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Jason Addy, Contributing Editor
4:39 pm CDT March 12, 2020

Officials from the villages of Northbrook and Glenview announced Thursday, March 12, that they are canceling all Village Board and Commission meetings until at least Sunday, April 5. 

Both villages made the decision to call off public meetings for the next three weeks after discussions with other Northfield Township governing agencies, according to statements on the villages’ websites.

Northbrook Village Hall and Glenview Village Hall are serving as early voting locations for the 2020 primaries. Both locations will remain open, with regular hours, and officials are enhancing cleaning protocols for voting machines and tables. Services in Glenview and Northbrook will continue as scheduled, according to the statements. 

Northbrook officials have also canceled the Coffee with a Cop event scheduled for Thursday, March 19, and all electronics recycling until at least April 5. Village officials also postponed the Bike Boulevard Open House and Earth and Arbor Day Celebration. 

Officials from Glenview, Northbrook and Northfield Township plan to reassess the cancellations, and any possible reschedulings, over the next few weeks. 

Glenview officials are encouraging residents to use the village’s online services to pay bills and obtain building permits.

School districts in Glenview and Northbrook have also cancelled all “nonessential” activities until at least April 5 in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

The Northbrook Public Library has canceled all library programs until Sunday, April 5. Officials say the library will remain open to the public during regular hours. 

The Glenview Public Library is currently undergoing renovations, but library officials have cancelled all programs scheduled between Friday, March 13, and Sunday, April 5. 

Local leaders have formed the Glenview-Northbrook Coronavirus Task Force, made up of representatives from the municipalities, schools, township, park districts and libraries in the two communities.

The committee will meet regularly to share information and resources about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the illness that it causes, according to information from the Village of Northbrook. Officials say in an emailed communication that the entities plan to take “consistent and coordinated action whenever possible.”

Those interested in additional resource information should visit glenviewnorthbrookcoronavirus.info.

Three people on the North Shore have reported exposures to the coronavirus, as of press time; however, no confirmed cases of COVID-19 or symptoms related to the virus have been reported by those individuals.

• The Village of Glencoe announced Wednesday, March 4, that an employee of its Public Works Department was in self-quarantine after being exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

• Loyola Academy in Wilmette closed March 9-10 after a student at the school was exposed to the virus off-campus.

• A faculty member of Lake Forest High School entered a 14-day quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus while attending a Chicago high school  where someone with the virus had been present the same day.  

There are 25 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Illinois, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 1,215 confirmed cases and 36 deaths from the virus in the United States, as of press time Thursday, March 12. 

According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 125,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 4,600 deaths linked to the virus, as of press time. There are confirmed cases in at least 118 countries, according to WHO statistics.