Messages from the Mayor
Please view these messages from Mayor Lentz regarding the coronavirus crisis: Watch Now
Village of Mundelein Events
All Village of Mundelein events have been cancelled through April 15, 2020. We are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic continually and will update the status on Mundelein events as information becomes available. Please check back to review this page often.
Village Board Meetings
All Board of Trustee meetings will take place remotely until further notice. To watch the Village Board meetings simply visit the Village's Agendas and Minutes page and select “Watch Live.” To participate in public commentary, send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments will be submitted to the Board, read aloud, and addressed during the meeting.
Commission and Committee Meetings
All in-person Mundelein Commission and Committee meetings are canceled until at least April 6, 2020. This date may need to be extended. Once the “Shelter in Place” order is lifted, we will communicate the new meeting dates via email, website, and social media channels. Some Commission meetings are being held electronically. Please visit the Village's Agendas and Minutes page to view current meeting information.
Mundelein Municipal Buildings Closures
Until further notice the following municipal buildings are closed to the public:
- Village Hall
- Fire Stations
- Public Works and Engineering
Mundelein Police Department
Mundelein Police Department is OPEN to the public—west entrance and only the Lobby.
All water shut offs due to non-payment haves been suspended through April 30, 2020.
Late payment penalties have been suspended until further notice.
Effective March 30, 2020, the Building Department will no longer conduct interior inspections on occupied homes. Building inspections for new construction or exterior projects will continue.
Garbage and Recycling Information
Groot recently announced an update on garbage and recycling collection services. Effective March 23, 2020, Groot is temporarily making several collection changes until further notice. Details
The Village of Mundelein has taken the following actions to assist local businesses:
- Temporarily suspended late fees for water bills.
- Extended the licensing renewal period from May 1 to July 31.
- Issued an Executive Order to allow restaurants with liquor licenses to sell alcoholic beverages with carry-out orders.
Restaurants Open for Carry-out and Delivery
Please see our growing list of restaurants offering carryout, curbside pickup, and/or delivery options by selecting the link below. Thank you for supporting our local businesses in this time of need.
Restaurant Takeout Information
Important Public Health Information and Links
Illinois COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.
State of Illinois Dedicated COVID-19 Website
Governor Pritzker's Executive Orders Related to COVID-19
State of Illinois COVID-19 FAQs
Lake County Dedicated COVID-19 Webpage
Fremont Township Assistance Programs
Libertyville Township Assistance Programs
Federal and State Emergency Loans Available to Businesses
The following page provides more detailed information on a few emergency loans, grants, and resources available to businesses during the Covid-19 emergency:
We will update this page as needed when information about emergency loans or grants becomes available.
*Please note that the Village does not administer these emergency grant programs and all inquiries should be directed to the entity from which the program originated
Grant Opportunity Available for Hospitality Businesses - APPLICATION WINDOW CLOSES APRIL 1st!Grant opportunity available through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for all hospitality businesses (restaurants, bars, hotels) impacted by this crisis. Details
The application window closes April 1st so time is of the essence for those who want to be included in the lottery selection.
Illinois Businesses Encouraged to Review Governor’s Assistance ProgramsAttention Illinois businesses…Just a reminder…Governor J.B. Pritzker announced three programs designed to assist Illinois businesses combat the financial impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The programs are summarized on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website referenced below:
Mundelein Discontinues Interior Building Inspections Due to Coronavirus Crisis
Effectively immediately, the Mundelein Building Department will no longer conduct interior inspections or interior remodeling inspections in occupied homes. The Building Department will continue performing exterior and new construction inspections while closely following proper social distancing guidelines. Mundelein’s Customer Service staff will take requests for interior inspections and forward the information to the Building Department to be scheduled at a later date, yet to be determined.
Updated: March 26, 2020
MPD Emphatically Reminds Residents to Abide by Governor’s Shelter in PlaceThe Mundelein Police Department needs everyone’s assistance during this difficult time of shelter in place order. The MPD reports they have received a significant increase in complaints regarding violations of the Governor Pritzker’s Executive order to not congregate in groups and to practice social distancing.
“We still see our youth gathering in parks and in groups, which is a direct violation of the shelter in place order and social distancing. We are in this together and everyone needs to do their part by complying with the Governor’s order. Please stop gathering. It is time to take this seriously,” said Police Chief Eric Guenther.
Please be aware that Mundelein parks may be used for individual exercise, but group activities of any kind will be dispersed. The MPD asks for the community’s assistance as enforcement is not the MPD’s preferred course of action. If necessary, however, they will act.
Aside from joggers and people walking their dogs, groups of people involved in group activities will be asked to go home. The Governor’s executive order is a shelter in place order. In the coming days, there will be more and more focus on the law enforcement of this order. The police will do all they can to gain compliance before issuing citations or arrests.
Anuncio importante del Departamento de Policía de Mundelein
El Departamento de Policía de Mundelein necesita su ayuda durante estos momentos difíciles. Hemos recibido un aumento significativo en quejas por violaciones de la orden ejecutiva del gobernador Pritzker de no congregarse en grupos y practicar el distanciamiento social.
Todavía vemos a nuestros jóvenes reuniéndose en parques y en grupos, lo cual es una violación directa de la orden de refugio y el distanciamiento social. Estamos juntos en esto y todos deben hacer su parte cumpliendo con la orden del Gobernador. Por favor, dejan de reunirse. Es hora de tomar esto en serio.
Los parques pueden usarse para ejercicio individual, pero las actividades grupales de cualquier tipo se dispersarán. Solicitamos la ayuda de la comunidad ya que la aplicación de la ley no es nuestro método preferido.
Heroes Among Us—Mundelein School Districts 120 and 75 Team Up to Help Families in Need—FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED TO CONTINUE PROVIDING ASSISTANCEMundelein School Districts 120 and 75 have teamed up to provide food to families in need during this time. In addition to providing remote lunch and breakfast meal service at select locations on certain dates, the districts are preparing food boxes for families in need in cooperation with The Chapel of Mundelein.
