Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Village of La Grange Park is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation very closely in an effort to support the agencies charged with managing the outbreak and provide timely updates on our website. For residents of La Grange Park, the Cook County Department of Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are charged with overseeing the COVID-19 response.

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February 11, 2021 - COVID Update (Cook County Not Expanding 1B Eligibility) 

Today, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, released a joint statement regarding Governor Pritzker's announcement that the state was expanding eligibility in Phase 1B of the Vaccination Plan. In summary, due to the very limited supply of vaccines being received, Cook County will not be able to expand eligibility in Phase 1B. Read the full Joint Statement here.

February 10, 2021 - Vaccination Phase 1B Eligibility Requirements to Expand

In his press release today, Governor Pritzker announced that beginning on February 25th, Phase 1B of the Vaccination Plan will expand eligibility  to include individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions, prioritizing those with disabilities. In accordance with the CDC guidelines, Illinois is using the below guiding framework for what qualifies as a high-risk medical condition for the expanded eligibility. The list is evolving and subject to change and does not reflect an order of priority. Read the full press release here: February 10, 2021 Press Release

• Cancer
• Chronic Kidney Disease
• COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
• Diabetes
• Heart Condition
• Immunocompromised State from a Solid Organ Transplant
• Obesity
• Pregnancy
• Pulmonary Disease
• Sickle Cell Disease

February 5, 2021 COVID Update

All regions are currently in Phase 4. To view more information on various regions, visit Illinois Department of Health Region Metrics. For more information on various industry rules applicable under Phase 4, please see Phase 4 Guidelines Overview .  

Vaccination Update

The Illinois Department of Health notes 80 new COVID-19 Vaccination locations were added across the state bringing the total to 390 locations. One of the new locations includes an Illinois National Guard supported site at Triton College. Please click to view IDPH's February 4th News Release regarding locations . For information on how to make an appointment to receive the vaccine, updates on the state’s plan and eligibility, and answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, go to coronavirus.illinois.gov.

Phase 1B includes individuals age 65 and older and essential workers such as first responders, manufacturing employees and grocery store personnel. While an estimated 600,000 suburban individuals are eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1b, officials continue to remind the public that there is currently not adequate vaccine supply to vaccinate everyone. The site at Triton is expected to be able to provide more than 4,000 vaccines weekly and Cook County expects to open additional large vaccination sites in the coming weeks.

Vaccinations at all Cook County Health sites will be provided by appointment only. Cook County Health will offer appointment slots based on the amount of vaccine on hand and will add appointments as new vaccine shipments arrive.
 Appointments can be made at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov. Individuals without internet access or who need assistance scheduling can call (833) 308-1988 (from 7a.m. to 7p.m., Monday - Friday).  


February 2, 2021 - COVID Update - Region 10 Moves to Phase 4 

As of February 2, 2021, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that Region 10, Suburban Cook County can move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Phase 4 includes the following:

RESTAURANTS AND BARS: Indoor dining and drinking now permitted for parties of up to 10 people; Seated areas should be arranged so that tables allow for 6 feet between parties; impermeable barriers may be installed between booths which are less than 6 feet apart

RETAIL AND SERVICE COUNTER:  Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy

PERSONAL CARE: Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy

INDOOR/OUTDOOR RECREATION: Reopening select indoor recreation facilities (e.g., bowling alleys, skating rinks); indoor playgrounds and trampoline parks should remain closed; Indoor recreation to operate at lesser of 50 customers or 50% of facility capacity

MUSEUMS: Capacity limit of no more than 25% occupancy; Guided tours should be limited to 50 or fewer people per group

MEETINGS AND SOCIAL EVENTS: Limit to the lesser of 50 people or 50% of room capacity

For more information on various industry rules applicable under Phase 4, please see Phase 4 Guidelines Overview .                                                                                                         

January 25, 2021 - COVID Update - New Vaccination Information

As previously reported, beginning today, Monday, January 25th, Illinois moves into the early phases of Phase 1B.  All residents over the age of 65 and frontline workers can receive the vaccine.   

At today’s vaccine press briefing, officials provided important information for those individuals interested in getting the vaccine.  It was also noted that while the vaccination program is underway, at this time, demand for the vaccine far outpaces the supply.  As such, officials are encouraging patience through the process.  Finally, an appointment is required to receive the vaccine.

