VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR CORONOVIRUS FACTS AND INFORMATION

VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR CORONOVIRUS FACTS AND INFORMATION
Posted on 03/04/2020

VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR CORONOVIRUS FACTS AND INFORMATION

 

ORLAND PARK, IL (March 3, 2020) – As news of the coronavirus has become more prevalent, the Village of Orland Park hopes to provide residents with resources and information regarding the virus that is factual, up-to-date, and readily available via the Village’s website.

Community leaders from the Orland Park Police Department, the Orland Park Fire District, local school districts, townships, and outlying communities attended a briefing at the Orland Park Police Station on Monday, March 2 where information regarding the history, latest updates and new reports from the City of Chicago were shared.

“I agree that the emergence of a virus of this kind is a cause for concern, but we want to make sure people are not unnecessarily worried due to reports on the news and online,” said Mayor Keith Pekau.

“There are two major concerns with a health incident of this kind…” explained Pekau. “the severity and the spread of the virus. The good news is that 80% of the cases are mild and require no hospitalization and children are much less likely to be infected.”

Pekau shared the Village’s proactive plan regarding coronavirus moving forward which includes efforts to slow the spread of the virus by encouraging health and safety precautions.

Tips for keeping from contracting and spreading the virus were offered at the briefing and mimicked the already commonly heard precautions of hand washing, avoiding contact with those who have symptoms, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes with a bent elbow or tissue and regularly sanitizing surfaces and objects.


“The utmost concern is for the safety of our residents,” said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. “We thank local leaders for joining us today as we continue to work together for the common good and safety of the community.”

Pekau encourages the community to stay informed while going about their daily lives, to see a doctor if they experience flu-like symptoms, and stay vigilant in their efforts to keep from contracting and spreading the virus.

“All facts considered, the Village of Orland Park has a plan in place and is prepared and coordinating with other government agencies,” said Pekau.

Those interested in obtaining more information can visit orlandpark.org/coronavirusinfo, email coronavirusinfo@orlandpark.org, or call 708/403-6100 for more resources.

 

 

 

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