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COVID-19

Stay Home Saves LivesThe Village has created this page as a resource for information on COVID-19. It's updated with content from CDC.gov as new information becomes available. To ask questions or voice your concerns, please email COVID19inquiry@TinleyPark.org.

The State of Illinois has launched a website at coronavirus.illinois.gov intended to serve as a clearinghouse for information about COVID-19. The website has information about the confirmed coronavirus case count in Illinois, as well as information about resources for unemployment assistance, insurance and Medicaid coverage.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also has a website dedicated to COVID-19 information, including a breakdown of cases in each county.

For health-related questions, call (800) 889-3931.


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COVID-19 News

IDPH issues new COVID-19 mitigation measures
Issued: Nov. 18, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will enact additional COVID-19 resurgence mitigation measures starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20 in every region across the state in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. These mitigations aim to limit gatherings and encourages residents to stay home as much as possible. It also urges residents to follow proper safety measures when out in public. The IDPH reports that the statewide positivity rate is at a record high, and that hospitalizations are already surpassing the spring peak, prompting more stringent mitigations to combat the surge and preserve hospital capacity. A complete list of additional mitigation measures is available on the IDPH website. Read the IDPH's official news release for more information.


CCDPH issues stay-at-home order
Issued: Nov. 13, 2020

Due to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission, and to prevent having to implement more restrictive mitigation measures, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is issuing a stay-at-home advisory for all suburban Cook County residents and visitors. The advisory will take effect at 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16 and will last at least 30 days. The CCDPH is advising that residents stay home, limit gatherings and travel, and work from home if possible. Learn more on the CCDPH website.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is also recommending that residents stay at home as much as possible for the next three weeks to help combat the spread of COVID-19. The IDPH suggests that residents plan to work from home unless it is necessary for them to be in the workplace, and is asking employers to make accommodations for this. The department also recommends that residents only leave their home for necessary and essential activities such as COVID-19 testing, visiting the pharmacy and buying groceries. For health questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH hotline at (800) 889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Will County to enter new COVID-19 restrictions Nov. 11
Issued: Nov. 9, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will enact additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts for Region 7, which includes portions of Tinley Park, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11. Region 7 has been under increased mitigation measures since Oct. 23 after seeing a seven-day rolling average test positivity rate of eight percent or more for three consecutive days. However, the positivity rate has continued to significantly increase in the region, sparking new restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Additional mitigations will include a tighter gathering cap of 10 people rather than 25 and new table caps of six rather than 10 when eating out. For information on other restrictions, please visit the State’s website at Illinois.gov.


Suburban Cook County to enter Phase Three mitigation measures Wednesday
Issued: Oct. 27, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday will place Region 10 (Suburban Cook County), which includes portions of Tinley Park, under Phase Three mitigation measures in response to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Region 10 has had eight consecutive days of increases in test positivity rates and seven days of increased hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Region 7, which also includes the Will County portion of Tinley Park, moved into Phase Three last week for similar reasons. Phase Three mitigation measures include:

  • All restaurants and bars will be limited to outdoor and carryout service only and will close at 11 p.m.
  • Reservations will be required for anyone dining out
  • Gatherings will be limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25 percent of overall room capacity
  • Gaming and casinos will close at 11 p.m. and are limited to 25 percent capacity
  • These measures don’t currently apply to schools.
Please refer to the Restore Illinois plan for more information.


Phase Three COVID-19 mitigation efforts coming to Will County
Issued: Oct. 22, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday will implement Phase Three COVID-19 resurgence mitigations in Region 7, which includes the Will County portion of Tinley Park. Region 7 is seeing a seven-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or more for three consecutive days, which exceeds the threshold set for establishing mitigation measures under the State's Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.

As part of these mitigation measures, all restaurants and bars will be limited to outdoor service only and will close at 11 p.m. Additionally, gatherings will be limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25 percent of overall room capacity. These mitigations will not apply to schools.

The IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 7 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place. If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5% for three consecutive days, then the region will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5% and 8%, the new mitigations will remain in place and unchanged. If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8% after 14 days, more stringent mitigations can be applied to further reduce spread of the virus.