Thanks to the generous donations of those in our community, the districts have been able to provide two deliveries to families with children in the Mundelein and neighboring school districts of 73, 75, 76, 79 and 120.
The next delivery is scheduled for April 5. Donations are needed for this upcoming distribution date. Items needed include: toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste), feminine products, baby wipes, diapers, cleaning spray/cleaning wipes, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, tortillas, canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruit applesauce, fruit snacks, granola bars, rice, beans (dry or canned) and condiments such as ketchup and mayonnaise. Gift cards in ten-dollar increments to stores such as Jewel, Mariano’s, Aldi and Target are also accepted.
Donations can be dropped off at any time at The Chapel in Mundelein, at 1966 W. Hawley Street. There are weatherproof bins at the front of the entrance for donations. Donations for this distribution need to be received by Saturday, April 4 at 9 a.m.
Donations are ready to be boxed for distribution to families in Mundelein. More than 75 families received food boxes on March 21, 2020.
Illinois State Income Tax Deadline Moved to July 15The deadline for filing state income tax returns will be extended three months to July 15, matching a federal deadline announced last week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently announced. The postponement, made to alleviate the economic strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, will automatically apply to all individual returns as well as to trusts and corporations.
Despite the three-month reprieve, taxpayers who expect refunds are encouraged to file their returns as soon as possible, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue David Harris said in a statement.
“The Illinois Department of Revenue is working diligently to get refunds into the hands of every taxpayer who is owed one," Harris said. "To speed refunds, taxpayers can do their part by filing electronically and requesting a direct deposit.”
Updated: March 25, 2020
Local Media Check on Mayor Lentz, Wife Amid Coronavirus Diagnosis
Several media outlets including: ABC-Channel 7, WGN-Channel 9, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, and Lake County News Sun, checked in with Mayor Lentz today to ask how he and Mrs. Lentz are feeling. We are all wishing Mayor Lentz and Michelle a speedy recovery.
Here is a short clip of the ABC-Channel 7 interview:
Coronavirus Guidelines from the President
JUST A REMINDER!! Please Support our Mundelein Restaurants During Illinois Shutdown
Our thoughts are with everyone as we all work to navigate this challenging time. COVID-19 is significantly impacting our restaurants.
To support all our Mundelein restaurants we all love, we offer a few simple suggestions residents can do to help their favorite restaurants survive this ongoing crisis:
- Order take-out or delivery. This action gives the restaurant business and keeps you well fed.
- Consider purchasing restaurant gift cards if they’re offered.
- Tip generously if you can afford it. Tipped workers are some of the first to suffer in times of economic distress.
Lake County Health Department Provides Food Safety Guidelines
According to the Lake County Health Department, food safety guidance does not differ from typical good personal hygiene guidelines. To this end, regarding food safety, the health department recommends everyone practice regular hand washing and sanitation as well as social distancing. The health department maintains that wearing gloves presents an environment friendly to bacteria and virus, so they advise no gloves and frequent hand washing.
Food Safety Concerns: 847-377-8040
Communicable Disease Hotline: 847-377-8130
PLEASE NOTE: This number is staffed by a group specially trained to field coronavirus questions.
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Updated: March 24, 2020
Mundelein’s Mayor Tests Positive for COVID-19At the March 23, 2020 Village Board Meeting conducted remotely, Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz announced he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus--making him the first municipal leader in the Northwest suburbs to publicly reveal that diagnosis. The mayor’s wife Michelle also tested positive for the disease prior to him.
"Normally, I would never tell our constituents that I have a runny nose, a cold, the flu, or even a broken limb," Lentz said, reading from a prepared statement. "But given the awful events surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, as an elected official I feel obligated to disclose that over the weekend I tested positive for this virus. My first symptom, a scratchy throat, was so mild I would never have thought I had (the virus)," he said. "Without the call to social distancing, I think it highly likely that I would have gone about my routine as usual and spread the disease unknowingly."
Mayor Lentz visited his physician for an assessment and his physician decided to test him because his wife had tested positive for the disease. Mayor Lentz and his wife have isolated themselves in their Mundelein home.
In his remarks during the meeting, Mayor Lentz stressed the importance of social distancing during this crisis, even if you feel OK. He also asked for everyone to consider Cardinal Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago call to pray about the crisis five times a day -- at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. corresponding to the times that churches will ring their church bells on a daily basis.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans AvailableThe Lake County Chamber of Commerce has received several calls inquiring about support for small businesses suffering from reduced foot traffic due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and how it is affecting our communities and daily life.
The State of Illinois has been working with federal government agencies to enact emergency services to support the needs of families and businesses. Earlier this month, the House passed emergency legislation related to COVID-19, including that the current public health situation qualifies as a “disaster” under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Loan Program. This resource provides long-term, low interest loans to small businesses that can be used towards working capital needs.
Recently, Governor Pritzker announced that the guidelines for obtaining these loans have been finalized. Application for Available SBA Disaster Loans.
To share the impact your own business is experiencing as part of Illinois’s submission to the SBA, select the following link: https://form.jotform.com/200717156003039
For more information, you can contact the regional SBA office at 312-353-4528.
Best Practices, Infographics, and Helpful Links
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website has a number of resources, including information for vulnerable populations, how to prevent the spread of the illness, the symptoms associated with the virus, and what to do if you get sick.
Click below to access resources to help your small business survive the coronavirus and review the coronavirus response toolkit provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive
Groot just announced an update on garbage and recycling collection services.
In a letter the company stated:
“In order to protect the health and welfare of our employees along with keeping our customers and public safe, effective March 23, 2020 we are temporarily making the following collection changes until further notice.
- All trash/refuse and recycling must be placed in a company designated cart, a can with handles, or bagged. Loose uncontained items will not be collected. More specifically:
- All bulky item/construction debris collection is suspended until further notice.
