Important Contact Information
- IL Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Hotline, call 1-800-889-3931; email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV; or visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
- State of Illinois Coronavirus website: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx
- Cook County Department of Public Health: Call 708-633-4000 or visit https://www.cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/novel-coronavirus
- DuPage County Health Department: https://www.dupagehealth.org/590/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19-Inform
- FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control
About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). and as of March 11, 2020, WHO has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. On January 31, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. On March 11, WHO publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. On March 13, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated on the CDC website as it becomes available.
VILLAGE OF BARTLETT - CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 03/20/2020
March 20, 2020 – Following the advice of leading health experts, Governor JB Pritzker has signed a statewide stay at home order to keep new cases of COVID-19 from rapidly increasing and ensuring the state’s health care system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care.
The order takes effect at 5 p.m. on Saturday, 3/21 and will continue through April 7.
All first responders, emergency management personnel, law enforcement personnel, health care workers and others working to support Essential Businesses and Essential Government Functions like grocery stores and pharmacies are exempt from this stay at home order.
Accordingly, Bartlett Village Hall will continue to be CLOSED to the general public until further notice and will be operating with a modified staff. Village Hall employees who are able to work from home have been directed to do so.
For essential services, staff will be available by phone, email or through the Village's GORequest system (access the GORequest system on your smartphone or other electronic device for free by searching “GORequest” in the Apple app store or on Google Play. You can also access it using the Contact Us webpage).
Planning & Development: 630-540-5940/630-540-5920
Administration: 630-540-5908 Public Works: 630-540-0811
Please Use the Drop Box in the Village Hall Parking Lot for water bills, permits and other correspondence as needed.
Thank you for your patience as the Village takes these precautions to keep municipal staff and community members safe during this time.
The Village has reached out to long-term care and senior living facilities in Bartlett to offer its assistance, develop an open line of communication and discuss the prevention/screening procedures the facilities are enacting. In order to keep everyone in the community safe and informed, there has been similar outreach to the Bartlett Park District, Bartlett Library District, the Bartlett Fire Protection District, Hanover and Wayne Townships and Metra.
Closures & Cancellations in the Bartlett Area
The Village has increased surface cleanings, especially door handles and railings, service counters, work stations and computer stations at municipal facilities. It is recommended that residents use the following measures to stay healthy and limit the potential spread of COVID-19:
• Wash hands frequently
• Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick
• Stay home when sick
• Cover coughs and sneezes
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
Illinois Department of Public Health - Coronavirus Update 3/26/2020
SPRINGFIELD, March 26, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 673 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including seven deaths; a man in his 50s, two men and two women in their 60s, a man in his 70s, and a woman in her 90s. Approximately 87% of fatalities are among patient 60 years of age and older.
Franklin and Tazewell counties are now reporting cases. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 2,538 cases, including 26 deaths, in 37 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.
For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.email@example.com.
For information on actions you, your school, workplace, and community can take, please visit Steps to Stay Safe from COVID-19. For general questions about COVID-19, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-889-3931, email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV, or visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus
Cook County Department of Public Health:
Call 708-633-4000 or visit https://www.cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/novel-coronavirus
DuPage County Health Department - Coronavirus Update 3/26/2020
March 26, 2020, DuPage County --The Health Department is posting COVID-19 case numbers on dupagehealth.org/covid-19. Numbers will be updated daily by 3:00 pm.
If you are in DuPage County and have questions or concerns about COVID-19, contact the DuPage Health Department COVID-19 Call Center at (630) 221-7030. Hours: Monday through Saturday 8 AM– 8 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM
In DuPage County, there are now 48 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) since yesterday (3/25). There are now 182 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 41 from the Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) in Willowbrook (since cases are identified by the county of residence, not all of the 49 total cases at the LTCF are counted in the DuPage County case count).
The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) continues to discourage testing for individuals who are mildly or not sick at all. If you are sick, please stay home except to get medical care.
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
- If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.
People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.
• Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash can.
• Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol.
• Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
For more COVID-19 information, including fact sheets and links to resources from IDPH and CDC, visit DCHD’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information page, which is updated as information is available from local, state and federal partners.
