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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.
  • A shelter-in-place order is effective in Illinois beginning Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m., and will be in place until May 30. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned. Grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, banks, gas stations, shipping and mail services, and shelters remain open.
  • 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

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.

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

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. 

Minecraft Mondays

The library has it’s own Minecraft server for kids and teens! Please email adeleon@itascalibrary.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?

Creativebug

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!

Other Ideas

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:

Check out e-books, audiobooks, movies, and music with our online resources: Hoopla, Digital Library of Illinois, and Biblioboard.

  • 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.

Do a digital jigsaw puzzle, crossword puzzle, word search, or Sudoku puzzle.

Use Youtube to learn how to knit, crochet, embroider, sew, or hand letter.

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.