COVID-19 Daily Update from the Village of Antioch – March 31, 2020
On March 29, the president extended the nation’s Slow the Spread campaign until April 30. Following the same guideline, Governor Pritzker has announced today that Illinois will extend its Stay-at-Home order through the end of April.
We would like to remind residents to comply with social distancing if going outside, and stress that all park play structures, skate park, restrooms and shelters must remain closed. Signs were placed in all Village owned parks, and police will increase their patrol of these areas to ensure the safety of our residents.
At this time, any essential Village Staff that is reporting to work is asked to take their temperature at home before coming in to work. We would encourage residents to do the same if they plan on leaving their homes for any essential services. Anyone with a temperature over 100 is advised to not call 911, but instead call their primary care physician for further guidance.
Upon the recommendation of local public safety agencies, the Annual Easter Parade and Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11, 2020, and Flashlight Egg Hunt scheduled for April 9, 2020 will be cancelled. We would like to assure everyone that this decision was made in the best interest of the public, and to keep our residents safe.
The State of Illinois has reported up to 389 exposures in Lake County, with 5,994 in the State of Illinois and over 35,225 tested. The Lake County Health Department launched an interactive map of COVID-19 cases in Lake County, broken down by municipality. It can be viewed at: https://www.lakecountyil.gov/4423/Lake-County-COVID-19-Dashboard.
Many of our local businesses and community partners have answered our calls for help and donated eyewear and gloves. Local school districts cleared out their science departments to give us much needed PPE. If you are aware of any businesses that may have PPE equipment, particularly N95 masks, please ask them to consider making a donation to the Antioch Emergency Operations Center through the Police Department west lobby. The Village of Antioch, First Fire Protection District and Antioch Township are all operating as one joint community through the pandemic. Any donations collected will be put into a cache for use by all 3 agencies in our own community.
The Open Arms Mission is running critically low on toilet paper and other bathroom essentials. We ask all residents to make a donation to this local group if they can.