Managing Your Health

 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way for all Chicagoans to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 is to stay home as much as possible and practice good hand hygiene and social distancing when going out in public.

 

Know How it Spread

The virus that causes COVID-19 primarily spreads between people in close contact when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. You might also get the virus if you touch something with the virus on it, and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.

 

Follow These Guidelines

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others
  • If you’re sick, stay home except to get medical care
  • Put 6ft distance or more between yourselves and others when in public
  • Wear a cloth face covering in the grocery store, pharmacy or other public settings where it’s difficult to maintain social distancing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, like doorknobs, light switches, phones, and faucets

Learn more at Centers of Disease Control & Prevention

 

#AskDrArwady, our local expert

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.

You should first use our Chi COVID Coach, an app developed to help you know what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Once you sign up, we’ll check back with you via text message. We'll let you know what you and the other people in your household should do to limit the spread of COVID-19, help you know how long you need to stay separated from others, and give you day-by-day guidance throughout a potential isolation or quarantine period.

What to do if you are sick

If you’re sick you must stay home and cannot return to school or work until:

  • at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared; and,
  • at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since your fever has resolved (i.e. no fever without the use of fever reducing medications) and your other symptoms are improving.

For example, if you have a fever and coughing for 7 days, you need to stay home 3 more days with no fever for a total of 10 days. Or, if you have a fever and coughing for 8 days, you need to stay home 3 more days with no fever for a total of 11 days.

  • If you’re mildly ill and can recover at home, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.
    Stay home except to get medical care
  • Stay away from other people in your home
  • Clean your hands often
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a cloth covering if you must be around other people (even at home)
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, like doorknobs, light switches, phones, and faucets
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor

 Learn more at Centers of Disease Control & Prevention

Caring for someone who is sick

If you’re living with someone who is sick or have been in close contact with a person sick with COVID-19, you need to stay home too and avoid public places for 14 days. Monitor your symptoms and do not go to work or school. If you’re caring for someone sick at home follow these guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention.

If you’re an essential worker who has been exposed to COVID-19, you may continue to work, as long as you don’t develop any COVID-19 symptoms. Follow these CDPH recommendations for essential workers.

Updated as of 06/01/2020

 

New COVID-19 Testing Sites in Chicago

The City has identified seven new testing sites throughout Chicago that will bring testing to communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 global pandemic. Symptomatic residents and asymptomatic frontline workers that are looking to be tested for COVID-19 are encouraged to pre-register for a test online at ChicagoCovidTesting.comOnce open, each testing site will run Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm.

 

Please note that all City of Chicago testing sites will be closed on June 1, 2020.

 

Facility Tentative Opening Date Address Testing Criteria Type
Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy Open 2850 W 24th Blvd, Chicago, IL 60623 Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID Drive-Thru, Walk-Up
Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy Open 2231 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID Drive-Thru, Walk-Up
Columbus Park Open 5701 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60644 Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID Drive-Thru, Walk-Up
Gately Park Open 744 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628 Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID Drive-Thru, Walk-Up
Kennedy-King College Open 6301 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60621 Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID Drive-Thru, Walk-Up
Horizon Science Academy Open 5401 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60609 Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID Drive-Thru, Walk-Up
Guaranteed Rate Field Lot A Tuesday, June 2 3341 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60616 Asymptomatic first responders and healthcare workers Drive-Thru Only

 

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Chicago

Here are additional locations where you can get tested for COVID-19. This is not a comprehensive list. Locations are continuously being added as information is provided.

For additional information, see the Illinois Department of Public Health list of testing sites.

 

Chi COVID Coach

When you register with our Chi COVID Coach, we will alert you when COVID-19 approved antibody testing - and down the line, vaccination - is available. If you think you've already had COVID-19, but were not tested while you were sick, antibody testing will eventually help answer the question of whether you had COVID-19 in the past and now have some protection. Learn more at covidcoach.chicago.gov.