67 cases reported in Elmhurst as of 4/15/20.
Elmhurst Firefighter Tests Positive for COVID-19

The City of Elmhurst was notified that one of its firefighters tested positive for COVID-19. The firefighter was notified of the diagnosis on April 14th and immediately informed the Fire Chief and City Manager. 

The employee’s last day at work was Thursday, April 2 nd . All employees who may have had potential exposure to the diagnosed employee have been notified and offered testing, although none of these individuals are experiencing any symptoms.  

The diagnosed employee is taking every precaution as directed by healthcare providers and will remain under quarantine for 14-days. Due to the timeline of this employee’s last work day, there is a low probability that any City staff or members of the public are at an increased risk for contracting COVID-19.

The Fire Department has taken immediate action to clean and disinfect any areas of the Fire Station that the employee may have come in contact with including the vehicles, equipment and work stations. This includes using a disinfectant machine inside the Fire Station, each vehicle, and on the apparatus floor.  

Firefighters and Paramedics regularly train and adhere to all applicable safety precautions. During this pandemic, the safety precautions have increased as follows:

  • Following all pandemic guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for first responders.

  • Each Firefighter and Paramedic takes his/her temperature twice per day; those with temperatures over 100.4 are sent home for the shift to self-monitor their condition. They may return to work when their temperature returns to a normal baseline after at least 72 hours.

  • Firefighters and Paramedics wear a full complement of personal protective equipment (PPE) on calls, including masks, gowns, glasses and gloves.

  •  Firefighters have limited patient contact and practice social distancing on each call to the extent possible.

The City of Elmhurst has plans in place to ensure that essential services are not affected due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19.  Last month, the City cancelled all non-essential events and meetings and all City facilities began restricting public access. Mayor Morley also declared a civil emergency and issued an executive order in response to COVID-19. 

“We continue to be challenged by this pandemic and regretfully inform the community of this incident,”  states City Manager Jim Grabowski.  “We continue to take the necessary precautions and assure you that Fire Department operations will not be impacted. City departments have been preparing for this scenario and we are ready to provide the community with the same responsive and superior customer service that our residents expect.” 

A community wide effort is being made to encourage residents of Elmhurst to abide by the Governor’s Executive Order.  Please visit Elmhurst.org/ElmhurstStaysHome to see what your fellow residents are doing to stay positive while the Stay at Home Order is in place. Visit Elmhurst.org for the latest updates from the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19.  

Wellness Checks
Please consider reaching out to your neighbors who may need your support during this unprecedented time.  If you have a neighbor who you think may need help, please call them for a well being check or call 9-1-1 with any concerns. City of Elmhurst first responders are always available to check in our their well being.
Be Cautious of Phone Scams
Many seniors fall victim to phone scams where a caller claims they work for an organization and ask for the senior's contact information. It is important to remember that the government, IRS and other entities would not call you about any check issuance or ask for your personal information like you Social Security Number or payment information. Please remember that at no time should you give out any personal information over the phone for any reason to a soliciting phone call.

D205 Foundation Offers Parents an Opportunity to Appreciate Teachers
Help us celebrate the Elmhurst teachers who have made a meaningful impact on students this year, while also supporting local businesses. Teachers from across D205 strive to create rich and positive learning experiences for their students and this is a perfect opportunity to recognize their efforts. 

Each $25 donation allows you to recognize one extra special teacher with a heartfelt note and a $20 gift card from a local business that you select. Your note and gift card will be delivered to the teacher by the District 205 Foundation.

$5 of your donation will help support the District 205 Foundation to ensure that educational excellence is a reality for all students in District 205. Orders taken now through May 4, 2020. https://aesbid.com/ELP/TEACHER20 

Special thanks to the local businesses participating this year...
  • A Book Above
  • Bread & Butter Home
  • Brewpoint
  • Courageous Bakery
  • Elmhurst Brewing Company
  • Enzee
  • Flavah
  • Fleet Feet
  • Francesca's Amici
  • HB Jones
  • Hazyl Boutique
  • Judith B Salon and Dry Bar
  • Kie & Kate Couture
  • Luscombe Music
  • Maxine
  • RedE
  • Self(ish) Skin & Brow Bar
  • Silverado
  • Stray Hen
  • Tannins
  • Uptown Shop
  • Victory

We’re calling on residents to get creative! Send us your pictures and videos on how you and your families are staying positive and having fun through the State’s "Stay at Home Order". We will collect this content through the month of April, and feature it on our website and social pages. Some of the submissions may also make a debut in the next City of Elmhurst Front Porch Newsletter.
All you have to do is fill out this form!
Featured Resident #ElmhurstStaysHome
What are Maddie and Charlie doing to stay positive and have fun through the State’s "Stay at Home Order"?

"The kids are loving doing science experiments at home during the quarantine! It was fun to learn how plants absorb water using celery stalks and food coloring." 

Thank you for your commitment to loving our community. #ElmhurstStaysHome

Submit your photos here!
Support Our Community BINGO!
 Mail or email your completed Bingo Card with your name and phone number to the 
City of Elmhurst, ATTN: BINGO 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, IL 
or email econdev@elmhurst.org with subject line: BINGO!
Each week through April 30th, the cards will be entered to win a weekly drawing. 
Winners will be notified by phone and will receive an Elmhurst-Opoly Game!  Game! 
Connect with the City of Elmhurst on COVID-19 Updates
Over the next coming weeks, you’ll find timely information and updates on our  City's website   to help you and your family stay safe. We also encourage you to follow the City's  Facebook  and  Twitter pages, and to subscribe to our  Alert Center . We will continue to send  E-Newsletters with updates on the virus as it relates to our community. Please also make sure you are subscribed to receive our  CodeRED Alerts. We will use this method to communicate any information requiring a direct and immediate need to take action for public safety. These notifications will enable us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations.
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