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COVID-19

What you need to know

  • COVID-19 is a new strain in the coronavirus family of viruses. Symptoms include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
  • To stay healthy, keep washing your hands. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Social distancing is imperative to stop the spread of the virus. Stay at home as much as possible. Maintain a distance of six feet between yourself and others. Do not attend group gatherings.
  • Illinois has entered Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. For more details, see the full plan here.
  • People over the age of 60 are most at risk. The following conditions also increase vulnerability: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, abnormally high blood pressure, and cancer.
  • Tests for the virus remain limited. If you are not experiencing the symptoms noted above, and you are not part of what is considered a vulnerable population, you will likely not be given a test. If you feel unwell but are not experiencing the stated symptoms, don’t panic. Maintain social distance and follow the same treatment strategies you normally would when experiencing a cold or flu-like illness.
  • Illinois residents are required wear masks when in public.

Resources

If you want more facts and information about the virus, check out the resources below.

Illinois Resources

ILLINOIS COVID-19 HOTLINE

Call 1-800-889-3931
Email dph.sick@illinois.gov

DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Information and updates: https://www.dupagehealth.org/590/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19-Inform

Map of confirmed cases in DuPage County: https://www.dupagehealth.org/610/DuPage-County-COVID-19-Dashboard

Call Center: 630-221-7030, Monday–Saturday 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m–6:00 p.m.

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH (IDPH) COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Call 217-782-2016 during business hours

Call 800-782-7860 after hours

If you contact IDPH first, you may be referred to the DuPage County Health Department.

FOOD ASSISTANCE

To apply for food assistance, visit this website: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30357

Itasca Food pantry: https://www.itascacares.org/pantry

For Veterans

Please see the VA’s website: https://www.va.gov/coronavirus-veteran-frequently-asked-questions/

Mental Health

We’ve compiled a list of mental health resources on our Helpful Websites page: https://www.itascalibrary.org/research/websites/health-medicine/

Student Loans

Information on how federal financial aid is affected can be found here: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

General Information

Newspaper Resources

Our Newsbank database collects newspaper articles about the virus.