COVID-19 & Municipal Services Updates

Village on Trend to Move to Phase IV of Restore Illinois on February 2
Posted on 02/01/2021
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This page will be updated with the latest COVID-19 information provided by the Village of Arlington Heights. Last update was February 2, 2021.

By looking at the Illinois Department of Public Health's regional COVID-19 map, you are able to monitor the rates for each area.

Recent Updates Include:

  • Arlington Heights, as part of Region 10, trending towards Phase IV of Restore Illinois Plan
  • Village's second COVID-19 Relief package
  • Drive-through testing site at Arlington Park Racetrack
  •  Financial Assistance application for Village residents


Restaurants and Other Businesses on Trend to Move to Expanded Capacity, February 2.
If trends continue, our region (Region 10) is slated to progress to Phase 4 requirements on February 2, 2021, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). This would allow further expanded capacity for many business types. 

More details about Phase IV of the Restore Illinois Plan can be found here.

RESTAURANTS

  • For local restaurants, this means that indoor dining and drinking is 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
  • Multiple groups may meet in the same facility if they are socially distanced and in separate rooms

In order for a region to move to Phase 4 mitigations, it must meet three key criteria. It must have a positivity rate of 6.5% or better for three consecutive days, an ICU bed availability of 20% or greater for three consecutive days, and it must show decreases or stability in hospitalizations for COVID on seven of the preceding 10 days.

Cook County, State and Pharmacy Websites for COVID-19 Vaccination

Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) announced on January 25 that they are moving to Phase 1b, the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. Individuals who qualify under Phase 1b and live or work in Cook County are encouraged to register online for the community vaccine program at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov. You can also register through a call center at 833-308-1988. The call center will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Note vaccine supply is limited, and your patience is urged.

Signing up through the CCDPH website will provide information regarding when people are eligible to receive a dose, how to schedule an appointment for a vaccine through Cook County and provide updates on other vaccination distribution locations

Eligibility for vaccination under Phase 1b includes those 65 and over and certain front-line workers. Public health officials estimate there are about 3.2 million people who qualify for vaccinations in Phase 1b. In addition to senior citizens, those whose work carries a higher risk of exposure to the virus are eligible to be vaccinated in the second priority group.

Those front-line essential workers include: public safety, manufacturing, education, agriculture, postal, grocery store and public transit workers, as well as residents and staff at congregate living facilities. To learn more on who is included in Phase 1b, please click here

State, Pharmacies Vaccination Information
Several statewide vaccination locations are open as of January 25, 2021 for residents eligible under the Phase 1b vaccination rollout plan. Vaccination sites are also available at some Jewel Osco and Walgreens pharmacies, with CVS expected to be ready soon. By February 1, health officials anticipate that additional pharmacies will begin vaccinations.

  • If you are eligible for Phase 1b, you can make an appointment through a state-run vaccination site, click here. For a statewide vaccination location map or to find a site near you, click here.

  • Note: those who schedule an appointment through these sites will need:

    • You may be required to provide proof of employment as health care personnel using an employee ID, a recent letter from your employer, or a recent pay stub. If you are not eligible in this phase, your vaccination appointment will be rejected.

    • For more information on how those eligible in Phase 1b can get an appointment through Walgreens click here. Note: those who schedule an appointment will need:

      o An appointment confirmation email
      o A COVID-19 Vaccination Authorization Form with your registration code (if applicable)
      o State ID, valid driver’s license or other government-issued ID
      o Work ID or other document to show proof of employment (for healthcare workers, frontline and essential workers only)
      o Medical and/or pharmacy benefit insurance card
      o Download, print and complete the vaccination consent form. If you don’t bring the completed form, you will need to complete it at the pharmacy before your vaccination.

  • For more information on how those eligible in Phase 1b can get an appointment through Jewel-Osco click here. Note: those who schedule an appointment will need:
    o Proof of employment (badge, paystub, uniform, etc)
    o Medical license (if applicable)
    o Driver’s license
    o Medical and prescription insurance cards
    o Last 4 digits of SSN

Board Approves Additional COVID-19 Relief Package

Additional Coronavirus Relief initiatives were approved by the Village Board on December 21 to help Village businesses, especially restaurants that are currently prohibited from serving customers indoors under the State’s Tier 3 Mitigation plan. 

The relief measures include an additional 25% reduction on restaurant liquor license fees for all classes of licenses other than B and BB, a deferral of the due date for all classes of liquor license renewals from April 30, 2021 to June 30, 2021, and deferring payment on emergency zero-interest business loans from January 1, 2021 to June 1, 2021. 

Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Site at Arlington Park
A  drive-through COVID-19 testing site is located at the Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W Euclid Ave. The facility is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Testing is free and available to all regardless of symptoms. Testing is also available to individuals of all ages. Parent or guardian must be present and able to provide consent for individuals under the age of 18. List of up-to-date community-based testing sites and mobile testing sites can be found at Illinois mobile testing sites.

Individuals should be tested if they have been in contact with persons who have or may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, even if no symptoms are present.


State Extends Unemployment Benefits
The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced August 6th that jobless benefits are extended another 20 weeks as unemployment numbers continue to grow because of the pandemic.

Illinois Regional COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is monitoring key indicators to identify early but significant increases of COVID-19 transmission in Illinois, potentially signifying resurgence. These indicators are calculated for eleven newly described  Illinois regions. IDPH will monitor if these indicators show an increase in COVID-19 disease burden  with a  simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity OR if there are three consecutive days averaging greater than or equal to 8% test positivity rate.  By looking at the IDPH's regional COVID-19 map, you are able to monitor the rates for each area.

These indicators can be used to determine whether additional community mitigation interventions are needed for a region to control the further spread of COVID-19.

Once a region meets resurgence criteria, then mitigation options from a tiered menu will be considered.  If sustained increases in health metrics continue unabated, further mitigations could be added from additional tiers. 
  

Financial Assistance for Residents During COVID-19 Pandemic
As part of the a recent COVID-19 Relief Package approved by the Village Board, much of a $165,000 supplemental federal grant received by the Village will be allocated to the emergency assistance fund for residents who qualify for the program. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please review the Financial Assistance Application.