From the City of Highwood
These are difficult times as we face off against the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is monitoring the situation with other communities, the State, and Lake County. I am personally hopeful that this will resolve itself soon, as our community and others pull together to act responsibly and each do our part.
Coronavirus/COVID-19: Public Awareness
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your children is to follow the standard preventive practices. There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, According to the Illinois Department of Public Health:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you 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.
- Consult with your healthcare provider about getting an influenza vaccination if you haven’t already done so.
It is important to note that exposure to COVID-19 can occur from any person-to-person contact and is not limited to a particular race or ethnicity. More information about COVID-19 is available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at CDC COVID-19. You can monitor the virus worldwide, and here in Illinois, at this site: Worldwide Monitoring Map By Johns Hopkins University.