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Deerfield, I’m starting to feel like a broken record, but records keep being broken. Illinois has broken the record for the highest daily COVID-19 cases four times in a row this week. Region 9, Lake and McHenry Counties, has broken the positivity rate record every day for the past 11 days. Today, again, Illinois has broken the record for total COVID-19 hospital beds in use.
We must continue to follow the 3 W’s.
Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance.
Today in Lake County, there is a 38 percent chance one person is positive in a group of 10, a 70 percent chance with a group of 25, and a 91 percent with group of 50. Those odds are not in our favor.
I applaud our restaurants and hotels for following the new dining guidelines and prioritizing the community’s health and safety. On Monday, I will ask the Village Board to provide relief to businesses most impacted by COVID-19 by eliminating certain business license and liquor license fees.
Please continue to support our restaurants. Last week, the Village and DBR Chamber launched the Dine Out For Deerfield program. E-mail a copy of your Deerfield restaurant receipt in the amount of $25 or more to email@example.com and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of four $25 gift cards to a Deerfield restaurant of your choice each week in November.
Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommended residents stay at home for the next three weeks to help us flatten the curve. I ask that residents please follow the below recommendations as best they can.
Work from Home if Possible
For the next three weeks, work with your employer to plan to work from home unless it is necessary for you to be in the workplace. We ask employers to make accommodation for this. Our goal is to reduce transmission as we head into the holidays so businesses can remain open and schools can reopen.
Participate in Essential Activities Only
For the next three weeks, stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities, such as work that must be performed outside the home, COVID-19 testing, visiting the pharmacy, and buying groceries.
Limit Travel and Gatherings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts tell us that gatherings and travel in and out of communities present a high risk of spreading the infection. In our current situation, with a rising prevalence of the virus, attending even small gatherings that mix households, or traveling to areas that are experiencing high rates of positivity, is not advised and is potentially dangerous. Please, travel only if necessary.
We have flattened the curve once. I know we can do it again!
Do it for you. Do it for us. #DoItForDeerfield