Please refer to the Restore Illinois plan for more information. Also please refer to the official press release and COVID Update presentation.


COVID-19 cases on the rise in Tinley
Issued: Oct. 16, 2020

As is the case with a great number of municipalities across the country, Tinley Park is seeing an increase in its COVID-19 positivity rates in both the Cook and Will County portions of town. In order to help make sure Tinley Park doesn’t keep moving in the wrong direction, the Village strongly urges residents to wear proper face coverings and practice safe social distancing whenever possible. Also, please remember to avoid large groups and wash or sanitize your hands whenever possible. For information on positivity rates and other COVID-19 information, please see the following:

Residents are also encouraged to check out the Village’s own COVID-19 page, which is available at TinleyPark.org/COVID-19. Together we can help keep Tinley Park safe!

State extends deadline to apply for emergency rental assistance
Issued: Aug. 19, 2020

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has extended the deadline for Illinois renters to apply for aid by one week to noon on Aug, 28 due to those impacted by the recent storms. In addition, landlords will be given an additional two days, through Aug. 30, to complete their portion of the application. The Emergency Rental Assistance program provides $5,000 to eligible tenants who have seen their household income decline as a result of the COVID-19.

For an application for to be considered complete, landlords are required to submit additional documentation before their application period closes on Aug. 30. It's recommended that renters be proactive in notifying their landlords they have applied for assistance under the Emergency Rental Assistance program and that they will receive an email from the IHDA inviting them to submit required documentation.

Renters affected by the storms, or those requiring assistance navigating the application process, are encouraged to reach out to one of the 62 Community and Outreach Assistance organizations with which IHDA has partnered. These organizations can be found on the "Resources" page at era.ihda.org. For additional help, applicants may also contact IHDA’s call center at (312) 883-2720, or toll-free at (888) 252-1119. For those who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired, please contact Navicore Solutions for free assistance at (877) 274-4309 (TTY).

Extension of the ERA program will not affect or delay the launch of the Emergency Mortgage Assistance program on Aug. 24, 2020.

Village Board passes face coverings resolution
Issued: April 23, 2020

In an effort to protect public health and ensure the safety of essential workers, the Village Board on Tuesday passed a resolution necessitating that all people engaging in activities outside their homes in Tinley Park wear protective face coverings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This includes all employees and visitors of any grocery store, pharmacy or drug store, convenience store, gas station and other essential businesses. The resolution also contains other requirements for businesses, such as posting public notices regarding the new resolution, providing face coverings and hand sanitizer to all employees, and ensuring all high-touch surfaces within the business are kept sanitized. Businesses have the right to refuse admission or service to anyone not wearing a face covering.

Please keep in mind that this resolution is intended to protect vulnerable residents and essential staff working retail and other jobs that involve a great deal of personal interaction with the public. Everyone has a right to feel safe and comfortable in public, whether it’s to go to work or to shop for essential supplies. Simply put, wearing face coverings in public will protect the health of our community. The resolution doesn’t apply to those engaged in outdoor activities such as walking, running, biking or other solitary physical activity; riding in a personal vehicle; those who are alone or with household members in a separate single space; and while drinking or eating. The resolution also makes an exclusion for situations in which wearing face coverings would create a greater health, safety or security risk.

Residents can make their own face coverings using materials around the house, provided these homemade masks cover the nose and mouth. Providence Life Services in Tinley Park has provided a step-by-step guide to creating your own cloth mask. Similarly, Good Morning America recently posted a clip showing how to make a simple mask using a bandanna and two rubber bands. This method is detailed in the graph at the bottom of this story.

There are many independent groups that have been working tirelessly to make and/or donate face coverings to those who need them. If you have face coverings you’d like to donate, please send an email to COVID19inquiry@TinleyPark.org. While the Village doesn’t have the resources to provide face coverings for everyone, if you are unable to make a face covering on your own, notify the Village at the same email address and every effort will be made to assist in securing one for you.

Regardless of whether or not a situation requires face coverings, the public is still strongly encouraged to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others and not congregating in groups of 10 or more people. This resolution coincides with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent announcement that the statewide “Stay at Home” order is being extended to May 31 and will now include new regulations, including mandatory use of face coverings in public places across Illinois. The Village will be reviewing these new State regulations in the following days to ensure we’re in compliance.