County and State officials have provided the following resources for residents for the vaccine:

January 22, 2021 - COVID Update 

In his Press Briefing today, Governor Pritzker announced that Region 10 (Suburban Cook County) is on track to advance to Tier 1 as of Saturday, January 23, 2021.  This means that restaurants may resume dine in service again while following the Tier 1 restrictions. Please click on Tier 1 Resurgence Mitigations below for a more detailed explanation of what this means for Bars and Restaurants, Meetings, social events and gatherings, and organized group recreational activities.   

Additionally, Governor Pritzker announced the initial launch of Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Plan. Beginning Monday, January 25th, Illinois will move into the early phases of Phase 1B.  All residents over the age of 65 and frontline workers can receive the vaccine.  As of now vaccinations will be made available by appointment only. Please click here to view the Governor's 1/22/21 Press Release.

January 15, 2021 - COVID Update

As of today certain regions will be allowed to return to either Tier 2, Tier 1 or regular Phase 4 Guidelines based on their current IDPH metrics. During his daily press briefing today, Governor Pritzker announced those regions that qualified. Our area, Suburban Cook County (Region 10), continues to be under Tier 3 enhanced mitigations at this time.

 In order to move to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics:

1. A test positivity rate below 12 percent for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND

2. Greater than or equal to 20 percent available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 3-day rolling average; AND 

3. A sustained decrease in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

In order to move to Tier 1 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics: 

1. A test positivity rate below 8 percent for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND

2. Greater than or equal to 20 percent available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 3-day rolling average; AND 

3. No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

In order to move to Phase 4, a region must meet the following metrics: 

1. A test positivity rate less than or equal to 6.5 percent for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND 

2. Greater than or equal to 20 percent available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 3-day rolling average; AND 

3. No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

Governor Pritzker also announce that the state will move forward with an aggressive Vaccine Plan with hundreds of additional providers coming online into he coming days as the state moves to complete Phase 1A.

Actions to Combat Resurgence of COVID-19, January 15, 2021 (Mitigation Plan Update)

Governor Pritzker January 15, 2021 Press Release(Tiers & Vaccination Plan)

Vaccination Data Website

January 8, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

This week the State announced both the creation of Phase 1B in the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan and the date of Friday, January 15, as the first day that a region of the state can have Tier 3 enhanced mitigations removed, but only IF ELIGIBLE. 

All regions meeting those metrics on or after January 15 will have the Tier 3 enhanced mitigations removed and will be returned to either Tier 2 or Tier 1 enhanced mitigations or regular Phase 4 guidelines based on their region’s then-current metrics in line with the state’s Restore Illinois Plan (available via this link) and the state’s enhanced mitigation plan (available via this link)

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to track the positivity rates and hospital capacity metrics in regions over 14-day monitoring periods to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required or if current mitigations should remain in place. In order for a region to have Tier 3 mitigations removed on or after January 15, a region must experience less than a 12% 7-day rolling average test positivity rate for three consecutive days, have greater than 20% intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital bed availability for three consecutive days, and decreases in the region’s COVID-19 hospitalizations as a rolling average in 7 out of the last 10 days. 

Preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from December 30, 2020, through January 5, 2021, is now 8.4%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from December 30, 2020, through January 5, 2021, is 9.9%. Cases by county can be found on the state’s coronavirus website at coronavirus.illinois.gov

 All regions of the state remain under Tier 3 enhanced mitigations, which are available via this link, regardless of IDPH-monitored metrics for specific regions. The enhanced mitigations impact bars and restaurants, health and fitness centers, hotels, indoor and outdoor recreation, theaters and cultural institutions, manufacturing, meetings, social events and gatherings, personal care services and retail businesses. 

  More Information:

IDPH is providing daily updates on their COVID-19 website (available via this link) regarding the regional metrics that are used to determine what tier applies to which region. Those metrics include COVID-19 admissions to the region’s hospitals, the region’s COVID-19 test positivity rate and the available surge capacity at the region’s hospitals.  

COVID-19 Vaccination Update (updated 1/11/21)

Illinois rolls out planned phases for vaccinations. Below is a summary of Phase 1A and 1B, for more information please see the links below. 

 Phase 1A: Illinois is currently in Phase 1A of the state's vaccination plan which targets frontline healthcare workers along with residents and staff of long-term care facilities. The goal is to fortify the healthcare workforce by removing the most exposed workers from the cycle of illness and infection as well as protect our most vulnerable residents. The state estimates that all interested residents in Phase 1A will be vaccinated in the coming weeks.

