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For immediate release, March 10, 2020

A Message about Coronavirus/COVID-19

Elgin Prepared to Respond to Cases of Coronavirus

Elgin, IL - COVID-19, commonly known as “novel coronavirus 2019,” has become a widespread concern as more and more cases are diagnosed in the United States and worldwide. As part of the City of Elgin's commitment to providing a safe and healthy community, we are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and are working closely with health agencies for information and guidance.

Illinois remains a low-risk area

We do expect to see cases in Elgin at some point. Here's what you need to know:

  • We continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies.
  • City of Elgin emergency operations staff is ready to respond to anyone requiring assistance.
  • Individuals are encouraged to continue practicing good hygiene to prevent contracting or spreading virus borne illnesses like influenza or Coronavirus.
Attending Events

It is a personal decision whether or not you attend public events. Across the country, recommendations in place range from canceling events to asking the elderly, who are most at risk of having severe illness from the new virus, to avoid traveling unless it’s necessary. Many events and gatherings cancelled internationally and nationwide are those involving traveling attendees, especially to and from areas with larger numbers of confirmed cases. At this time, the City of Elgin is not closing any facilities or cancelling any programs.

Health and Safety Protocols
 
The City of Elgin’s public facilities have high standards of cleanliness that assist with illness prevention. Health and safety protocols in place include:
  • Hand sanitizing stations with information located at all front counters where the public interacts with staff.
  • Emergency communications operators trained to ask screening questions related to coronavirus when handling specific medical calls.
  • Emergency medical services (EMS) staff and firefighters using personal protective equipment to limit exposure if encountering a patient with symptoms of coronavirus.
  • Fire and EMS first responders trained to ask screening questions related to coronavirus along with having procedures in place to both protect first responders and treat patients.
  • Building maintenance staff defining cycles for frequent cleaning and disinfection of public facilities including restrooms, kitchens, doors and walkways.
  • Self-sanitizing wipe stations available in fitness center areas with members being encouraged to clean fitness equipment before and after use as a precaution.
  • The Elgin Fire Department equipped with biomist to treat City facilities if necessary. Biomist takes the anti-microbial power of concentrated alcohol and atomizes it into a non-flammable, penetrating mist that kills pathogens.

Stop the Spread of Germs

The City of Elgin will be continuously monitoring developments and disseminating accurate and helpful information. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, such as staying home when sick, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, following proper respiratory cough etiquette, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.


 
Resources

The most accurate and updated information can be found with the following organizations:

Other helpful resources:

For more information, please contact Molly Gillespie at 847-931-5613 or visit www.cityofelgin.org

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