Message from East Peoria Mayor John Kahl
March 22, 2020 - As we continue to do our part in preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of East Peoria has temporarily closed public access to City Hall, EastSide Centre and EastPort Marina through April 7. During this time the City will continue providing essential services, to include Police, Fire, Housing Authority, Solid Waste, Recycling, Water, Sewer and Streets, to our residents. For other business or public services to be conducted at City Hall, please visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com for additional instructions.
The City of East Peoria continues to closely monitor reports and recommendations from local, state and federal health agencies. Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 in response to COVID-19, which includes Section 1: Stay at home; Social Distancing Requirements; and Essential Businesses and Operations, and remains in effect Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5 pm through Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The City of East Peoria recognizes that strict restrictions imposed by the Governor in response to the Coronavirus pandemic places a burden on all our business establishments. As local authority, we provided those that serve food and alcoholic liquor the authorization to continue operations under the guidelines set forth in the Governor’s Executive Order. East Peoria is also home to many other businesses which are deemed to be Essential Businesses and Operations under Section 1 and authorized to continue operations under the guidelines set forth in the Governor’s Executive Order.
We encourage our residents and those members of our business community to continue to remain respectful and supportive as we continue to navigate through uncharted territory together. These are extraordinary times which require us to take necessary steps to protect public health, while at the same time protecting the businesses that serve our community.
Each of us plays a vital role in the health and well being of our community, so let us all do our part by practicing preventive measures, such as:
- Ensure to maintain at least 6-foot social distancing from other individuals.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with sick people if possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Ensure to not risk your health, the health of your colleagues or the health of the public should you feel sick or otherwise unwell, it is recommended that stay home and contact your healthcare provider for further instruction.
As a community, we strive to remain calm and understanding.
East Peoria Police Modify Some Call Response
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Peoria Police Department is making some changes in how it responds to calls.
Effective immediately, if the call can be handled by telephone, the officer will contact the victim/complainant by phone to obtain the necessary information to complete a report and/or answer questions.
The change is being made out of an abundance of caution and an attempt to limit potential exposure of the COVID-19 virus to public safety personnel.
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What Is Coronavirus?
- A disease caused by a new respiratory virus identified in Wuhan, China and now in many countries, including the U.S.
- Can cause severe illness and pneumonia.
- Symptoms can be mild to severe with fever, cough, shortness of breath.
How Is It Spread?
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing.
- By close personal contact, such as shaking hands.
- By touching a surface that has the virus, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
How Is It Prevented?
- Similar to the prevention of other respiratory illnesses, including the flu.
- Wash hands often, including surface areas such as desks and phones.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs with a tissue or sleeve.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Stay home if you are ill. Most people with mild illness will recover on their own at home by drinking fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications.
- If symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider for directions.
Who Is Most At Risk?
- Travelers to and from certain areas of China and some other countries, as well as their close contacts, are most at risk.
- Older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions may have a more severe illness.
- Travelers entering the U.S. from many countries affected by COVID-19 and those exposed to known cases are being screened for illness.
- Public Health officials in our area, as well as worldwide, are monitoring for any changes to this virus and taking action to prevent the spread of illness.