Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest Information Regarding COVID-19

Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced a metrics-based, vaccination-informed framework for Illinois to advance to Phase 5 of the state's Restore Illinois Plan, our new normal. In recognition of an increasing national vaccine supply and the state now averaging 100,000 vaccine administrations per day, Governor Pritzker also announced that all Illinois residents age 16+ will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 12th, with additional announcements to come about populations who will be made eligible prior to universal eligibility.

Currently, every region of the state is in Phase 4 of the five-phase Restore Illinois mitigation plan, with Phase 5 comprising a post-pandemic normalcy as detailed here. The newly announced metrics offer Illinois a bridge between the state's current Phase 4 restrictions and the "new normal" operations of Phase 5. This "Bridge Phase" will serve as a transition period with higher capacity limits and increased business operations, without prematurely embracing a reckless reopening before the majority of Illinoisans have been vaccinated. All regions of the state will move through the Bridge Phase and ultimately to Phase 5, together. The state's mask mandate will continue in accordance with current CDC guidance.

"COVID-19 has not gone away, but the light we can see at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter as more people get vaccinated," said Governor JB Pritzker. "It's time to begin to cautiously move toward normalcy, and it's imperative that we do so in a way that maintains all the progress we've made to date. With projections from the Biden Administration indicating that weekly vaccine deliveries to Illinois will surpass one million doses in April, it is fully in our power to turn the page on this dark and devastating chapter even as we race a tough clock: the new variants. I invite all Illinoisans to join me in wearing your mask and getting vaccinated when it's your turn. Step by step, we can get out of this the same we came into it - together."

"We want and need to move forward, but we must be measured and cautious in the approach," said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. "Rather than flipping a switch and saying we're now in Phase 5, we're looking at it more like a dial - dialing back some of the capacity restrictions that helped reduce transmission, and ultimately the number of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. We don't want to move too quickly and risk a significant reversal of our progress."

"We are proud to have worked alongside IDPH and our industry partners to craft guidelines that will allow a safe return for some of the biggest economic drivers in our state," said Sylvia Garcia, Acting Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). "This measured approach to reopening under Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan will help support a sustained economic recovery for our businesses and communities."

Restore Illinois Bridge to Phase 5 documentation 

Support Our Local Businesses

The following link provides a list of restaurants and food service establishments along with contact information for residents: List of Restaurants / Food and Beverage Service Establishment

Business Resources

The following is a list of links and resources which may be available to local businesses. Various government agencies are providing programs to assist small businesses to respond to the financial impacts the COVID-19 pandemic may have on their operations. The Village will provide updates to this page as new information becomes available.

COVID-19 Resources and Information

The Village continues to follow the updates provided by county and state public health agencies on the coronavirus (COVID-19). Village staff have been and will continue to be involved in numerous informational calls with local, regional and state agencies. We are monitoring developments in conjunction with our public safety partners.

McHenry County Deparment of Health

There are many resources both at the state level and throughout McHenry County that can help you and answer your questions about COVID-19. The McHenry County Department of Health has created a web page that provides information and resources for residents to obtain assistance they may need.

State of Illinois

Governor JB Pritzker announced the creation of a centralized state website detailing the state’s evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The website includes news, prevention information, preparation efforts, FAQs, resources and more information about coronavirus.  

On May 5, 2020 Governor Pritzker presented Restore Illinois, a five-phase plan to safely reopen the state. The state is divided into four regions, each of which could enter different phases of reopening at different times. 

What Phase of Recovery is the Village of Cary currently in?

As of February 3, 2021 the Village of Cary (Region 9) is in Phase 4, Revitalization. Click here for more details about Phase 4.

What Should I Do If I’m Not Feeling Well?

Stay informed and visit http://coronavirus.illinois.gov for further guidance. 

For general questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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Social Distancing for Pets

While you’re keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and other pet owners, be sure to give your pet equal distance from other animals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends pet owners keep their dogs, cats and hamsters from close contact with other animals after two domestic cats in New York tested positive for the virus.

The CDC says in the updated advisory "Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low. We are still learning about this virus, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations". 

Get more advice about animals and COVID-19 here. 

Additional Links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine

Village Operations

After being closed to the public, Village Hall has reopened as of June 1, 2020.  

The public is still able to conduct Village business by phone (847.639.0003) or by visiting the Village’s website at www.caryillinois.com.  The following popular services can be done online and/or over the phone:

  • Paying water and sewer bills
  • Applying for permits
  • Submitting a service request
  • Paying a parking ticket
  • Reporting a concern

Residents may drop payments at the Village Hall drop box. Include your contact information with the payment and the Village will either email or mail the appropriate documentation to you upon receipt.

Police 

The Police Department lobby will remain staffed from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Officers may take complaints via telephone when it is not necessary for the officer to meet with the complainant/victim in person, and/or examine a crime scene.

The following services have been suspended until further notice:

  • Fingerprint services
  • Child safety seat inspections and installations
  • Solicitor permit application processing                                                                        

Public Works

The Public Works facility office is closed to the general public but remains open to essential Public Works staff and for deliveries only. Public works will be providing essential services only. Non-emergency in-home service calls have been temporarily deferred (including water meter replacements, private plumbing assessments for high water bills, etc.).

Residents are encouraged to visit the Village of Cary’s website at www.caryIllinois.com, subscribe to the Village’s Cary News Weekly email blast or follow the Village’s Facebook page for up-to-date information. To receive Cary News Weekly, please provide your name and email address to villagehall@caryillinois.com.