How 2019-nCoV Spreads
Much is unknown about how 2019-nCoV, a new coronavirus, spreads. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with 2019-nCoV.
Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet). Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unclear if a person can get 2019-nCoV by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). With 2019-nCoV, however, there have been reports of spread from an infected patient with no symptoms to a close contact.
It’s important to note that how easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. There is much more to learn about the transmission, severity, and other features associated with 2019-nCoV and investigations are ongoing.
For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with few to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:
Shortness of breath
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as many as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.
Prevention & Treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. To help relieve symptoms take pain and fever medications; drink plenty of liquids; and stay home and rest. People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
The IRS, the states and the tax industry are committed to protecting you from identity theft. Working together, they have made many changes to combat identity theft and are making progress. However, cybercriminals are constantly evolving. The IRS is working hand-in-hand with your state revenue officials, your tax software provider and your tax professional, but need your help. By taking a few simple steps to protect all of your digital devices, you can better protect your personal and financial data online and at home. Please consider these steps to protect yourself from identity thieves:
Keep Your Computer and Mobile Phone Secure
• Use security software and make sure it updates automatically; essential tools include, firewall, virus/malware protection and file encryption for sensitive data
• Treat your personal information like cash, don’t leave it lying around
• Use strong, unique passwords; consider a password manager
• Use 2-Factor Authentication
• Give personal information only over encrypted websites - look for “https” addresses
• Back up your files
Avoid Phishing Scams and Malware
Identity thieves use phishing emails to trick users into giving up passwords and other information. Don’t take the bait. Look for:
• Emails that pose as trusted source, i.e. bank, tax provider;
• Emails with an urgent message, i.e. update your account now!, with instructions to open a link or attachment
• Never download software or apps from pop-up advertising
• Talk to family about online security, both with computers and mobile devices
Protect Personal Information
• Don’t routinely carry your or any dependents’ Social Security card or documents with an SSN.
• Do not overshare personal information on social media. Information about past addresses, a new car, a new home and even your children help identity thieves pose as you.
• Keep old tax returns and tax records under lock and key or encrypted if electronic. Shred tax documents before trashing.
Avoid IRS Impersonators
• The IRS will not call you with threats of jail or lawsuits.
• The IRS will not send you an unsolicited email suggesting you have a refund or that you need to update your account.
• The IRS will not request any sensitive information online. These are all scams, and they are persistent. Don’t fall for them.
• Forward IRS-related scam emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Report IRS impersonation telephone calls at www.tigta.gov.
• Check your credit report annually; check your bank and credit card statements often.
• Review your Social Security Administration records annually: Sign up for My Social Security at www.ssa.gov.
• If you are an identity theft victim and your tax account is affected, review www.irs.gov/identitytheft for details.
Summer brings warm temperatures and the potential for severe weather. Residents are reminded to take the possibility of severe weather seriously and prepare ahead of time. Here are some tips for weathering any summer storm.
KNOW SEVERE WEATHER TERMINOLOGY
• Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are right for a serious storm or tornado to develop. Watch for danger signs and be ready to seek shelter quickly. Stay tuned to the radio or TV for National Weather Service bulletins.
• Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the storm’s path.
• Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. Warning sirens will be sounded and you should find shelter immediately.
Bartlett is equipped with several warning sirens to notify you of a weather emergency. Sirens are tested at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Other than testing, the signals are sounded only if a tornado warning is issued. If you hear the siren, take cover immediately; turn on a radio or TV for more information.
As a Storm Ready Community, Bartlett reminds you that the weather sirens will NEVER be used to signal that conditions are
safe. It is up to you to decide when it is safe to leave places of shelter.
|BEFORE A STORM
• Purchase a National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) Weather Radio with a
battery backup and tone-alert
feature. It automatically alerts you
when a watch or warning is issued.
• The National Weather Service
uses county names in its advisories,
so know the county where you
live and work.
• Check the weather forecast before
going outdoors and postpone
plans if storms are imminent.
• Keep a list of emergency phone
numbers. Teach children how and
when to call 911.
