CITY OF EFFINGHAM – COVID-19 UPDATE
Citizens of Effingham:
COVID-19 has come front and center in our lives. It is mean and it is scary.
Please go out in the fresh air, take a step back, close your eyes and take a deep breath!
It is hard to imagine that just two months ago, we didn’t know that COVID-19 existed. Today, it is foremost in our nation’s mind.
Live your lives, and be aware, be helpful, and be smart. We can work to protect our families, loved ones and friends, and our employees. This change in our lives disrupts our routines, our activities, and our ability to freely move and do what we want to do. If every person who has the virus or has been exposed stays away from others, there is no one to infect and the virus does not survive. Gatherings, where the virus can be easily transferred to one another, become a threat to fighting this pandemic. We cannot stop the spread of this virus without hard decisions that affect us emotionally and financially.
We have been forced to slow down. Take this time to reconnect with your family and loved ones. Rather than react to this pandemic with fear and worry, extend kindness, be creative and productive and remain prayerful.
City leaders and employees are working hard to help the citizens of Effingham and our neighboring communities. We are aware of the hardships and the weight of the responsibility is difficult. Bottom line: we will adhere to the mandates handed down by Governor Pritzker.
Please stay home…be grateful…and be faithful.
Mayor Mike Schutzbach
STATE OF ILLINOIS EXECUTIVE ORDER
Previous City Announcements
CITY OF EFFINGHAM STATUS
The latest information on City of Effingham services, facilities, programs, businesses and meetings is provided below.
All Inquiries about the COVID-19 virus to Kim Tegeler, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Effingham. Please phone 217-342-5368 or email Ktegeler@effinghamil.com.
All public services within the City of Effingham remain fully operational. Staff in these areas are taking steps recommended by public health experts to keep things clean and prevent the spread of virus.
If you need to do business with the city, chances are you can do it online. Please reference our additional resources section below, or click on contact us for assistance.
City Hall is closed to the public. Should you need assistance please contact us though telephone (217) 34-5300, email or utilize our outside deposit box and online services available here on our website.
Effingham Police Station's lobby is closed to the public. Services will still be provided by records department electronically.
Fire Station 1 and Fire Station 2 are closed to the public.
Effingham Tourism Department is currently closed to the public. Please contact them via telephone and email, with information located at www.visiteffinghamil.com
Cemetery inquiries can be done by phone.
Effingham Public Library has cancelled all programs and room bookings through March 30th.
The Effingham Tourism Office plans to continue to share information to inspire future travel and to aid visitors in planning their visit and/or rescheduling their stay in Effingham. Additionally, we will be sharing important updates regarding openings, closings and cancellations of all programs and events. It is our goal to encourage exciting experiences in Effingham, and to do that safely.
Below, is a link to our Calendar of Events, along with a few additional resources we would recommend utilizing. If you have an event or program update, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will update our calendar accordingly. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email us or call us at 217.342.5310. Thank you for your patience, in the meantime.
Information for local businesses and consumers.
A Special City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24th, at 5 p.m.
The City Council will determine plans for future meetings after that.
We encourage the public to view the meeting remotely. All City Council meetings are streamed online at Effingham Live
Public comment regarding items on the March 24th agenda can be submitted electronically.
What can I do?
FEMA's Posting for Individual and Community Preparedness
Break the Germ Cycle
You play an important role in the stopping the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Stay Calm
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- The Best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
- Avoid Close Contact
- Social Distancing (6 feet between one another)
- Wash your hands often
- use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
- if you feel sick do not go to the Emergency Room, contact your healthcare provider.
Remember we still have seasonal flu and allergy season is about to begin.
There is no need for anybody to hoard essential supplies.
Early information about COVID-19 suggests that older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and weakened immune systems (such as cancer patients and organ transplant recipients) are at higher risk for severe illness and should take extra precautions.
Access city resources online or via telephone
City of Effingham Services Available Online
Water Bill Payment
Renter’s Water Deposit Payment
New Water Service Application
Sewer Credit for Pool Application
Regarding all water disconnects, sprinkler activation & deactivation, and general Utility Billing questions, please email email@example.com
For downloadable forms and applications regarding the Amusement Tax, Building Official’s Office, Business Registry, Employment, Engineering Department, Enterprise Zone, FOIA, Hotel/Motel Tax, Liquor License, Pick It Up Effingham!, Police Department, and Speaker’s Cards see the link below.