E-Newsletter: July 13-17

The DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 dashboard , shows the number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in each municipality. There have been a total of 425 lab recorded cases of COVID-19 in Elmhurst as of 7/16/20.

Please continue to follow healthcare professional advice to protect yourselves. Practice social distance and wear a mask in public places. Wash your hands frequently and do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

In order to maintain progress made regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are urged to follow safety guidelines and protocols in place, to help minimize the spread of illness. Failure to do so may result in increased cases of COVID-19 and the implementation of State restrictions.

On Wednesday, July 15 th , Governor Pritzker  announced new mitigation steps  the State will apply in the event that COVID-19 numbers spike. The Governor announced a separation of the State into 11 different regions of which data will be monitored. Elmhurst’s data will be collected from the West Suburban (region 8), which includes DuPage and Kane Counties. Should cases spike in the Western Suburban, restrictions that may reduce or suspend bar and restaurant services, organized recreational activities (gyms), retail shopping, or shut downs of salons and personal care may be implemented.
Wear a mask, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands

  • Wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained and where required, specifically in public places. 
  • A minimum of 6-ft of social distancing is required from any individual who does not reside in your home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Clean and sanitize commonly used surfaces.
  • If you have traveled to a COVID-19 hotspot, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommends a stay home period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
  • Group gatherings of more than 50 persons are to be strictly avoided.
  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Avoid contact with others that are sick or experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

You can check on Elmhurst’s (region 8) current status. The map includes information regarding ICU bed availability, illness admissions, and daily increases. View the map at   www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics .
Electronic Recycling Event
The City will host an Electronics Recycling event on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the Public Works Facility (985 S Riverside Drive, Elmhurst) from 8 am until noon. This event is in cooperation with DuPage County and EWorks.  More information...
Biking on sidewalks
As a reminder, biking on sidewalks in business districts is prohibited. Bike racks are available throughout the shopping districts.

Now more than ever our businesses appreciate this courtesy with the expansion of their use of outdoor space.
Stay safe during extreme heat
High temperatures and humidity can pose a health and safety threat. To request a well-being check for someone who may be suffering from the heat call 9-1-1. Follow these link for more information on staying safe during extreme heat!
Congratulations to Elmhurst University!
Congratulations to our community partners on becoming Elmhurst University! To commemorate this historic moment, a celebratory video has been created. “Introducing Elmhurst University” captures the excitement of what the name change will mean for Elmhurst students and the institution’s future, expressed through interviews and video messages from nearly 50 Elmhurst students, faculty, administrators, alumni and friends.

Have you filled out your 2020 Census? Elmhurst is currently at an 80.2% response rate!
Take the 2020 Census online today. https://my2020census.gov

The preliminary recommendations for the Elmhurst Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan can now be viewed in a PDF report format here or accessed from the project website: BikeWalkElmhurst.com . The report provides an overview of the draft recommendations, including bicycle and pedestrian design ideas for streets and intersections all over the City. It includes maps, concept designs, example photos, and text that explains the recommendations. Next steps for the plan, including a link to the online survey and project timeline, are in the last section of the PDF report. The PDF can be viewed in a browser, downloaded or printed on letter-sized paper. This same information is also available as an interactive Story Map here and was presented at a virtual open house webinar on May 27—a recording of which can be accessed on the project website and on the Elmhurst TV.  

The PDF report was created to encourage community members who may be more comfortable with this alternative format to view and share their thoughts on the recommendations. Feedback gained during this stage of the project will be critical in revising the draft plan. If you already had success viewing the Story Map and taking the online survey either in May or early June, the information has not changed and your input has been recorded.
Public comment options for public meetings City Hall continues to be open during public meetings and for public comment opportunities. There are several ways to provide public comment during these meetings including online and in person. The City recently added a call-in option for public comment. A list of public commenting options can be found on the City's Agenda Center/Boardocs . If you any questions or require assistance, please contact the City's Deputy Clerk at 630-530-3010.

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