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Update 4/18/2020

Dear Chicago Residents and Partners,

Although COVID-19 testing is becoming more widely available around Chicago, it is still only recommended for people with symptoms. If you’re feeling sick with fever or cough, by law in Chicago, you must stay at home and away from other people. If you think you might have COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your health care provider and see if they recommend testing.

If your doctor recommends you be tested for COVID-19, they will likely take a swab of your nose or throat. Some doctors have developed systems to evaluate patients and to provide testing without having people leave their cars such as telehealth consults and drive-thru test clinics. The Illinois Department of Public Health has developed a list of testing clinics that includes locations, hours of operation, and requirements. Please note that the list is incomplete and will be updated daily. For more information, see dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-sites.

Anyone tested for COVID-19 should go home and isolate until test results are returned. If you receive a positive test, you must stay home until at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared, and until at least 3 days have passed with improving symptoms and no fever. If your test result is negative, you must continue to stay home as much as possible, always practice social distancing and wash your hands.

Stay home. Save lives.

What's New

  • Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund - Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno announced a key milestone in the newly created Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund, with the first 124 loans approved and in process for local businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. These newest loans represent only the first batch from the City’s $100 million Fund. The applications for a loan through the Fund will close on Friday, April 24. All interested business owners can apply at www.chicagoresiliencyfund.com.
  • Small Business Resource Navigator - BACP is launching a Small Business Resource Navigator program that will provide individualized support to neighborhood small businesses as they seek financial support and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Small Business Navigator program will be administered by 10 business support organizations located throughout the City that can provide assistance via phone or video call in multiple languages. Navigators are experienced business support organizations, trained by the U.S. Small Business Administration, with the expertise to assist business owners as they seek local, state and federal financial assistance.
  • Tax Payment Deferral - The City of Chicago is offering additional financial relief for the business community impacted by COVID-19 by further extending tax payment due dates for restaurants, hotels and other taxpayers by an additional 30 days. To mitigate some of the economic pressure being felt by local businesses, the City will extend tax payment remittances for the months of February, March and April 2020 until June 1. In addition to the deferral of business tax remittance, the City will also extend the temporary suspension of late fees and defaults on payment plans, including city tickets, utility bills, parking and red-light citations, booting and other non-public safety-related violations until June 1.

Resources

  • Chicago Rx - The Chicago Rx Card is a free and easy way to save up to 80% on prescription drugs at more than 59,000 pharmacies across the country including Rite Aid, Kroger, Osco, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and many more. No registration or pre-qualification needed. The card is free, pre-activated and can be used immediately! The Chicago Rx card can be used by individuals and family members regardless of a person’s health, age, immigration status, or income, and there are no limits on how many times it can be used. Find out more at www.chicagorxcard.com.
  • Smart 911 - Sign up for Smart 911 and create a safety profile for yourself and your family. In the event of an emergency, your Safety Profile is made available to call takers the moment your phone or one associated with your account dials 9-1-1. The service is free and sign up can be completed in minutes at www.smart911.com.

Latest Public Health Guidance

 

Join the Fight against COVID-19

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. have issued a call for assistance from the medical community and are seeking to hire healthcare workers immediately to help the City of Chicago in its COVID-19 response efforts. Medical Assistants and Nurses are encouraged to apply for temporary positions. If you have any questions about the positions or the application process, you may email  shelly.johnson@sunbeltstaffing.com or call 813-261-2706.

CDPH is coordinating multiple opportunities for individuals, organizations and businesses to donate medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) and join the fight against the COVID-19. Go to the links below to: