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Coronavirus/COVID-19

The Village of River Forest is working with local officials and community partners to monitor the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus is a new respiratory virus identified in December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, that include the common cold to more serious diseases such as pneumonia. The goal of the ongoing public health response is to detect new cases quickly and prevent community spread of COVID-19.

Executive Order 20-03 makes the violation of an Executive Order of the Governor a public nuisance in the Village of River Forest and subject to a fine. This means gathering with others who are not members of your own family will now be treated as a public nuisance, an action that affects the health, peace and comfort of the residents of the Village. The purpose of this Executive Order is to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and stress the critical need for everyone to Stay at Home except for essential activities. It is not the intent of the Village to make this punitive or stressful for our community.  It is meant to keep us safe and for all of us to get through this time and back to normal.

Click here for Stay at Home Guidance 


Health Information

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People who get sick with COVID-19 develop mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Illness can begin 2 to 14 days after an exposure. Although this virus likely emerged from an animal source, it can also spread from person-to-person. Spread from one person to another is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic.

What are preventative measures that can be taken?

We ask for your continued partnership in preventing the spread of coronavirus by following these safety tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing and certainly if your commute includes public transit.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Are there additional resources available?

You can find more facts, updates, and information on COVID-19, including symptoms and transmission of the virus, at the following links:

Coronavirus hotlines:

  • Cook County: 708-633-3319
  • Rush Hosptial: 1-888-285-RUSH (7874)

Village Action

On March 16, 2020, Village President Catherine Adduci declared a State of Emergency in the Village of River Forest. Please click here to read Declaration 20-1.  On March 30,  2020, that declaration expired and Village President Catherine Adduci declared a continued State of Emergency in the Village of River Forest. Click here to read the Declaration 20-2. 

Click below for Executive Orders issued during this State of Emergency. 

  • Executive Order 20-03This Executive Order makes the violation of an Executive Order of the Governor a public nuisance in the Village of River Forest and subject to a fine.
  • Executiver Order 20-02 - This Executive Order provides certain financial relief for residents and businesses with regard to: utility bills, business licenses, parking passes, building department requirements, and tickets. Administrative adjudication matters shall be continued as outlined in the Order. 
  • Executive Order 20-01 - This Executive Order suspends the Village’s normal restrictions on hours of delivery of goods to grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, and other similar places of business during this declared State of Emergency.

Click below for special newsletters containing more information about the Village's response to coronavirus. 

  • April 7, 2020 - Please listen to this important statement from Village President Cathy Adduci. Do your part and support our River Forest Stays Home campaign - #RiverForestStaysHome 

  • April 6, 2020 - Executive Order 20-03, Thrive Counseling Center Virtual Town Halls
  • March 31, 2020 - Extension of Stay at Home Order, Extension of State of Emergency Declaration, CCDPH Confirmed Cases Map, and Senior Citizens Response Program
  • March 30, 2020 - Stay at Home Order, Senior Citizen Response Program, and Certain Financial Relief for Residents and Businesses
  • March 27, 2020 - Explanation of Case Reporting
  • March 26, 2020 - Message from River Forest Government Officials
  • March 25, 2020 - Details of Executive Order 20-02
  • March 24, 2020 - Executive Order 20-02, Changes to Non-Emergency Police Calls, Changes to Waste Pickup, and Small Business Assistance
  • March 20, 2020 - State of Illinois Stay at Home Order, Senior Citizen Response Program
  • March 18, 2020 - Village of Oak Park Issues Shelter in Place Order
  • March 17, 2020 - Executive Order 20-01, Virtual Village Hall, Concordia Track Closure
  • March 16, 2020 - Operations Update
  • March 12, 2020

Operational Updates:

  • All non-critical public meetings are cancelled until further notice. Please check Village's calendar for updates or contact Staff with questions. 
  • The Village will conduct Village Hall operations only online or over the phone.  Please see Virtual Village Hall below for more information. 
  • The Police Department is utilizing alternative procedures to handle non-emergency calls and reports. 

Community leaders, healthcare professionals, public agencies and others, from the federal to the local levels, have all come together to keep our communities safe.   We are also working together with other River Forest taxing bodies (D90, Library, Township, Park District) and our first responders to continue to monitor this situation and are prepared to respond if needed.  The Village’s first responders and leaders participate in training within River Forest and with surrounding agencies on a regular basis and have emergency operations plans in place. 


