COVID-19 Resources


 COVID 19 Health * Chicago Updates * CDC Updates* Illinois Updates *

City Services Suspensions * Hotlines and Guides*

 Emergency Child Care * Financial Resources and Assistance *

 Housing * Healthcare Food Assistance* 



COVID 19 Health



  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Sore Throat

  • Difficulty Breathing

COVID-19 Medical Glossary-  A list of the key terms of Covid-19. Think of it as the footnotes to all you need to know about the coronavirus. -NEW



Where can I get tested?  List of testing sites in Illinois

Telehealth Remote Care for Mild COVID-19 Cases-NEW

If you believe you may have a mild case of COVID-19, this remote patient monitoring program is available to anyone with or without insurance in Illinois. Patients receive daily virtual visits by health care workers and receive wellness kits that include things like thermometers and pulse oximeters and blood pressure cuffs.

Patients Recovered from COVID-19

If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 and are now fully recovered, you may be able to help.

Consider Plasma Donation. Your immune system may now be producing antibodies to protect you from becoming infected again with coronavirus. If so, your plasma may be rich in these antibodies and be helpful in the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 disease in others. Donated plasma could be used right now, for compassionate treatment, even before we have scientific trials, or as part of a trial to determine definitively if this treatment works.   Visit The American Red Cross 

See Illinois Updates below for more information on the phases of opening Illinois




Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Chicago Restrictions, Travel Order Evaluation, Downstate ‘Warning'- NEW


Restore Illinois: Phase 1-5:Summary 

Restore Illinois/ Chicago Phase 4 - Currently we are in this phase. What's open? and what does this mean?)


How to Make and Where to Donate 3D Printed Face Shields. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has approved the design



  • IRS Update: The tax filing due date is extended from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers -- individuals, corporations, other non-corporate filers and those who pay self-employment tax -- can also defer income tax payments. See details at:

  • FTC - Avoid Coronavirus Scams! Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay.




CTACoronavirus Info (COVID-19): Phase 4 Detailed Information

METRA- Metra response to the COVID-19 crisis and Schedules

City Service Suspensions


Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans today entered an order that extends the postponement of many criminal and civil cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

The order also expands the use of videoconferencing for all court proceedings deemed necessary or emergencies during this time. The Office of the Chief Judge has been working with the justice system stakeholders – the sheriff, clerk, state’s attorney and public defender – on this increased use of video appearances. More information HERE 

NEW- Expiration dates for Illinois driver’s licenses, ID cards and license plate stickers have been extended an additional month, to Nov. 1, 2020

Hotlines and Guides


  • FREE emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous- NEW

  • Illinois Coronavirus Helpline: 1 (800) 889-3931

  • Chicago Department of Public Health: (312) 746-4835

  • ICIRR Family Services: (855) 435-7693

    • Immigrant Services

  • Cook County Department of Public Health: (708) 633-3319

    • Text “AlertCook” to 888-777 for text alerts

  • Cook County Benefits (SNAP, Medicaid, etc.): (773) 843-5416

  • Great Chicago Food Depository Benefits Hotline: (773) 843-5416

  • Illinois Warm Line. Do you just need someone to talk to? Peer and Family Support Specialists are professionals who have experienced mental health recovery in their own lives as an individual or family member. They have been trained in recovery support, mentoring, and advocacy and are ready to listen and help you. The warm line is not a crisis hotline, but is a source of support. Call: 1 (866) 359-7953


Emergency Childcare 

On Friday, March 20, Governor Pritzker ordered the closure of all child care centers and homes in Illinois. Beginning Saturday, March 21:

  • Child care homes may open to serve six or fewer children of essential workers.

  • Child care centers may apply for an Emergency Child Care License to serve 10 or fewer children of essential workers per room.

Emergency Child Care for Communities & Providers

To find emergency child care in your area, call (888) 228-1146 or visit COVID-19 Emergency Provider Search

For links to information shared during the Governor's COVID-19 daily briefing on April 5, 2020:

This page contains information and resources on emergency child care for: essential workers; child care providers; and volunteers who want to offer support. For general COVID-19 early childhood information, access to updates from state agencies, or resources for families with young children click here

Financial Resources and Assistance


Emergency Assistance​ 

All Chicago: 

Flexible Financial Fund

The Flexible Financial Fund is the primary program of the Emergency Fund. It is designed to prevent a sudden financial setback from becoming a long-term financial crisis.

If you are seeking Flexible Financial Fund assistance, please call 3-1-1 and ask for short-term assistance.

State Homelessness Prevention Fund

The Emergency Fund was selected to administer the State of Illinois’ Homeless Prevention Funds for residents of Chicago. These funds provide assistance for security deposits, rent, mortgages, and utilities. Individuals seeking assistance from the State Homeless Prevention Fund should call 3-1-1 and ask for short-term assistance or visit one of the Department of Family Support Services Community CentersA specialist will need to review the caller's eligibility. If they are not qualified, then referrals may be made to other community resources, ranging from short term loans to government support. In Chicago, dial 311, or in Cook County, people can dial the Homelessness Prevention Call Center at 1.877.426.6515

Catholic Charities: Financial Assistance: Visit Here  

St. Vincent DePaul -
Various locations. Visit their website to find location near you.
(773) 779-6700    Provide many services including food programs, emergency financial assistance, emergency transportation, sheltlers, and more.

Other Financial Resources

Housing Resources

10,000 More Chicagoans Can Get Rent, Mortgage Relief After City Expands Grant Program- NEW


What Chicago renters need to know during the coronavirus pandemic

An article filled with resources and answers for renters and homeowners most urgent concerns 


Utility Billing Relief: In partnership with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), the City of Chicago is launching the Utility Billing Relief Program, intended to make water, sewer, and water-sewer tax bills more affordable for qualifying Chicago residents!-NEW

Additional Assistance

Caring Closet (call for information)
1745 East 71st Street, Chicago
(773) 947-9043

Serves the homeless and poverty-stricken families living between 35th & 103rd by providing free furniture, household items and clothing. REFERRAL NEEDED.

Cathedral Shelter 

1668 West Ogden, Chicago
(312) 997-2222
Provides emergency furniture assistance for individuals in current need of furniture or household items. Cathedral Shelter also may provide rental assistance, food, shelter and senior services.


8765 West Higgins Rd, Suite 450, Chicago
(773) 693-0300
Since their founding in 1894, ChildServ has played a key role in Chicagoland's child welfare services. Today, ChildServ annually provides care and nurturing to nearly 3,800 children and their families across Cook, Lake and DuPage counties.

Heartland Alliance

208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1300, Chicago
(312) 660-1300
Provide general assistance, including housing, health care, human services and human rights protection, and more.

Salvation Army

Various locations. Visit their website to find The Army near you.
(773) 725-1100
General assistance, including social services, emergency relief and adult rehabilitation, and more.


Healthcare Resources

Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence during COVID-19 - NEW​









Food Assistance

  • Select Chicago Public Schools are open during the summer, Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm, to provide meals to parents (breakfast and lunch).  Here is a list for the grab and go sites where you can pick up this food:  Pick Up Locations  you can also call: 1-773-553-KIDS or email at to make a request for food delivery.   REMINDER: You do not have to be a CPS student, simply tell the staff how many members are in your household and guest will receive a meal kit for 3-days per family member.


1 N. State Street

Suite 400

Chicago, Illinois

Tel: 773-577-8074


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