- All white good/e-waste collection is suspended until further notice.
At this time, yard waste and recycling service is unaffected by the changes; however, we do anticipate potential changes to yard waste and recycling programs also.
We will continue practicing the protocols and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Again, these are temporary changes made in the effort to keep your community and our employees safe. We will update you as soon as anything changes moving forward.”
Important Reminders to Keep Mundelein’s Sewer System Safe
The Village of Mundelein reminds residents to be sure NOT to flush baby wipes or any other such items into the sewer system. Flushing these non-biodegradable items will cause damage to the sewer system by causing backups for homeowners and other issues. Thank you for your cooperation.
Ruprecht Company, located at 1301 Allanson Road, is currently seeking to direct hire about 30-40 candidates. Please see Reprecht's Recruitment Flyer for more details.
Mundelein’s Ruprecht Company Seeking Direct Hires
IMPORTANT REMINDER—Fill Out Your Census 2020 QuestionnaireWhile you're at home practicing essential social distancing to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus, please take this opportunity to complete your Census to help the village of Mundelein. The 2020 Census can be completed online now at my2020census.gov. Federal funding received is tied to population data. Thank you for doing your part!
For more information, please visit the Village's dedicated 2020 Census webpage.
Mundelein Trustees Approve Sale of Alcohol for Pick-Up MealsAt the March 23, 2020 Village Board Meeting, the Trustees approved the sale of alcohol for restaurants that hold a liquor license and are still open for to-go service. Please Note—Restaurants are not able to deliver alcohol. Alcohol can only be distributed with a pickup food order.
Updated: March 23, 2020
Garbage and Recycling Changes in Place Due to Coronavirus Crisis
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, Groot has made adjustments to refuse and recycling collection. These changes were implemented to protect the health and welfare of employees and the public. Services may further be modified as the current situation evolves. Please check the Village website and social media pages for updates.
The following changes are effective March 23, 2020:
- All trash/ refuse must be placed in a company-designated cart, a can with handles, or bagged.
- Recycling must be placed in a company-designated cart. Loose, unsecure items will not be collected.
- All bulky/ construction debris collection is suspended until further notice.
- All white goods/ e-waste collection is suspended until further notice.
- The Spring Clean-up event will likely be postponed and rescheduled at a later date.
- At this time, yard waste and recycling services are unaffected; however, we anticipate changes in the future.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Questions about services can be directed to Groot at 800-244-1977.
Helpful Information to Link to Regarding Governor’s Stay at Home Order and Up-to-Date Coronavirus Information
Governor JB Pritzker’s stay at home order (Executive Order 2020-10) is now in effect.
As a resource, the Illinois Municipal League (IML) has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document (available via this link) specifically regarding the stay at home order. The information is provided to the best of our knowledge at this time. The Governor’s Office has also developed a FAQs document, which is available via this link.
From Brad Cole, Executive Director of Illinois Municipal League:
"Yesterday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and I participated in the Governor’s daily press briefing where he announced the order. I stated IML’s support of his actions and committed our full cooperation to ensure compliance and enforcement of the order. My full comments are available via this link."
The Governor’s Office is in the process of collecting and responding to questions regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. To help facilitate that process, they have created an email address, Gov.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov, where citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations. The Governor’s staff will then compile all inquiries and respond with answers.
Today, the National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors and five other national organizations sent a letter to Congressional Leadership (available via this link) asking for the unfunded mandate language in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to be removed. The mandate required that municipal governments provide paid sick leave, but excluded municipal governments from receiving a federal payroll tax credit as reimbursement for the costs of the mandate. IML supports the efforts of our federal partners to correct and remove this mandate.
IML is posting all of this information and more on our COVID-19 resources page available at iml.org/covid.
The State of Illinois’ central website for COVID-19 is available at coronavirus.illinois.gov.
Lake County Health Department Recommendations If You Feel Ill
If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, stay home and call your doctor. Distance yourself from others in the household and if possible, stay in your own bedroom and use your own bathroom. Seek medical care right away if your illness is worsening (for example, you have difficulty breathing).
Do not walk into a healthcare facility, urgent care clinic, or hospital before calling. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If your doctor believes that you need to be tested for COVID-19, your doctor should refer you to a COVID-19 testing site. The Lake County Health Department should only be contacted to facilitate testing through the State lab for patients who are hospitalized or those who live or work in congregate settings (e.g., schools, long term care facilities, and group homes).
Residents who do not have a primary care provider can contact the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center at (847) 377-8800 to schedule an appointment.
Mundelein Blood Drive Cancelled—Donations Still Desperately Needed—Here’s How You Can Help
Due to the closure of Mundelein’s fire stations to the public, we are unable to host the upcoming blood drive scheduled for April 4. At this time, it will be rescheduled for May 2, 2020 at Station 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There is a critical blood shortage. People who are healthy and able to donate blood should consider making an appointment at a local blood donation facility. Vitalant (formerly LifeSource) operates two donation locations in Lake County, one in Gurnee and one in Lake Bluff. They are extending their hours and encourage eligible donors to call (877) 258-4525 or visit https://www.vitalant.org/Home.aspx to schedule an appointment.
Information on upcoming American Red Cross blood drives can be found at https://www.redcrossblood.org/
Updated: March 20, 2020
A Message from Mayor Steve Lentz Regarding COVID-19
Support Our Restaurants-Drive Up and Take Out
In times of crisis, food is often connected to the healing. Right now, Mundelein restaurants are hurting in unprecedented ways. In response to the mandatory closure of dining in, many of our restaurants have made the switch to pickup and delivery, some offering the services for the first time.
Please see our growing list of restaurants offering takeout, curbside pickup, and/or delivery options by selecting the link below. Thank you for supporting our local businesses in this time of need.
Mundelein Garbage and Recycling Update
SWALCO and Groot provided Mundelein with an update on services. Here are the key points:
- Currently, Groot is operating at 100% manpower.
