Community Collaboration: February 5 Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted on February 5, 2021 at 11:55 AM

Forward to Phase 4 

With sustained reduction in COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations, Region 10 (suburban Cook County) moved to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan on February 2. That move allows easing of restrictions on retail, indoor dining and meetings, as well as other establishments, programs and events. 

The organizations that are part of the Glenview Northbrook Coronavirus Task Force are eager to safely increase their services and availability to the public in accordance with these guidelines. Our objective is to do so in a way that protects our community and allows those rates to continue their decline. We remain concerned about cases of COVID-19 in our community — and the great losses because of the ongoing pandemic. We will continue to promote the steps that have proven effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance

Safe Super Bowl Celebrations 

On Super Bowl Sunday, whether you are rooting for the Chiefs or the Buccaneers on the field or The Weeknd on stage at halftime, we encourage you to enjoy the game safely. While the Phase 4 guidelines allow for gatherings with limited capacity, please remember that even gatherings in homes should include distancing and masking. Double dipping chips and salsa, or sharing any communal food, is definitely not on the safety menu! 

The safest bet is to keep your party small (ideally with only members of your household or small “bubble”). It will be a big win for all of us to take the steps that will help us continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Who Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine? 

When the Illinois COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan moved into Phase 1B on January 25, more members of our community became eligible to get vaccinated. Those who are eligible in the 1B category include: 

  • Citizens age 65 and older
  • Frontline essential workers, including: 
    • First responders
    • K-12 education workers
    • Food and agriculture
    • Manufacturing
    • Corrections workers and inmates
    • USPS workers
    • Public transit workers
    • Grocery store workers 
    • Staff at shelters and day cares

If you are in one of those eligible categories, be patient! While the vaccine supply statewide, and especially in north Cook County, is very limited at this time, the supply will increase in the coming weeks.  

Register for Vaccine Notifications

We encourage all community members to register with the Cook County COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program. You can search for appointments if you are eligible or receive a notification when you are eligible. If you need help with the online registration, our local libraries can provide technical support: 

  • Glenview Public Library Reference Department
    847-729-7500 or refdesk@glenviewpl.org
  • Northbrook Public Library Reference Department
    847-272-4873 or reference@northbrook.info

Post-Vaccination Safety:  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated their FAQs about the vaccine to include this information: 

Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have gotten 2 doses of the vaccine?

Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself.

While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic.

To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:

Wear a mask over your nose and mouth

Stay at least 6 feet away from others

Avoid crowds

Avoid poorly ventilated spaces

Wash your hands often

Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

Community Education Opportunity: COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered

Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Register here!  

Jeff Thiel, Assistant Vice President, Pharmacy at NorthShore University HealthSystem will provide an overview of the vaccine including the status of the rollout at NorthShore and how appointments will be managed when vaccines become available.  He will discuss the effectiveness of the vaccine, differences between the approved vaccines, and the known side effects.  More importantly, he will answer your questions. This program is in partnership with the Glenview Public Library and Northbrook Public Library


Protect Yourself and Your Community with the COVID-19 Vaccine
West Northfield School District 31 recently hosted a Parent Education Series with Dr. TeKippe, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist for Advocate Health Care, titled “Protect Yourself and Your Community with the COVID-19 Vaccine”. In this informational session, Dr. TeKippe answered questions and provided clear, complete, and accurate messages about COVID-19 vaccines. The presentation is available to view here

Good News Stories

A snowman on Dewes Street in Glenview has the right message!

District 30 Students are Creating Valentines for Vets

District 30 first-grade teacher Sharon Latek has created an opportunity for our students to contribute Valentines to our Veteran neighbors in the Glen.

Students are currently creating Valentines for Veterans during indoor recess or at home. Teachers can leave completed cards or letters in their front offices before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 11. The cards will be dropped off for veterans in the Glen and seniors who have no family in the community on Friday, February 12.

Please see the linked flyer with instructions on how your students can contribute.

Wescott School second-graders have been creating Valentines for their senior citizen pen pals at Covenant Living. This student is in Xenia Stamoudis’ class.


West Northfield School District 31 celebrates as teachers and staff members continue getting their COVID-19 vaccines. West Northfield School District 31 recently hosted a Parent Education Series with Dr. TeKippe, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist for Advocate Health Care, titled “Protect Yourself and Your Community with the COVID-19 Vaccine”. In this informational session, Dr. TeKippe answered questions and provided clear, complete, and accurate messages about COVID-19 vaccines. The presentation is available to view here

District 34 Custodial Staff Featured in Chicago Tribune Article

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/glenview/ct-gla-custodial-staff-schools-coronavirus-tl-0204-20210202-zqfjici3pbbpbpy5mj5i62ar74-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0v3e1BK5_od-7CsubD4YiGHi6BCuo27b3gAAAJIUi_QBEq-mXNbvNSOrw

Students Working Together To Get GBN Field Ready For Sports

Glenbrook North High School student athletes came together in an untraditional after school sports practice. About 100 football and soccer athletes helped clear the snow off of the William Lutz Stadium. The snow was placed on the field’s rim and hauled away using equipment by staff members. Having the snow cleared off the turf field will allow the teams to start hosting outdoor practices.

High School Sports Are Back

Glenbrook South High School hosted its first boys basketball game following the announcement from the Illinois High School Association to allow sports to resume on Wednesday, February 3. Although no spectators were at the game Wednesday night, GBS is allowed to have up to 50 spectators with masks. They need to be at least 30 feet away from the playing area and maintain a six feet distance. People who are unable to make upcoming games can live stream the event. 

GBS beat Hersey High School Wednesday night with a score of 69-49.