COVID-19 Message from Village President Lawrence R. Levin
Stay home, Glencoe.
Last week, Governor Pritzker issued a Stay at Home Order. This unprecedented action aims to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and lessen the potential overwhelming threat to our healthcare system in dealing with this world pandemic. The point of this Order is so simple it’s in its name: Stay at home. That’s all it directs. It’s not a chance to catch up with friends face-to-face, or enjoy a pick-up game of soccer or football, or join a group of neighbors at the beach. The hard truth is that if you aren’t following Governor Pritzker’s direction, you’re putting our community – yourself, your family, your neighbors and others at risk for spreading COVID-19. You’re also risking spreading illness to the very people who are on the front lines of fighting this pandemic and keeping our communities running.
I implore you; unless you need to leave home for essential services, medical care or work, you need to stay home.
I have heard many residents’ complaints about people in the community gathering together over the past few weeks in Glencoe’s parks and on our beach. This was especially true this week when the sun was shining, and the temperature made it really feel like spring. I understand the allure – spring in Glencoe in our beautiful parks and on our picturesque beach are just a few of the reasons to love Glencoe and why I’ve spent my life here. However, being in Glencoe also means we understand that we owe a service to our neighbors to watch out for one another, help them when in need, and respect that we’re all in it together, whatever “it” is. Therefore, the best thing you can do for Glencoe at this critical time is to stay home. It’s our civic responsibility.
Staying at home does not need to be a chore, though I understand it’s a sacrifice. This a time to try new ways to interact socially. Technology makes it easy to have video chats with family and friends. Playing with your children in your backyard. Going for a run or walk outside (while staying at least six feet away from others). If you worship, stream or watch a service online. Order take-out from a Glencoe restaurant (they could really use the support right now). Meet your morning coffee group by video chat. Be creative and start a trend – just do it from home.
According to the Cook County Department of Public Health, as of Friday, March 27, nine of our neighbors have been diagnosed with COVID-19. That number is likely to grow, but it doesn’t have to do so dramatically. Public health experts agree – one of the most important things we can do now to help slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home. By doing this, you decrease your chance of getting sick. You also decrease the chance of spreading illness to people you care about and people you depend on.
To Glencoe’s healthcare workers, grocery and essential retail workers, pharmacists, local restaurants, Public Safety Department and Public Works Department, I offer my deepest gratitude. If you want to join me in thanking these heroes, you can share your gratitude on social media, send an e-mail, hang a sign in your window or give a friendly wave hello. Just please, please stay home, Glencoe.
Reflecting the COVID-19 global pandemic and national public health emergency, at the rescheduled meeting of the Glencoe Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, March 17, Village President Lawrence R. Levin issued an emergency declaration for the Village of Glencoe. This measure provides the Village with the ability to utilize emergency purchasing and emergency staffing protocols and procedures as needed. It further provides direction for staff to continue to closely work with partner governments in Glencoe, in our region and with the state and federal governments to address this emergency situation. Learn more here.