- SWALCO has cancelled the March 23, April 11, and April 27 Household Chemical Waste public drop-off events at Gurnee and the April 25 mobile event in Fox Lake.
- SWALCO has suspended the textile recycling program, so any receiving bins in all communities have been removed until further notice.
- Highland Park has closed its public drop off for at least the next 2 weeks, all the other drop offs for electronics are still operating and being serviced by the electronics recycling vendor.
- Following guidance from Lake County, beginning March 20, 2020 SWALCO will maintain only one person in the office. Employees not in the office will work remotely.
Updated: March 19, 2020
Governor’s Office COVID-19 Daily Q & A
March 19, 2020
Executive Order 2020-7: Business Compliance
Q: Can exemptions to the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-7 prohibiting on-premise consumption and prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or more be made in counties where COVID-19 is not present?
A: No. The Governor’s Executive Order, released on March 16, 2020, is a state-wide Executive Order and applies to all counties in the State of Illinois. The prohibition for on-premise food and beverage consumption is effective through March 30, 2020. The prohibition for gatherings of 50 people or more is effective through the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.
Q: What can we do for the “mom and pop”, independent businesses that traditionally have smaller crowds? Can they remain open?
A: Small businesses can continue to provide in-house delivery, third-party delivery (Uber Eats/Grub Hub), drive-through, curbside pick-up and carry-out services.
Q: Can restaurants cater at an individual's home under this Executive Order if there are less than 50 people in attendance?
A: Yes, restaurants and private caterers can continue to operate by providing catering services to gatherings of under 50 people.
Q: Will food trucks be impacted?
A: Food trucks may continue to operate and must ensure that they have an environment where patrons maintain adequate social distancing.
Q: Does this Governor’s Executive Order 2020-7 apply to gyms, movie theaters, and video game cafes?
A: Yes. The Executive Order applies to any public or private gathering including community, civic, public, leisure, faith -based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, and any similar event or activity that brings together 50 or more people in a single room or a single space at the same time. This includes venues such as fitness centers, health clubs, bowling alleys, private clubs, theaters, movie theaters, and other video gaming cafes.
Q: Does the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-7 prohibit curbside pickup?
A: No. Businesses may continue to provide curbside pick up services. Businesses are also permitted and encouraged to serve food and beverages so that they can be consumed off-premises through means such as in-house delivery, third-party delivery, and drive-through.
Q: Can cafes/restaurants inside hospitals remain open for the healthcare workforce that may need to eat?
A: Yes. Dining areas in hospitals are exempted from the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-7, released on March 16, 2020.
Q: Are colleges/universities, airports, hotels and hospitals exempted from providing food services?
A: Yes. These entities may continue to provide food services. Customers may dine-in at college/university dining halls, airports, and hospitals. While customers may not dine-in at hotel restaurants, customers may receive meals to-go or through room service.
Q: How many people can participate in a church service under the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-7? There has been talk of 10 attendees but the Executive Order states less than 50?
A: Church services can still continue as long as the church maintain a crowd of fewer than 50 people.
Q: Are funerals restricted under the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-7?
A: The Cemetery Association released a notice indicating that burials and graveside services may continue to be performed so long as the cemetery and the involved family and funeral director maintain a crowd of fewer than 50 people and maintain a distance of six or more feet.
Executive Order 2020-7: Unemployment Benefits/Business Insurance/Business Relief
Q: What measures can be taken to help restaurants with their losses?
A: The Administration applied to the U.S. Small Business Administration for the entire State to be eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance. We expect the SBA to approve of the declaration in the coming days. Once the declaration is granted, eligible impacted businesses and non-profits will be able to apply for loan assistance, up to $2 million per company at low and fixed interest rates. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
Q: Will Small business loans be quick to be processed and given? Will there be a lot of requirements?
A: DCEO and Small Business Development Centers will be providing technical assistance to small businesses technical in completing their applications for loan assistance.
Q: Can we confirm that all restaurant workers will receive unemployment benefits? What if they don't qualify for unemployment benefits? What about reduced hours?
A: The Small Business Association (SBA) is offering coronavirus disaster assistance loans to help impacted companies get through this period of instability, and this will ensure that all of our counties qualify for assistance.
Q: Can the Governor provide unemployment benefits to gig economy workers?
A: Currently, definition of independent contractors is very narrow, but we encourage those who need them to apply. Apply at IDES: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/COVID-19-and-UnemploymentBenefits.aspx
Q: Does this include bars who have a package liquor license? Class 1 or Class 2 breweries which can sell growlers, etc.? What is the difference from allowing people to go into restaurants for carryout vs. carry out for package?
A: The Illinois Liquor Control Commission has published guidelines related to COVID19. Please visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/ilcc/Pages/Home.aspx
Q: How long will schools be closed?
A: Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-05, at this time schools may reopen on Tuesday, March 31. Future decisions regarding statewide school closures will be made in consultation with public health officials.
Q: Can schools extend testing dates?
A: The U.S. Department of Education has communicated that it will make waivers available for assessments and accountability. ISBE will work in partnership with stakeholders to determine next steps for Illinois. ISBE is working to ensure this closure will not impact school year 2019-20 summative designations. View additional information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on assessments and accountability from the U.S. Department of Education.
Q: Is there any mandate relief potentially coming? What can be done via legislation?
A: ISBE is reviewing the School Code and other laws to identify sections that may need to be modified as a result of the mandated closure. ISBE and the Governor’s Office will stay in communication with legislators once requested changes are identified.
Q: How can school districts retrieve access to iPads, chrome books and other items during the school closures?
A: ISBE sent a survey asking that every school district, special education cooperative, nonpublic school, and Regional Office of Education that administers an alternative learning program complete the Elearning Technology Needs Survey at www.isbe.net/covid19. The responses will provide ISBE with a clear understanding of exactly what schools need in order to provide e-learning to all students in the immediate future, should the mandated school closure need to extend beyond March 30. ISBE is working with the Governor's Office to explore opportunities within the philanthropic community and the private sector to meet your technology needs.
