Glenview/Northbrook COVID-19 Task Force 3/26 Update on Coronavirus
March 26, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
Subject: Community Collaboration: March 26 Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
District 31 Community,
Please read the message below from the Glenview/Northbrook COVID-19 Task Force. We are all in this together!
The Glenview/Northbrook COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet regularly to share information and resources and coordinate responses. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in governing bodies donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Northshore Universal Healthcare. Our community members are also invited to donate (see below). We also encourage citizens to visit our website for information from our agencies, and to check official sources about the spread of COVID-19:
- State of Illinois’ Coronavirus Website (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Cook County Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our facilities remain closed or have limited access. Check the websites of individual agencies to learn how to access services by phone or online.
INFORMATION FROM NORTHSHORE UNIVERSITY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
Jesse Peterson Hall, president of Glenbrook Hospital, explained that the NorthShore hospitals, including Glenbrook Hospital, are structurally reorganizing to create capacity for an influx of patients. He shared important information for our community:
Essential Elements of Infection Prevention and Control measures for COVID-19
- Regular and diligent hand hygiene before and after:
- Touching your face,
- Blowing your nose,
- Coughing or sneezing,
- Going to the bathroom, and
- Eating or preparing food.
- Vigilant social distancing:
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other whenever possible
- Limit the number of individuals involved in in-person conversations.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.
- Stay home if you are sick.
If You’re Sick
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, do not visit your doctor or the hospital until instructed to do so. You can get help either by calling the community health hotline at 847-432-5849, or scheduling an E-Visit at northshoreconnect.com or on the NorthShoreConnect mobile app. After you login, click the COVID-19 E-visit button. Based on your symptoms, you will be told if you need to be tested and will be given instructions on where to go for your test.
NorthShore is accepting financial, critical supply and other donations. Visit their website for information on how to donate.
“STAY AT HOME” ORDERS: PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
The Governor’s “Stay-at-Home” orders are designed to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19; social distancing is the most effective solution. As part of the Governor’s orders, all playgrounds in Illinois are closed at this time.
It’s important to get out and get exercise and fresh air -- but you must do so without gathering in groups, large or small. Whenever you are out, wherever you are, maintain six feet between yourself and others. To be successful, we also need our youth to follow these guidelines. Please reinforce the following with your children:
Honor Physical Distancing by:
Don’t Violate Physical Distancing by:
· Using walking paths
· Enjoying walks through your neighborhood
· Going for a bike ride
· Playing group games on courts or fields that require contact or close proximity (e.g., basketball)
· Congregating in groups in public parks, playgrounds, or sidewalks)
· Hosting gatherings or parties in your house
Do not allow children to play together in homes, backyards or on sidewalks unless they maintain the six-foot recommended distance. As you continue to hear from the experts, keeping our distance from each other is the critical element slowing the spread of this virus. Our community must come together (virtually!) to honor physical distancing.
HELP THE FOOD PANTRY
The Northfield Township Food Pantry continues to welcome donations and volunteers:
SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES
The Northbrook and Glenview Chambers of Commerce continue to encourage community members to shop at local businesses whenever possible.
GLENVIEW/ NORTHBROOK COVID-19 TASK FORCE
Richard Nahrstadt, Village Manager, Northbrook
Matt Formica, Village Manager, Glenview
Jill Brickman, Northfield Township Supervisor
School District Superintendents
Dr. Charles Johns, Superintendent, Glenbrook High Schools District 225
Dr. David Kroeze, Superintendent, Northbrook School District 27
Dr. Larry Hewitt, Superintendent, Northbrook School District 28
Dr. Brian Wegley, Superintendent, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30
Dr. Erin Murphy, Superintendent, West Northfield School District 31
Dr. Dane Delli, Superintendent, Glenview School District 34
Michael McCarty, Executive Director, Glenview Park District
Molly Hamer, Executive Director, Northbrook Park District
Kate Hall, Executive Director, Northbrook Public Library
Vickie Novak, Director, Glenview Public Library
Betsy Baer, Executive Director, Glenview Chamber of Commerce
Tensley Garris, President, Northbrook Chamber of Commerce