Coronavirus Information & Resources

Wheaton, Ill. – The Wheaton Park District is aware of and monitoring this developing public health issue. The health and safety of our staff, program participants and visitors to our facilities is top of mind.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), have both stated there is no need to cancel school or social events at this time. The CDC also notes the immediate health and exposure risk for the general U.S. population is low.

The Wheaton Park District is focusing on timely and consistent regular cleaning of surfaces and equipment at all of our facilities as well as working to implement additional precautionary cleaning procedures for higher volume areas of operation. In addition, staff members have been, and will continue to be, educated on the importance of frequent hand washing while at work and are encouraged to stay home if they are sick.

We are asking for community support in remaining vigilant about keeping germs from spreading. The CDC recommends the following preventative actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • 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. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • At this time public health officials are encouraging the public to not alter their daily routine.

If you or a family member exhibits symptoms of a cold or flu, it is prudent that you not attend recreation programs or facilities where others could be subject to germs.

For more information, visit the Centers For Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the Illinois Department of Public Health at www.dph.illinois.gov or contact COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email questions to DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.

Margie Wilhelmi
Wheaton Park District
mwilhelmi@wheatonparks.org

March 12, 2020

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