Q: How will days be counted during the mandated closure?
A: All days that a school is closed pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-05 will be counted Act of God Days. Emergency Days will not be used. Act of God Days do not need to be made up at the end of the school year.
School districts are strongly encouraged to provide instruction to students during these Act of God Days through whatever means possible.
School districts should consult with their local collective bargaining units about expectations for teachers and other staff. Decisions should be reached by mutual agreement. Teachers are paid during Act of God Days, and Act of God Days count toward Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), and Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) service. The Governor’s office and ISBE joined a statement with the Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Illinois Principals Association, and Illinois Association of School Administrators.
Q: How will a school deal with bus transportation reimbursement during the closure, when school buses may not be running regular routes?
A: ISBE will base transportation reimbursement on expenditures. All allowable transportation expenditures incurred during the closure will be claimable for Transportation Reimbursement. School districts should work with their bus contractors to make payments to ensure that all personnel, including bus monitors and bus drivers, can continue to be paid during the closure. If school districts choose to negotiate and execute a contract amendment with their bus contractors to make payments during the closure to ensure transportation personnel will be paid in full, those expenditures will be reimbursed for state Transportation Reimbursement. Consultation with the district’s legal representation is advised.
Q: Will kids be graded based on any homework during this time?
A: Student work completed during the mandated statewide school closure must not negatively impact a student’s grades or otherwise impact a student’s academic standing. As we do not yet know the full extent of the closure and want to minimize any negative effects on students, schools may allow student work to count during the closure only to increase a student’s academic standing.
Q: Due to school closures, what will happen for the homeless students or those who cannot go home?
A: All public universities are making arrangements for, at minimum, students who are homeless, youth in care, and international students who lack other housing. For specific policies by institution, please review policies by university on the Illinois Board of Education Website.
Q: Will universities have an action plan if a student contracts COVID-19?
A: All public university campuses have identified spaces in case of need to quarantine and will seek medical help for the impacted student.
Q: How will students continue online coursework if they do not have access to broadband?
A: The administration and universities are looking into options to assist in ensuring that all students have access to the technology needed to participate in online learning.
Q: Will campus childcare continue to operate?
A: Campus-childcare centers will remain open until further notice.
Q: Are all university employees to remain at work?
A: Universities are identifying remote employees/employees who serve students will be working.
Q: Are community colleges are not required to remain open?
A: Community Colleges campus will remain open and will move to online education.
Q: How will adult education programs be affected?
A: Community Colleges will be closing adult educator programs throughout the state but will not be penalized and will continue to be paid.
Q: How will this impact MAP Grants for students and federal work study?
A: No interruption for state financial aid programs is expected. With respect to work-study, the U.S. Department of Education has instructed institutions that participate in federal work-study that as long as they continue to pay other employees, they should continue to pay work-study recipients.
Q: What will happen to Veteran’s Education Benefits?
A: Additional guidance is expected this week regarding veterans’ education benefits. In the meantime the federal government has instructed that no changes in veteran eligibility for education benefits should be made.
Q: Will graduation be cancelled?
A: The University of Illinois systems has cancelled commencement services for all 3 schools and will mail diplomas. Decisions from other institutions are forthcoming.
Q: How are we addressing homeless people and shelters?
A: The governor’s office is working diligently with DHS, local EMAs and community partners to identify the needs and solutions to ensure that people experiencing homelessness are supported through this pandemic. We are yes exploring all possible solutions for housing and will have additional info in the coming days.
Q: Will DHS providers be penalized if services are cut back or eliminated temporarily?
A: DHS is working to ensure that providers will not be financially penalized if services are scaled back or shut down during this emergency. Community-based human services providers will be provided with support to maintain operations to the maximum extent possible while operations are temporarily suspended or diminished.
Q: Will there be funding for DHS grantees that are taking on additional responsibility?
A: Organizations taking on increased public responsibility during this time may receive additional funding commensurate with the temporary reorganization of services. On a limited basis, going forward, existing contracts may be amended to account for increasing needs for services on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your program liaisons for more information.
Q: Can entities such as churches and the YMCA act as temporary childcare centers?
A: The administration is working on making this method feasible for groups of 50 or less.
Q: Does DCFS have a master list of day care closures?
A: At this point each facility is required to report closures to a central database with INCCRRA. That information is being shared with local CCR&R’s. Constituents should reach out or advise their constituents to reach out to their local CCR&R’s. Below is the link to CCR&R database.
Q: What changes are being made to allow for the transportation of supplies?
A: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic a Presidential Declaration of Emergency has been declared for the nation. TO assist with the emergency response/relief as defined in the Presidential Declaration, overweight and over dimension loads not exceeding 14 feet in width and 100 feet in length are hereby authorized to be transported on roads under the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois with the following restrictions:
- A copy of this authorization, the Presidential declaration and bill of ladingmust be in the possession of the operator must be in possession of the operator during the process of movement and shall be available for inspection upon request to any police officer or any authorized employee of the department of transportation.
- There are no fees associated with this authorization.
- Haulers may carry up to 88,000 lbs. on 5 axels or an additional 10% above legal loads on fewer axels.
Q: The biggest issue I am seeing is how to identify seniors in need and get them food so they can self isolate. How do we make sure everyone is covered with meals in an organized way?
A: Local Community Care Units as well as local Area Agencies on Aging continue to provide home delivered meals. If a senior needs assistance making contact with their local Community Care Unit or Area Agency on Aging, please contact the Senior Helpline at 1-800-252-8966.
Q: Can SNAP recipients who are elderly or disabled allow someone to use their card to purchase groceries?
A: A customer can give their Link card and PIN to anyone they trust to purchase groceries for them at any time. No waivers are needed.
Q: Is the Department on Aging able to help all seniors or just those enrolled in one of IDoA’s waiver services?
