Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

As news about the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, the Village of Northbrook, part of the Glenview-Northbrook Coronavirus Task Force, wants to provide updates, helpful information, and everyday preventative measures.

Contact Information

Cook County Department of Public Health


Report a Case: 708-633-4000, press 1
Coronavirus Hotline: 708-633-3319
Coronavirus Email: CCDPH.COVID19@cookcountyhhs.org
Coronavirus Updates: Text “ALERTCOOK” to 888-777


Illinois Department of Public Health


Coronavirus Hotline: 800-889-3931 
Coronavirus Email: DPH.SICK@illinois.gov
Coronavirus Updates: Text “COVID” to 312-500-3836

For emergencies, call 9-1-1


Restore Illinois


Governor JB Pritzker recently announced a phased, regionally-based plan to reopen the state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. Restore Illinois divides the state into four medical service regions and defines five phases of reopening based on a region’s infection rates, hospital capacity, testing capabilities, and other factors. Read the full plan here and a Restore Illinois FAQ here.

Phase 1 - Rapid Spread: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital is high or rapidly increasing. Strict stay at home and social distancing guidelines are put in place and only essential businesses remain open. Every region has experienced this phase once already, and could return to it if mitigation efforts are unsuccessful.

Phase 2 - Flattening: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital beds and ICU beds increases at an ever slower rate, moving toward a flat and even a downward trajectory. Nonessential retail stores reopen for curb-side pickup and delivery. Illinoisans are directed to wear a face covering when outside the home and can begin enjoying additional outdoor activities like golf, boating and fishing while practicing social distancing. To varying degrees, every region is experiencing flattening as of early May.

How to Move from Phase 2 to Phase 3:

  • A region must be at or under a 20 percent positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period.
  • There must be no overall increase (i.e. stability or decrease) in hospital admissions for COVID-19 illnesses for 28 days. 
  • There must be available surge capacity of at least 14 percent of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds, and ventilators.
  • Testing must be available for all patients, health care workers, first responders, people with underlying conditions, and residents and staff in congregate living facilities.  
  • The region must begin contact tracing and monitoring within 24-hours of a diagnosis. 

Phase 3 - Recovery: Manufacturing, retail, barbershops and salons can reopen subject to safety precautions, including capacity limits. Fitness facilities may offer outdoor programs and one-on-one training, and limited childcare and summer programs may operate with restrictions. Gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people. Face coverings and social distancing measures will continue. 

How to Move from Phase 3 to Phase 4:

  • A region must be at or under a 20 percent positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period.
  • There must be no overall increase (i.e. stability or decrease) in hospital admissions for COVID-19 illnesses for 28 days.
  • There must be available surge capacity of at least 14 percent of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds, and ventilators.
  • Testing must be available throughout the region regardless of symptoms or risk factors. 
  • The region must begin contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in region. 

Phase 4 - Revitalization: The rate of infection among those surveillance tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital continues to decline. Gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed, restaurants and bars reopen, travel resumes, child care and schools reopen under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.

How to Move from Phase 4 to Phase 5:

  • Reaching post-pandemic requires a vaccine, effective and widely available treatment, or the elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.

Phase 5 - Illinois Restored: With a vaccine or highly effective treatment widely available or the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period, the economy fully reopens with safety precautions continuing. Conventions, festivals, and large events are permitted, and all businesses, schools, and places of recreation can open with new safety guidance and procedures in place reflecting the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor’s plan stresses that the progression is reliant on public health data, and that resurging infection rates could require reimplementation of heightened restrictions. The plan for widespread testing and contact tracing may also extend the timetable for regions moving transitioning through phases. 

President Frum Issues Supplemental Order Regarding Golf


Governor Pritzker’s extended Stay-At-Home Order took effect on May 1 with modifications. Pursuant to the modifications, Village President Frum issued a new Supplemental Order stating that golf may be played in the Village, also effective May 1. 

The Order specifies that golf must be played in strict compliance with the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order and the safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and amends President Frum’s April 2 Order regarding contact sports.

Read the Order here.

Governor Pritzker Extends Modified Stay-At-Home Order

On Thursday, April 23, Governor Pritzker announced that he will be extending the State’s Stay-At-Home Order through May. The Order, effective May 1, includes modifications from the previous Order. Read more here.


President Frum Issues Supplemental Order Requiring Face Coverings


Following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Village President Frum has issued a new Supplemental Order requiring face coverings for persons over the age of five when performing essential activities, effective Monday, April 20. The Order states the following:
  1. All persons over the age of five are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth made of cloth or other material while: 
    • Working in or patronizing essential businesses and operations that are open to the public or when employees have contact with the public. 
    • Engaging in essential activities such as shopping for necessary supplies and services, seeking medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.
    • Riding in public transportation, taxis, or ride share vehicles.
  2. A business owner or operator may refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face covering as required by this Supplemental Order.
  3. Exceptions:
    • When a person is engaged in outdoor activity and permissible outdoor physical activity, as defined in Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order (such as walking, hiking, running, or biking), and as further restricted by the April 2, 2020 Supplemental Order Regarding Contact Sports and Group Recreation, while at the same time practicing social distancing of at least six feet from others.
    • When riding in a personal vehicle.
    • When a person is alone or with members of a household or residence in a private space that is not open to the general public. 
    • When doing so poses a greater health, safety, or security risk to the person or to the public.
  4. Appropriate face coverings include non-medical grade masks, homemade masks, scarves, bandanas, or handkerchiefs. 
  5. Medical-grade masks and N95 respirators are not recommended for general public use under this Supplemental Order, and should be reserved for use by health care and medical providers and first responders.
Read the full Order here. This Order is pursuant to the Village’s Declaration of Emergency issued on March 26 and in addition to the Supplemental Order issued by President Frum on April 2.

