By Bob Uphues
A North Riverside woman has tested positive for COVID-19, the first local case reported in any of the villages covered by the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.
Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr. confirmed that the woman, whom he described as "young," was employed as a healthcare worker at an institution not located in the village. The woman is recovering at home, Hermanek said.
On March 23, Hermanek issued a statement to the village's community alert system emphasizing the importance of residents heeding Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order to stay at home in order to avoid unnecessary contact with others.
"While I cannot prevent you from leaving your home during this time, I want to emphasize how important it is that we exercise good common sense and limit our outside exposure by staying home except when absolutely necessary," Hermanek said in his message to residents. "While going to the grocery store, medical facilities, pharmacies and other essential purposes, please do so cautiously and keep a 6-foot distance between you and other people."
North Riverside Village Commons remains closed to the public, although staff continue to be available to respond to residents via phone at 708-447-4211 and email. Additional information is available on the village's website, northriverside-il.org.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Monday that there were 1,285 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, 12 of them fatal.
"These are trying times, but our village is strong and our residents resilient," Hermanek said. "I am confident we will emerge from this crisis to a better tomorrow."