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Posted on: March 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Highwood Health Advisory: COVID-19

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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.

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