Mayor Nicholas J. Helmer's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Under the guidance of Mayor Nicholas J. Helmer, the City continues to take proactive measures to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus
- The lobby of City Hall is routinely disinfected
- Masks are required at CIty Hall
- A temperature check is located in the lobby
- City meetings are being held via Zoom
- The City is continually keeping our local businesses informed of the Governor's current regulations
- Residents can utilize online, mail-in, or dropbox payment as options for utility bills, vehicle stickers and pet tags
Governor Announces Bridge Plan to Phase 5
On March 19, 2021, Governor Pritzker relaxed certain Phase 4 mitigation requirements, mainly related to capacity limits, as a bridge from Phase 4 to Phase 5 (full open). The relaxed capacity requirements move most restrictions from 50% capacity to 60% capacity for dining, health and fitness, retail and service, and spectator events to name a few.
METRICS TO MOVE FORWARD
Vaccination metrics: Once 70% of residents 65 and older statewide have received their first dose of the vaccine and no increase in COVID-19 metrics is recorded, the state could move into the Bridge Phase. Once 50% of residents 16 and older have received their first dose of the vaccine and no increase in COVID-19 metrics is recorded, the state could move into Phase 5.
COVID-19 metrics: The state could advance if there is a non-increasing trend in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness, COVID-19 patients in the hospital and mortality rate while ICU bed availability must remain greater than or equal to 20%. The state will consider new knowledge of variants, vaccine effectiveness and the potential necessity of a booster shot as we move forward.
Monitoring period: COVID-19 metrics will be considered over a 28-day monitoring period before the state can advance to the next phase. The current monitoring period began when all regions of the state moved into Phase 4.
We are doing our part in preventing the spread and we hope you will too!
Help decrease the spread of Coronavirus in your workplace, homes, and schools. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has provided common sense guidelines to help people to decrease the spread of the Coronavirus. Information about Coronavirus and recommendations on preventing the spread of this illness is available below:
Click here for Mayor Helmer’s Press Release
IL Dept. of Public Health FAQs: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus/faq
IL Dept. of Employment Security Press Release: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/SitePages/NewsArticleDisplay.aspx?NewsID=490
Know How it Spreads
|Clean your hands often|
|Avoid close contact|
|Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others|
|Cover coughs and sneezes|
|Clean and disinfect|