Township ready to assist residents over 60 with basic necessities
(Orland Township, IL – March 16, 2020) — Orland Township Supervisor Paul O’Grady reminds senior residents who are self-quarantining, to utilize the Township as a resource for basic necessities, if needed, during the COVID-19 virus situation.
While the Township has temporarily halted all events and activities, the office is still open for regular business, including Senior Transportation, limited to medical appointments, and the Food Pantry.
Orland Township will deliver basic household necessities to senior residents, those over 60 years of age who are self-quarantining. Bags will be pre-packed with available non-perishable and perishable items. Bottled water and other household items are available in limited quantities. Delivery requests will be limited to once every two weeks. Those in need should contact Orland Township at (708) 403-4222 for assistance during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Drop-off deliveries will occur during that timeframe.
“Our seniors are near and dear to my heart and we need to look out for them,” said Supervisor O’Grady. “Many of our seniors do not drive, may have underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to catching the COVID-19 virus, and have limited access to shopping. I want them to know that Orland Township is here for them and we will do everything we can to assist them and help them stay safe and healthy.”
Additionally, Orland Township is taking the following precautions:
- Extra cleaning and disinfecting of commonly used areas
- Extra cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms
- Reminding staff to avoid shaking hands as a greeting
- Having hand sanitizer available in several areas of the building
- Encouraging staff to monitor their own health and stay home if they are sick
- Encouraging the use of gloves when warranted
- Monitoring the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health updates
- Keeping in close contact with surrounding municipalities
Orland Township officials urge residents to do their part to stop the spread of germs by following the CDC recommendations:
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Orland Township will continue to monitor the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines and recommendations on the COVID-19 virus.
“I also ask everyone to follow the guidelines set forth by CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Governor’s office and please be patient during these trying times,” said O’Grady. “Remember, while the many closings and disruptions to our normal routines are inconvenient, everything is being done for the greater good. We are all in this together, and working together, we will get through it.”
Orland Township seniors in need of assistance or who have questions can contact the Township at (708) 403-4222 during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.