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Posted on: March 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus Update from President Sells

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A Message from the Village President:  March 15, 2020

Dear Fellow Riversiders,

I want to thank everyone for making prudent decisions and necessary sacrifices during this time of national emergency. All of us are concerned for our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our local businesses. While we take the steps of social distancing, practicing proper hygiene, and contacting your doctor for guidance if ill, it is also important to recognize that the coronavirus challenge is also an opportunity. Even as we feel isolated by the threat of infection, we are also reminded that we are all mutually dependent on one another. This is our opportunity to balance fear with the comfort of community, and to remember that we have endured darker times. The sun always rises again. Be careful, be reasonable, and be loving. Follow the science and listen to your doctors and trusted experts. Your village is being extremely proactive about this threat -- our public safety leaders are staying fully informed on both the spread of the virus and the current best practices to limit its spread. As a community and as a nation we will do what we have always done -- we will stand together in the face of adversity, guarded and encouraged by our better angels, and resolute in our common goal to emerge stronger and more united as a people. If you have questions or concerns about the village’s preparations and response as we move forward please don’t hesitate to contact me, Village Manager Jessica Frances, or Fire Chief Matt Buckley. 

Ben Sells

Village President

Coronavirus Update from President Sells:  March 4, 2020

With confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) now reported in Cook County, it is important for all of us to be proactive in defending against the spread of this illness. That means implementing practices to avoid getting sick and, if you do get sick, to avoid infecting others.

At this point the best defense is practicing good hygiene and preventative measures. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home if you are sick (except to seek medical care). Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Schools, businesses, and employers should encourage all employees to practice the above preventative measures. Also take time to review emergency operations plans, including identification of essential business functions, teleworking, and flexible sick leave policies.

Travelers should be alert to changing conditions. Before traveling, check travel health notices at If you are returning home from countries with Travel Alert Levels 2 or 3 take the appropriate measures. You can find that and other valuable information at the City of Chicago’s website at

Riverside’s Police and Fire Departments are coordinating with surrounding communities to provide emergency services in a safe and professional manner. Help them out – if a responder asks you to wear a mask or use hand sanitizer please do so. They are only trying to keep you, and themselves, healthy. Together we can help manage the effects of COVID-19 on our community.

For more information, consult the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Riverside Fire Chief Matt Buckley at 708-447-2123 x306 or email Fire Chief Matt Buckley.

Additional Resources

Illinois Dept of Public Health Coronavirus Updates
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