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COVID-19 Update: October 20, 2020

Region 8 – Including Bensenville– Surpasses 8%

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have announced the need for COVID-19 resurgence mitigation in Region 8, which includes DuPage and Kane counties, beginning Friday, October 23, 2020. The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) urges residents to take action to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The specific measures to be imposed as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020 can be found here. These mitigation measures include restrictions such as limiting bar and restaurant service, sports activities, and the sizes of social gatherings.

The state originally announced a mitigation plan (available via this link) to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. As a part of that mitigation plan, Governor JB Pritzker announced that the state would be modifying its regional boundaries to largely follow IDPH’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions. The state’s website listing what phase each region is in is available via this link. 

Resurgence Mitigations will be implemented in Bensenville beginning on Friday, October 23, 2020, by the Illinois Department of Public Health. According to the IDPH, these mitigation efforts will include:

Bars 

  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11 p.m.
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart  
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants 

  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11 p.m.
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party  
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

Enhanced mitigations will be in effect in a region until that region is able to reduce its seven-day rolling average test positivity rate to or below 6.5% for three consecutive days. The 6.5% positivity rate target was selected by IDPH because it signifies a committed and aggressive reduction in the amount of infections in the region. When a region is at or below the 6.5% sustained positivity rate target for three consecutive days, the region will be allowed to return to regular Phase 4 guidelines without enhanced mitigations.

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New mitigation steps the State applies due to COVID-19 numbers spike.

How You Can Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

The Village of Bensenville is taking this call-to-action seriously and is encouraging all community members to encourage safety protocols set forth by the CDC to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained and where required, specifically in public places.  
  • A minimum of 6-ft of social distancing is required from any individual who does not reside in your home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Clean and sanitize commonly used surfaces.
  • If you have traveled to a COVID-19 hotspot, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommends a stay home period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
  • Group gatherings of more than 50 persons are to be strictly avoided.
  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Avoid contact with others that are sick or experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Region 8/Western Suburban IDPH Map

You can check on Bensenville’s (region 8) current status. The map includes information regarding ICU bed availability, illness admissions, and daily increases. View the map at www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics.

DuPage County Health Department Map

The DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 dashboard, shows the number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in each municipality. As of July 16, there have been a total of 457 lab confirmed cases in Bensenville. https://www.dupagehealth.org/610/DuPage-County-COVID-19-Dashboard

The best way you can protect yourself is to socially distance yourself from people outside of your home, and limit your potential exposure. Wash your hands regularly, for 20 seconds, using soap, and do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

ONGOING REMINDERS REGARDING COVID-19

Village President DeSimone signed Executive Order 2020-04. This order permits outdoor dining in accordance with Governor Pritzker’s Phase 3 Reopening. Restaurants will be required to submit an application prior to commencing out door dining.

Read the full Phase 4 guidelines for reopening businesses and returning people to work safely. Follow the link to view all COVID-19 related Governor Executive Orders.

The Village of Bensenville is now open with limited hours for essential business. Face covering will be required inside the building and we are asking patrons to maintain social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from others. We have installed hand sanitizer stations and protective barriers at our counters to help ensure the health and safety of both our employees and the public.

Village Hall hours of operation are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 8:00 am to 6:30 pm on Tuesdays (no in-person payments accepted after 6:30 pm).

Whenever possible, residents and businesses are still encouraged to use no-contact options to conduct business by making use of our website (www.bensenville.il.us) , submitting requests and concern using our online report a concern system, or communicating with staff over the phone.  The main number for Village Hall is 630-766-8200

Most Village services and transactions can be completed online, by mail or by phone. In particular, please note:

  • Mail payments to 12 S Center St., Bensenville, IL 60106.
  • Payments can be placed in the white curbside drop box on the west side of the Village Hall at 12 S Center St., Bensenville. Please make sure you provide your account number or other account identification information so that the payment can be applied to your account correctly.
  • Payments can be made remotely through our website at www.bensenville.il.us using the ONLINE Payments link for most routine transactions. Should you have questions, please contact the Finance Department: 630-766-8200.
  • For those seeking permits, the Community Development Department operates regular hours for the permitting program. Permit curbside pick-up is available upon request to facilitate special circumstances, only between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm . Additionally, the vast majority of questions about permits can be addressed over the phone at 630-350-3413.
  • Questions and requests for service from any department can be submitted using our online report a concern system

To safely reopen we are following the guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have made a few modifications to our facilities to protect visitors, employees and the most vulnerable populations.

The Village of Bensenville is committed to providing the services you have come to expect in ways that are healthy and safe for all. We are thankful for your patience and look forward to serving you soon.

Illinois COVID-19 Hotline and Email Address

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is posting updates on its website that include summaries outlining case numbers and a map and list of affected states and countries. If you have questions about Coronavirus, you may call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline 1(800) 889-3931 or, email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV at any time. 

DuPage County Health Department to Open COVID-19 Testing Facility

DuPage County will be offering community-based COVID-19 testing at the DuPage County Complex. The entrance is located on County Farm Road a few blocks North of Roosevelt Road at a stoplight. The testing site will be available 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday, pending daily test capacity.

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Village of Bensenville Emergency Declarations

As stated in various press releases, the Village encourages all residents and business owners to understand and follow, to the best of their ability, CDC guidelines, social distancing and face covering orders in place by the State of Illinois with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Village is continually monitoring actions made at the County, State and Federal level and will update this page as response efforts change over time.

Village President Frank DeSimone declared a State of Emergency in the Village of Bensenville. The State of Emergency allowed:

  • help the Village access Federal funding.
  • allow the Village to maintain certain administrative functions including the payments of bills and other routine requirements.

As COVID-19 continues to impact the community, Village President Frank DeSimone issued several executive orders in an effort to further reduce COVID-19 impacts in Bensenville. These executive orders also serve as a reminder that the State of Illinois has issued a stay at home order for all Illinois residents.

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Residents may be interested in the following relief efforts, such as payment extensions, which are related to the COVID-19’s societal impact.

  • Village President Frank DeSimone has issued several executive orders in an effort to further reduce COVID-19 impacts 
  • NicorGasComEd, Comcast and AT&T have announced programs which include temporary suspension of shut-offs and related financial relief.
  • To locate a multitude of other community resources, please visit https://dupagecris.org/. This website contains information on where you can find emergency shelter, mental health support, transportation services and more.
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