• Choose a friend or relative who
lives out of the area that separated
family members can call to report
their whereabouts and condition.
• Keep important documents and
records in a safe deposit box or
other secure location.
• Maintain a disaster supply kit.
DURING A STORM
|AFTER A STORM
• Check for injured persons and
render first aid. CPR will revive
most lightning strike victims. Do
not move anyone who is severely
injured unless absolutely necessary.
Wait for emergency assistance
• Photograph or videotape damage
• Do not make unnecessary telephone
• If driving, be alert for hazards on
• Check on neighbors or relatives
who may need special assistance.
Like domestic dogs, coyotes test their limits around humans and learn something from each exchange. Unless they associate people with negative experiences, such as loud noises, they can become comfortable walking down streets or sidewalks or near schools, basking in yards or parks, and shortening the distance between themselves and humans.
If You Encounter a Coyote
A bold coyote does not necessarily mean an aggressive coyote, but a coyote that maintains its fear of humans will be less likely to cause problems.
•If you’re on a trail that coyotes often use, carry an air horn, whistle, walking stick, cane or other deterrent.
•If you’re followed by a coyote, don’t panic. It’s likely escorting or “shadowing” you through its territory, keeping a calm eye on you to ensure you don’t bother its den.
•If a coyote approaches you, be big, loud and bold. Wave your hands above your head, or hold your jacket wide open. Shout or use a whistle or horn. Don’t turn your back or run; calmly walk away facing the coyote.
•Keep yourself between coyotes and children.
•If a coyote becomes aggressive — snaps, growls or snarls — throw sticks or clumps of dirt at the ground by its feet. Aim for its body if necessary but never its head.
How to Make Your Yard Less Attractive
Coyotes avoid people when they can, but loss of habitat makes it difficult. You can prevent problems in your yard, though, by removing two main attractants: food and shelter.
•Never feed coyotes.
•Keep pet food and water dishes inside.
•Keep grills and barbecues clean.
•If possible, keep garbage cans inside.
•Use sealed compost bins, and never add pet waste, meat, milk or eggs.
•Keep the ground below bird feeders and fruit trees clean.
•Protect vegetables with heavy-duty fences.
•Use welded wire to block access to areas under decks, sheds, patios and porches.
•Clear overgrown bushes and dense weeds.
•Use deterrents such as sirens or motion-activated lights or sprinklers.
•Install a 6-foot chain-link fence, and bury an extra 6 inches underground. Install rollers at the top so coyotes can’t pull themselves over.
•Encourage neighbors to follow these steps.
Coyotes & Pets
Survival for coyotes is difficult, and some may instinctively see domestic dogs — their close canine cousins — as competitors or threats. This can be especially true if a dog is small (smaller dogs tend to be more aggressive toward larger canines) or if a dog’s yard falls within a coyote’s territory. In some cases, a coyote may try to eliminate a perceived threat or take a smaller dog as prey.
There have been reports of coyotes chasing or attacking dogs during the day, even dogs on leashes, but these confrontations are uncommon and are often initiated by the dog and not the coyote. Still, it’s wise to take a few precautions.
•Always supervise your dog and keep it on a leash — even in a fenced backyard.
•Always keep cats indoors.
•Coyotes can be creatures of habit, so if you see one at the same time and place while walking your pet, change your route or timing.
•If you have a small dog and encounter a coyote, pick up your pet.
What You Should Never Do
•Trapping and removing an animal is not always the solution to the problem. Removing the animal is illegal without the proper permits and only creates an open space for another animal to inhabit. A trapped adult may also leave young behind to die of starvation. Focus on removing the attraction, not the animal.
•Never move young from a den.
•Never use poisons. They’re inhumane and may be illegal. They can also result in secondary poisoning of other wild animals or pets.
•It’s illegal to keep wild animals, even for a short time. They have special nutritional, housing and handling needs, and inexperienced individuals who try to raise or treat them inevitably produce unhealthy, tame animals that can’t survive in the wild.
Public Health Concerns
Coyotes are not a public health concern. "Domestic dogs bite nearly 900 people in DuPage County each year, but the county does not have one documented case of a coyote biting a human." In other parts of the country, most cases occurred after people were feeding the animals.
Coyotes may carry rabies, but there have not been any recent reports in DuPage County. Although transmissions are uncommon, they may also carry distemper, sarcoptic mange, heartworm and other canine diseases, so always keep pets’ vaccinations current.
Report aggressive behavior to IDNR, 847-608-3100. For more information visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources or call Willowbrook Wildlife Center, 630-942-6200.
A resident recently emailed and suggested that since the number of bicyclists in the Village seems to be increasing, it might be a good time for a refresher on sharing the roadways. Here are some cyclist and pedestrian safety tips for drivers from www.cyberdriveillinois.com
• Drivers must yield the right-of-way to a bicyclist just as they would to another vehicle.
• Bicyclists should travel just to the right of faster moving traffic. However, drivers need to be aware that certain hazards such as rough surfaces, debris, drainage grates or a narrow traffic lane may require bike riders to move toward the center of the lane.
• Motorists must pass a cyclist slowly and leave at least three feet of passing space.
• Crowding or threatening a bicyclist is prohibited.
• A motorist should not park or drive in marked bicycle lanes.
• When following bicyclists, give them plenty of room and be prepared to stop quickly. Use extra caution during rainy and icy weather. At night do not use high beams when you see an oncoming biker.
• After parking and before opening vehicle doors, a motorist should first check for bicyclists.
• When a motorist is turning left and there is a bicyclist entering the intersection from the opposite direction, the driver should wait for the bicyclist to pass before making the turn. Also, if a motorist is sharing the left turn lane with a bicyclist, stay behind them until they have safely completed their turn.
• If a motorist is turning right and a bicyclist is approaching on the right, let the bicyclist go through the intersection first before making a right turn. Remember to always signal when turning.
A driver must come to a complete stop (and yield):
• When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk.
• On school days, when children are in close proximity to a school zone crosswalk.
A driver must yield to a pedestrian
• When a pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk on the driver's side of the roadway and there are no traffic control signals.
• When making a turn at any intersection.
• When making a lawful turn on a red light after coming to a complete stop.
• After coming to a complete stop at a stop sign or flashing red signal at an intersection.
• When a pedestrian enters a crosswalk before the traffic light changed.
• When a pedestrian is walking with a green light, to a walking person symbol or a walk signal.
• When a pedestrian is leaving or entering a street or highway from an alley, building, private road or driveway.
• When a pedestrian is entering an intersection with a flashing yellow arrow.
Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are all responsible for following traffic rules and for safely sharing the Village roadways.
Whether dealing with extreme weather events or other types of disaster, preparedness should be a year-round activity. Yet, in 2012, nearly 70 percent of Americans had not participated in a disaster preparedness drill or exercise at home, school, or work during the past year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The agency’s Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved.
One important way to prepare is to have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs.
Following is a list of items that every emergency supply kit should include:
~ Water - one gallon per person, per day for a three day supply
~ Food - non-perishable, easy to prepare items for a three day supply
~ Working flashlight and extra batteries
~ Battery powered or hand crank radio and/or a NOAA Weather Radio receiver with tone alert
~ Basic first aid kit
~ Whistle to signal for help
~ Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
~ Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
~ Multi-purpose tool, wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
~ Can opener for food
~ Local maps
Additional items to consider adding to an emergency supply kit:
~ Prescription medications and eyeglasses
~ Infant formula and diapers
~ Pet food and extra water for your pet
~ Important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
~ Extra cash or traveler’s checks and change
~ Emergency reference material, such as a first aid book
~ Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
~ Complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy shoes and work gloves.
~ Rain gear and towels
~ Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
~ Fire extinguisher
~ Matches in a waterproof container
~ Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
~ Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
~ Cell phone with chargers
~ Family and emergency contact information
~ Extra set of car and house keys
~ Paper and pencil
~ Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
It is important that you review this list and consider where you live and the unique requirements of your family in order to create an emergency kit that will meet your specific needs. You might also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits for your workplace, vehicle or other places you spend a significant amount of time.
Visit www.ready.gov/ for additional information.