Elmhurst, IL March 23, 2020 – The City of Elmhurst has been notified that one of its civilian police department employees has tested positive for COVID-19. The civilian police department employee was notified of the diagnosis on March 23rd and immediately informed the Police Chief and City Manager.
The employee’s work station was partitioned by glass and the employee did not have direct public contact. The employee’s last day at work was Thursday, March 19th, after which the police station was thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
City Manager Jim Grabowski issued an immediate order for all employees in close contact with this employee to self-quarantine for 14-days per CDC guidelines. The employee diagnosed is taking every precaution as directed by healthcare providers and will remain under quarantine for 14-days. On March 23rd, the Elmhurst Police Department had additional and immediate sanitization procedures.
The City of Elmhurst has been coordinating plans for weeks to ensure that essential services are not affected due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19. Several weeks ago, the City cancelled all non-essential events and meetings. Last week, all City facilities began restricting public access. Mayor Morley declared a civil emergency and issued an executive order in response to COVID-19.
“This is a very challenging time for our community,” states City Manager Jim Grabowski. “We plan for times of crisis, and we are prepared for this. Essential services, including police operations will not be impacted by this incident. We will continue to provide the community with the same level of service and we will get through this.”
The City of Elmhurst urges the community to stay informed by visiting Elmhurst.org.