8 Cases Now in Kane; Recycling And Waste Service Update; Forest Preserves Open, Clerk’s Office Offers Vital Services; Rescheduled Court Dates – Kane County Connects

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  • Editor’s Note: This is a landing page for news from or about Kane County related to the COVID-19 emergency. Scroll down for links to additional KCC COVID-19 landing pages for national, state, communities, schools and business.

UPDATED 9:20PM FRIDAY, MARCH 20

There are now eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kane County.

Recycling Alert

Here’s a quick update on the status of waste hauling and recycling services, courtesy of Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland.

Bottom line is, waste-hauling services are still a go, and the drive-up recycling centers for electronics and textiles are open.

Forest Preserves Are Open

UPDATED 8:50AM FRIDAY, MARCH 20

Here are a few quick updates for Kane County, as we start the day.

  • The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is keeping forest preserves open. All district offices are closed and meetings cancelled through March.
  • The Kane County Clerk’s Office remains open for vital services. You can order copies of marriage/birth/death records online or by mail.
  • The Circuit Clerk’s Office will be mailing new court dates to the last known mailing address of folks whose court dates have changed. Check out the chief judge’s order on the 16th Circuit Court website.

 

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UPDATED 4:30PM THURSDAY, MARCH 19

There are now six confirmed cases in Kane County and four deaths in Illinois.

There are now six cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Kane County, IL.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced the death of three people in Illinois with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The individuals include a Will County resident in his 50s and a Cook County resident in her 80s, and an out-of-state resident in her 70s who was in Sangamon County.

There are 134 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois.  Five additional counties are now reporting cases; Jackson, Kankakee, LaSalle, Washington, and  Williamson counties.

Sheriff: Kane County, Courts Are Prepared For COVID-19 Emergency

Metra Begins Alternate Schedule Monday, March 23

Metra will begin operating an alternate weekday schedule on Monday, March 23, to adjust for the reduced number of riders due to school closures, work-from-home mandates and other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The alternate schedules can be viewed here.

There will be changes for every line except the Heritage Corridor, which will operate its normal schedule.

“Where we are able to, we will maintain the number of cars on trains to allow for social distancing,” Metra said today (Thursday, March 19)

On a line-by-line basis, Metra is monitoring ridership and may further reduce service to meet the ridership demands.

The reduced schedules will remain in effect until health officials deem the crisis has passed and/or ridership begins to return to normal.

Metra will operate on regular weekend schedules this weekend.

Metra is encouraging its riders to use the Ventra app to purchase all tickets. Using the app is the best and safest way to minimize contact between riders and onboard personnel. The app can be downloaded for free from the App store or Google Play.

Metra has stepped up the cleaning and disinfecting of cars and locomotives. It has brought in extra crews to assist with daily cleaning and provide additional cleaning on weekends. Crews are concentrating on disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, hand rails and seats.

“We have also brought in extra crews to increase the cleaning and disinfecting of downtown stations. We are also cleaning Metra-maintained outlying stations multiple times a week, paying special attention to disinfecting high-touch surfaces, and we have asked the municipalities or other entities that maintain the stations in their communities to do the same,” officials said.

For all of Metra’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, please click here.

UPDATED 8:15PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

Social distancing is vitally important to prevent the spread of the virus.

Kane County saw its fourth COVID-19 case today (Wednesday, March 18, 2020), according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Both the state of Illinois and Kane County upped its web presence with new services and information. Check out kanehealth.com and the state’s new website: coronavirus.illinois.gov.

Members of the Kane County Health Committee met today, keeping social distancing as they grappled with methods of coping with the coronavirus pandemic locally.

Kane County Health Department Director Barb Jeffers said her office — in addition to all the efforts her staff is undertaking — is looking proactively at potential sites for quarantine or separation, should that become necessary.

The COVID-19 virus had a big effect on the primary turnout, as expected. Preliminary numbers from the Kane County Clerk’s Office says about 24% of voters turned out for the 2020 primary, compared to 41% for the presidential primary of 2016.

3 Screening Questions

The Kane County Health Department today shared the three questions health officials will ask to determine who should get tested for the COVID-19 virus.

The questions also are helpful as guidelines to you in decided whether you should contact your healthcare professional to request a test.

Those questions are:

  1. Within the last 14 days, have you traveled to a country for which the CDC has issued a Level 2 or Level 3 designation? (China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, parts of Europe and Japan were listed in the draft presented March 14. Visit the CDC website for updated information.)
  2. Have you had any contact with any person diagnosed with COVID-19?
  3. Do you have symptoms of a respiratory infection (e.g. persistent cough, fever, or shortness of breath)?

Obviously, testing capacity is growing every day but still limited.

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Kane County declared a Public Health Emergency today (Tuesday, March 17, 2020) that will allow the Kane County Health Department “to shift resources quickly to assist affected residents, businesses and communities” affected by the coronavirus pandemic, while dispatchers throughout the county announced important new protocols for 9-1-1 calls.

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen issued the Public Health Emergency Declaration around 2 p.m. The order expires in seven days unless extended by resolution of the Kane County Board.

