COVID-19 KANE COUNTY: KCDH Posts New COVID-19 Dashboard; 1 New Death Brings Total To 8

COVID-19 KANE COUNTY: KCDH Posts New COVID-19 Dashboard; 1 New Death Brings Total To 8

  • 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.
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Kane County Connects Daily Updates

  • COVID-19 OVERVIEW — A roundup of national and international updates.
  • COVID-19 STATE — State of Illinois and Illlinois Department of Public Health updates (Includes daily updates from Gov. JB Pritzker’s news conferences and Kane County COVID-19 alerts from the IDPH.)
  • COVID-19 KANE COUNTY — Kane County updates, including information from the Kane County Health Department, courts, Sheriff’s Office, and all units of county government. (Note:  IDPH provides breaking information on the numbers of cases or deaths in Kane County.)
  • COVID-19 COMMUNITIES — A roundup of information from municipalities, park districts, libraries, as well as local human interest stories.
  • COVID-19 SCHOOLS — Updates on school closings or openings, meals and online learning.
  • COVID-19 HOSPITALS — Vital links to local hospital websites and additional trusted information on COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 BUSINESS/CONSUMERS —Business news, what’s open and closed, where to find stuff you need, and updates from local chambers of commerce.
  • COVID-19 CONNECTIONS — Personal observations, photos, miscellaneous news, quirky and fun stuff related to the days of COVID in Kane.
  • COVID-19 HOW TO HELP — Volunteer opportunities, donation sites and other local efforts to help people during the COVID-19 emergency.

5PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

Kane County Health Department Posts COVID-19 Dashboard

The Kane County Health Department web page is featuring a great new tool to help people better understand where the confirmed cases and deaths are in communities throughout the county. Click on the image link below to read more or go straight to the Kane County Health Department website.

There are eight deaths and 146 cases in Kane County as of 5 p.m. The dashboard data is updated by 5 p.m. daily.

3:30PM TUESDAY, MARCH 31

Kane County Health Department Seeks Medical Volunteers

The Kane County Health Department, in conjunction with the state of Illinois, is assisting in the recruitment of more medical professionals to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

The state is calling on all licensed healthcare providers who are available to help to register at IllinoisHelps.net. The call for help includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, medics, LPNs, CNAs, podiatrists, and dentists.

Illinois Helps is an online volunteer management system that tracks healthcare workers who are available to respond, when activated, to a significant disaster or public health emergency. Once someone has registered to become a volunteer with Illinois Helps, their professional credentials will be verified and added to a secure statewide database.

Volunteers will be part of an alert system and will be contacted when their expertise matches a need by the local, regional, or state missions. Individuals may be potentially contacted to work in a hospital surge or alternative housing setting. Illinois Helps may only be activated by the Director, Illinois Department of Public Health or the Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health or their designees in the event of an emergency.

If you are not a medical professional, you can find other volunteer opportunities at www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

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.

Kane County COVID-19 Count Up To 128

There were no new deaths today in Kane County, following Kane County Coroner Rob Russell’s Monday update. The IDPH reported the death that Russell noted yesterday, which brought the total to seven.

The IDPH reported 128 total confirmed cases in Kane County — 15 higher than yesterday.

7:40 AM TUESDAY, MARCH 31

State Officials: Old Sherman in Elgin Will Get Temporary Extra Bed Capacity

The site of the former Advocate Sherman Hospital.

This is today’s Advocate Sherman Hospital. The additional beds will be at the former Advocate Sherman site on Slade Avenue.

State officials said Monday that they are “working to create temporary COVID-19 bed capacity at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.”

No additional information was available in the Monday news release, but the city of Elgin reports this morning that the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Emergency Management Agency are working in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to convert the former Sherman hospital on Slade Avenue into an overflow facility for non-acute hospital patients.

Work on the conversion has begun and it is expected to last at least two weeks.

The city’s sources at the state level indicate that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has not yet determined if this non-acute care facility will include COVID-19 patients.

The information was announced during a Monday afternoon news conference in which Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. JB Pritzker said McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago will be used to add capacity of hundreds of beds and COVID-19 bed capacity.

Additionally, the state and city are working to create temporary bed capacity at MetroSouth Hospital in Blue Island.

Coroner Reports 7 Deaths in Kane County; IDPH Reports 113 Total Confirmed Cases

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kane County is up to 113, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The IDPH reported no new deaths Monday, but Kane County Coroner Rob Russell reported seven deaths in Kane as of 1 p.m..

“Out of respect to the individuals lost and their families, only the age, sex, town of residence and date of death are provided,” Russell said.

