Ceremony & Convoy Video, Help improve walking and biking in Elmhurst!, Reminder! Public comment options for public meetings, Illinois Mask Requirements, Mayor seeks candidates for Ward 1 & Ward 4 Alderman Seats, deadline this Friday, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates E-NEWS
May 20, 2020 Restaurants, Retail and Fitness on target to re-open May 29th, City of Elmhurst prepares plans to support re-opening 

Governor Pritzker announced today that Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan will also include the opening of outdoor restaurant dining with certain safety limitations. Fitness providers will be allowed to offer one-on-one training and outdoor fitness classes in groups of up to 10 participants. Retail stores across all segments can open in Phase 3 with state issued guidelines. The state plans to release these guidelines by Friday, May 22nd. The City of Elmhurst is on target to move from Phase 2 to Phase 3 by May 29th. The City of Elmhurst continues to work with local business owners to develop a plan that will be appropriate for Elmhurst. Finalized plans will be issued within the next week, incorporating the guidelines for re-opening as set by the State. Plans include but are not limited to opportunities for fitness providers to use public property and/or to partner with private commercial property owners to hold outdoor fitness classes, expansion of sidewalk cafes (without fencing) for restaurants, and the ability for restaurants to expand seating into private parking lots with review and approval.
More information on the State’s Restore Illinois Plan
May 19, 2020 City of Elmhurst E-News, May 19, Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES: 201 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 5/19/20, Mayor Morley's letter to Governor Pritzker, May 19, 2020, Storm Recap 5-17-20, Important for residents during a heavy rainfall event, Special Flood-Related Refuse Pick Up, Saturday May 23rd, 2020 Memorial Day Convoy, Help improve walking and biking in Elmhurst!, Congrats to the Class of 2020, Reminder! Public comment options for public meetings, DuPage Small Business Relief Grant Program: Reinvest DuPage, Illinois Mask Requirements, Mayor seeks candidates for Ward 1 & Ward 4 Alderman Seats, Yard Signs Available!, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates E-NEWS
May 19, 2020 Please find attached a letter from Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley to Governor Pritzker sent on May 19, 2020.  LETTER
May 15, 2020 City of Elmhurst E-Newsletter, May 15
Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES 184 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 5/15/20., Letter from Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley to Governor Pritzker sent on May 11, 2020., Please join us in a community-wide cheer on Sunday, May 17th at 1pm to salute the class of 2020., Congratulations to Elmhurst 2020 Graduates, Storm Recap 5-14/15-20, Important for residents during a heavy rainfall event, Help improve walking and biking in Elmhurst!, Elmhurst Police Continue to Investigate Shooting in the 800 Block of S. Linden Avenue., 2020 Always Remember Memorial Day Convoy, Reminder! Public comment options for public meetings, DuPage Small Business Relief Grant Program: Reinvest DuPage, Illinois Mask Requirements, Mayor seeks candidates for Ward 1 & Ward 4 Alderman Seats,Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Yard Signs Available!
E-NEWS
May 13, 2020 
5PM
City of Elmhurst E-News, May 13 
Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES: 172 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 5/13/20, Mayor Steve Morley’s letter to Governor Pritzker sent on May 11, 2020, 2020 Elmhurst Always Remember Memorial Day Convoy, Congratulations to Elmhurst’s Class of 2020, Calling ALL Elmhurst Community Members! Let’s make some NOISE for our 2020 ELMHURST GRADUATES! Our graduates deserve a SALUTE like no other this year, Message from Elmhurst Police Chief Honoring National Police Week, Reminder! Public comment options for public meetings, DuPage Small Business Relief Grant Program: Reinvest DuPage, Illinois Mask Requirements, Mayor seeks candidates for Ward 1 & Ward 4 Alderman Seats, Yard Signs Available!, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates
E-NEWS
May 11, 2020 3:30 PM Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley writes letter to Governor Pritzker sent on May 11, 2020. LETTER ATTACHED
May 8, 2020 6:00 PM City of Elmhurst E-News, May 8
 Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES: 157 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 5/8/20, Reminder! Public comment options for public meetings, Illinois Mask Requirements, Mayor seeks candidates for Ward 1 & Ward 4 Alderman Seats, ENJOY OUR NEW STORY TIME WITH ELMHURST POLICE OFFICER SCISLOWICZ!, REMINDER! Garage Sales Prohibited, 2020 Elmhurst Always Remember Memorial Day Convoy, Plan underway to honor 2020 Elmhurst Graduates, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Yard Signs Available!, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates
E-NEWS
May 5, 2020 City of Elmhurst E-News, May 5: Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES: 151 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 5/5/20, Mayor Morley's COVID-19 Update, May 4, 2020, ELMHURST RESPONDS TO COVID19: Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Mike McLean, Mayor seeks candidates for Ward 1 & Ward 4 Alderman Seats, Face Covering Do’s & Don’ts, Public Works Director, Howard Killian receives honorable leadership award, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Elmhurst History In Focus: The York Theatre, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates E-NEWS
May 5, 2020 Restore Illinois Plan
On Tuesday, May 5, Governor Pritzker announced a 5-phase plan to safely reopen Illinois as we progress through the COVID-19 pandemic. Restore Illinois is designed to provide a framework for reopening businesses, education, and recreational activities. This initial plan can and will be updated as research and science develop and as the potential for effective treatments or vaccines is realized.  
View the complete Restore Illinois plan HERE.
May 1, 2020 DuPage Mayors and Managers letter to Gov. Pritzker  LINK TO LETTER
April 30, 2020

