CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
Governor Pritzker has announced the creation of a centralized state website detailing the state’s evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The website includes news, prevention information, preparation efforts, FAQs, resources and more information about coronavirus. Please visit the site at coronavirus.illinois.gov .
If you have questions regarding COVID-19, you can dial 1-800-889-3931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. This is rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
Mayor David Gonzalez is pleased to announce that a COVID-19 testing site will be opened in Chicago Heights. It will be operated by Aunt Martha’s Pediatric Health Center, located at 500 Dixie Highway. If a person meets newly expanded testing criteria, they should call Aunt Martha’s at 877-692-8686 to discuss an appointment for a drive-thru test.
Bloom Township will be giving way 500-gallons of milk each week to those in need. The distribution will kick-off on Thursday, April 23rd from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Township Food Pantry entrance on the North side of the Bloom Township Center at 425 Halsted Street, Chicago Heights (directly across from Prairie State College). Each family who attends will receive one, free gallon of milk. The milk program will occur every Thursday as long as product availability continues.
Cook County Launches "AlertCook" Text System to Provide Rapid COVID-19 Updates.
“AlertCook,” the new Cook County public health and safety messaging service, offers subscribers a direct line of communication to receive updates from Cook County Government related to public health alerts and emergency management.
AlertCook, Hotline and Email
Sign up for AlertCook, Cook County’s text alert system. Simply text "AlertCook" to 888-777.
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) has opened a new hotline, with live translation services available in all major languages: (708) 633-3319.
This hotline is available Monday through Friday during regular office hours and is staffed by CCDPH staff. If you cannot immediately reach a member of staff, please leave a voicemail. Voicemails will be returned.
CCDPH has also launched an email service for all COVID-19 questions and concerns at CCDPH.COVID19@cookcountyhhs.org.