The coroner’s report listed the deaths, home towns and dates of death as:

  • A 97-year-old-male from Aurora — 3/23/20
  • A 91-year-old male from Elgin —  3/27/20
  • A 71-year-old male from Elgin — 3/25/20
  • A 74-year-old male from Elgin — 3/26/20
  • A 40-year-old male from South Elgin — 3/27/20
  • A 96-year-old male from Aurora — 3/27/20
  • An 88-year-old male from Huntley — 3/30/20

The coroner said he will be releasing this weekly list every Monday afternoon to summarize all countywide deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

11:30AM MONDAY, MARCH 30

Tree-trimming Projects Close Parts of Fox River Trail, Illinois Prairie Path

Heads up if you’re planing to walk or bicycle along some popular paths in Kane County.

Three tree-trimming projects will prompt intermittent closures of portions of the Fox River Trail in South Elgin and St. Charles, and the Illinois Prairie Path in South Elgin, through May 18.

  • The first project is along the Fox River Trail in South Elgin from Raymond Street south to Robertson Road.
  • The second project is along the Fox River Trail in the Valley View area of St. Charles, from Red Gate Road south to behind the Q Center.
  • The third project is along the Elgin Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path, from Raymond Street south to Stearns Road.

For each project, ComEd contractor Asplundh will remove any trees that are interfering with power lines, and trim back others that are close to utility lines.

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County asks trail users to be mindful of the projects, heavy machinery being used, and of the possibility of intermittent trail closures during the time frames indicated. Signs for the projects will be displayed at both ends of projects to alert trail users.

For more information, contact the Forest Preserve District at 630-232-5980 or visit www.kaneforest.com.

4PM SUNDAY, MARCH 29

Kane County Coordinates Donations For PPE’s

Kane County officials announced this weekend that the county is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment to assist in the COVID-19 response.

Businesses, medical and nursing schools, nail salons, tattoo parlors and residents can donate unused and unopened Personal Protective Equipment in the parking lot of the Kane County Judicial Center located at 37W777 IL-38, St. Charles, IL 60175. The drop-off site will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Monday March 30.

The drop-off site will be staffed by personnel from the Kane County Office of Emergency Management.

If you have a large amount of items to donate such as a pickup trucks worth or larger, please e-mail us at kanecountyeoc@countyofkane.org Include the quantities of each item you have on hand to donate and your contact information and we will contact you to arrange a drop off date, time, and location.

Items needed include:

  • Masks: Surgical, isolation or N-95
  • Gowns: Isolation and non-surgical
  • Gloves: Nitrile, sterile, and surgical
  • Face shields, Goggles, and safety glasses  Hand Sanitizer (any size)
  • Disinfectant Wipes (any size)

All items should be in the manufacturer’s original packaging and unopened. Unfortunately, we cannot accept open product or homemade items.

All donations will be distributed to first responders, health care and medical facilities, and social services within Kane County.

4 Deaths Over Weekend; Confirmed Cases Now at 100

Kane County saw four new deaths over the weekend, bring the coronavirus-related death toll to six.

Meanwhile, the number of positive cases in the county hit triple digits, at exactly 100 as of Sunday, March 29.

The Illinois Department of Public Health totals in the news releases over the weekend did not match up exactly with the totals show on the map. News releases reported five deaths over the weekend in Kane County: one male in his 40s, two males in their 90s, and two males in their 70s.

Previously, the IDPH had reported two deaths in Kane County, both men in their 90s.

3:45PM FRIDAY, MARCH 27

2 Deaths, 75 Confirmed Cases Reported in Kane County

Aurora reported Kane County’s first death on Tuesday, March 24, a man in his 90s. The state of Illinois today (Friday) reported the county’s second death but no additional information about the victim.

According to the map on the Illinois Department of Public Health website, here are some of the numbers from neighbor counties:

  • Cook — 1,354 cases, 9 deaths
  • DuPage — 199 cases, 6 deaths
  • Lake — 230 cases, 0 deaths
  • Will — 105 cases, 3 deaths
  • McHenry — 45 cases, 1 death
  • Kendall — 8 cases, 0 death
  • DeKalb — 4 cases, 9 deaths

11:30AM FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Where To Find Important Information From Kane County Hospitals

3PM THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Kane County Positive Cases Up To 57

A day after the Kane County Health Department formally announced the county’s first death and Kane County Epidemologist Louise Lie said now is the time to save lives, the state of Illinois announced that the total number of confirmed cases here has risen to 57.

Today, however, there were no new deaths announced for Kane County.

Statewide, the IDPH reported seven new deaths, bringing the Illinois total to 26.

Kane County Recycling Tips, Garbage Collection — UPDATE

3:25PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Kane Treasurer Calls For Property Tax Relief Law

11:45AM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

10:15AM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Kane County Extends State of Emergency; KCDH Responds to First COVID-19 Death

Kane County Health Department Response to First COVID-19 Death in County; County Board Extends Public Health Emergency Declaration

The Kane County Health Department confirmed the first death in Kane County from COVID-19 disease. The city of Aurora reported the death of a 97-year old man who lived in Aurora.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this time,” said Kane County Health Department Executive Director Barb Jeffers. “We had hoped that this disease would spare our county. Our staff remains dedicated to providing resources and support for our health care workers and our community.”

