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File #: 20-4302    Version: 1 Name: EXTENDING COOK COUNTY’S PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER FOR COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 9/17/2020 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 9/24/2020 Final action: 9/24/2020
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION EXTENDING COOK COUNTY'S PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER FOR COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020 WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a novel severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among people through respiratory transmissions and present with symptoms similar to those of influenza; and WHEREAS, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services declared that COVID-19 presents a public health emergency on January 27, 2020, and the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020; and WHEREAS, certain populations are at higher risk of experiencing more severe illness as a result of COVID-19, including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease; and WHEREAS, the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security continue to work closely with the Centers ...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), JOHN P. DALEY, LARRY SUFFREDIN, LUIS ARROYO JR, PETER N. SILVESTRI

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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

 

EXTENDING COOK COUNTY’S PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER FOR COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a novel severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among people through respiratory transmissions and present with symptoms similar to those of influenza; and

 

WHEREAS, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services declared that COVID-19 presents a public health emergency on January 27, 2020, and the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020; and

 

WHEREAS, certain populations are at higher risk of experiencing more severe illness as a result of COVID-19, including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease; and

 

WHEREAS,  the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the State and  local public health agencies as we closely monitor and work to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and

 

WHEREAS, Cook County is continuing its efforts to prepare for any eventuality given that this is a novel illness with known health risks it poses for the elderly and those with serious chronic medical conditions; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation giving the state access to state money and possibly federal reimbursement for the costs of fighting the potentially deadly illness; and

 

WHEREAS, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined Governor JB Pritzker  on March 9, 2020 along with representatives from the city of Chicago and DuPage County to announce that Cook County is joining the state and city to issue emergency proclamations in response to COVID-19 which will permit Cook County to access federal funds as well as other resources, and enhance our ability to respond to this virus; and

 

WHEREAS, based on the foregoing, on March 10, 2020, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle found that the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 constitute a public health emergency under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act and a disaster under the Cook County Code of Ordinances Sec. 26-36 and issued a issued a proclamation of disaster for Cook County activating Cook County’s emergency operations plan; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 20-2195 which extended the County’s disaster proclamation through May 31, 2020; and

 

WHEREAS, on May 21, 2929, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 20-2472 which extended the County’s disaster proclamation through September 30, 2020; and

 

WHEREAS, extending the proclamation of disaster through December 31, 2020 will assist Cook County, by and through its Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security, to continue to coordinate county, public health and municipal resources and response activities, in an effort to prevent and reduce further damage and hazards, protect the health and safety of persons, protect property and provide emergency assistance pursuant to Illinois law; and

 

WHEREAS, extending the proclamation of disaster through December 31, 2020 will also assist Cook County, by and through its Bureau of Finance to continue to coordinate and distribute the County’s CARES Act funds in an effort to reimburse costs, prevent and reduce further damage and hazards, protect the health and safety of persons, protect property and provide emergency assistance pursuant to Illinois law; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the policy of Cook County to be prepared to address any disasters and, therefore, it is necessary and appropriate to make additional Cook County resources available  in accordance with Sec. 26-39 of the Cook County Code of Ordinances for the near future to ensure that the effects of COVID-19 are mitigated and minimized and that residents and visitors in Cook County remain safe and secure.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, pursuant to the Cook County Code of Ordinances, Sections 26-36 and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305/11, the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners authorize the March 10, 2020 Proclamation of Disaster issued by President Preckwinkle that was previously extended through May 31, 2020  and then again through September 30, 2020 to be further extended through December 31, 2020; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Cook County continues to engage its federal, State and local partners to make resources available to the residents and businesses in Cook County impacted by this national emergency and make additional Cook County resources available through December 31, 2020 in accordance with Chapter 26. Emergency Management and Services, Article II. Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security, Sec. 26-31 through 26-43 of the Cook County Code of Ordinances to ensure that the effects of COVID-19 are mitigated and minimized and that residents and visitors in Cook County remain safe and secure; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Cook County, by and through its Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security, shall continue to coordinate county and municipal resources and response activities as authorized under Chapter 26. Emergency Management and Services, Article II. Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security, Sec. 26-31 through 26-43 of the Cook County Code of Ordinances during the extended Cook County Proclamation of Disaster in an effort to prevent and reduce further damage and hazards, protect the health and safety of persons, protect property and provide emergency assistance pursuant to Illinois law; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that extending the proclamation will enhance the County’s ability to access the resources, equipment and personnel needed to address ongoing and changing circumstances on the ground which is particularly necessary should the number of COVID-19 cases rise and the demands on County staff and partners continue to increase; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, a copy of this Resolution extending Cook County’s Proclamation of Disaster through December 31, 2020 shall be filed with the Clerk of Cook County, Illinois.

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