A: The Department on Aging helps ALL seniors not just Community Care Program participants through the many programs we do – especially through the Older Americans Act and our Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). The only criteria for those programs and services is 60 and older according to the Older Americans Act.
Q: Will the Department of Motor Vehicles give amnesty for the elderly and individuals with health concerns seeking to renew their driver’s license?
A: The Secretary of State has issued emergency rules to extend the expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification (ID) cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings by 30 days.
For more information, view the media release here.
Q: Does the state have any plans to address alleged retail price gouging?
A: Governor Pritzker has stated in is press conference that price gouging will not be tolerated. Attorney General Raoul is investigating each and every allegation of price gouging. Consumers can report COVID19 price gouging and fraud here https://ccformsubmission.ilattorneygeneral.net/
Updated: March 18, 2020
Governor's Press Conference - March 18, 2020-KEY TAKEAWAYS
New resource to supplement the press conferences - Website dedicated to IL's response - coronavirus.illinois.gov. All press conferences and other resources will be on here.
- 288 cases across 17 counties.
- In part this increase in cases is due to an increase of testing but also that the virus is spreading
- If are not in a vulnerable population, and think you may have COVID-19, assume you have it. Stay home… Don't go out… Don't demand a test.
- We can't strain our healthcare system and then have to decide who gets care and who doesn't.
- Updated information may be easier to obtain on local health departments may be updated quicker than the State health department website.
Food Pantry Assistance for Mundelein Residents Residing in Libertyville Township
The Libertyville Township Food Pantry will continue to operate every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This service is available to any Libertyville Township resident who is in need and provides proof of residency. If someone is NOT currently registered to use the food pantry, they will be asked to provide a photo ID and a current utility bill as proof of residency. Once the current situation improves, additional documentation may be required. Libertyville Township has closed its offices to the public but staff will be on site to answer phone calls, provide emergency assistance as needed, receive donations for the food pantry, and distribute food to registered users of the pantry. Any changes and/or updates will be posted on the website – www.libertyvilletownship.us.
Fremont Township Food Pantry Open—Donations Needed
In this time of great uncertainty, this is a great time to think about those who may be in need. According to Diana O’Kelly, the Fremont Township Food Pantry is in need of the following items: Size 4 and 5 diapers, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, crackers, instant flavored oatmeal, applesauce, canned fruit, rice, sloppy joe Sauce, jelly, cereal and side dishes. The pantry also is in need of toiletries- (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant) and cleaning supplies. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Update on D76 Free Lunch Program
Here is some information on D76 free lunch program. This program is operated by D76 and they are not seeking volunteers at this time according to the most recent information.
FOOD DISTRIBUTIONThe program has a food distribution plan in place for its students that will begin today…Wednesday, March 18. The program will provide free meals for all D76 students.
All Families: Food will be available for curbside pickup (drive-up or walk-up) at West Oak Campus, 26156 N. Acorn Lane, in front of door #9. Pick- up time is between Noon and 1 p.m.
Food pickup will be available ONLY on the following days:
Wednesday, March 18
- Thursday, March 19
- Friday, March 20
- Tuesday, March 24
- Thursday, March 26
- Monday, March 30 (pick up 2 meals. 1 for Monday AND Tuesday)
IMPORTANT! - Please fill out the Food Service Survey so D76 can plan its meal counts accordingly.
This will be a rolling pick-up where cars can drive up and staff will hand over the grab and go lunch. There will be NO access to the building during this time.
Please fill out this form by Friday, March 20th and select whether you would need a meal for each day listed. If you do not wish to receive a meal on a particular day please choose the "None" option for that day.
IMPORTANT! - you must fill out a separate form for each D76 student. Each meal will include the following: a sandwich, fruit or vegetable and a water bottle. Please make sure to put your STUDENT's name on this form and not the parent's name!
Questions: contact Aracely Rojas at email@example.com or Kim Vetter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Como parte de nuestro anuncio de cierre de las escuelas, El Distrito Escolar Diamond Lake 76 proporcionará almuerzo para TODOS los estudiantes durante todo el cierre de la escuela.
La recolección de alimentos estará disponible SÓLO en los siguientes días:
- miércoles, 18 de marzo
- jueves, 19 de marzo
- viernes, 20 de marzo
- martes, 24 de marzo
- jueves, 26 de marzo
- lunes, 30 de marzo (recoger 2 comidas. 1 para lunes Y martes)
Toda la comida debe recogerse en el Campus West Oak, 26156 N. Acorn Lane, frente de la puerta #9. La hora de recogida será entre las 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Tendremos una recogida donde los autos pueden conducir y entregaremos el almuerzo. NO habrá acceso al edificio durante este tiempo.
Complete este formulario antes del viernes, 20 de marzo y seleccione sí necesitaría una comida para cada día indicado. Si no desea recibir una comida en un día en particular, elija la opción "Ninguno" para ese día.
¡¡IMPORTANTE!! - debe completar un formulario por separado para cada estudiante del D76. Cada comida incluirá lo siguiente: un sándwich, fruta o verdura y una botella de agua. ¡Asegúrese de poner el nombre de su ESTUDIANTE en este formulario y no el nombre de los padres!
Updated: March 17, 2020
Village Hall Closed to In Person Visits…Water Bills and Building Permits Still AcceptedIn response to the current national state of emergency and in an effort to protect our residents and employees, the Village of Mundelein is limiting access to the Village Hall. Effective March 18 at 8 a.m. the Village Hall will be closed to the general public. We will, however, still accept water bill payments and building permits. You are welcome to drop off these items in the drop box located on the lower level East Entrance of the Village Hall-300 Plaza Circle.
Residents are encouraged to use Mundelein’s online services when possible:
To access all online services visit: www.mundelein.org.
Please see below helpful links and phone numbers to access Mundelein’s online/phone services:
To schedule a building permit application:
Water billing services:
General inquiries/service requests:
The Village of Mundelein will remain fully operational during this temporary building restriction. Residents are welcome to call the Village of Mundelein at 847-949-3283 with any questions.