Gov. Pritzker announces "Stay at Home" order starting March 21
Issued: March 20, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday issued a "stay at home" order to all Illinois residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and will last until Tuesday, April 7. [NOTE: This order has since been extended to April 30.]

During this time, residents should stay at home unless they are doing an essential activity such as buying groceries, seeking medical treatment, taking care of a loved one, getting gas, picking up prescription medication, going to a laundromat, engaging in outdoor exercise, taking a pet for a walk, or traveling to jobs that have been deemed essential (such as healthcare providers, grocery store clerks and first responders).

While the order is in effect, public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, and residents are encouraged to practice social distancing to ensure there is at least six feet between people. Elderly residents and those who are at a high risk should take extra precautions by staying indoors as much as possible.

“You’ll still be able to do a lot of things, including outdoor activities like walking or riding your bike, and of course getting needed supplies and medications,” Mayor Jacob Vandenberg said. “You’ll even still be able to go to certain restaurants for take-out. For those of us who have already begun to self-quarantine, things really won’t change that much.”

Essential services that will still be operational include grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, police and fire stations; certain government offices, hospitals, clinics and healthcare operations; garbage collection, public transportation and public benefits such as Medicaid; convenience stores, liquor stores, laundry services, hardware and supply stores; financial institutions and mail service. Residents will be allowed to take advantage of these services during the order.

“This may be an executive order, but we should look at it as more of an opportunity to work together to do our part to make sure the most vulnerable among us stay safe,” Vandenberg said. “This is only temporary. If we all look out for each other and stick together, we’ll get through this.”

Read Gov. Pritzker’s executive order or see a list of frequently asked questions for more information.


COVID-19 case confirmed in Tinley Park
Issued: March 20, 2020

The Village would like residents to be aware that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Tinley Park. On the evening of March 17, 2020, one of the Village’s Kurtz EMS Ambulance crews transported a patient to Silver Cross Hospital. Silver Cross notified the ambulance crew the morning of March 20 that the patient test came back positive for COVID-19. EMS personnel were wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and decontaminated per IDPH guidelines. Out of the abundance of caution, the EMS crew is self-isolating.

This same EMS crew came in contact with staff at Fire Station 48. Per CDC guidelines, all employees that were in contact with this crew are to self-monitor for symptoms. So far, no Village personnel have tested positive or exhibited any symptoms of the virus.  As a result of this exposure, Fire Station 48 was temporarily taken out of service as a precaution while being decontaminated. Cleaning at the station has been completed, and the building is back in service.

The Village’s first responders are very well-trained and wear PPE to help mitigate against health or safety risks. Please be advised that both Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC recommend that if anyone experiences mild symptoms of COVID-19, to stay home, isolate themselves and contact their doctor.


Scams

ComEd
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, ComEd has received reports of scammers, posing as utility representatives, approaching customers who may be self-isolating or having difficulty paying their bills. These imposters threaten to shut service off or offer cash or credit incentives to obtain a customer’s personal or financial information. In some cases, scammers will “spoof” ComEd’s name and phone number so that a call appears to be from ComEd. They may demand a customer to make a direct payment with a prepaid cash card. In other instances, scammers ask victims to call them back at a different phone number and provide personal information. They may duplicate the recorded message that customers hear when calling a legitimate company, so when customers call the number provided by the scammer, it sounds like an actual business. Find out more at (800) 334-7661 or ComEd.com/ScamAlert.


Nicor Gas
A common scam involves someone claiming to be a Nicor Gas representative making an unsolicited call to warn that the company will disconnect the customer’s natural gas service if they don't make a payment within a short timeframe. Other common tactics include impostor utility scams that duplicate a company’s upfront Interactive Voice Response system, and when customers call back phone numbers provided by the scammer, it appears to be legitimate. Some of these scammers also use caller ID spoofing to replicate a company’s customer service number. Find out more by calling (888) 642-6748. or reading "How to Identify a Nicor Gas Employee".


Village Board Videos
Each member of the Tinley Park Village Board has recorded a short video aimed at updating residents on latest developments and news within their respective areas, with a special focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the Village.

 


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