COVID-19 Senior Citizen Response Program

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at the Village of River Forest, River Forest Township, and Township Senior Services want to support the health and safety of you, our older adult residents regardless of health conditions.  Township Senior Services is continuing to provide services to seniors in River Forest, even though offices are closed to the public.

If you are an older adult needing services, please contact the River Forest COVID-19 Senior Citizen Response Program at 708-613-1642.

Although on-site dining and group activities are suspended, Township Senior Services is continuing the following

  • Lunch program meals, available for pickup in the parking lot at the 130 S. Oak Park Avenue building,  
  • Home delivered meals, with delivery modifications to protect workers, volunteers and clients,
  • Senior bus transportation, by appointment, for dialysis and medical appointments, with verbal health pre-screening,
  • Care management team to help the most vulnerable seniors, and Information team to assist with info requests and referrals.

             **Please note: these services are subject to change.

In addition to the Township Senior Services, we have created a River Forest COVID-19 Senior Task Force to support our existing services and provide volunteers to our community members.  This new team can help support you by assisting with:

  • Grocery and prescription pickup,
  • Dog walking,
  • Snow removal and other non-direct contact needs.

We understand that COVID-19 has created extraordinary times, and please know that we are here to support your needs.  If you do not need to go out, then don’t.  Just call us and we will help you!

  • Read the letter sent to all River Forest seniors here

Send an email to rfseniorhelp@gmail.com to volunteer. 

Senior citizens will be invited to grocery shop at the following stores and times to limit their exposure:

  • Fresh Thyme: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 6AM-8AM
  • Jewel: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7AM-9AM
  • Whole Foods: every day from 8AM-9AM 

All residents, including seniors, are encouraged to review necessary paperwork including a Illinois Medical Power of Attorney form.  The Villlage has provided a sample document below, but always encourages individuals to contact their own attorney for more advice and counsel.  


Virtual Village Hall - How to Pay and Apply Online or Over the Phone

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Village of River Forest will conduct Village Hall operations only online or over the phone.  Although there have been no suspected or confirmed cases among our staff, for the safety of our staff and customers and to prevent the spread of viruses, in-person access with Staff will not be allowed. Essential operations and services offered through the Police, Fire and Public Works will continue.  The Village is committed to serving its residents, and staff will be available virtually via phone and email.  We ask for your patience during this time as Staff works to respond to your inquiries and non-emergency needs as quickly as possible as some may be working alternating or modified work schedules.

The Village strongly encourages residents and customers to use the convenient online or phone payment systems to transact Village business. Please see the links below for more information. If you must submit paper documents or to pay by check, please utilize the green drop-box in front of Village Hall or the drop-off bin in the second floor lobby. Please note, a customer service representative will still be available during normal business hours to answer your calls.  To speak with staff, please dial 708-366-8500. Please note that notary services will be unavailable until further notice.

Click here for Building Department Operations

Click here for Real Estate Transfer Tax Operations

Click here for Business License Operations

Click here to Pay a Utility Bill

Click here to Pay a Ticket

Click here for all Other Business

Click here for Staff Contact Info


Other Topics 

Water Infrastructure

The Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) treats and distributes drinking water, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) manages stormwater and treats wastewater for much of the Chicago regional area. Both agencies are continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and all facilities are operating normally. For important facts and tips, please click here

ComEd

  • ComEd is suspending disconnects for customers unable to pay their bills and waiving new late payments charges through at least May 1st. ComEd will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options to address their specific needs. To learn more, click here

Business Resources

Landscape Contractors

Landscape contractors have been informed that they are allowed to operate to maintain private residences and business under Illinois Executive Order 2020-10. However, landscape contractor employees must maintain social distancing while working. Click here to read a letter sent to all landscape contractors in River Forest.  

Unemployment Benefits

Please click here for information from the Illinois Department of Employment Security regarding the federal stimulus package and unemployment benefits. 

Grocery Stores

The Village of River Forest is committed to partnering with its residents and business community to provide a safe and healthy environment for all. The following guidance is intended to provide recommendations for doing essential shopping, such as at grocery stores. 

Please click here for COVID-19 Guidance for Grocery Shopping


Cook County Department of Public Health Confirmed Cases

The Cook County Department of Public Health has made available data representing reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in suburban Cook County. Its jurisdiction excludes the following municipalities, which have their own state-certified local health departments:  Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie, and Stickney Township. Click here to view the data about River Forest by clicking on the map and hovering your mouse over River Forest.