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This page has been created to be a resource for those in the Town of Cicero, Illinois.
For State of Illinois updates, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov
For information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit www.cdc.gov
March 24, 2020 – update
COVID-19 UPDATE: As of the date we are investigating reports of two (2) possible cases of COVID-19 in Cicero. We will keep everyone updated as to the results of the investigation.
COVID-19 Hotline: A COVID-19 hotline is now available. The hotline will be staffed M-F 9 AM TO 4 PM The number is 708-633-4000. The hotline is staffed by a live operator – LPN or Educator.
The latest numbers reported statewide in Illinois as of the time of this memo are as follows: 1535 Reported COVID-19 cases – 16 Deaths. Predictions from the IDPH state this total may rise to approximately 3400 cases by next week. The current total reported cases of COVID -19 in the US are 51,542. Worldwide COVID-19 cases now total 414,277 with 18,557 deaths.
CLEANING / SANITIZING SUPPLIES: All of the cleaning supplies which were requested by town departments have been distributed. Department heads should know if a specific BRAND product is not readily available, another similar product will be sent.
EOC Monitoring: The EOC (Emergency Operations Committee) Staff checks in with nursing homes, the Cicero School District 99 and 201 every day to check with the department heads about any possible problems. The Cook County of Public Health holds teleconferencing at 4 PM every Tuesday. Cook County also hosts a teleconference for all municipalities every Tuesday and Friday at 1230 PM to update us on the status of the COVID-19 virus. We also are utilizing a state of the art website which will indicate to our EOC whenever and wherever a COVID-19 case is reported. We are sending out frequent reports from the EOC to all of the Department Heads We are in constant contact with President Dominick and frequently send him updates and reports.
NURSING HOMES – Both Alden Manor and City View Care Centers report no issues with the COVID-19 virus as of this morning. They informed us that they are following all of the recommendations of the CDC, IDPH, The Town of Cicero, and the recommendations of this EOC.
SENIOR SERVICES: Ryan Chlada reported to the EOC that his calls for assistance from seniors have actually gone down. It appears that our seniors are taking this situation very seriously and are abiding by the “Stay At Home” order. If you know any senior that needs any help, please advise them that our Senior Services is ready to help.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT: The Health Department is open Monday – Thursday at 8 AM to 5 PM for emergency medical and dental issues. Dr. Licea will be at the Health Department from 1 PM to 5 PM on these days. In addition, there is a staff member just inside the entrance to the Health Department to screen patients and take their temperatures as they enter. Dr. Licea is at her own office from 9 AM to 12 PM and can always be reached. In addition, Dr. Licea has set up a tela-health system so her patients can reach her remotely. The information as to how the system works will be reported as soon as we have that information.
FOOD STORES: Ishmael Vargas is keeping in contact with all of the major grocery stores in the area and monitoring the food supply and delivery chain at each. All stores are reporting plentiful supplies. Once again, please inform the residents that there is no need for hoarding or panic.
SENIOR SHOPPING: Some of the larger retail stores have now set up “Senior Only” Shopping. We have a list of these retailers in the EOC and will share a copy with the Town Board and Ray Hanania for publishing.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM. Emo Cundari has had a great deal of success lining up volunteers to help out if this incident expands. We have a great group of residents, always ready to help.
Ismael Vargas has also had a great deal of success forming a “Faith-Based” volunteer group to help out in any way to help support our residents through this crisis.
The EOC Staff, Mike Piekarski, Dominick Buscemi, Jerry Chlada, Sarah Kusper.
March 24, 2020 – update
To view COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2020-02 CLICK HERE
COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2020-02
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, Governor J.B Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation (the “Disaster Proclamation”) due to the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) and declared all counties in the State of Illinois as a disaster area and on March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring a national emergency concerning the COVID-19 outbreak; and
WHEREAS, in a short period of time, COVID-19 has rapidly spread throughout Illinois, necessitating updated and more stringent guidance from federal, state, and local public health officials; and
WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10, pursuant to Sections, 7(1), 7(2), 7(8), 7(10), and 7(12) of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act 20 ILCS 3305, requiring Illinois residents to stay at home, effective March 21, 2020, and through the remainder of the duration of the Disaster Proclamation, which currently extends through April 7, 2020 (the “Stay at Home Order); and
WHEREAS, the Stay at Home Order lays out three main directives: (1) stay at home, except for essential activities; (2) non-essential business and operations must cease; and (3) all gatherings of more than ten (10) people are prohibited; and
WHEREAS, to further protect Illinois residents, the Stay at Home Order permits individuals to leave their residence only to perform certain “Essential Activities” and providing Essential Government Functions is considered an “Essential Activity” and therefore, a permitted travel use; and
WHEREAS, an Essential Government Function includes all services provided by a municipal agency of government and needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agency or to provide for or support the health, safety and welfare of the public, and including contractors to performing Essential Government Functions; and
WHEREAS, a government body shall determine its Essential Governmental Functions and identify employees and/or contractors necessary to the performance of those functions; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to the directives outlined in the Stay at Home Order, it is necessary to determine the Town of Cicero’s (the “Town”) Essential Governmental Functions and to take measures to ensure that Town employees and contractors are able to carry out these functions effectively and safely, while maintaining social distancing of six (6) feet as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the “CDC”); and
WHEREAS, it is necessary and appropriate to immediately take measures to protect the employees/contractors providing services for the Town and residents in response to COVID-19;
NOW, THEREFORE, by the powers vested in me as the President of the Town of Cicero, and pursuant to Chapter 34 of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Cicero, Illinois (the “Town Code”), I hereby declare that a state of emergency exists within the Town of Cicero and order the following:
SECTION 1: The Town’s Emergency Operations Center (the “EOC”) has recommended temporary changes regarding work hours, shifts, and lunch breaks. These changes are compliant with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and follow the guidelines set by the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
SECTION 2: The EOC has worked with each Town department to determine a list of essential employees, employees capable of working remotely, and minimum staffing needs while maintaining continuity of government.