Compliance with the Order


If you witness someone violating this Order in an essential business, please contact the business owner or manager. To focus on emergency needs, our Police Department may not respond to every reported violation of this Order in person. Our Officers will also contact business owners by phone when there is a reported violation. 

If you are an essential business, the Village has created posters you can download, print, and display with information on this Order. For more information, read the Village’s FAQ on face covering requirements for businesses.

A Message from the Northbrook Board of Trustees

Village President Frum Issues Supplemental Order


Following Governor Pritzker’s extension of the Stay At Home Order through the end of April, President Frum issued a Supplemental Order, pursuant to the Village’s Declaration of Emergency. The order states the following:

  1. No person may, at any time, be present at or upon any public building or structure, public place or property, or public street or highway in the Village for the purpose of (a) participating in close-contact group sports (such as basketball, soccer, football, or similar group sports), or (b) engaging in any sport or recreational activity that uses or involves shared equipment (such as tennis balls, frisbees, and baseballs); and   
  2. No person may, at any time, be present at or upon any public building or structure, public place or property, or public street or highway in the Village for the purpose of participating in group exercise programs (such as group running, cycling, training, athletic classes or similar group exercise activities). For these purposes, the term “group” means more than one person but shall not apply to members of a household or residence. For these purposes, “members of a household or residence” shall mean a group of people, whether related or unrelated, who occupy the same dwelling unit on a full-time basis and utilize common cooking, eating, and sanitation facilities.  

Read the Supplemental Order here

The Declaration of Emergency issued by Northbrook Village President allows the following:

  • Emergency Purchasing. The Village may enter into contracts for the emergency purchase of goods and services that may be necessary for the preparation for, response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Emergency Staffing. This Declaration constitutes a declaration of civil emergency under the Village’s collective bargaining agreements. Accordingly, the Village President directs the Village Manager to implement such emergency staffing protocols and procedures as may be necessary for the preservation of public health and safety, and for the preservation of the health of Village employees.
  • Cooperation with Other Government Agencies. The Village President directs all Village officials and employees to take all practicable steps to coordinate the Village’s resources and emergency operations with the State of Illinois, the County of Cook, and other local governments in and around the Village, to best utilize resources of all agencies in the area for the preparation for, response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Message from Village President Sandy Frum on Supplemental Order

Governor Pritzker Issues Stay-At-Home Executive Order


Update: Governor Pritzker announced he is extending a modified Executive Order through May. Read more here.

On Friday, March 20, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, effective Saturday, March 21 at 5 pm and continuing through Tuesday, April 7. 

The order does not prohibit essential errands like going to gas stations, pharmacies, and grocery stores. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic.  All non-essential businesses must stop operating. Individuals may continue going to work if their workplace remains open. Any gathering of more than 10 people is prohibited unless exempted by the Executive Order.

Please read the Executive Order and corresponding FAQs for more information.

Social Distancing Saves Lives

A Message from Village President Sandy Frum:


The coronavirus outbreak has not been easy on any of us – it is hard to change your routines and habits, and it is especially hard to be separated from your friends, family, and neighbors. Although maintaining social distance from loved ones is difficult, it is the right thing to do. 

It’s springtime, and many of us are getting outside for exercise and fresh air, as permitted in Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home Order. However, this does not mean that we can ignore social distancing. We have heard reports of people congregating in our community, and I’d like to emphasize that we must all take this seriously for the health and safety of ourselves, our children, our families, and our neighbors. 

Do not gather in groups of any kind, with the exception of members of the same household. Maintain a safe distance of six feet or more from anyone you come in contact with. Do not use playground equipment or play contact sports. Do not put the lives of others at risk. None of us are immune.

While we’re apart physically, we’re all in this together. Do not congregate – you could be saving someone’s life. 

Stay safe,
Sandy

Village Hall and Public Works Buildings Closed to Public


The Village of Northbrook will continue providing services, many of which can be conducted online, by phone, or with slight adjustment. Read the full list here.

From March 18 until further notice, Northbrook’s Village Hall and Public Works Center will be closed to the public. This decision has been made to protect the health and safety of our staff and the community amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Community Closures


Northfield Township public school districts, as well as Northbrook and Glenview Park Districts and Public Libraries, closed at the end of the day, Friday, March 13, and will remain closed until further notice. 

All Illinois Secretary of State offices and Driver Service facilities are closed to the public through April 30. The expiration dates for driver's licenses, identification cards, vehicle registration, and other transactions and document filings will be extended at least 90 days after Driver Service facilities reopen. Online services are available. Learn more here. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has pushed back REAL ID deadline one year to October 1, 2021. Current Illinois driver's licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports, military bases and secure federal facilities until October 1, 2021.

All Village services are continuing. All events are canceled through April 30. Some public meetings will take place virtually, please check the calendar for updates

The following Northbrook meetings and activities are canceled:

  • In-Person Village Board and Commission meetings
  • Electronics Recycling

The following events are postponed to a later date (to be determined):

  • Friday Night Flights

Watch a Message from Village President Sandy Frum

Coronavirus Basics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. With agencies across the country reporting on the virus, the Village wants to provide some helpful information and everyday preventative measures.

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those of flu and may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourage everyone to practice the following to prevent the spread of known viruses:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands
  • Stay home if you feel ill and contact your doctor
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects regularly
  • Distance yourself 6 feet or more from others, except members in your household
  • Do not congregate in groups
In order to provide up-to-date information and answer questions from residents, the IDPH launched the Illinois Novel Coronavirus Hotline and email account at 1-800-889-3931 or dph.sick@illinois.gov.

The Village of Northbrook is closely monitoring the recommendations of the CDC, IDPH, and the Cook County Department of Public Health, and we will provide updates as they become available.