Thank you for your understanding.
Updated: March 16, 2020
Support Mundelein Restaurants during Dining In Shutdown
Our thoughts are with everyone as we all work to navigate this challenging time. The latest update on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) impacts our restaurants as owners struggle with the effects of reduced travel and government calls to avoid large gatherings.
Looking at comprehensive data from restaurants on our platform — across online reservations, phone reservations, and walk-ins — Open Table notes sharp declines over the last week. “In the United States and United Kingdom, we see a 20 percent reduction in total seated diners vs. last year. Mexico and Canada are down 15 to 17 percent. At the city level, diners are down approximately 45 percent in Seattle, 40 percent in San Francisco, 30 percent in New York, and 25 percent in London, Los Angeles, and Chicago. All declines cited here are on a year-over-year basis.” Open Table notes on their website. For more insights on the state of the restaurant industry, visit Open Table.
To support the Mundelein restaurants we all love, we offer a few simple suggestions residents can do to help their favorite restaurants weather this storm:
- Order take-out or delivery. This action gives the restaurant business and keeps you well fed.
- Consider purchasing restaurant gift cards if they’re offered.
- Tip generously if you can afford it. Tipped workers are some of the first to suffer in times of economic distress.
Comcast to Provide Public WiFi Hotspots to General PublicIn the interest of assisting the public in this time of great need, Comcast just announced that all of its public WiFi hotspots are now open to the general public. The company also has added educational programming for homebound students.
Below are the specific actions Comcast has implemented:
- All US Xfinity hot spots are open and free to everyone—even non-Comcast customers.
- All data plans have been upgraded to Unlimited for 60 days.
- All disconnects and late fees have been paused—however, the customers must contact us to acknowledge the status of their accounts.
- Please see the below re: free IE service for new customers & an upgraded speed tier for all IE customers.
- With Common Sense Media, we have added educational programming for all school levels on the X1 & Flex services. Just say “Education” into your voice remote (or find it on the guide).
- For the latest news and information about Covid-19, just say “Coronavirus” into your voice remote (or find it on the guide).
Additionally, Comcast has put in place a dedicated team to monitor its network performance during this situation. This is in addition to Comcast’s regular 24/07/365 Engineering and Tech teams.
For more information & updates from Comcast, you may also go to: http://www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19/
Comcast to Provide Internet Essentials Program to Assist Student Remote LearningIn support of schools, students, and communities during this period, Comcast has implemented significant changes in its “Internet Essentials” (IE) program to ensure that all people have an opportunity to be connected:
- Any new IE customer will receive the service free of charge for 60 days.
- All IE customers will receive a free speed increase to 25/3 service. This will help support a household instead of individuals.
All applicants may go to www.InternetEssentials.com to submit for IE service.
Self-install kits take about 5-7 days for shipping. If people need a service call installation, they are free.
This information was released to the public last night, but please help us ensure that it reaches all of our local organizations & residents.
From the World Health Organization…Do the FIVE
- HANDS…Wash them often.
- ELBOW…Cough into it.
- FACE…Don't touch it.
- FEET…Stay more than 3 feet apart.
- FEEL…Sick? Stay home.
Fremont Public Library to Close Indefinitely…
The Fremont Public Library District’s Board of Trustees just announced that effective immediately the library is closed indefinitely. This unprecedented action was taken as new evidence regarding transmission of the COVID-19 has been made available.
Election Day Voting Still On
Fremont Library will however be open for voting on Election Day-Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Fremont Library asks the public to please hold onto any materials they currently have checked out until we give the go-ahead to return them. We have been fine-free for almost two years now, so no one should be worried about returning materials on time.
Please be aware that the Fremont Library offers many services through its website and apps, so we will continue to provide information and entertainment resources to the public despite the closure. Also, the library’s WIFI signal can be accessed from the library’s parking lot (close to the building). This service may be helpful to families who need Internet access.
Fremont Township Offices Open…Limited Public Access
Fremont Township Offices are open, however officials are limiting public access to its Administrative Offices. According to Diana O’Kelly, “We have many people come through our building and do not want to put any of our resident’s health in jeopardy so we are taking heed to the social distancing warnings. Our food pantry clients will still be able to pick up food by appointment, but it will be done curbside. Our caseworker will be available by phone at 847-223-2847.”
If you need to access the Assessor’s Office, please call 847-223-2846 as they will be working and may be able to accommodate your needs by phone.
If you plan on voting tomorrow, you must go to your designated voting location. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. If Fremont Township is your designated location, please park behind the building and enter through the lower level doors.
“This is a great time to check on your neighbors who may be afraid to venture out due to compromised health conditions. What makes our community great is the care and concern for others. Also, if you are wondering how you can help, we appreciate donations to our food pantry. We ask that you leave them on our front porch. We are particularly in need of peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, applesauce, crackers, spaghetti sauce, noodles, mac and cheese, condiments, cereal, oatmeal snacks for the kids and sides. We appreciate any donations,” Diana said.
My sincere thank you!
Gaming Board Announces Suspension of all Licensed Video Gaming Operations
Please see the announcement that was just released by the Illinois Gaming Board suspending all video gaming operations at all licensed video gaming establishments effective at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 30, 2020. As more information becomes available, we will share it immediately.
Updated: March 13, 2020
Mundelein’s Response to Coronavirus
The global outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 continues to warrant the attention of each and every one of us as we work together to keep our community safe and healthy. While we have no cases of COVID-19 in the Village of Mundelein at this time, we are taking aggressive, proactive, and precautionary measures to contain the spread of this virus. The Village will continue its normal operations with some modifications to non-essential functions, however, we are continually monitoring this outbreak, and we will take alternative steps when warranted.
