Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE CENTER

The City of Chicago is committed to providing leadership and help throughout the evolving COVID-19 crisis. As this situation develops, we will continue to offer resources and support to people across the city. This website provides the latest information on a range of topics regarding COVID-19.

statewide order has been issued for Illinois residents to stay at home or in their place of residence. The order requires all residents to stay home, unless traveling for essential needs or business, and requires businesses not engaged in essential activities to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations. The order will took effect on Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m., across the State of Illinois and will remain in place until the Governor’s Disaster Proclamation expires on April 7. Learn more about what this means for residents.

We are mobilizing every resource at our disposal and collaborating with national, state and local partners to develop a comprehensive and coordinated response to the virus. Fortunately, there are effective steps that we can all take to curb the spread of COVID-19 and support each other. We urge you to share information on this page with your neighbors and colleagues to ensure everyone is safe and receiving the help they need.

This is an unprecedented public health challenge. But make no mistake, with everyone working to battle its transmission, Chicagoans will prevail against COVID-19 and come through this stronger than ever.

HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. have issued a call for assistance from the medical community to help the City of Chicago in its response efforts to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

If you are a student and or interested in working in the medical or public health setting, regardless of experience, please volunteer.

Employment Opportunities Chicago Medical Corps

The Doc is in: #AskDrArwady

Tune in to our daily livestream on Facebook or Twitter at 11 a.m. to get the latest updates on COVID-19 from CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.

Testing for COVID-19

There is no treatment or cure for COVID-19. For most people, the illness is generally mild and can be safely managed at home. Testing is only indicated for individuals who are at risk of serious illness, like people over 60 or with underlying medical conditions. It’s important that we follow these testing guidelines to protect healthcare workers and avoid spreading the virus in our communities. Everyone, regardless of whether they have symptoms, should practice social distancing and good hand hygiene.

How to determine if you need testing

Question 1: Are you having symptoms like fever, cough, or difficulty breathing?

  • If YES: Please answer Question #2.
  • If NO: Testing is not needed. If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, stay home and monitor symptoms for 14 days.

Question 2: Are your symptoms severe?

  • If YES: Call your doctor or 911.
  • If NO: Please answer Question #3.

Question 3: Are you over 60? And/or do you have an underlying medical condition like diabetes, cancer or heart disease?

  • If YES: Contact your doctor to determine if testing is needed.
  • IF NO: Testing is not needed. Stay home for 7 days from symptom onset and 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms improve (whichever is longer) to avoid getting anyone else sick.

If you have any additional questions please email us at coronavirus@chicago.gov or call 312-746-4835.

Helpful Resources

General Information

The City of Chicago is tracking all information and resources related to COVID-19 and is aggregating for people to access via this website.

Mental Health

The City of Chicago understands emotional reactions to this health crisis are expected and that there is a greater need for mental health resources and services and would like the public to be informed about the resources available to them. 

Food

The City of Chicago in collaboration with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Salvation Army, Archdiocese and Catholic Charities, and Chicago Public Schools are leveraging our collective knowledge and networks to ensure access to food for all residents in need.

Housing

These are resources to access for those in need of shelter.

Schools and Youth

Information and educational resources for Chicago’s youth

Employment and Financial Support

The City of Chicago is partnering with the State and Federal Government to provide employment and financial assistance to those in need.

Utilities

The City of Chicago, and several private companies, are offering payment/debt relief for some utilities and services.

How You Can Help

In collaboration with the City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Chicago’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the region.

Additional Information

 

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