In an emergency session Tuesday afternoon, the Kane County Board extended the Declaration of a Public Health Emergency beyond the temporary seven-day measure, insuring that KCHD can continue to obtain and allocate resources to the community. The resolution is attached.

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. 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.

9AM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Kane County Health Department: ‘Now Is The Time To Save Lives’

With Kane County seeing its first COVID-19 death, the need for social distancing is greater than ever, Kane County Epidemologist Louise Lie says.

5PM TUESDAY, MARCH 24

County Board Chairman Addresses COVID-19 at Special Meeting

THIS IS A FILE PHOTO FROM A PREVIOUS BOARD MEETING, NOT THE SPECIAL MEETING ON MARCH 24.

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen shared his thoughts and an overview of the COVID-19 emergency today, during a special meeting of the County Board.

Here is the text of that address, as presented in a memo:

We are dealing with a sustained health, economic, and financial emergency all rolled into one. I’d like to begin by thanking the 532,000 people in Kane County for their self-discipline to follow state and federal instructions, compassion toward their neighbors and more vulnerable members of our society, and their patience as we find our way together through this difficult maze.

Secondly, we owe sincere gratitude and admiration for the courageous sacrifice and service of our front-line public health and public safety professionals. These competent and generous people are ably led by Public Health Director Barb Jeffers and County Sheriff Ron Hain.

Then, we should thank all of the support staff who are providing work and encouragement to those on our front line during this prolonged emergency.

Thank you to members of the board, countywide elected officials, and department directors who are moderating their natural emotional impulses and staying focused on our task at hand.

Our mutual goals are to flatten this disease’s contagion curve and to get folks back to their gainful employment and more normal lives as soon as possible. Where some of us have been assured that this emergency might last two weeks, it is more likely that we need to prepare ourselves psychologically and physically for more than two months.

We meet today to knit together the decentralized quilt of contributions from all our many county agencies and departments, and to empower the unified thrust of our efforts to mitigate the coronavirus threat to the health and welfare of our neighbors.

Perspective

Anyone who is tempted to not give this their full, serious attention should merely look to Italy where Friday’s death count was 681 and Saturday’s was 800. These are truly medieval levels of loss and suffering. Consider that the virus remains contagious on surfaces for 24 hours. The more likely “biblical” time frame for our response is more nearly 40 days and 40 nights.

However, consider that we have been tested before and prevailed. Yesterday morning, the garbage trucks rolled down our streets and workers continued to maintain sanitation. When we flushed our toilets this morning, sewage and wastewater went away to be properly treated. When you turned on the faucets today, clean water continued to run. When you flipped the switch, the lights went on. When snow fell Sunday evening, the roads were still made clear.

And, where a hundred years ago people were permanently afflicted for a lifetime with the crippling virus of polio, preliminary reports indicate that the vast majority of people who test positive for this third wave of coronavirus (after SARS-2003, MERS-2012, and now Covid-19 in 2020) recover and experience relatively mild symptoms, closer to flu and colds than the dreaded polio virus.

IDPH Says 24 Kane County Positive Cases; Aurora Reports 1st Death

3:30PM MONDAY, MARCH 23

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 18 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kane County as of 3 p.m. Monday, March 23.

Many Kane County community waste haulers are functioning with limited staff, but all are still operating as of this post. Please continue to separate recyclables.

Bookmark this article for updates, but visit this PDF from the Kane County Recycles website or your waste hauler’s or community’s websites to find out what’s happening in your city, village or township.

Special County Board Meeting Tuesday

The Kane County Board will be holding a Special County Board – Public Hearing and Special County Board meeting on at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

The meeting information, agenda, and minutes of meetings are available on the Kane County website at https://www.countyofkane.org.

The meeting is being held by web conference and teleconference based on guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Kane County Health Department to not meet in groups of more than 50 people and to avoid meeting with groups of 10 or more people.

The following information is being made available to the public for the purpose of public participation in the spirit of transparency and an open meeting process. Please use the following instructions to participate in the meeting by telephone and use the email information provided for comments or statements.

Public Participation

The public will be provided a dial-in number on our web site that is setup to listen. We have a conference bridge number for up to 500 people to listen only. That number will be provided on our website.

The listen only conference number is 888-585-9008 and the conference room number is 320-869-057. To call in the public only needs those two numbers. The public line will be setup in listen only mode and their microphones will be muted.

During the Public Comment section, the public will have the opportunity to submit in writing via email their comments or statements. If they wish to submit a question or make a comment they will need to send it via email to the moderator at moderator@countyofkane.org.

