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The City of Crest Hill is reaching out to ensure you have the best available information to protect and care for yourself and your loved ones as we learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the coronavirus to be a serious public health threat. It is important that you are aware of the disease and the efforts necessary to prevent its spread.
2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus identified in December 2019 as the cause of an outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. People who get sick with COVID-19 develop mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Illness can begin 2 to 14 days after an exposure.
Although this virus likely emerged from an animal source, it can also spread from person-to-person. Spread from one person to another is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic.
Currently, the health risk to the general public from COVID-19 remains low, both in the U.S. and in Illinois. The goal of the ongoing U.S. public health response is to detect new cases quickly and prevent community spread of COVID-19.
The coming days and weeks are likely to bring more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and globally, but strong public health measures now may blunt the impact of the virus.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have visited China within the past two weeks and start to feel ill, call your doctor.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
• Stay home except to get medical care
• Call ahead before visiting your doctor
• Wear a facemask
• Cover your coughs and sneezes
• Avoid sharing personal household items
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China and South Korea. CDC also advises that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions consider postponing nonessential travel to Iran, Italy, and Japan. Travelers should practice usual precautions when traveling to Hong Kong. If you plan to travel internationally, We encourage you to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important messages, alerts, updates, and travel advisories while you are there.
Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date.
The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals.
The Illinois Department of Health provides updates on the disease’s spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here.
The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.
• Most municipal EMAs were on.• Katie Weber from Will County Health Department was also participating• Monitor WEB EOC for periodic updates (I have an account and monitor throughout the day)• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Requests have been made to Will County EMA, those requests have been sent to IEMA and resources that do exist are starting to move. No word on when resources will be received.• IEMA has set up a website for every municipality to set up an account. (Information will be coming soon) This will be the portal and process for us to submit and track expenses related to this emergency for Federal reimbursement. Track all expenses/overtime related to response operations.• Katie Weber with Will County Healtho 8 confirmed cases in Will Countyo Where? According to IDPH and HIPA they can only release sex and age. No hometown. No geographic region beyond countyo Community transmission is a reality. Assume it is in your area.o IDPH HOTLINE is up and running 815-740-8911 M-F 0800-1600 hours. Maybe more hourshttps://willcountyhealth.org/coronavirus-information/• Most municipalities have reduced hours and access // most by appointment only• No onsite consumption of food/drink Enforcement of orders to bars and restaurantso Local Enforcemento IDPH Hotline reports about non-compliance will go to municipal PD ten digit numbers (WESCOM)o Establishment can be closed down, fined, license revocation, loss of drive thru privileges for duration of emergency.• IDPH website is updated daily at 1400 hours. That is the accurate data from IDPH. Local reports may be more up to date. May be more accurate and timely information from Will County. They meet later today. Hope to get more timely reports.• Funerals and Wakes. Guidance from Illinois Funeral Director Association. Recommend keeping assembly to under 10 people.
Social distancing actions are taken to restrict when and where people can gather to stop or slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID‐19) or other infectious diseases in communities. Social distancing actions include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings or canceling events.Protect yourself and your communityWash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have soap or water, use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you’re sick.Change your daily HabitsAvoid shopping at peak hours and take advantage of delivery or pick‐up services with retailers.Work with your employerCooperate with leadership to change company practices, set up flexible shift plans, have employees telecommute, and cancel large meetings or conferences.Universities and CollegesConsider suspending on campus classes, implementing web‐based learning and canceling large campus meetings and gatherings.Keep at least six feet between you and othersAvoid shaking hands as a social greeting.Public transitAvoid public transit if possible and don’t travel to areas with active outbreaks.Crowded placesAvoid crowded places. Events with 1,000 or more people have been canceled. Community events with 250 or more recommended be canceled or postponed. Major sports events are canceled.Questions about COVID‐19? Call 1‐800‐889‐3931 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgIllinois Department of Public Health ‐ www.dph.illinois.gov6
The direction from the State is to reassure our residents and to ask for their help by doing what they can to remain healthy. In addition to everything that has already been pushed out to guide residents in health and safety, there are some additional items mentioned. The state is encouraging seniors to limit group activities (gatherings of 10 or more people). It was mentioned to postpone or cancel events in our City. Church services was also mentioned as an event. In addition, “social distancing” is being stressed. The CDC defines social distancing as "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible."2 It is less drastic than quarantine or isolation, which are used for people who are suspected to be carrying the virus.The hope is that if we all do our part, the number of cases we do see here in Illinois will remain manageable for our Health Care system and not overwhelm it.