The City of Elgin, the State of Illinois, and the Federal Government have all declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Governor of Illinois issued the stay at home order effective March 21 at 5 p.m. through April 7, 2020. On April 1, Governor Pritzker issued an extension to the stay at home order through April 30, 2020.
Confirmed cases of the novel or new coronavirus known as COVID-19 have been identified in both Kane and Cook counties. The City of Elgin is working with its partners at the city, county, and state levels on preparations and precautions regarding the spread of the coronavirus while continuing to monitor the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. It first appeared in China in 2019, and since then has been detected in countries throughout the world. Contracting the virus can have particularly severe outcomes for those:
- aged 65 and over
- with compromised immune systems
- with underlying medical conditions
The City will continue to take steps to keep residents, staff and visitors healthy, safe and informed. New information and updates will be posted on our website and on our social media channels.
To read more about the city’s response to coronavirus, frequently asked questions, guidance, view video briefings and the mapping resource center, click on the links below.
- 89 confirmed cases in Elgin. Of those, 67 have been in Kane County and 22 have been in Cook County. *There could be more cases where patients did not seek hospitalization or were instructed to self isolate rather than be tested.
- 296 confirmed cases and 19 deaths in Kane County.
- 4,428 confirmed cases and 135 deaths in Cook County *This does not include Chicago numbers.
- 15,078 positive tests in Illinois. Some of those patients have recovered since testing positive.
- 462 deaths statewide
Elgin Daily Log
What’s Happening in Elgin
The City is waiving late fees for non-payment of utility bills and water service will be maintained on delinquent accounts until further notice. Staff will continue issuing notices of delinquency, but late fees will be waived and payment plans arranged for those experiencing economic hardships during this time. Water bills can be paid online at cityofelgin.org/waterbill or over the phone by contacting 311.
Waste Management - Garbage & Recycling Services
- Residential collection service remains Waste Management’s primary focus and there are no major impacts.
- Bulky item collections suspended until further notice. This includes scheduled events or extra call in service for bulky items, such as large items outside the cart. This also includes anything requiring an appliance sticker (Hot Water Heaters, Dishwashers, Refrigerators, Freezers, Stoves, Washers, Dryers, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners, Window Air Conditioner Units).
- Elgin’s scheduled community trash drop-off event scheduled for Saturday, April 25 has been postponed.
- At-Your-Door special material recycling is still open. Residents can call 800-449 7587 or email WMATYOURDOOR@WM.COM to schedule a pick up.
- Senior Cart Program: Anyone interested in the program can still apply without coming into City Hall. Email email@example.com for an application. Complete and return that application in addition to a copy of applicant’s photo ID and copy of your property tax bill showing you are receiving the “Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption” that is given to low income seniors. Simply receiving the "Senior Exemption" does not qualify an applicant for this program.
The Elgin Branch Court (150 Dexter Court, Elgin), and Kane County Branch Court (530 S. Randall Road, St. Charles) will be closed through May 1, 2020. You can read the more information here.
Elgin adjudication hearings have been postponed until further notice. Letters are being sent to all individuals who had March and April court dates. For appeals and/or questions regarding parking tickets, tows, and ordinance violations you can call the Adjudication department at 847-289-2664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If using email, please include your citation number.
The Elgin Police Department will not be enforcing Odd/Even Parking temporarily and until further notice. Parking enforcement will continue for violations like blocking a fire hydrant, parking too close to a driveway/approach, parking in handicapped space without proper ID or any situation which could cause a traffic hazard. Additionally, select parking spaces in Elgin’s downtown have been reserved for curbside food pickup. These updated parking enforcement policies are in response to the Governor’s Stay at Home Order.
Stay at Home
The State’s Stay at Home Executive Order is in effect through April 30. That means non-essential businesses are shut down and people are urged to stay home and practice social distancing as much as possible. Visit our mapping resource hub to view a listing of businesses and nonprofits, their statuses, and offerings. Mayor Kaptain asks that all Elgin residents stay at home, if possible.
Check with our partner organizations, the Elgin Area Chamber and the Downtown Neighborhood Association to see what resources are available for your business. Also be sure to utilize the City of Elgin’s Resource Mapping Hub. If a business is not yet listed on the resource mapping hub, it can be added by completing the signup form at cityofelgin.org/bizsurvey.
Restaurants and Bars
All Illinois bars and restaurants will be closed to dine-in customers amid the COVID-19 crisis. Many Elgin restaurants are still open for delivery or takeout orders. Many restaurants and their current service offerings are already listed on the City of Elgin’s Resource Mapping Hub, where residents can go for updated and accurate information. Businesses are encouraged to update their service offerings on the City of Elgin’s Resource Mapping Hub by completing the form at cityofelgin.org/MapChangeRequest. If a business is not yet listed on the resource mapping hub, it can be added by completing the signup form at cityofelgin.org/bizsurvey. All liquor license will now expire July 31, 2020, not April 30. The annual liquor license fee for the license year beginning April 30, 2020 are waived. This waiver applies to all license holders except for package liquor stores (any business with a B, B-1, B-2 B-4 or B-5 Class liquor license).
Elgin Public Schools
Schools remain closed until April 30, 2020. Many school districts are offering remote learning/e-learning, including School District U-46 and Central School District 301. Contact your district directly for more information regarding food distribution.
The city’s parks have closed their facilities, but families will still be able to go outside and take a walk, run, or bike ride but should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. DO NOT GATHER IN GROUPS. All playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing transmission.
Many local churches have been streaming their services online.
Mayor Kaptain has urged Elgin residents not to hoard and stockpile food and home supplies as grocery stores, liquor stores, and convenience stores will remain open during the stay at home order. Many grocery stores are offering special shopping hours for seniors and immune compromised individuals so they can get the food and supplies they need safely. Seniors can call stores or look up their special hours online.
Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Individuals experiencing homelessness can contact the following organizations for help:
PADS of Elgin - 1730 Berkley St., Elgin, IL. 60123. Phone: 847-608-9744. Regular Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 a.m. (24 hour service). PADS provides day and overnight services for individuals in need. They provide a safe place to sleep, meals and showers. Each guest is provided an opportunity to meet with a case worker for assistance and long-term help in housing services, other resources, and outside referrals. COVID-19 Update: PADS is currently not taking in additional guest due to COVID-19.
Elgin Wayside Center - 453 Freemont St., Elgin, IL 60120. Phone: 847-695-4405. Regular Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Elgin Wayside Center provides a day shelter for individuals in need. They provide meals, showers and day service programs. There is no religious requirement and participation in bible study is optional. COVID-19 Update: Wayside will now be open Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. These adjusted hours for April will go into affect April 3, 2020.
New Life Covenant Church - 2250 Highland Ave., Elgin, IL. 60123. Phone: 847-741-6629. Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Transportation pick-up in front of Elgin Police Department at 9:00 a.m. and dropped off at the same location or at a designated soup kettle at 5:15 p.m.). They provide day services, meals and showers. There is no religious requirement and participation in bible study is optional. COVID-19 Update: New Life Covenant Church is temporarily open during the COVID-19 crisis.
Vineyard Church of Elgin - 220 Division St., Elgin, IL. 60120. Phone: 847-697-8001. Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Vineyard provides a breakfast meal Monday-Saturday morning’s at 7:00 a.m. COVID-19 Update: Vineyard is serving bagged sandwiches and other foods for takeout. No hot meals.
More information about local human services resources can be found in the City of Elgin’s Resource Mapping Hub.
How you can help
The best way to help one another during this difficult time is to stay home, but staying home doesn’t mean you can’t support your community. Here are a few ways you can help:
- Donate to your favorite Elgin nonprofit organizations
- Order curbside pickup from Elgin restaurants
- Donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to your local hospitals and first responders (contact them directly for donation drop off instructions).
- Donate to relief funds
- Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund is raising funds from individual, corporate, and foundation donors to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to donate to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund.
- The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to community-based organizations across the Metropolitan Chicago region to supply essential aid to the individuals and households who are most impacted by the pandemic. Those resources currently include access to emergency food and basic supplies, rent and mortgage assistance and utility assistance. Click here to donate to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.
How To Protect Yourself
Here’s what you can actually do to prevent getting ill:
- The CDC and other officials have said people should wash their hands often, including before, during and after eating; after using the bathroom; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- The CDC has a guide here for how to properly wash your hands. Remember: Wash with soap and water, scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- If you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth, with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch frequently, like cellphones and light switches. Here are tips from the CDC.
- Stay home when you’re sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people.
- If you have to sneeze or cough with a tissue, throw it out immediately after using it, according to the CDC.
The most common symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
People have also experienced body aches, nasal congestion, runny nose and sore throat. If you or someone else has difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, become confused, cannot be roused or develop a bluish face or lips, get immediate medical attention.
You can check out this COVID-19 Screening Tool that takes you through a series of questions related to the coronavirus to figure out the best course of action.
What To Do If You Think You’re Sick
Even if you’re not showing symptoms, the Elgin Department of Public Health recommends people coming from high-risk countries (here’s a CDC list) self-quarantine for 14 days after returning home.
