Community Collaboration: May 8 Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted on May 8, 2020 at 4:32 PM

Earlier this week, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phase approach that will serve as a general framework for regions of the state to loosen restrictions and, eventually, to reopen. The five phases are:

Statewide, we currently are in Phase 2 (Flattening). In order to move to Phase 3 our region must experience:

  • At or under a 20 percent positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period, AND
  • No overall increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness for 28 days, AND  
  • Available surge capacity of at least 14 percent of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds, and ventilators.

Our organizations are working collaboratively to understand the many complex details and make the important decisions to ensure safety in our community and support for citizens as our region moves through the phases. Restore Illinois is a roadmap; we will look to metrics and further guidance from the Illinois Department of Health for specific directions as we navigate that road.

Please continue to use our website as a resource for information and updates

Update From NorthShore University HealthSystem

NorthShore University HealthSystem reported a significant uptick in COVID-19-related hospitalizations over the past week. In addition, as testing increases, so does the positive rate, which stands at 27%. E-visits and health hotline calls also continue to grow.

This data reinforces the need to continue to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Follow the statewide stay-at-home order, and stay home especially when you are sick.
  • When you are out in public, maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others, and wear a mask or face covering.

Those who show COVID-19 symptoms (listed on our website) should:

  • Call 847-HEALTH9 (847-432-5849) and talk to a NorthShore clinical expert; or
  • Log onto NorthShoreConnect through the app on your mobile device or on the website (

Community Needs

The Northfield Township Food Pantry continues to welcome donations to stock its shelves so that it can meet the growing number of families in need. Click here to make a donation to the Food Pantry.

Good News Stories

If you follow any of us on our social media channels, you’ll get a healthy dose of stories that highlight the strength of our community and the boundless goodness of those who live and work here. We will share some of those stories here each week.

First responders showed their appreciation to healthcare workers at Glenbrook Hospital. View the video on Youtube.