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**To help eligible Illinois residents secure a coveted COVID-19 vaccine appointment, the State has launched a hotline for people who don’t have access to the internet or who have trouble making appointments online. To make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, call 833-621-1284. For more information about the coronavirus and vaccine, call 800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@illinois.gov.**

The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) provides updates on the disease's spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here. You can call the IDPH hotline for general questions about COVID-19 and Illinois’ response and guidance: 1-800-889-3931

For an immediate, life-threatening emergency, call 911. If you feel sick and you are wondering if you have COVID-19, call your health care provider first. If you do not know who to call, you can call your county public health department:

Local Public Health Departments:

  • Cook County is now running a phone hotline and email address to answer residents’ questions about COVID-19. Call 708-633-3319 Monday through Friday 9:00a-4:00p, to talk to a health professional or email ccdph.covid19@cookcountyhhs.org.
  • Will County COVID-19 phone hotline is available at 815-740-8977 Monday through Saturday 8:00a-4:00p
  • DuPage County COVID-19 phone hotline available at 630-221-7030 Monday through Saturday 8:00a-8:00p, Sunday 10:00a-6:00p
  • If you are unsure of which county you’re in, you can call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931.                          

VACCINE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with local public health departments, health care providers and other partners to ensure residents have access to a COVID-19 vaccine. While the current vaccine is limited and allocated to health care personnel and long-term care (LTC) residents, this supply will increase over time and all adults should be able to be vaccinated in 2021. As more vaccines are distributed by the federal government, several thousand vaccination providers will be available, including but not limited to doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), across the state. 

If you are an eligible individual as outlined by the State's guidelines, you can find your nearest vaccination site here. For information on who is eligible for a vaccine in the State of Illinois, please visit here.

In March, Congresswoman Marie Newman announced that more than $70 million in grant funding from the American Rescue Plan will be directed to eight community health centers with locations in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District as part of an effort to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and treatment for the hardest-hit and highest-risk communities. Read more about the announcement and community health centers by visiting here.

TESTING

The Illinois Department of Public Health and Chicago Department of Public Health provides a comprehensive list of community-based testing sites. All tests at City testing sites are offered at no cost to all people regardless of citizenship status and ability to pay. Additionally, you can find testing information from Cook County here and testing information from Will County here.

FOOD

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is operating over 400 food distribution sites across greater Chicagoland. Look here for locations, times and more information.

Casa Catalina Basic Human Needs Center (4537 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago): Catholic Charities food pantry serving Back of the Yards and surrounding neighborhoods since 1990. Currently open and distributing pre-packed bags of food; requesting donations of frozen meat and nonperishable food items. No clothing, please. Hours are Tuesday 9:30-11:30a and 1:00-3:00p, Wednesday 1:00-5:30p, Thursday 10:00-11:30a and 1:00-3:00p. Se habla español. First-come, first-served.

Chicago Public Schools are providing meals Monday through Friday, 8:00a-1:00p. Families may pick up three days worth of meals for every child in their household. ID is not necessary. More information here, and a map of meal pick-up-sites here.

SENIOR SERVICES

Area supermarkets are operating dedicated hours for seniors to shop without crowds. Reach out to your local store to enquire about shopping hours for seniors or high-risk individuals.

For neighbors who need help affording groceries/Meals on Wheels programs

  • In Chicago, people 60 and up should call 312-744-4016
  • Suburban Cook County: 
    • Resources here for Palos, Lemont, Orland and Worth Townships 
    • More resources here for Berwyn, Lyons, Lemont, and Worth Townships
    • You can also connect with Aging Care Connections at 708-354-1323 to connect with resources in the area.
  • In Will County, people 60 and up should call 815-740-4225 or consult here for more information
  • In DuPage County, people 60 and up should sign up online here
  • The Greater Chicago Food Depository operates over 400 pickup locations in the greater Chicago area. For locations and hours of operation call 773-247-3663.

HEALTH

Pharmacy Resources

Most major pharmacies are offering prescription delivery services. Contact your pharmacy for further details. 

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. For mental health resources, check here

For local mental health resources, please check the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), here.

It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing. For more information on self-care and emotional health, check here.

CareLink

Cook County Health (CCH) system treats undocumented individuals living within Cook County, which includes the City of Chicago. CCH is a public health system with a strong charity program called CareLink, for people who are uninsured or underinsured, including undocumented immigrants. 

CareLink is accepted in all health clinics and hospitals within CCH. Those with CareLink do not have to worry about any medical bills.

Check here for a list of CCH hospitals and primary care clinics. For billing and insurance questions, check here.

Charity Care/Hospital Financial Assistance

All public hospitals in Illinois are required to offer financial assistance to uninsured individuals who meet certain income requirements. If you are an uninsured Illinois resident and meet the income eligibility guidelines, you can apply for financial assistance for free or discounted care based on family size and income. Hospitals’ financial assistance programs may apply only to hospital charges.

Patient must:

  • Be uninsured
  • Live in Illinois
  • Have an income 200% federal poverty level or below 
  • Have applied for any discount or programs that they may be eligible for (such as Medicaid, etc.)
  • Received medically necessary health care services exceeding $300 in any one inpatient admission or outpatient encounter

Access Living has put together an entire resource guide for people with disabilities and those who are immuno-compromised to get through COVID-19. To view their guide, check here.

HOUSING, HOMEOWNERS, AND RENTERS

Many folks either lost jobs or cannot work due to illness right now and are worried about paying bills. 

You can find information about rental assistance below.

Housing assistance and shelters are available as well:

  • MorningStar Mission Ministries’ Shelter in Joliet is accepting women and families. Call for more information at 815-722-5780.
  • Metropolitan Family Services is accepting people in its domestic violence shelter and also has a 24-hour domestic violence hotline
  • Housing Action Illinois does not provide direct assistance to people looking for affordable housing, but they have a full resource guide available on their website.
  • To find a homeless shelter near you, check here.

For domestic violence survivors

The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached by calling 800-799-7233, or 800-799-7233 for TTY, by texting LOVEIS to 22522, or by chatting on its website. The hotline’s website also has a post with suggestions for survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Additional resources:

Utilities and Debt

  • There is a statewide moratorium on utility disconnections for individuals experiencing financial hardship. More information here

Many other municipalities have suspended water shutoffs and may be offering assistance as well. For more information, please get in touch directly with your municipality.

UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

Unemployment benefits may be available to those whose job loss is attributed to COVID-19 through the State of Illinois. To seek more information and apply, click here.

Brave Space Alliance (773) 333-5199), offers virtual assistance for those applying for unemployment and other benefits.

Legal Aid Chicago has compiled an FAQ on paid sick leave to assist during these times. People who work for a Chicago or Cook County employer may be eligible for paid sick leave under the Chicago Paid Sick Leave and Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinances.

Assistance for domestic workers

National Domestic Workers Alliance is starting a Coronavirus Care Fund and also has a resource hub with other info for domestic workers.

Assistance for hospitality workers

BUSINESS OWNERS

Small business owners in Illinois may be eligible for low-interest disaster relief loans due to COVID-19 through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Please check here for details.

Resource guide for Chicago small businesses here

IMMIGRATION

ICIRR has a comprehensive COVID resource guide for immigrants here.

The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet also has an immigrant support program. This location serves DuPage, Will, Kankakee, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, and Kendall counties.