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Information on the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Vaccines

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 3/31/2022)
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 face mask
·         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.
COVID Testing sites in Park Ridge
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
​SCAM WARNING: If you receive a call, text, or email saying that you can pay to receive early access to a COVID-19 vaccine or can pay to have a vaccine shipped to your home, DO NOT give your information to these individuals. The COVID-19 vaccine is free.  Many scammers claim they are from the World Health Organization, the CDC, or a government official’s office.
Find out more about combating COVID-19 misinformation here: https://www.parkridge.info/misinformation/
For more information about the virus and COVID-19 (updated 5/9/2022):

Vaccine Information

Cook County Vaccine Sign-Up Hotline: 833-308-1988 M-F 8am-8pm CT

To Make Appointments Online in Cook County https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov/

Illinois Vaccine Appointment Call Center open daily at (833) 621-1284. 

Other resources that might come in handy: (updated 8/5/2021)

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.
  • 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/ Expiration dates for driver's licenses and identification cards will be extended until Jan. 1, 2022. 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

How to Help

  • 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.
  • You can join the grassroots #MasksNow movement and volunteer to help - even if you can't sew!
  • Local food pantries need your help https://mainetown.com/departments/food-pantry/

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