SECTION 3: Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, Cicero Town Hall (“Town Hall”) will be open Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Community Service Officers (CSO’s) will monitor the public’s access to the building. No more than ten (10) people (excluding employees) will be allowed in the building at one time. Employees assigned to Town Hall will not be allowed to leave for lunch. Lunch may be brought in from home or delivered curbside to Town Hall.
SECTION 4: The following departments will provide essential services remotely: Liquor Commissioner, Grant Administration, Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”), Project Management, Senior Activities, and the Treasurer’s Office.
SECTION 5: All Public Safety departments will remain fully staffed. Public Works, Animal Welfare, Fleet Maintenance, Rodent Abatement, the Electrical Department, CSO’s, Parking Enforcement, Towing and Senior Services will also remain fully staffed.
SECTION 6: All other departments will reduce their daily staff, on an alternating basis, to the minimum required to avoid the disruption of all essential services.
SECTION 7: These policies as set forth above are subject to change as deemed appropriately by the EOC.
SECTION 8: This Executive Order shall expire not later than the adjournment of the first regular meeting of the Corporate Authorities after the date of this Order unless sooner terminated by Proclamation of the Town President or unless amended or extended pursuant to the Town Code.
SECTION 9: This Executive Order shall be distributed in accordance with the Town Code.
SECTION 10: This Executive Order is not intended to, and does not, except as specifically set forth herein, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the Town of Cicero, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. This Executive Order shall be deposited and kept immediately available on file for inspection in the office of the Town Clerk.
Signed by Larry Dominick, Town President
Received and filed March 24, 2020 – Maria Punzo-Aria, Town Clerk
To view COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2020-02 CLICK HERE
March 23, 2020 – update
COVID-19 – SERVICE UPDATE FROM THE CLERK’S OFFICE
Temporary Hours: Monday thru Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Horario Temporal: Lunes a Jueves de 8:00 AM a 5:00 PM
(708) 656-3600, Ext. 201,537, or 227.
Email(s): Correo electronico(s):
The Clerk’s Office will continue to provide prompt and efficient service to our town residents.
You are welcome to visit us; however, we recommend that you call or email us for the following services:
• Please continue to report any non-working Street or Alley Lights.
• Process Passports Applications, in-person visit is required (Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM).
• Vital Records (Death and Birth Records) Monday thru Thursday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
After Hours: Funeral Homes/Directors can call (708) 514-7729.
• Town Board Meetings: Please visit the town’s website: www.thetownofcicero.com
For information regarding our Teleconference Board Meeting Call-in numbers and information.
March 23, 2020 – update
ROBOCALL SCRIPT TO ALL CICERO RESIDENTS:
Hello … This is President Larry Dominick
I want to give you an update on the Town of Cicero’s efforts to confront the spread of the Coronavirus and reassure you that everything is being done to keep our residents safe.
As you know, the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase. On Sunday, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced there are 1,049 cases of Coronavirus in Illinois with 296 new cases reported on Sunday, and a total of 9 deaths in Illinois.
We did have one case reported in Cicero involving an individual from another community who was diagnosed with Corona Virus. The patient was staying with relatives in Cicero but is now under the care of the local hospital. All members of the family have been tested and are being quarantined pending medical reports.
As you know, essential services are continuing in the Town of Cicero and we are joining in encouraging everyone to stay home through this crisis.
Your government continues to operate providing full services, including for senior citizens. But I am ordering that Town Hall hours be reduced to operate only from 8 am until 5 PM, Monday through Thursday.
We will operate with a skeleton work crew at Town Hall, except for essential, critical services such as Police, Firemen, public works and rodent control. The Health Department will remain staffed but government buildings are being managed to reduce the number of people who will be able to stand in line.
Please help by being patient when seeking information from the Town or from our many agencies.
We will continue to update residents with bulletins, robocalls, posts on Facebook and the Town of Cicero website.
Thank you, be safe and God Bless.
March 21, 2020
Security Caution for residents:
Resident Safety Tip
Notice to all residents to be very aware of people who may come to your home, knocking on the doors and claiming they are municipal workers, public service workers, etc.