Community preparedness discussions are ongoing with several government entities including: Mundelein High School District 120, School Districts 75, 76, and 79, Carmel Catholic High School, Mundelein Park District, Mundelein Police Department, Mundelein Fire Department, Fremont Library District, Lake County Health Department, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. We are carefully monitoring the most current information available and are developing plans for future responses.
Public Safety and Critical Operation Personnel
Ensuring everyone’s health and safety, means taking actions now that aim to limit exposure to the virus, especially those community members in high-risk categories. To this end and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH), and our own public health safety experts, the Village is implementing a number of actions with its personnel intended to slow the spread of the virus and protect the health of the Mundelein community.
These actions include imposing social distancing where warranted, modifying work practices that minimize contact with the general public, closely monitoring absences from work, travel destinations, and generally elevating preventive hygiene practices throughout all village personnel, along with other operational adjustments.
Future events are being evaluated as the event dates approach and may be canceled if there is evidence that it would present a public health concern. This is a fluid situation that is being re-evaluated daily. The CDC recommends that individuals with a compromised immune system, in a high-risk category – especially the elderly, or otherwise vulnerable to contracting a virus -- should avoid large gatherings.
Suspension of All Non-Essential Meetings
For the past few weeks, Mundelein has been escalating its response to the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure the safety of the Mundelein community and the continuity of essential Village operations. In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC, State of Illinois, and the Lake County Health Department has issued new recommendations pertaining to canceling large events and practicing social distancing. As of today, both measures have been implemented by the Village of Mundelein to reduce social contact which will help to prevent the spread of the disease.
After careful consideration and in discussions with Mayor Steve Lentz and public safety personnel, we have decided to suspend all non-essential meetings (not critical to core Village operations) until April 5, 2020. However, response to the COVID-19 is a day-to-day evaluation and the suspension may extend to a longer period of time. The decision to extend this suspension will be made on April 1, 2020.
The only public meetings not suspended are Village Board meetings (including special meetings), Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting scheduled for March 18, 2020, and Board of Fire and Police Commission. Again, with the rapidly changing environment this may change in the future.
Comcast to Offer FREE Internet to Low-income Families during Coronavirus Pandemic
As the country deals with the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect more low-income families to the Internet at home. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, anyone who signs up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service.
Comcast is also increasing the speed of the program to 25 Mbps downloads, and 3 Mbps uploads for all new and existing customers.
After your first two free months expire, customers can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer. You will receive an easy to use self-install-kit that includes a cable modem (to receive service at your home) with a Wi-Fi router (to connect your devices without wires). There is no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee for equipment.
You may qualify if:
- You are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others.
- You do not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old. Families with outstanding debt more than one year old may still be eligible.
- You live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available but have not subscribed to it within the last 90 days.
To apply, please visit: https://apply.internetessentials.com/
If approved, you will receive a Welcome Kit and Internet equipment in 7-10 business days.
CDC Best Practices
We strongly encourage everyone in the community to follow the CDC recommendations for preventive actions:
- Wash 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.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Lake County Health Department Recommends
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
If you have traveled to affected geographic areas in the past two weeks or have been exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 AND you have symptoms, please call your health care provider so they can make arrangements for you to be assessed.
The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to the virus. Current CDC travel recommendations include avoiding all nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea, practicing enhanced precautions when traveling to Japan, and practicing usual precautions when traveling to Hong Kong.
Revised Public Notice on Site-Based CALEA Accreditation
The Mundelein Police Department is scheduled for a site-based assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation.
Out of an abundance of caution to help restrict the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), CALEA has suggested to participating agencies that they cancel the public information session. As such, the public information session originally scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 at 4 p.m. has been canceled.
Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 847-968-4613 on Monday, March 16, 2020 between the hours of 12:45 PM and 3:45 PM. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. A copy of the Standards is available at the Mundelein Police Department at 221 North Lake Street, Mundelein, Illinois.
Local contact is Commander Gary DuHamel at 847-968-4600. Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Mundelein Police Department's ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155 or email@example.com.
Background Information on Coronavirus
The Illinois Department of Public Health, local health departments, and public health partners throughout Illinois, and federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus called COVID-19 that was first identified in December 2019 during an outbreak in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, including the United States, since it was detected and was declared a public health emergency for the U.S. on January 31, 2020 to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to the threat. The World Health Organization announced March 11, 2020 that the spread of coronavirus qualifies as a global pandemic.
In addition, Gov. JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation March 9, 2020 regarding COVID-19 that gives the state access to federal and state resources to combat the spread of this newly emerged virus.
The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported January 21, 2020 and the first confirmed case in Illinois was announced January 24, 2020 (a Chicago resident). The first cases outside Chicago and Cook County were reported March 11, 2020 in Kane and McHenry counties. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on the CDC webpage at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.
Coronavirus SymptomsPatients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
How is Coronavirus Spread?Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to be mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Preliminary data suggest older adults and people with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems seems to be at greater risk of developing serious illness from the virus.
If you are sick and have respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, stay home unless you need medical attention. Remain in your home until you feel better and have no symptoms. Keep in mind there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill can isolate at home. While at home, as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people. Those who need medical attention should contact their health care provider who will evaluate whether they can be cared for at home or need to be hospitalized.
For Up-To-Date Information
The following links will direct you to the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 virus:
- CDC Website: www.cdc.gov
- Illinois Department of Public Health: www.dph.illinois.gov/
- Lake County Health Department: www.lakecountyil.gov/148/Health-Department-Community-Health-Cente
- Track Coronavirus Live: www.trackcorona.live/
The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a COVID-19 hotline and email address to answer questions from the public:
We recognize that our community will have many questions in the days and weeks ahead, and we will soon have a dedicated webpage at www.mundelein.org where you can find the latest information and announcements regarding Mundelein’s response to COVID-19. We invite you to refer to this page regularly for updates.
Together as One
While this is a challenging time for our community, with small adjustments to our daily routines, we can have a significant impact on reducing the health threat we are currently facing. We trust that all of us will join together as a community to care for and support one another through this difficult situation.