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Posted on: March 22, 2020

Steps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus

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On March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker issued an executive order that ordered most residents to stay at home. You can find a link to this order below:

Executive Order In Response To COVID-19 (PDF)

This mandatory Stay-At-Home directive started at 5pm on Saturday, March 21st, and will continue until at least April 7th. This main purpose of this order is to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. It is important to respect this directive to protect and support our first responders, health care professionals, and the most vulnerable members of our community and society. This includes ceasing to visit other family, friends and neighbors unless critical for a person’s care and safety. Working from home is a great way to help slow the spread of the virus. All non-essential businesses, including retail, recreation, and entertainment establishments are to remain closed through April 7, 2020.

All of us play an important role in preventing the spread of Coronoavirus. By following these simple steps, we can limit the spread.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Wash your hands before eating, after eating, after blowing your nose, after coughing or sneezing and especially after using a washroom, public or private
  • Wash your hands after commuting on public transit
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Don’t share eating utensils, beverage glasses or cosmetics
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces using anti-bacterial/anti-virus cleaning sprays and wipes
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

Practice Social Distancing. What is Social Distancing?

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people if possible
  • Avoid crowds of 10 people or more
  • Avoid public places if possible, especially during rush hour
  • Work from home and avoid public transportation
  • Stay well away from people who are coughing and sneezing
  • Decline handshakes and direct contact

Where can I find more information?

Government websites such as the Centers For Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health have important information concerning the Coronavirus. 

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