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Information on the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to be a serious public health threat. It is important that you are aware of the disease and the efforts necessary to prevent its spread. (updated 7/28/2020)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread and start to feel ill, call your doctor.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
·         Stay home except to get medical care
·         Call ahead before visiting your doctor
·         Wear a facemask
·         Cover your coughs and sneezes
·         Avoid sharing personal household items
·         Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Physicians Immediate Care is the first and only urgent care and occupational medicine provider in Illinois with the new Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test. It provides positive test results in 5 minutes so a person can see their results immediately. Testing available at all Illinois locations for those who meet the criteria on their website: https://physiciansimmediatecare.com/covid-19-molecular-testing/
Please be aware there have been massive spikes in phishing emails about COVID-19. While you should always be cautious, be even more diligent and careful when opening links and attachments during this time.
It’s ok to click on links when you’re on trusted sites. Clicking on links that appear in random emails and instant messages, however, is never a good idea. Hover over links that you are unsure of before clicking on them. Do they lead where they are supposed to lead?
A phishing email may claim to be from a legitimate company and when you click the link to the website, it may look exactly like the real website but it's actually a phishing site. It's better to go directly to a site than click on a questionable link. https://blog.knowbe4.com/heads-upfeeding​-frenzy-covid-19-phishing-attacks-surge-as-u.s.-reels-from-pandemic
Beware of Stimulus Check Scams and Related Hoaxes: 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2020/03/28/beware-of-stimulus-check-scams-and-related-hoaxes Identity thieves are using confusion over the stimulus checks to convince potential victims to turn over personally-identifying information.
Find out more about combating COVID-19 misinformation here: https://www.parkridge.info/misinformation/
For more information about the virus and COVID-19 (updated 7/20/2020):
Other resources that might come in handy: (updated 7/28/2020)

Local Resources

  • The Park Ridge Care Team is a network of volunteers established to care for those in need of assistance who are unable or have been advised to avoid going out in public during this time with the pickup of groceries, medicine or other essential items. For Park Ridge Care Team assistance call 847-461-9573. This number does not replace 911. For all emergencies, call 911.
  • The Taste of Park Ridge Facebook page is focusing on local restaurants that are open for delivery or curbside service: https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfParkRidge/
  • Cook County's New Alert System: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle held a press conference to announce Cook County’s new text message alert system, hotline and email for sharing COVID-19 updates. Residents can now text the word ALERTCOOK to 888-777, to receive rapid updates related to the virus; call the hotline number at (708) 633-3319; or email at: ccdph.covid19@cookcountyhhs.org
  • The Cook County Department of Health interactive map reporting COVID-19 cases in Suburban Cook Co. https://ccdphcd.shinyapps.io/covid19/ 
  • State Senator Laura Murphy shares important resources to help individuals manage their mental health during COVID-19. http://www.senatorlauramurphy.com/news/10-press-releases/271-murphy-help-is-available-for-those-struggling-with-mental-health
  • COVID-19's effect on the Secretary of State's Office: https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/ All Illinois Secretary of State offices and Driver Services facilities are CLOSED to the public through April 30, 2020. Expiration dates for driver's licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings will be extended at least 90 days after Driver Services Facilities reopen. Online services are available.
  • The Chicago Tribune's Coronavirus in Illinois Updates: https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/
  • Illinois Department of Human Services launched a free emotional support text line for Illinoisans experiencing stress related to COVID-19: Call4Calm. This isn’t a crisis hotline, but a source of support. 
    If you want to speak to a counselor, text TALK to 552020, or HABLAR for Spanish speakers.
    You can also access a wider array of supports using the same number on your mobile phone. Text 552020 with keywords such as "unemployment" or "food" or "shelter" to receive information to help you navigate getting assistance.
  • IDPH is monitoring several indicators that measure the health burden of COVID-19 in each Illinois county and capture a county’s ability to respond. Many of these county-level indicators are similar to the Restore Illinois criteria and support that larger framework. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics

Home Resources

Business and Financial Resources

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Student Resources

How to Help

  • Serve Illinois Commission is in the process of providing CDC guidance to service organizations across the state:
    ✔️ Daily health surveys & temperature checks
    ✔️ Disinfecting surfaces at each shift
    ✔️ Ensuring that any group work involves fewer than 10 people
    ✔️ Proper social distancing
    This is an opportunity for healthy college students looking for something to do, or individuals who aren’t able to work from home — an opportunity for people who are healthy and looking to help. Learn more at serve.illinois.gov
  • Gov. Pritzker also encourages healthy, eligible individuals to donate blood. As this situation has evolved, the American Red Cross has seen blood drives canceled across the country.A blood shortage would only worsen the health care crisis we are facing right now, so we need your help.
  • The United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, in collaboration with the Office of Governor JB Pritzker, are establishing the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund to raise funds from individual, corporate, and foundation donors to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.ilcovidresponsefund.org/
  • You can join the grassroots #MasksNow movement and volunteer to help - even if you can't sew!

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