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Chicago Update 4/2/2020

Dear Chicago Residents and Partners,

Governor J.B. Pritzker extended the statewide Stay at Home Order by 30 days through the end of April 30, 2020. Complying with the Order is critical to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and prevent the strain on our healthcare system.

As a reminder, all residents are required to stay at home, unless they work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, such as obtaining food, medicine, or other necessary supplies, but they should not engage in group activities or take any unnecessary trips. Everyone should maintain at least six feet of distancing from others when in public, and take other everyday preventative actions such as washing hands, covering coughs or sneezes, regularly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

Businesses not engaged in essential activities are required to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations, which includes activities to preserve inventory, process payroll, or facilitate working from home. Essential businesses that remain open must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements. Please note that under Chicago’s March 18 Public Health Order, residents exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay at home, even if they work at an essential business. Employers that require sick employees to work, or discipline them for taking sick leave under the Order, could be in violation of Chicago’s Paid Sick Leave law.

The extension of the Stay at Home Order is a critical intervention by the State and the City to protect the health of residents and provide relief to the healthcare system. Adhering to the Order will save lives – and it is the responsibility of every Chicagoan to do their part.

For more information, please see Chicago Stay at Home Order Frequently Asked Questions.

What's New

  • Housing Assistance - The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) announced temporary rent deferment for residents of CHA-owned buildings until the end of statewide Stay at Home Order on May 1, 2020. CHA will not issue any late rent notices during this period and reminds residents and others that CHA does not charge late fees for overdue rent. Additionally, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department has suspended enforcement of eviction orders as of March 14, 2020, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a 60-day moratorium on foreclosures and evictions of FHA-backed mortgages on March 18, 2020.
  • Arts for Illinois Relief Fund - A new ‘Arts for Illinois Relief Fund’ will provide financial assistance to artists, artisans, and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. The fund is a partnership between the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the broader philanthropic community. To date, more than $4M has been committed from public and private sources to seed an upcoming statewide campaign that will provide additional funding to meet the growing and critical needs of the state’s creative sector. Individuals looking to apply or corporations and charitable foundations looking to donate can visit
  • More Support for First Responders - Beginning this week, first responders, including police officers, firefighters, and paramedics, who are in direct contact with the public can stay at Hotel Essex, in the South Loop. As part of a new agreement between the City and Oxford Capital Group, Chicago hotel operator, 274 rooms will be reserved for first responders who may have been exposed to COVID-19 so they can have a place to rest without risking the health of their families.
  • New paramedics joining Chicago’s first responders team - Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Fire Department (CFD) Commissioner Richard C. Ford II held an early graduation ceremony for 34 Fire Paramedics as part of the City's latest efforts to maximize emergency medical resources in the fight against COVID-19. The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) accelerated the training courses at the Robert Quinn Fire Academy where the paramedics completed basic personal protective equipment (PPE) training and advanced training to intubate, defibrillate and administer medications to patients in an emergency.


  • Emergency Child Care - For as long as the Governor's Stay at Home Executive Order is in place, there will be Emergency Child Care Centers open to provide care for the children of essential workers. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is offering funds to assist child care programs that opt to open and provide child care for the children of essential workers. Check out the Guidelines and Application for Child Care Programs. Fore more information, visit the State's Emergency Child Care for Communities & Providers web page or see the updated Emergency Child Care FAQs.
  • HIV Resource Hub - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Center on Halsted can help with emergency financial assistance (rent, utility payments, COVID-19-related support) for people who are living with HIV and who are HIV-negative and taking PrEP. They can also link people living with HIV to medications, case management, medical care, food, mental health, substance abuse treatment and more, or connect people vulnerable to HIV to PrEP, HIV testing, medical care and more. Services are available in Chicago, Cook County and the Collar Counties. Call the HIV Resource Hub at 1-844-HUB-4040 or learn more online.
  • Smart 911 - Residents are encouraged to sign up for Smart 911 and provide critical medical information to 9-1-1 so they can help faster in an emergency. Residents can create a safety profile for themselves and family members with information on their current health conditions as well as information if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are under quarantine, and it will automatically be provided to first responders when calling 9-1-1. To learn more, check out this video:

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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 or call 813-261-2706.
  • Chicago Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a network of both medical and non-medical professionals who volunteer their time to assist during public health emergencies such as the current COVID-19 outbreak. Many MRC volunteers are just like you - nurses, doctors, pharmacists, therapists, public health professionals, and other community members who believe in keeping Chicago safe. Register at and be there when Chicago needs you most.

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: