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.
If you want more facts and information about the virus, check out the resources below.
ILLINOIS COVID-19 HOTLINE
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.
To apply for food assistance, visit this website: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30357
Please see the VA’s website: https://www.va.gov/coronavirus-veteran-frequently-asked-questions/
We’ve compiled a list of mental health resources on our Helpful Websites page: https://www.itascalibrary.org/research/websites/health-medicine/
Information on how federal financial aid is affected can be found here: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus
- Economic Impact Payment for Non-Filers: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
- Up-to-date infographics: https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/covid-19-coronavirus-infographic-datapack/
- How social distancing can help “flatten the curve”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/
- About Coronavirus from the World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
- News and information from the Center of Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Our Newsbank database collects newspaper articles about the virus.
Entertainment for Children
We know many of you are stuck at home, and boredom can set in quickly! Here are some resources for fun and games at home.
TumbleBooks has generously offered their e-book databases to us for free during this uncertain time. Find K-6 e-books via TumbleBookLibrary, grades 7-12 e-books via TeenBookCloud, and K-6 math e-books via TumbleMath to keep your kids busy while at home.
The library has it’s own Minecraft server for kids and teens! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject heading “Itasca Library Minecraft” for an application and access.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Mo Willems (author and illustrator of the Pigeon books) is streaming Lunch Doodles live every day on Facebook in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Storytime with Michelle Obama
PBS is releasing storytimes with Michelle Obama on their Youtube page.
Digital Escape Room
Check out this Harry Potter themed digital escape room made by Peters Township Public Library — can you manage to escape?
We just added Creativebug to our list of databases, and this great source has over 100 guided craft videos geared towards kids. Check them out!
NASA at home — activities for kids and families.
Easy crafts to make out of household items.
Games featuring their favorite characters.
Aquarium Academy — learn all about the deep sea!
Entertainment for Adults
Kids aren’t the only ones who get bored. Here are some ideas for keeping your brain active and your spirits lifted:
- Good News! To help during this difficult time, Hoopla has put together a collection of over 1,000 digital materials that are free to libraries and don’t count against your 10 checkouts per month! Check out the collection here, and read/watch/listen to your heart’s content!
Start learning a new language with our Mango Languages database.
OR try our new Creativebug subscription! Get guidance on a variety of crafting skills and projects with these video tutorials.
Start listening to podcasts. Here’s our brochure on how to do it.
Learn something new with a free trial of the Great Courses.
Help one of the state’s coolest libraries! Newberry Library is looking for volunteers to transcribe historical documents.