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  1. Confirmed Cases - April 6, 2020

There are now 154 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Skokie, with seven deaths reported.

This number will be updated daily at approximately 3 p.m. These are confirmed cases of Skokie residents only. The first Skokie case was identified on March 14, 2020Skokie residents confirmed to have COVID-19 range from three months to 92 years of age. Seven people, all over the age of 60, have died. For statewide information, visit the IDPH webpage.

April 6, 2020 COVID-19 Graph (PNG)

  • This graph shows the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Skokie residents over time since the first case was identified on March 14, 2020.  As we move forward, people are beginning to recover from the illness and those numbers will be included along with the number of deaths each day.
  • People who have been infected with COVID-19 are considered recovered if they are not in the hospital, are feeling better, and it has been at least seven days since they began having symptoms, and 72 hours without a fever while using no medication.
  1. Communications Update

UPDATED: April 6, 2020 at 11:20 a.m. 
There are cases of COVID-19 throughout the community and the Skokie Health Department encourages all residents to adhere to proper hygiene protocols that have been widely publicized over the past few weeks. According to the CDC, recent evidence indicates that up to 25% of people with COVID-19 infection may not have symptoms and can still spread the disease. It is very important that you stay at home, even if you feel well. 

CDC Now Recommends Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings
Cloth face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change shape

See more information from the CDC, including instructions on how to make a cloth face mask with or without a sewing machine.

See video of United States Surgeon General demonstrating how to create a cloth face covering.

Governor JB Pritzker Extends Stay-At-Home Order Through April 30

See Governor Pritzker’s press conferences and COVID-19 press releases.

Click here for the Stay-At-Home Order Frequently Asked Questions.

See State of Illinois list of essential businesses.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home Order in effect across the State of Illinois has been extended through April 30, 2020. Residents may leave to purchase essential supplies such as groceries, prescriptions, toiletries, fuel and to go to the doctor. Restaurants will remain open to serve delivery, carry-out and pick-up orders. The Governor’s order, intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, requires all non-essential businesses to close. Essential services that will still be operational and that will remain open include but are not limited to:

  • Grocery stores
  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Police stations
  • Fire stations
  • Hospitals, clinics and healthcare operations
  • Garbage/sanitation
  • Public transportation
  • Public benefits (i.e. SNAP, Medicaid) hotlines
  • Landscaping firms
  • Construction firms; construction projects may continue

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions and the Stay-At-Home Order from the Governor’s Office. See more information from the State of Illinois. The Governor’s Office has created an email address, Gov.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov, where citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations.

Skokie Health Department Monitoring Situation

Skokie Health Department staff, with assistance from numerous other Village departments and divisions, continue to work hard on Skokie’s COVID-19 response. Each day, Skokie Health Department staff are in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An inter-disciplinary, internal team of Village department and division managers meets regularly to review information updates and plan the Village’s continued COVID-19 response.  

More cases are expected in the community. The Village has planned and is prepared for this. All appropriate control measures are being taken, including contacting individuals who might have been exposed.

The Skokie Health Department is working closely with Skokie Hospital, the IDPH and other community partners to investigate all cases. Due to confidentiality requirements, no additional information about specific cases of COVID-19 will be provided. The community is encouraged to continue following all of the hygiene protocols and social distancing protocols

The Village of Skokie has canceled all advisory board and commission meetings through the end of April in order to limit exposure to and spread of COVID-19. Skokie Health Director Dr. Catherine Counard will give an overview of the Village’s COVID-19 response at the April 6, 2020 Village Board meeting that can be viewed on SkokieVision cable channels 17 (Comcast) and 25 (RCN) or via the Village website.

Useful Links

Please watch this video with helpful information about the COVID-19 virus.

Read previous coronavirus information updates from this page.

CDC Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Illinois Department of Public Health

COVID-19 Information in Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Urdu

Read SkokieNews email newsletters from February 28, 2020 to present.

  1. Symptoms
  2. How it Spreads
  3. Prevention
  4. What to Do if You Are Sick
  5. What to Know if You Call 9-1-1
  6. Advice on Wearing a Cloth Face Covering
  7. Travel Information

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure. According to the CDC, recent evidence indicates that up to 25% of people with COVID-19 infection may not have symptoms and can still spread the disease.  It is very important that you stay home, even if you feel well.







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