Oak Park’s village government may renew a COVID-19 “state of emergency” if the village board approves the action Monday night. Rising numbers of cases locally and in the state has prompted the upcoming vote to renew the emergency status.
The board will vote on a staff recommendation to approve a resolution declaring an emergency affecting public health at its upcoming July 27 meeting, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases experienced this month. If approved, the public health emergency declaration would extend until Sept. 14.
“Following a sustained period of declining new positive cases in Oak Park of COVID-19, the village has seen the seven day and 14 day rolling average of new positive cases trend in an increasing direction during the month of July 2020,” the resolution reads.
The board of trustees previously declared an emergency affecting public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 13. Under an emergency declaration, the village manager, with the board’s approval, has the ability to “authorize any purchase or contracts necessary to place the village in a position to combat effectively any disaster, and to protect the public health and safety, protect property, and to provide emergency assistance to victims in the case of any manmade or natural disaster.”
Public health emergency declarations also allow the village to enter into contracts without public advertisement.