If you do have symptoms of coronavirus, contact your primary doctor or a health care facility before going in. Explain your symptoms and tell them if you’ve come into close contact with anyone with coronavirus or traveled to an area where COVID-19 is widespread (here’s a CDC list) within the last 14 days.
From there, the experts will work with your local health department to determine what to do and if you need to be tested for coronavirus. And, of course, if you think you’re sick with coronavirus, don’t risk exposing other people to the virus. Those with questions and concerns about coronavirus can call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 800-889-3931.
Message from Fire Chief Cagann
The City of Elgin encourages residents to rely on trustworthy sources, such as the CDC or local and state public health departments, for information and data about COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Site
- Kane County Health Department
- Cook County Department of Public Health
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
- Coronavirus Hotline - If you have questions about coronavirus, call or email the state’s 24/7 hotline at (800) 889-3931 or email@example.com
News Releases and Community Notifications
- Daily Herald: Suburbs get coronavirus relief grants
- Courier News: Coronavirus cases climbs by six in Elgin, 21 in Kane County; Elgin to receive $510,000 in federal relief money
4/03: No news release related
- Courier News: Old Sherman Hospital could have as many as 250 beds when it reopens April 24 as overflow medical facility
- Courier News: New dashboard breaks down coronavirus cases in Kane County by number, sex and age group
- Daily Herald: Civilian employee of Elgin Police Department tests positive for COVID-19
- Courier News: Civilian employee for the Elgin Police Department tests positive for coronavirus
- Daily Herald: Elgin to hold virtual council meetings in April
- Courier News: Elgin Fire Department adjusting rules to lower staff exposure to COVID-19 patients, preserve protective gear
- Courier News: Elgin roundup: Elgin has 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases; New Life Covenant working on temporary daytime homeless shelter
3/31: Not news release related
- Courier News: Parade of city vehicles in Elgin’s Historic District a way to ‘light up the day’ for those at sheltering at home
- Daily Herald: Elgin’s "Light Up the Day" parade cheers up residents, participants
3/30: Not news release related
- Courier News: Elgin holding a ‘Light Up the Day’ parade Tuesday to raise spirits — but keep social distance — during coronavirus outbreak
- Courier News Coverage: Three Elgin men among the seven coronavirus deaths reported in Kane County, coroner says
- Aurora Beacon News Coverage: Seven deaths from coronavirus confirmed in Kane County
- Daily Herald: Shuttered Elgin hospital could reopen to treat coronavirus patients & Army corps rushing to convert Elgin hospital site into facility for COVID-19 patients
- Courier News: Elgin’s former Sherman Hospital to become overflow COVID-19 patient facility
- Daily Chronicle: Former Advocate Sherman facility in Elgin to reopen to help hospitals with coronavirus surge capacity
03/27: Not news release related
- Courier News: Elgin working hard to get the word out about not gathering in groups at parks, doing social distancing outside, officials say
- Daily Herald: Elgin allows delivery, curbside pickup of alcohol
- Courier News: Elgin to allow sale of alcohol in curbside pickup, delivery services of local establishments
03/26: Not news release related
- Courier News: Two more Elgin firefighters put in isolation because of coronavirus as police and fire ramp up efforts to keep staff safe
- Daily Herald: Elgin Earth Month celebrations canceled, some events moved online due to COVID-19
- Courier News: Coronavirus roundup: Elgin downtown restaurants offering Lent specials, Earth Month events canceled or moved online
- Daily Herald: Elgin keeps residents informed with online videos, mapping hub & Where to find county-by-county and maybe even suburb-by-suburb COVID-19 data
- Daily Herald: Elgin gives $150K emergency loan to food pantry
- Courier News: Elgin coronavirus roundup: Elgin provides food pantry with $150,000 emergency loan, East Dundee shuts down all buildings
- Courier News: Four Elgin firefighters placed in isolation after contact with child who tested positive for coronavirus
- Daily Herald: Elgin closures, changes to procedures due to COVID-19
- Courier News: Elgin coronavirus roundup: No Catholic Masses through April, senior shopping hours at Fresh Market, council meeting canceled
- Daily Herald: Elgin rec facilities closed due to COVID-19
- Courier News: Elgin shuts down rec centers and golf courses; Dundee park district cancels programs, closes buildings
- Daily Herald: Elgin mayor signs emergency proclamation
- Courier News: Elgin mayor issues ‘proclamation of emergency’ as city cancels large public events and announces other coronavirus precautions
- Daily Herald: Elgin police limiting contact due to COVID-19
- Daily Herald: Elgin fire department cancels promotion ceremony
01/31: Community Notification