Managing Your Health




Think about yourself and all the people with whom you have close contact:


Is everyone under age 60?
Is everyone healthy, without underlying medical conditions?



Think about the public activity: 

Can you avoid crowds or close interaction with people you do not know?
Can you always keep 6-foot distance from others?
Can you always wear a mask? (And can everyone else?)
Is the activity outdoors?
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NO TO SOME QUESTIONS Public Activity Risk      
    <  Lower Severe Outcome Risk  Higher >



Continue COVID-19 precautions


Consider avoiding non-essential activities


Avoid non-essential activities


People over 60 and people with underlying medical conditions are more likely to be hospitalized or die if they are infected with COVID-19. No activity that includes interactions with other people is entirely without risk, and younger people without underlying medical conditions can also have severe outcomes from COVID-19.This ismeant to serve as a guide to informpersonaldecision-making.
The risk of infection increases as the number of interactions increases.


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 Spreads

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 07/02/2020


Testing is recommended for:

  • Anyone who has even mild symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever or chills, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle aches or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting
  • Anyone who has had prolonged close contact with someone who has, or is suspected to have, COVID-19
  • Anyone who has had any high risk exposures, including having more social interactions, being out in public or participating in a large gathering
  • First responders and other essential workers


COVID-19 Testing Sites in Chicago

Use the City of Chicago’s interactive testing map to find a testing site near you. The map is being updated frequently and locations are continuously being added. Please note that different testing sites might have different requirements. We recommend calling in advance or checking online first. For additional information, see the Illinois Department of Public Health list of testing sites.


City of Chicago Testing Sites

Additionally, the City has opened five testing sites throughout Chicago that bring testing to communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 global pandemic. All tests at the City testing sites are free and all people regardless of citizenship status can be tested. Residents who are looking to be tested can register on site or online at

Facility Address Testing Criteria Type Days & Hours
Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy 2850 W 24th Blvd, Chicago, IL 60623
  • Residents with symptoms
  • Residents with high risk exposure, including recent contact to someone who has COVID-19 or participation in a mass gathering
  • Healthcare workers and first responders
Drive-Thru and Walk-Up Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy 2231 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
Columbus Park 5701 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60644
Gately Park 744 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628
Horizon Science Academy 5401 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60609


Mobile Testing Sites

The City is partnering with community based organization to pilot multiple mobile testing sites. Please review the scheduled hours of operation.


Date Location Hours
Thursday, 7/02 Saint Sabina:1210 W. 78th Place  11am – 4pm
  Avondale Neighborhood Testing at North Side Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: 3933 N Elston Ave  2pm-5pm
Monday, 7/06 Messiah Temple Missionary Baptist Church: 10400 S Halsted 10am-4pm
Tuesday, 7/07 Messiah Temple Missionary Baptist Church: 10400 S Halsted 10am-4pm
  Neighborhood Testing at Ford: 13550 S. Torrence Ave 10am-4pm
Wednesday, 7/08 Neighborhood Testing at Ford: 13550 S. Torrence Ave 10am-4pm
Thursday, 7/09 CALOR: 3201 W North Ave 10am-4pm
Friday, 7/10 I Grow Chicago: 6402 S Honore St 11am-4pm
  DuSable Museum of African American History: 740 E 56th Pl 10am-4pm