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Alderman Osterman And Vasquez Release Statements On Coronavirus To Protect Residents

With the rapidly spreading Coronavirus taking hold of American lives and shutting down an increasing number of businesses, schools and venues, Edgewater and Andersonville residents are starting to see the impacts on daily life.

To help get accurate information into the hands of their constituents, both Alderman Osterman and Alderman Vasquez released statements to help educate and calm fears. They include very helpful links for those with uncertainty.

According to a regularly updated City of Chicago website on the coronavirus (COVID-19)(Chicago.gov/coronavirus), they give every citizen including older people, business owners and schools important guidelines to help be safe:

  • Individuals and communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.
  • Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. They should limit travel and should not attend large gatherings unless it is essential.
  • Event organizers should stay informed on the latest developments and public health guidance and anticipate that some events may need to be modified, canceled, or postponed.
  • Childcare facilities, K-12 schools and colleges/universities should review their emergency operations plans, including strategies for social distancing and online learning. Schools should consider postponing or canceling student foreign exchange programs. See CDPH’s COVID-19 Guidance for Childcare Programs and COVID-19 Guidance for Schools and Institutions of Higher Education.
  • Businesses and employers should actively encourage all employees to stay home when sick, perform hand hygiene, and cover coughs and sneezes. Businesses should review their emergency operations plan, including identification of essential business functions, teleworking and flexible sick leave policies. For more information, see CDPH’s COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses and Employers.
  • Community- and faith-based organizations should review existing emergency operations plans, including strategies for social distancing and modifying large gatherings. Community-based organizations should take steps to protect both the clients they serve and their employees. See CDPH’s COVID-19 Guidance for Community- and Faith-based Organizations.
  • Help reduce the spread of rumors. Let people know that viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds. Being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
  • Fight stigma and fear by supporting people who may be coming back to school or work after traveling internationally or completing a quarantine or isolation period for COVID-19.

Alderman Osterman made a plea to the public to follow guidelines to keep yourself and those around you safe and healthy. He said, “It is important that we follow the guidelines provided by Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and look to these sources for the latest information and recommendations.”

Alderman Vasquez told his residents that they will begin receiving emails from his office about the City’s response which will include press releases, new guidance, and other important information. He said, “Like you, we are dedicated to ensuring that all Chicagoans get trusted information about our local situation. We want the general public to have timely, accurate updates about the COVID-19 response and what they can do to protect themselves and others.”

Ald. Vasquez also put out an informative video message that you can watch here.


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