Community Collaboration: July 24 Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Since Our Last Message
The Glenview Northbrook Coronavirus Response team last sent communication on June 26. Since that time, we have continued to meet to share plans, ideas and resources. Facilities in our community have opened or increased services, and the safety measures implemented in welcoming staff and the public into our buildings have been shared in our meetings.
While reports from NorthShore University HealthSystem show a decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations since our June 26 message, we are concerned about recent outbreaks of COVID-19 in our community that have caused closures of facilities, activities and services. We continue to be concerned about the health of our citizens, the financial impact on businesses and families, and the ability of the children of our community to return to school in the fall.
On July 15, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker further split Illinois health regions, increasing the number of regions from four to 11. Suburban Cook County is now its own region (region 10). You can find the COVID-19 metrics for our region, and the other regions, on the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website. Sustained increases in those metrics could lead to restrictions in a variety of businesses, recreational activities and social gatherings.
For the physical, emotional and financial health of our community, we all must continue to take the steps that are proven to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Keep 6 feet from others.
- Wear face coverings at work, when shopping and in other public areas.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
If we can all be diligent in following those directives, we will continue to be able to see increases in the options for us to shop, eat out, gather and play.
Cook County Requires Quarantine
On July 17, suburban Cook County, in alignment with the City of Chicago, recommends travelers entering or returning to suburban Cook County from states with surging COVID-19 rates to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine order applies if you plan on traveling to the following states for more than 24 hours, or have friends or family visiting from these states:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Essential workers with verification from their employer, and those traveling for medical care or parental custody are exempt.
School Planning Focus
School district officials continue to tirelessly search for viable, flexible and equitable solutions to bring students and staff safely back for teaching and learning in the fall. These decisions are complex, and the factors they are based on are ever changing.
Individual districts will share their plans, guidelines and procedures with their staff members, students and parents. Each district will implement different plans based on the needs and resources available. All of the local districts will continue to look for guidance from the Cook County Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Illinois State Board of Education. And they will collaborate and communicate with students, staff, parents — and with you. Meantime, please continue to visit our website for updates and resources.
Good News Stories
Students Helping Students Event Asking for Community Support
Hunger Free Northbrook (HFN), a program of Northbrook-based Hunger Resource Network, has an upcoming event to help students in need.
Four Northbrook college students, Sam Mallahan, Jaclyn Mattson, Ola Zynel and Nicole Helinski
are asking that local residents help by donating bags filled with the personal care items listed below.
The bags can be dropped-off, touch-free, in the parking lot at the Westmoor Elementary School, 2500 Cherry Lane, Northbrook, Il 60062, Sunday July 26th between 10AM-2PM.
Personal Care Pack items:
- Body Lotion
- Body wash
- Fun snacks
The items should be placed in a doubled brown paper bag with handles for ease of transport; the estimated total cost of the donated items is between $25-30.
This is a one-time effort to supplement the HFN Student Food Pack Program which started in Fall 2019 and currently serves 88 students from 6 of Northbrook’s 13 public schools. The goal is to begin to serve all Northbrook public school students in need beginning this fall.
The students hope to collect at least 88 Personal Care Pack bags on Sunday, July 26th so that each student receives a bag along with the August food delivery.
Hunger Free Northbrook is a local program of Hunger Resource Network, a 501 (c)(3) certified non-profit organization based in Northbrook and founded in 2009. The organization’s mission is to help alleviate hunger in the Chicago area. For more information on the programs, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, go towww.hungerfreenorthbrook.