 Phase 1B:  Once Illinois makes substantial progress in Phase 1A and federal vaccine deliveries increase, Phase 1B will expand to frontline essential workers and residents age 65 and over. The frontline essential workers’ designation includes many residents who carry a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their work duties, often because they are unable to work from home, and/or they must work closely to others without being able to socially distance. This include first responders, education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers and inmates, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and staff at shelters and day cares. 

November 20, 2020 - Tier 3 Enhanced Mitigations Go Into Effect Statewide Today

The enhanced mitigations impact bars and restaurants, health and fitness centers, hotels, indoor and outdoor recreation, theaters and cultural institutions, manufacturing, meetings, social events and gatherings, personal care services, retail businesses. To view the Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations, click here. Resurgence Mitigation FAQ sheet, click here.

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Gov. Pritzker Announces Efforts to Protect Illinois Communities and Frontline Workers in Response to Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Building on efforts to protect Illinois’ workers and communities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker announced on Friday, August 7, 2020, that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will file emergency rules for businesses, schools, and child care establishments regarding the use of face coverings and the size of gatherings. The governor also signed SB471 to help protect workers who continue to serve on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. Click here to read the full press release. 

NEW IDPH COVID-19 EMERGENCY RULES

In an effort to maintain the progress we have made in Illinois’ COVID-19 pandemic response, the Pritzker administration is filing emergency rules for businesses, schools, and child care establishments regarding the use of face coverings and the size of gatherings.

These rules provide multiple opportunities for compliance before any penalty is issued, giving local health departments and local law enforcement more leeway to support community public health in a productive manner. While existing, pre-pandemic enforcement laws, like revoking a license, are stringent and severe, these rules provide flexibility for local communities and a measured process to help keep people safe. 

That process is as follows:

  • First, businesses will be given a warning in the form of written notice and encouraged to voluntarily comply with public health guidance.
  • Second, businesses that do not voluntarily comply will be given an order to have some or all of their patrons leave the premises as needed to comply with public health guidance and reduce risks.
  • Third, if the business continues to refuse to comply, the business can receive a class A misdemeanor and be subject to a fine ranging from $75-$2,500.

These rules do not apply to individuals and penalties will not exceed a misdemeanor and a $75-$2,500 fine. 

The emergency rules also reinforce the authority of IDPH and local health departments to investigate COVID-19 cases and reaffirm that businesses have a responsibility to cooperate with those investigations.

SENATE BILL 471

As Illinois’ essential workers continue to serve on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, Governor Pritzker signed SB 471 to expand workplace protections. To directly protect workers in retail, the law adds a penalty for assaulting or battering a retail worker who is conveying public health guidance, such as requiring patrons to wear face-coverings or promoting social distancing. This provision sends the message that it’s vitally important for workers to be both respected and protected while serving on the front lines.

"As we continue to adapt to the changes forced on us by the current pandemic, we have to also create a response that addresses the long-time issues it has exacerbated," said Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford. "Our essential workers put their lives at risk for us to stay safe, and it is clear that we have to continue to do better to protect working class people with a renewed commitment to providing basic rights for everyone."

"As our state faces the challenges created by the ongoing global pandemic, we are doing all we can to support and protect our front line and essential workers," said State Representative Jay Hoffman. "This legislation allows front line workers that have been impacted by COVID-19 to focus on recovering while sending a clear message to all our essential workers that we are behind them and will do all we can to protect their safety and well-being."

The law also increases paid disability leave for any injury that occurs after March 9, 2020 by 60 days for firefighters, law enforcement and paramedics whose recovery was hindered by COVID-19.

More specifically, eligible employees include:

  • Any part-time or full-time State correctional officer or any other full or part-time employee of the Department of Corrections
  • Any full or part-time employee of the Prisoner Review Board
  • Any full or part-time employee of the Department of Human Services working within a penal institution or a State mental health or developmental disabilities facility operated by the Department of Human Services
  • Any full-time law enforcement officer or full-time firefighter

These measure build upon the Pritzker administration’s efforts to protect the safety and livelihood of Illinois residents by continuing to enforce all labor laws during the pandemic.

SB 471 takes effect immediately.

