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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015 or Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

Monday, March 16, 2020

DuPage County Board Chairman Issues Disaster Proclamation

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin issued a disaster proclamation for DuPage County in response to the County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.

By issuing a disaster proclamation, the County officially activated its Emergency Operations Plan and will continue to work with local, state, and federal partners to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation on March 9 that would allow Illinois to receive federal funds to assist with the statewide response to coronavirus. Chairman Cronin made the proclamation after consultation from the DuPage County Health Department and the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“By proclaiming a state of emergency in DuPage County, we are simply continuing the next phase of our response to the coronavirus,” Cronin said. “This proclamation provides an avenue to access additional funding for planning and response efforts. We want to assure residents we are in daily contact with the DuPage County Health Department and the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, as well as other local, state and federal agencies to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community. It is vitally important that we take this situation seriously, that we rely on data and best public health practices as we provide guidance to our residents.”

A DuPage County woman residing in a long-term care facility has tested positive for COVID-19.  Illinois Department of Public health officials are working with the long-term care facility to identify all close contacts and protect the health and safety of all residents and staff at the facility.  

To learn more about coronavirus visit the DuPage County Health Department’s coronavirus page at or call the Illinois Department of Public Health’s coronavirus hotline at (800) 889-3931.