Village of Manhattan, Partners announce Community COVID-19 response


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Village of Manhattan officials announced  “COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Community Partners Response” to residents living in the Manhattan community on Wednesday. 

The response is collaboration between seven local entities including the Village of Manhattan, Manhattan Police Department, Manhattan Fire Protection District, Manhattan Township, Manhattan Park District, Manhattan-Elwood Public Library and Manhattan School District 114.

As of April 8th, 14 cases were found in the Manhattan area code, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“This is an emotional and trying time for many. We ask that all residents follow the Governor’s orders. We need to flatten the curve of new cases.” says the Manhattan Police Department inside the Community Partners Response Packet.

The packet addresses many community concerns, including the importance of social distancing, stresses the importance of making essential trips only, and asks residents to understand the importance of not hording food or supplies during the pandemic. 

It also provides information on local food assistance programs and other community aid efforts.

“I want to assure everyone that the health, safety and welfare of all our Manhattan residents is of the utmost importance. Stay home, stay safe, and let’s all do what we can to stop the spread of this terrible virus,” said Manhattan Mayor James Doyle issues an assurance to community residents.

“If you develop symptoms, contact your primary care doctor and let them know.” said the Manhattan Fire Protection District, “If you start to have trouble breathing than call 911.”  The District stress the importance of not approaching paramedics until they are ready and can determine the proper amount of PPE to treat the patient.

At Manhattan Park District, parks remain open while all playgrounds, fields and courts are closed for public use. 

If you have questions and have internet service, email questions to or call village hall at 815-418-2100.


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