Staff will be receiving the moderator emails and working to get those ready for public comment. At the public comment section of the meeting, staff can read the public comments or statements. The public comments and statements will be stored in a separate email account and forwarded to all members of the board and be made available through the County Board Office.

1:27PM MONDAY, MARCH 23

Where To Find Help, Volunteer Opportunities

Kane County Connects is getting a lot of questions about ways to volunteer locally in this COVID-19 emergency.

We also know that there about folks out there who need help and aren’t sure where to look for social services.

One great way to find answers or connect to human services in Kane County is to dial 2-1-1.

For more information, click his link to a page on the Batavia United Way website.

4PM SUNDAY, MARCH 22

The Kane County Health Department has released vital information that advises residents on what to do if you need immediate medical attention due to the COVID-19 virus.

Visit the Health Department website for details and updates.

The poster above says it all, but we’re posting the information below, in the three categories, from most urgent to least urgent:

WHO SHOULD I CALL ABOUT COVID-19?

(1) Immediate Medical Attention

I think I need immediate medical attention — Who should I call?

  • If you need immediate medical attention, and you think you may have COVID-19, please call ahead to your health care provider before going in for care. This will allow them to take the right steps to protect themselves and other patients
  • If you think you are having a medical emergency, call 911. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, notify dispatch personnel so emergency medical services personnel can take steps to protect themselves

(2) Symptoms But Not Needing Immediate Attention

I have symptoms but I do not need immediate medical attention — What should I do?

You should consult with your health care provider if you have:

  • Fever, cough, trouble breathing, or other flu-like symptoms that are not better or are worsening after 24 to 48 hours.
  • Mild symptoms and are pregnant or immuno-suppressed or are an older adult with chronic health conditions.

I am not feeling well and have respiratory symptoms — What should I do?

  • Please stay home for at least seven days after you first became ill, or 72 hours after your fever has resolved and symptoms are improving, whichever is longer.

If I want to get tested — Who should I call?

Please DO NOT call the Health Department about getting testing.

  • Your health care provider will determine if you should be tested, and will call the Health Department if needed.
  • Health departments do not collect specimens for COVID-19.

General Information

I want to know more about COVID-19 — Who should I call?

For general questions about COVID-19, you can call the Kane County Health Department at 630-208-3801.

Please note that the Kane County Health Department does not make decisions about who should be tested for COVID-19.

Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 at KaneHealth.com.

4:30PM UPDATE

There are now 14 confirmed cases in Kane County, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health map.

That compares to 79 in DuPage, 69 in Lake, 21 in Will, 12 in McHenry — and 286 in Cook.

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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.

 

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.

UPDATED TUESDAY, MARCH  17

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.

Sheriff Sets New Protocols in Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 situation, Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain has implemented several steps to help reduce potential exposure and help maintain social distancing for his staff, the public, and inmate population.

  • We are asking people who do not need to come to our office to please eliminate all non-essential visits to our facility
  • We have notified our non-essential civilian employees to work from home. As a result, we will have a skeleton crew operating at our office.
  • If you call for a deputy to respond to your home or business for a non-emergency incident, the deputy may ask to speak to you by phone or have you step outside. For more serious incidents, our deputies will respond as normal.
  • All jail programs have been suspended in order to limit the amount of people coming into and out of the correctional facility. All community presentations and programs have also been suspended.
  • We are suspending the periodic imprisonment (weekend sentence) program.
  • With cooperation from Chief Judge Clint Hull State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, and Public Defender Rachele Conant, the jail population is being reduced with the placement of 11 non-violent detainees on the Sheriff’s electronic monitoring program and 13 non-violent low-level crime detainees on recognizance bonds or early sentence termination. This will allow for a dedicated intake holding and quarantine cell block, if necessary.
  • We continue to monitor the situation and may add additional steps to our response. We ask that citizens please follow Health Department and CDC websites, social media, and medical provider’s recommendation during this time.
  • Our staff remains ready and able to server the citizens of Kane County, but we are human too and susceptible to the same health hazards as everyone else. If you call for us to respond to your home and you do not feel well, please let us know before we get there. If we don’t need person-to-person contact, our staff and their families appreciate the early warning.

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.

UPDATE: 11:12AM MONDAY, MARCH 16

Kane County 16th Circuit Chief Judge Clint Hull issued an executive order this morning (Monday, March 16, 2020) that essentially halts all court cases — except for “essential” and “emergency” cases — until April 17.

Libraries and park districts throughout Kane County announced this weekend that they will close.

Some libraries have cancelled programs and some are closed for different time periods. Others will remain open for voting purposes but close after the election.

Park districts also are a mixed bag. The Fox Valley Park District, for example, is cancelling programs but keeping its Fox Fitness facilities at Vaughan Athletic Center, Prisco Community Center and Eola Community Center for members only.

Click on the links below to find the latest information from your local library and park district.