April 3 Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
In compliance with Governor Pritzker's decision to extend the Stay at Home order in Illinois through April 30, Northbrook Park District facilities will remain closed and programs will be suspended until further notice. This decision is necessary to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 for our residents and staff members.
District trails and open spaces remain available to those who practice physical distancing. We encourage people to enjoy the parks and to walk, bike and run while staying at least six feet away from others. Be courteous on the trails, make way for others and be sure to clean up your pet waste responsibly. Playgrounds and fenced amenities remain closed to help contain the spread of the virus.
In addition, President Frum of the Village of Northbrook issued a
on April 2, and the following was sent in a village email: "Effective immediately, no person can use a public building, place, property, or street for close-contact group sports, activities that involve shared sports equipment, or for group exercise programs. These restrictions include basketball, soccer, football, baseball, tennis balls, Frisbees, and the like. This new order does not apply to members of a household or residence." This order is applicable for all Northbrook Park District and other public facilities that have parks, fields, sport courts, and open areas.
It is our sincere hope that you are all doing well through these difficult times. We miss you, and we can't wait to see you again practicing with your team, dancing on our stages, singing your ABCs, skating across the ice, hitting a long ball off the tee, and connecting in real life. Please continue to practice physical distancing so we can flatten the curve and get back together again soon!
Visit our website
for the most current Northbrook Park District information.
With Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker's order to extend the statewide disaster declaration, stay-at-home orders and school closures through the month of April, the Glenview/Northbrook COVID-19 Task Force has been working to ensure compliance with those orders and support our community.
our website for information from our agencies
, and check official sources about the spread of COVID-19:
A Note on Language
You will see that we now use the term "physical distancing" rather than "social distancing" in our messages. We are being very deliberate in that use, because we know how important it is for our emotional well being to maintain social connections from a safe physical distance at this time.
Expanded Park District Closures
As the weather warms, we are receiving messages from concerned patrons regarding the volume of group gatherings in our parks and public spaces. In accordance with Governor Pritzker's Stay at Home Order 2020-18, Glenview and Northbrook Park Districts have closed access to many park amenities, in addition to facilities.
The Glenview and Northbrook Park Districts are working cooperatively with Village and Police authorities, who are ready to assist with enforcement by dispersing people who do not follow the Governor's order. Check your park district website for more specific details on closures and restrictions.
We Are All In
All of the agencies that are part of the Glenview / Northbrook Coronavirus Response effort strongly support strict enforcement of the Governor's stay-at-home orders and physical distancing; in our communities, we have seen their success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 (see the update below from Northshore University Healthcare).
All of our buildings are closed; check our individual websites to learn how to access services. Playgrounds in our communities remain closed; please do not allow your yard or home to become an alternate site for gatherings.
Update From NorthShore University HealthSystem
NorthShore University HealthSystem continues to prepare their staff, facilities and functions for an increase in COVID-19 cases, which have been climbing steadily in the last week. Health hotline and e-visit calls have grown and NorthShore has more than doubled the amount of testing in that time.
Jesse Peterson Hall, president of Glenbrook Hospital, says that he is encouraged that the stay-at-home orders and guidance to use the health hotline and e-visits through NorthShore Connect have been helpful in keeping Northshore facilities from becoming overloaded.
He said that the support from the community has been tremendous and the healthcare workers are so grateful.
NorthShore continues to accept financial, critical supply and other donations.
Visit their website for information
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT COVID-19
Regular and diligent hand hygiene before and after:
- Touching your face,
- Blowing your nose,
- Coughing or sneezing,
- Going to the bathroom, and
- Eating or preparing food.
Vigilant physical distancing:
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other whenever possible, and
- Limit the number of individuals involved in in-person conversations.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.
Stay home if you are sick.
IF YOU ARE SICK
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19,
do not visit your doctor or the hospital until instructed to do so
. You can get help either by calling the community health hotline at 847-432-5849, or scheduling an E-Visit at
or on the Northshore Connect mobile app. After you login, click the COVID-19 E-visit button. Based on your symptoms, you will be told if you need to be tested and will be given instructions on where to go for your test.
Resources To Support Our Citizens & Businesses
In these challenging times, our agencies are working to provide and promote supports for those who are struggling:
If you live in Northfield Township and need assistance with rent, food or other financial strains, directly contact the township office at 847-724-8300. Social workers and other support professionals should not reach out on behalf of others, but should encourage citizens to call directly. (Remember,
the Food Pantry is accepting donations
so they are able to provide support to those in need.)
The NAMI Helpline includes ways to connect with help by phone, text and email:
Call 800-950-NAMI (6264) -- available M-F 9am-5pm
-- monitored M-F 9am-5pm
to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor 24/7
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline
, (800) 985- 5990, provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress.
Text-A-Tip: Students in our community
have safe, secure and anonymous 24/7 access to trained, professional counselors provided by
LEAD (Leading Efforts Against Drugs)
. Students who have concerns about themselves or a friend can text a code to (844) 823-5323 and receive an immediate text response. The codes are specific to schools; however, any student from any school can use any code:
Richard Nahrstadt, Village Manager, Northbrook
Matt Formica, Village Manager, Glenview
Jill Brickman, Northfield Township Supervisor
School District Superintendents
Dr. Charles Johns, Superintendent, Glenbrook High Schools District 225
Dr. David Kroeze, Superintendent, Northbrook School District 27
Dr. Larry Hewitt, Superintendent, Northbrook School District 28
Dr. Brian Wegley, Superintendent, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30
Dr. Erin Murphy, Superintendent, West Northfield School District 31
Dr. Dane Delli, Superintendent, Glenview School District 34
Michael McCarty, Executive Director, Glenview Park District
Molly Hamer, Executive Director, Northbrook Park District
all, Executive Director, Northbrook Public Library
Vickie Novak, Director, Glenview Public Library
Betsy Baer, Executive Director, Glenview Chamber of Commerce
Tensley Garris, President, Northbrook Chamber of Commerce