Dear Chicago Residents and Partners,
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched ‘Chi COVID Coach’, a mobile-friendly, web-based application designed to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. This forward-thinking app was built in partnership with Google and MTX, and it will allow CDPH to communicate directly with Chicago residents who may be COVID-19 positive or experiencing symptoms, providing them important information and guidance.
CDPH will use this platform to help you know what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms and where to seek medical care via text messages. We'll let you know what you and the other people in your household should do to limit the spread of COVID-19, help you know how long you need to stay separated from others, and give you day-by-day guidance throughout a potential isolation or quarantine period.
Looking ahead, registering with Chi COVID Coach will let CDPH alert you when COVID-19 testing - and down the line, approved antibody testing - is available. If you think you've already had COVID-19, but were not tested while you were sick, antibody testing will eventually help answer the question of whether you had COVID-19 in the past and now have some immunity.
Looking even further ahead, Chi COVID Coach creates an opportunity for pre-registration for vaccine dissemination once it becomes available. Though this is not a priority list and a vaccine may be many months away, CDPH is already taking steps to prepare for mass vaccination. Because of this, everyone is encouraged to sign up, whether they have symptoms or not.
Registration for the app is free and information will be protected and only used by CDPH for public health purposes related to COVID-19. The app is more accessible through the web or a cell phone and you do not have to download anything on your phone to use it. You can find the app at Chicago.gov/COVIDCOACH.