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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 4/8/2020)
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.
P​lease 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-s​urge-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.
For more information about the virus and COVID-19 (updated 4/7/2020):
  • The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals. 
  • The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is monitoring closely the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and developing guidance to prepare communities to respond. They can be reached at 312-746-4835.
  • On Friday, March 27, 2020, The U.S. House Passed H.R. 748, The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security (Cares) Act. Here are some highlights of what is included in this legislation and shall be enacted in the coming days and weeks. Visit https://schakowsky.house.gov/coronavirus for updates on implementation and access to some of these provisions.
  • The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is coordinating with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as other local and regional public health partners, hospitals and emergency response agencies, regarding suspect cases, situational awareness, and guidance for healthcare providers, travelers, Persons Under Investigation (PUIs), and the general public. They can be reached at 708-633-4000.
  • The Illinois Department of Health provides updates on the disease's spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here. They can be reached at 1-800-889-3931.
  • The State of Illinois Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response including video archives of press conferences and tips from leading experts to keep you and your family safe. https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/
  • The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.
  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Authoritative and Relevant Resources There has been a great deal of coverage and discussion around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. News, data and research about COVID-19 is emerging daily from a variety of sources and it can be difficult to know where to find the most up-to-date, evidence-based information. These resources may help.
  • Should Americans wear masks? Everything you need to know about new CDC guidelines https://abc7chicago.com/6076398/
  • Guidelines from the CDC on the use of masks by the general public https://www.parkridge.us/assets/1/News/20200406_IDPH_Guidance_for_the_Use_o.pdf
Other resources that might come in handy: (updated 4/5/2020)

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
  • 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 30 days after Driver Services Facilities reopen. Online services are available.
  • The Chicago Tribune's Coronavirus in Illinois Updates: https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/

Household Resources

Business Resources

Tax Resources

  • Economic impact payments: What you need to know Check IRS.gov for the latest information: No action needed by most people at this time
  • Coronavirus Tax Relief: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
  • Illinois Department of Revenue taxpayer phone system agents are currently unavailable. Taxpayers can still check the status of a refund, identify a PIN, or receive estimated payment information through their taxpayer assistance 800 number: 800-732-8866  . During this time, a limited number of staff will also be monitoring and responding to emails.

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/

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