5:30 PM
City of Elmhurst E-News, April 30 Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES: 130 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/30/20, Information on Senior Citizen Resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic, State's Face Covering Mandate: Do's & Don'ts, #ElmhurstStaysHome Campaign, yard signs available, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates E-NEWS
April 28, 2020 5:30PM City of Elmhurst E-News, April 28 

Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES: 119 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/28/20, Top 10 Ways to Support Local Safely, Conservation Foundation declares May “River Sweep Month”, Story Time with the Elmhurst Fire Department!, #ElmhurstStaysHome Campaign, yard signs available, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates
E-NEWS
April 24, 2020

8:30 PM
City of Elmhurst E-News, April 24

Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES: 110 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/24/20, Governor Pritzker announces plan to extend “Stay at Home" order with certain modifications, Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, City of Elmhurst Arbor Day Celebration, 2020 Memorial Day Parade- Cancelled, Census 2020, Who has BINGO?!!!!, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates
E-NEWS
April 23, 2020 5:30 PM City of Elmhurst E-News, April 23

Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES: 108 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/23/20, Flashback to 2019 Arbor Day Celebration, Elmhurst Hospital Virtual Town Hall Meeting, April 22, Elmhurst Firefighters showed their appreciation to Elmhurst Hospital staff, Elmhurst Hospital is putting daffodils outside of their building in recognition of each inpatient treated for coronavirus who has been discharged to heal at home, The City will say farewell to Utilities Capital Projects Administrator, Tony Cuzzone who will be retiring after serving the City of Elmhurst for over 42 years, Vehicle sticker renewal extension date, June 1st, City of Elmhurst Spring Clean Up reminder, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates
E-NEWS
April 20, 2020 5:30 PM City of Elmhurst E-News, April 20

Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES 91 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/20/20, ELMHURST RESPONDS TO COVID19: Elmhurst Fire Chief Tom Freeman, Public Works Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19, City of Elmhurst Spring Clean Up, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates


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April 20, 2020 
12:00 PM
Public Works Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19 PRESS RELEASE
April 17, 2020 5:30 PM City of Elmhurst E-News, April 17

Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES 75 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/17/20., Internet safety tips from Elmhurst Police Detective Jarrette, April 20th City Council Meeting, Hydrant Flushing Date Changes , Senior Citizen Resources, Abby Facebook page, City of Elmhurst Spring Clean Up, Elmhurst Businesses We Want to Hear from You, Census 2020, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Support Our Community BINGO!, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates

E-NEWS
April 15, 2020 5:30 PM City of Elmhurst E-News, April 15

Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES 67 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/15/20, Elmhurst Firefighter Tests Positive for COVID-19, Wellness Checks, Be Cautious of Phone Scams, Storytime with Elmhurst Firefighter Patrick Evoy!, D205 Foundation Offers Parents an Opportunity to Appreciate Teachers, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Support Our Community BINGO!, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates


E-NEWS
April 15, 2020 1:00 PM Elmhurst Firefighter Tests Positive for COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE
April 13, 2020 5:37 PM City of Elmhurst E-News, April 13

Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES 57 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/13/20, D205 Grab-N-Go Meal Service, D205 Foundation COVID-10 Elmhurst Community Response Fund, WORKNET DUPAGE SUPPORTS WORKERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19, Senior Citizen Resources, I AM EXPERIENCING ANXIETY AND FEAR. WHERE CAN I SEAK HELP?, DuPage Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund to Issue First Round of Grants to Help Local Not-for-Profits Address Needs, COVID-19 Impacts on Transit and Shared Mobility, Giving DuPage, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Support Our Community BINGO!, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates 


E-NEWS
April 10, 2020 5:15PM City of Elmhurst E-News, April 10 

Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES 47 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/10/20, Five things you can do to make a positive impact, Senior Citizen Resources, Committee Meetings -Monday April 13, Giving DuPage, E-Town low down interviews City's Business Development Coordinator, Census 2020, COE Spring Clean Up, A message from ComEd, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Support Our Community BINGO!, Elmhurst History Museum Presents: Storytime with the Schoolmarm: The Three Little Pigs, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates

E-NEWS
April 9, 2020
4:30 PM
City of Elmhurst E-News, April 9 

Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES38 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/8/20. Elmhurst Responds to COVID-19: Mayor Steve Morley Recorded April 8, 2020, Waste & Recycling Update from DuPage County, Elmhurst Businesses We Want to Hear from You, Support Our Community BINGO!, City of Elmhurst Spring Clean Up, PACE Temporarily Suspends 54 Routes including some stops in Elmhurst, Census 2020, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates
E-NEWS
April 6, 2020 5:52 PM City of Elmhurst E-News, April 6

Topics include: DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DAILY UPDATES ON COVID-19 CASES 31 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/6/20, A message from the City of Elmhurst - Stay Dedicated, Watch the Elmhurst City Council Meeting Tonight, April 6th at 7:30pm on YouTube Live, CDC's Recommendation, Properly disposing medical equipment, CDC Video: How to Make Your own Face Covering, Tips for physical distancing in parks, Census 2020, Capturing Elmhurst Businesses at Work, Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates, Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome, Gallery Tour of "On The Right Track: By Rail to Chicago and Beyond”.
E-NEWS
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
E-NEWS
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. 
MORE INFO
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 
E-NEWS
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
E-NEWS
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.
LINK
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. 
PRESS RELEASE
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:
LINK
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
E-NEWS
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.”

PRESS RELEASE
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. 

E-NEWS
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

E-NEWS
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


E-NEWS

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