Governor Pritzker Launches Mask Awareness Campaign: ‘It Only Works If You Wear It’

On August 3, 2020, Governor Pritzker launched a new $5 million awareness campaign  to encourage Illinois residents to wear a face covering every time they’re in public — because it only works if you wear it. Following the data-driven approach that has guided Illinois’ coronavirus response, the campaign uses local information to advertise on broadcast and cable television, radio, billboards and social media to the communities with the greatest risk from COVID-19.

The Governor launched the campaign from the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield with those who are helping to lead the state’s response: Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. As of Friday, 11 counties have now reached IDPH’s “warning level” for virus spread, including here in Sangamon County. Click here to read the full press release

Governor Pritzker Announces Safety Guidelines for Recreational Sports Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

On July 29, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced guidance for youth and adult recreational sports, including, but not limited to, school-based sports (IHSA & IESA), travel clubs, private leagues and clubs, recreational leagues and centers, and park district sports programs. The guidance was developed in coordination with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

The newly released guidance categorizes sports into three risk levels, low, medium, or high, based on the amount of contact between athletes and their proximity during play. The guidance sets four levels of play allowed based on current public health conditions. In level 1, only no-contact practices are allowed and they must be outside. In level 2, indoor and outdoor practices and intra-team scrimmages are allowed but there can be no competitive play. In level 3 intra-conference, intra-region or intra-league play is allowed and there may be state- or league-championship games allowed for low-risk sports only. In level 4, tournaments, out-of-conference play, and out-of-state play are allowed. State championship games would also be allowed in level 4. Beginning Saturday August 15th, low risk sports can be played at levels 1, 2, and 3. Medium risk sports can be played at levels 1 and 2, and high-risk sports can be played at level 1. Please see the  guidance for youth and adult recreational sports document for more detailed information.

Governor Pritzker Announces Plan to Combat Resurgence of COVID-19 

On July 15, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced a new mitigation plan that modifies the existing “Restore Illinois” plan aimed at preventing another COVID-19 surge in Illinois. 

You will recall that the first iteration of the “Restore Illinois” plan divided the state into four regions, envisioning a progression through five stages of reopening, each with fewer restrictions on lives and business as the virus came under control. But, under the new plan, Illinois is now separated into 11 smaller regions, with the City of Chicago occupying its own region, with the rest of Cook County County in its own region as well. All of Illinois is currently in Phase 4 of the original “Restore Illinois” plan, and the modified plan does not require any region to make any immediate changes. 

Under the original plan, if one region saw an increase in COVID-19 cases, the entire region, sometimes comprising dozens of counties, could be bumped back to a more restrictive phase. This original approach prompted criticism about lumping some downstate counties with lower case counts together with more densely populated areas seeing higher infection rates, and subjecting both regions to the same restrictions in a one-size-fits-all approach. In response, the modified plan adopts “a more granular approach” with a menu of restrictions to enable the state to act in a more decisive, targeted way in addressing COVID-19 hotspots without reacting more broadly than circumstances require by imposing blanket restrictions across large geographic areas or moving entire regions back to an earlier phase.

Although Illinois has among the lowest positivity-case-rates and highest testing tallies in the country, the Governor announced the possibility of taking certain mitigation measures, including moving a region back to an earlier phase of the reopening plan if cases surge, which could involve renewed restrictions on businesses and social interactions. The Governor’s new plan lists several factors that could move a region back to an earlier phase, namely if a region has a sustained increase in its seven-day rolling average positive test rate, coupled with either an increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illnesses, or a specific reduction in hospital capacity. A region could also be bumped back if it sees three consecutive days of its testing positivity case rate of 8% or more. It is important to note that although local governments are allowed to create their own locally-tailored reopening plans, these plans cannot be less restrictive than the State’s plan.

To view the mitigation plan, click here.

Illinois Transitioned to Phase 4 June 26

Phase 4 allows for the safe reopening or expansion of several key business segments – such as health and fitness, movies and theater, museums and zoos, as well as indoor dining at restaurants. Phase 4 also allows for expanded gathering sizes, increasing the limit from 10 in Phase 3, to 50 people or fewer. This expanded gathering limit extends to key activities like meetings, events, and funerals. For full guidance and other resources visit: Illinois.gov/businessguidelines.

To ensure businesses can reopen safely, the state released a common set of standards expected of all employers, while also outlining industry-specific guidelines using a risk-based approach to support unique operational needs of businesses across the state. Industry guidance will help businesses and residents feel safe in returning to many of these new activities that have been closed for the past several months.

Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan creates safety guidelines for the following permitted activities and businesses to resume, with capacity rules in place:

  • Meetings and Events: Venues and meeting spaces can resume with the lesser of up to 50 people OR 50% of overall room capacity. Multiple groups are permitted given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups. This includes activities such as conferences and weddings.
  • Indoor and Outdoor Recreation: Revised guidelines to allow select indoor recreation facilities (e.g., bowling alleys, skating rinks), as well as clubhouses to reopen. Indoor recreation to operate at lesser of 50 customers OR 50% of facility capacity with outdoor recreation allowing group sizes of up to 50, and permitting multiple groups given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups; concessions permitted with restrictions.
  • Indoor Dining: Indoor dining can reopen with groups of 10 or less, with tables spaced 6-feet apart in seated areas and with standing areas at no more than 25% of capacity.
  • Museums: Can reopen with no more than 25% occupancy, and with interactive exhibits and rides closed; guided tours should be limited to 50 people or fewer per group; museums should have a plan to limit congregation via advance ticket sales and timed ticketing; concessions permitted with restrictions.
  • Zoos: Can reopen with no more than 25% occupancy, and with interactive exhibits, indoor exhibits, and rides closed; guided tours should be limited to 50 people or fewer per group; zoos should have a plan to limit congregation via advance ticket sales and timed ticketing; concessions permitted with restrictions.
  • Cinema and Theatre: Indoor seated theaters, cinemas, and performing arts centers to allow admission of the lesser of up to 50 guests OR 50% of overall theater or performance space capacity (applies to each screening room); outdoor capacity limited to 20% of overall theater or performance space capacity; concessions permitted with restrictions.
  • Outdoor seated spectator events: Outdoor spectator sports can resume with no more than 20% of seating capacity; concessions permitted with restrictions.
  • Film production: Allow no more than 50% of sound stage or filming location capacity; crowd scenes should be limited to 50 people or fewer.

Industries with revised guidelines in Phase 4:

  • Youth and Recreational Sports: Revised guidelines allow competitive gameplay and tournaments; youth and recreational sports venues can operate at 50% of facility capacity, 20% seating capacity for spectators, and group sizes up to 50 with multiple groups permitted during practice and competitive games given venues have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups; concessions permitted with restrictions.
  • Health and fitness centers: Revised guidelines allow gyms to open at 50% capacity and allow group fitness classes of up to 50 people with new safety guidelines for indoors, with multiple groups permitted given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups.
  • Day camps: Water-based activities permitted in accordance with IDPH guidelines; no more than 50% of facility capacity with group size of no more than 15 participants in a group, unless participants changing weekly.

Additionally, retail, service counters, offices, personal care (including salons, barber, nail salons), manufacturing and other industries allowed to reopen in Phase 3 will continue to operate at a reduced capacity.

To help businesses prepare to reopen and remain in compliance with new guidelines over the next two weeks, DCEO has released a new set of downloadable materials. Business toolkits are complete with signage, training checklists and other resources to help business owners and workers implement safety procedures and adhere to the latest capacity restrictions. Materials for businesses and operators pertaining to Phases 3 and 4 of the Restore Plan, can be found at Illinois.gov/businessguidelines.

During Phase 4, common public health standards remain in effect – including the use of face coverings and social distancing. Industry-specific guidelines may vary but are designed to help employers, workers and residents feel safe in transitioning to the next phase of reopening the state. All industries should continue to conduct regular cleanings, employee health screenings upon entry and mid-shift, and allow employees who can continue working from home to do so.

For more information on the Phase 4 guidelines, click here.

Additional Resources

Daily Village Briefings

The Village sends daily email briefings to keep residents informed. 

Dine-In La Grange Park

Please considering ordering from one of our local restaurants.

Food & Grocery Delivery for Those in Need

A number of service organizations are currently providing meals, bagged grocery and grocery delivery for those in need.

How to Help

We can all do our part to assist in this fight. 

COVID-19 Resources

The Village has compiled a number of resources to assist residents in obtaining accurate information on COVID-19.

Small Business Resources

A number of programs have been put in place to assist small businesses through these challenging time. 

COVID-19 Scams

Unfortunately, fraudsters are seeking to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Village has a idenfied a list of known scams and tips to help protect yourself and your family.