Stay at Home Order Extended Until End of April
Governor Pritzker has issued a “Stay at Home” order for the state of Illinois to minimize the spread of Coronavirus to ensure our healthcare system can provide patients with the best care possible. The order will take effect Saturday, March 21st at 5:00 p.m. and remain in effect through Thursday, April 30th. During this period, grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, gas stations, banks, carry out and drive-thru restaurants, and laundromats will remain open. All non-essential businesses must stop operating. You may still hike, go for a run, and walk your dog. Please continue to practice social distancing when partaking in these activities at all times. We ask all residents of Hawthorn Woods to comply with this order for the well-being of yourself and those in our community. Please click here to read the full order.
What Does This Stay at Home Order Mean?
The State’s order for Illinois residents to stay home will take effect today, March 21 at 5 p.m., and will remain in place until the Governor’s Disaster Proclamation expires on April 30, 2020. This critical intervention to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is intended to keep the public safe, contain the spread of the virus, and provide relief to the healthcare system. Moving right now to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering is the best way to fight the virus and save lives.
To ensure the protection of all residents during this unprecedented public health challenge, the State’s order requires all residents to stay at home. This means that you will no longer be able to engage in public or private group activities, participate in social activities at bars or nightclubs, or take unnecessary trips. The order also closes non-essential businesses from any activity except minimum basic operations, which includes activities to preserve inventory, process payroll, or facilitate working from home.
With the order in place, you can still fulfill all of your essential needs, including traveling to obtain necessary supplies like food, pet supplies, medicine, or take-out food, as well as attending medical or mental health appointments. The order does not interfere with the operation of essential businesses. Hospitals, banks, grocery stores, utility companies, and home-based care services for seniors and people with disabilities will remain open to ensure all residents, including the most vulnerable populations, will have continued access to care and essential services.
We know that a lot of questions still remain. You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions on this stay-at-home order below:
As the Coronavirus is now a global pandemic, Village personnel are in communication with the Lake County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health, in addition to area partner agencies, to prepare for the possibility of our area becoming significantly affected. The Village is monitoring developments and working in coordination to share resources and expertise should local cases be reported.
There are steps individuals can take to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread. The Village is recommending following the 3 C’s - Clean, Cover, Contain.
- 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.
Resources for Information
- Centers for Disease Control — Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Prevention and Treatment
- Interim Guide for Preventing the Spread
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond
- Illinois Coronavirus Information and Updates
- Illinois Department of Public Health – Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Lake County Health Department
- World Health Organization — Coronavirus
- Homeland Security, Ready.gov — Pandemic
What to do if you are sick
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.
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 call the Lake County Health Department Communicable Disease program to arrange for you to be assessed.
Who to contact if you have general questions
Please call the Illinois COVID-19 hotline via phone 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.
The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to the virus. Current CDC travel recommendations include avoiding all nonessential travel abroad and deferring all cruise ship travel worldwide. Cruise ship passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Sustained community spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally. Some countries have widespread sustained spread.
Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease. These groups should consider postponing nonessential travel and avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships.
Basic tips for travelers include:
- Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel.
- Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.