Coronavirus in Chicago: Resources and Ways to Help Yourself and Others During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Rush University Medical Center

The COVID-19 pandemic has more than 131,962 confirmed cases and more than 6,238 deaths reported in Illinois. Globally, the World Health Organization reports there are more than 7.5 million confirmed cases and more than 423,000 deaths. With flu-like symptoms ranging from mild to severe, the exposure period of two to 14 days means many more people in the Chicago area could have COVID-19—and this number will dramatically rise when testing kits become more widely available.

We are now at the point where we need to practice common-sense hygiene and socially distance ourselves in order to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Schools and universities have closed state-wide in favor of e-learning, and companies are asking employees to work from home. Gov. J.B. Pritzker declared a “stay-at-home” order through May 31 to curb the spread of coronavirus. Residents should stay home, and work from home, and only make trips for essentials like food and medicine. Businesses deemed “non-essential” must closed, while grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, restaurants (pick-up or delivery) and gas stations remain open.

Phase 3 of our “stay-at-home” order should begin in Illinois on May 29. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has stated that Phase 3 will begin in “early June.”

Here is a list of both local and global resources to help guide you through this confusing time:

We will be updating this page as the community continues to be impacted.

Illinois Department of Public Health – Coronavirus Updates

Chicago Department of Public Health  – Coronavirus Updates

CDC Guidelines

World Health Organization (WHO) Info

Important Virus Charts (Vox)

Chicago Coronavirus headlines:

Illinois Phase 3: How Businesses Will Reopen and What You Will be Allowed to Do(NBC Chicago)

Illinois Sees First Week-Over-Week Drop In Coronavirus Deaths(Block Club Chicago)

“COVID-19: What we know so far about the 2019 novel coronavirus” (University of Chicago)

List of canceled events & businesses in Chicago (NBC Chicago)

Ways to support others in need:

“We Must Prioritize and Protect The Homeless Against the Coronavirus” (Neli Vazquez Rowland, President & Co-Founder of A Safe Haven)

“Northwestern University Dance Marathon Is Canceled Over Coronavirus Fears, But Your Support Is Still Needed”

My Block, My Hood, My City is delivering supplies to seniors in need. Donate here.

Donate to the Greater Chicago Food Depository: they are keeping students fed during closures and helping those in need

Support local restaurants by ordering food to be delivered (most services like Uber Eats and Grubhub are asking drivers to drop off food at the door to minimize contact)

“What You Should Do if Caring for Someone With Coronavirus” (Chicago & Northern IL Red Cross)


More on the Coronavirus Outbreak…


Macaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons, and covers the Weekend 101 and monthly Recommended Events features. She proudly supports Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered and adopted into loving homes.