COVID-19 & Municipal Services Updates

COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations Take Effect October 28
Posted on 10/26/2020
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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 October 26, 2020.

Recent Updates Include:

  • Resurgence Mitigations take effect in Region 10 on October 28, 2020 
  • Emergency Mortgage Assistance 
  • Face mask/covering guidelines for restaurant patrons
  • Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
  • Drive-through testing site at Arlington Park Racetrack
  • State Extends unemployment benefits
  • State's COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria
  •  Financial Assistance application for Village residents
  •  Phase 4 Restore Illinois

 

Resurgence Mitigation takes effect in Arlington Heights on October 28

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announce that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will take effect in regions 4 and 10 as of 12:01 a.m. on October 28, 2020. Arlington Heights is included in region 10 with suburban Cook County.
  
Region 10 has had eight consecutive days of increases in test positivity and seven days of increased hospital admissions making it the first region in the state to meet the metrics for additional mitigations in this way and surpass warning levels in two categories simultaneously. The sustained increases seen in the regions exceed the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan. 

“We are seeing test positivity across the state increase, but for Region 10, Suburban Cook County, we are also seeing a steady increase in hospitalizations for COVID-like illness,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “At the beginning of the pandemic, we were concerned about overwhelming our hospitals and we must take action now to prevent that possibility.  We are entering flu season and our hospitals are facing both COVID-19 and flu admissions.  The same things that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 will help prevent the spread of flu.  Please, wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear your mask.  And make sure to get your flu shot.”

Mitigation measures taking effect October 28 in Regions 4 and 10 include: 

Restaurants  

  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m. 
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart 
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting 
  • Reservations required for each party 
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table 

Bars 

  • No indoor service 
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m. 
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed) 
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart 
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors 
  • Reservations required for each party 
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table 

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity 
  • No party buses 
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable 


These mitigations do not currently apply to schools.

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in both regions to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.

If the positivity rate in Region 10 averages less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period, there is a decrease in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness over a three-day period, and the three-day rolling averages of ICU bed availability and medical/surgical bed availability is greater than or equal to 20% over a seven-day period, the region will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan. Conversely, if the average positivity rate continues to increase over seven out of 10 days and the hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness continues to increase over seven out of 10 days, more stringent mitigations can be applied. If the metrics remain stable, the region will continue to be monitored. 

In addition to testing, IDPH continues to monitor each region in the state for several key indicators to identify early, but significant increases of COVID-19 transmission in Illinois, potentially signifying resurgence. Indictors include an increase in the region’s positivity rate with a simultaneous increase in either hospital admissions for COVID-like-illness or a decrease in hospital capacity, or three consecutive days of greater than or equal to 8% test positivity rate (7-day rolling average). These indicators can be used to determine whether additional community mitigation interventions are needed for a region to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. 

A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website



Emergency Mortgage Assistance Available Through State Program

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority announced a $150 million Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program, designed to help eligible homeowners struggling to make mortgage payments due to the pandemic.

Funds are limited so complete your application as soon as possible. Only one application per household is allowed and an application is not a guarantee of assistance. There is no charge for applying for this program.

If you are approved, you will receive a grant of up to $15,000 that will be sent to your servicer to be applied against your mortgage. You may receive less than $15,000.

Face Mask/Covering Guidelines for Patrons of Restaurants 
As of August 25, 2020, the state has added new safety guidelines to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan pertaining to wearing face masks/coverings at restaurants when interacting with staff.  Please review the new guidelines.

The new guidelines include:

  1. Patron should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when approached and serviced by establishment employees, including but not limited to when employees take patron orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables, whether dining indoor or outdoor.

  2. Patrons should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when picking up carry out orders.

  3. Patrons should be encouraged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when picking up food at a drive-thru window.


Rental Assistance Offered through State & County
There are two emergency rental assistance programs that will begin accepting applications on Monday, August 10. Each program, one offered through the State of Illinois and one offered through Cook County, has slightly different requirements.

Tenants in need can apply for both programs. Both programs randomly select applicants and when selected, applicants will be verified for eligibility.

Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Emergency Rental Assistance Program - one-time $5,000 payment made directly to landlord for past due rent and future rent. Apply here:  https://era.ihda.org/ 

Through the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Rental Assistance Program, up to three months of overdue or future rent is paid directly to landlord. Apply here: https://www.cookcountyil.gov/recovery


Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Site Open at Arlington Park

The free, drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Rolling Meadows High School has relocated to the Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W Euclid Ave., on August 10. 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.

llinois 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. 
 

Phase 4 of Restore Illinois Allows Indoor Dining, Other Activities with Restrictions in Place
With certain capacity restrictions in place, residents can once again enjoy dining indoors and other activities that have been off limits for months as Restore Illinois Phase 4 begins on Friday, June 26. The Phase 4 changes will affect many facets of public life. Please refer to this overview of what changes will occur during the state’s Phase 4.

We are pleased to convey that Arlington Alfresco will continue through Labor Day in the Downtown area of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street. With Phase 4, all restaurants can return to providing indoor dining starting June 26th, with limited capacity for parties of up to 10 people. Local restaurants may resume their regular hours of business for indoor seating. Arlington Alfresco, which includes outdoor dining zones, will remain open every day and close at 11 p.m. Learn more about Phase 4 changes.
 
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.