The declaration notes that there are 105 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, with three confirmed cases in Kane County.

Kane County has limited funding and resources to respond to this pandemic, and by making a formal declaration under Section 11 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, the county is enabled to respond best to protect the interests and safety of its residents.

The declaration orders coordination between the Kane County Office of Emergency Management and KCHD to “proceed with all haste to bring said public health emergency to a rapid conclusion in the best interest of the residents of Kane County.:

On Saturday, the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed the third positive case of COVID-19 in the county. The patient is being treated at a hospital outside of the county.

“KCHD understands there is a high demand for information. We want to provide as much information as possible, but our top priority is investigating all cases and protecting patient confidentiality,” Kane County Health Department Director Barb Jeffers said in the news release. “We are sharing as much information as we can as soon as we can.”

If you think you have the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, and difficulty breathing), please stay at home and CALL your doctor or health provider first to report a suspected illness. Your health care provider will order testing.

COVID-19 tests are NOT done at the Kane County Health Department.

As in all viral cases, you should wash your hands frequently, avoid interacting with people who are sick and make sure you are up to date on your immunizations.

For additional information and current updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit the KCHD website at KaneHealth.com or call the health department at 630-208-3801.

Scroll down to read the full county proclamation.

New 9-1-1 Protocols

Kane County Emergency Communications Director Michelle Guthrie and 9-1-1 service agencies throughout Kane County said today that residents should be prepared to answer some additional questions when calling 9-1-1.

Based on recommendations from experts regarding COVID-19, 9-1-1 Communication Centers in Kane County are taking actions to better serve the community and first responders.

Should you call 911, a telecommunicator may ask additional questions to see if you or a family member have any symptoms of COVID-19. These questions include asking about recent travel out of the country and if you or a family member has flu-like symptoms.

“Please be honest with your answers,” Gurthrie said. “The goal is to give 9-1-1 callers the help necessary, while protecting police, fire and EMS personnel.”

First responders may greet you wearing a mask, and they may ask you questions from a safe distance.

“Please understand this is for your safety as well as theirs,” Gurthrie said.

More Information

SOURCE: KaneComm news release

Assessment Office Visits By Appointment Only

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kane County Assessment Office is instituting protocols designed to minimize physical contact in order to limit the possibility of transmission of the virus.

Supervisor of Assessment Mark Armstrong has announced that effective today (Tuesday, March 17, 2020) the Assessment Office will be closed to visitors — except by appointment only.

The office will remain open for telephone calls and on-line business.

“Fortunately, most of the information people are seeking is already available for free at www.KaneCountyAssessments.org, including all forms, property records, and maps,” Armstrong said.

The in-person-visit restriction is indefinite but will be lifted as soon as health officials advise that public health and safety is no longer at risk, Armstrong said.

Taxpayers having business with the office must first visit www.KaneCountyAssessments.org or call 630-208-3818. All assistance will be provided via telephone or email unless an office visit is deemed necessary.

If it is determined an office visit is necessary, visitors must come individually by appointment only; all visits are subject to pre-screening questions determined by the Kane County Health Department.

For more information about safety relating to the COVID-19 virus, visit www.KaneHealth.com or call 800-889-3931.

SOURCE: Kane County Supervisor of Assessments Office news release

Circuit Clerk’s Office: Court Operations

Notice is being sent to all parties for any of the cases being postponed or rescheduled.

If your location was at one of the branch locations: Aurora Branch Court, Kane Branch Court or Elgin Branch Court, these locations are Closed. Reschedule notices will be sent.

If you were scheduled at one of the other locations your case may be postponed. Please visit our website at www.cic.countyofkane.org for the General Order and the Chief Judge Press Release.

SOURCE: Circuit Clerk’s Office news release

EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION:

County of Kane, State of Illinois

Under authority of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act (20 ILCS 3305/11), I, Christopher J. Lauzen, Chairman of the Kane County Board, upon recommendation from the Executive Director of the County’s Health Department and Director of the County’s Office of Emergency Management, do hereby declare that a public health emergency, which meets the legal definition of “disaster” under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, exists within the County of Kane, State of Illinois, due to the following reasons:

Currently there is a significant outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Despite efforts to contain COVID-19, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic, and on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency.. The Governor of Illinois issued a state-wide disaster proclamation on March 9, 2020.

here are currently 105 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, with three confirmed cases in Kane County. Kane County has limited funding and resources to respond to this pandemic, and making a formal declaration under Section 11 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act enables the County to respond best to protect the interests and safety of its residents.

Therefore, in the best interest and public safety of Kane County residents, I hereby order the Executive Director of the Kane County Health Department and the Director of the Kane County Office of Emergency Management to coordinate the County’s response and proceed with all haste to bring said public health emergency to a rapid conclusion in the best interest of the residents of Kane County pursuant to the provisions of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, as amended.

This Proclamation is effective immediately and shall expire at midnight seven days from the date shown, unless extended by resolution of the Kane County Board.

 

 

 

 



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