Community Resources during Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Resources for your overall emotional safety, health and wellbeing:
- Illinois Warm Line: Call (866) 359-7953 Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. The IL Warm Line provides free mental/emotional support via telephone. Interpreter Services are available.
- If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed and like you want to harm yourselves or others, call 911
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis Counselor
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor
Support for Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking Victims:
- If you are seeking transportation and other services to flee a violent situation, contact the IL Domestic Violence Hotline which is available 24/7 by calling the number below. Operators can deploy a driver from either Lyft or Uber to the location to pick up the rider and transport them to a new location of their choosing. The system will work to pair the caller with the closest driver in the area, and the caller's privacy will be protected by personnel at the Hotline.
- Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline: call or text 24/7 (877) 863-6338
- Sarah's Inn Intimate Partner Violence 24-Hour Crisis Line: Call 708-386-4225 OR Text 708-792-3120
Support for those with ASD
Elemy created a guide on adjusting to the pandemic for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This free resource serves to educate parents and caretakers of neurodivergent children on how to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics covered in this free guide include communication, potential risks, healthy routines, and more.
Information for Employers
- Illinois Department of Public Health Guidance For Employers and Employees on Workers' Rights and Safety
- Chicago Department of Public Health Workplace Guidance
- Illinois Statewide Workplace Rights and Safety Concerns: If you have concerns about employees working in close proximity, unsanitary environment or other employer’s practices, and want to file a complaint, call the Attorney General’s Workplace Rights Bureau at 844-740-5076 or use this complaint form here.
Employees with positive COVID-19 tests: If an employee tested positive, it is important to note that many people continue to test positive for several weeks after recovering from COVID19, but these repeat positive test results do not indicate the person is contagious so long as it was a mild to moderate case and time-based or symptom-based requirements have been met. For further information please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/duration-isolation.html.
Chicago Residents: Updates from City Government on COVID-19
The City of Chicago's Department of Public Health (CDPH) is offering a new way for the public to engage and learn updates with "THE DOC IS IN: ASK DR. ARWADY."
This is a new daily live-stream hosted by the City of Chicago and CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. It will be held daily at 11am on Twitter and Facebook LIVE, connected residents directly with Chicago's leading public health expert and occasional co-hosts, including experts from City Department and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.
- Resources for CountyCare members
- Chicago resources for Food, Housing, Schools, Undocumented individuals, Financial Support, and Utilities: Click here
- National and State-specific COVID-19 resources for undocumented communities: Click here
- List of resources from the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR): Click here
- Click here for a list of Chicago resources, started by Northwestern University's Center for Community Health and Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC).
- What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease 2019; Chicago Department of Public Health
- What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019; Chicago Department of Public Health
- What to do if you have symptoms and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; Chicago Department of Public Health
- List of Chicago Food Banks: Click here
- Click here to search for community resources by zipcode. Resources for food and goods, housing, transit, health, education, work, and more can be searched here.