No one should open their doors to anyone with whom they do not know or do not have an appointment.
During this ‘Stay At Home’ / ‘Stay at Home’ request, no one should be going into people’s homes except for necessary and verified purposes.
Unfortunately, at times like this, there are people who take advantage of emergency situations for criminal activities.
March 16, 2020 – Update
Over the past few weeks, we have seen an alarming rise in reported cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) with no confirmed cases in Cicero, as of this letter.
Federal and State officials have ordered the closure of restaurants, schools, and cancellation of events to reduce the virus spread. Cicero adheres to all of the recommendations and is suspending all activities involving large groups of people within the Town. I have established an Emergency Services Disaster Committee that includes officials from the Police, Fire and Health Departments to monitor this crisis daily.
I have canceled ALL TOWN OF CICERO PUBLIC EVENTS until further notice. The Easter in the Park event, and Cinco de Mayo have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
This also includes the Cicero Community Center, which is closed to the public. Community Watch meetings are canceled. Tai Chi and Yoga Classes are canceled. Administrative Hearings in the courtroom are canceled. The Cicero Library is closed. Check back here for updates.
The Town Administration Building, including Police and Fire, most departments such as the Clerk’s office, Collector’s Office, Assessor’s Office, Supervisor’s Office, Water Department, Public Works, Building Department, and others, will continue to provide services to the community.
The Health Department in the Community Center continues to offer services by appointment.
We have taken actions to allow the Government to continue to function and to provide day-to-day services to our residents. Town Hall will be open to provide essential business. Additionally, the Police and Fire Departments along with Town agencies such as Health, Water, Building, Public Works and others will continue to provide services and perform their duties, too.
OUR MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS
The Cicero Senior Center is closed to the public and all activities and events have been canceled. Senior Services continues to offer services. We will continue to provide all response services including transportation for our seniors.
I am urging you to remain at home and take precautions to prevent this virus from spreading. There are many commonsense actions you can take to prevent Coronavirus infection:
- Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The CDC recommends individuals to avoid coming in contact with anyone who is ill. That means you should severely restrict and completely limit your contact with people outside of your family and home. Put distance between yourself and others.
- If you develop a fever and symptoms, such as a hacking cough, difficulty breathing, and/or a high fever, call your healthcare provider for medical attention.
- Wash your hands often using soap. Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Disinfect and clean your home – countertops, all surfaces, doorknobs, the kitchen, bathrooms, family and living rooms, bedrooms and handles on your vehicles.
- In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Restaurants and bars have been ordered closed by Gov. Pritzker, a potentially devastating economic impact on businesses and employees. They can remain open but not for in-business seating. You can order food for delivery or pickup.
The Emergency Services Disaster Committee will continue, under my supervision, to monitor this crisis and take actions as needed to preserve safety and health.
If you have questions, call Town Hall at 708-656-3600. Our operators can direct you to the proper agency.
Finally, be courteous. It is most important for us to work together for the benefit of the community. Check on your neighbors using your phone, email or social media, especially if they are seniors or are disabled.
Thank you and God Bless you all! Together, we can all get through this.
Town President Larry Dominick
March 16, 2020
Town President Larry Dominick, the Town of Cicero officials and the Cicero Health Department are closely working with Cook County to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic.
As of this date, the Town of Cicero does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) although we continue to monitor the situation in our community.
Here is list of closings:
- All restaurants and bars in Cicero have been ordered by Gov., Pritzker to stop in-seating service, dining, etc, until March 31. But the public can order pickup and delivery of food.
- All Illinois schools have been ordered closed by Gov. Pritzker, until March 30.
- The Cicero Senior Center is closed to the public and has canceled all activities and events. Senior Services continues to offer services, and Senior transportation is operating uninterrupted.
- The Cicero Community Center is closed to the public until further notice. The Health Department in the Community Center continues to offer services by appointment.
- The Community Watch meetings have been canceled until further notice.
- Tai Chi and Yoga Classes have been canceled until further notice.
- Town Administrative Hearings in the courtroom are canceled until further notice.
- The Cicero Library is closed until further notice.
- The Town of Cicero Administration Building, Town Hall, including Police and Fire, most departments such as the Clerk’s office, Collector’s Office, Assessor’s Office, Supervisor’s Office, Water Department, Public Works, Building Department, and others will remain open and will continue to provide services to the community.
- For more information on the Town of Cicero services and for updates visit the Town’s website at TheTownOfCicero.com.
- The Cicero Chamber of Commerce has canceled all activities until further notice. Visit their website at CiceroChamberOfCommerce.com.
Seniors are being encouraged to remain in their homes and avoid crowds. Cicero’s Senior Services Department staff continues to be available to provide assistance and services to them as we have in the past.
The Health Department has also checked on the status of local care centers and health facilities and is monitoring for potential issues to ensure they follow guidelines set by the county for Long Term Health Facility Guidelines.
We urge any individuals who feel ill or who have any flu-like symptoms to seek immediate medical assistance.
Cicero will continue to assess the situation by working closely with all regional government agencies such as Cook County and also the State of Illinois to determine if further action is required.