The Chicago Department of Health (CDPH) posts regular updates about the steps they are taking to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. You can find them here. As of this writing, there are 288 confirmed cases in Illinois in 17 counties. Earlier this week, Illinois reported the first death due to COVID-19 - a woman from Chicago in her 60s with an underlying health condition. At least six cases of COVID-19 have been connected to Lycee Francais in the 47th Ward. Those who had direct contact with positive cases have been / will continue to be notified.
Earlier today, Mayor Lightfoot announced the city will stop all debt collection, ticketing and impound practices through April 30th at the earliest. The city will also limit ticketing, towing and impounding and focus its efforts on public safety-related issues. You can read more about that here. Utility bills are no longer due this week, either.
Staying home is considered the best way to prevent getting COVID-19 or spreading it to vulnerable populations in our community. Testing supplies are still limited, so please refrain from getting tested unless you are explicitly told by a doctor to do so. Check out the state's new website for all-things coronavirus.
While we understand that this may be a difficult time for you and your family, please keep in mind that our small business community is making tremendous sacrifices for the health and safety of us all. Now they need our support more than ever!
CPS locations are Food Distribution Centers from 9 AM to 1 PM every weekday. Families can pick up 3 days worth of food for each child at any given time. Parents in need of delivery should call 773-553-KIDS (5437) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Can I Help?
If you’re interested in helping with COVID-19 support you sign up here. Alderman Martin's office will send regular updates about the type of help that is most needed. Immediate needs include:
Resources for Employees
We understand the economic and financial impact that COVID-19 is already having on residents all across the country. We are working with officials throughout the City, as well as with state and federal partners, to ensure that people are getting the robust and direct support they need. For now, please take advantage of these resources.
Unemployment - State of IllinoisRental Assistance - City of ChicagoIllinois Commerce Commission passed a utility shut off moratorium until May 1The federal government suspended interest payments on student loansBartender emergency assistance
If you recently travelled, please make sure to check travel notices to see if you returned from a Level 3 country. Travelers from these countries need to be quarantined for 14 day and monitor their health. As of writing, Level 3 notices include China, South Korea, Iran, and most of Europe.
Older Adults and Those with Underlying Health Conditions
Older adults and those with underlying conditions (e.g., heart disease, lung disease, diabetes) are at high risk for COVID-19 and are encouraged to stay at home. Some grocery stores like Jewel are reserving the early morning hours of operation for senior shopping to ensure seniors can beat the crowds. Call your grocery store ahead of time to confirm details.
The private bus that typically brings seniors from 47th ward senior living communities to Marianos has been cancelled through April 1. It is tentatively scheduled to operate April 15, but a determination will be made closer to that date. If you need help getting your groceries, call us at 773-868-4747.
Resources for Quarantined Individuals
If you are quarantined due to travel, mild illness, or pending test results, want to make sure you have all of the resources you need. If you’re under financial hardship due to quarantine for COVID-19, you may qualify for:
Unemployment - State of IllinoisRental Assistance - City of ChicagoIllinois Commerce Commission passed a utility shut off moratorium until May 1The federal government suspended interest payments on student loansCity parking tickets and debt collection are suspended until April 3
Where Can I Find The Most Up-to-Date Information?
Watch the Governor’s daily press conferences on his Facebook page. Typically these are at 2:30 PM. Everyday at 11 AM you can ask the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Arwady, questions on Facebook.Center for Disease Control (CDC) updates Updates from the State of IllinoisVisit the City’s website for updates. You can also sign up for regular emails and texts. Updates from Congressman Quigley