Send your coronavirus questions to the CCDPH COVID-19 hotline and email staffed by public health professionals, Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stay updated on the latest developments: Text “AlertCook” to 888-777.
Visit the CDC website for interim guidance on a number of issues related to evaluating and caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19 infection, including infection control, clinical care, preparedness and implementing home care.
Learn steps to protect yourself and others by washing hands with soap and warm water often, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding sick people and keeping your germs to yourself if you are sick.
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, HIV or are pregnant) may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. Learn more.
Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) serves 2.5 million residents and 127 municipalities in suburban Cook County (excluding Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie and Stickney Township), which have their own state-certified health departments. (Chicago Department of Public Health serves the City of Chicago).
Cook County Department of Public Health has been working around the clock with public health and emergency management counterparts at all levels of government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic since the first COVID-19 case was identified on Jan. 24 in a Chicago area resident. This has included case investigations, contact tracing and monitoring; disease surveillance and control; and providing situational updates and guidance to the public, media and partners.
Cases in Cook County and Illinois
Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, as of April 1, there have been a total 6,980 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 141 deaths in IL, including: 5,152 cases and 95 deaths in Cook County. This includes 2,065 cases and 56 deaths in suburban Cook County, and 3,087 cases and 39 deaths in Chicago. All numbers provided are provisional and subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on Illinois case counts, including cases for suburban Cook County and Chicago, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website.
Cases in Suburban Cook County by Municipality
To view COVID-19 data for suburban Cook County, including case counts by municipality, click here to view the Cook County ShinyApp. Click on the map tab to view case counts by municipality. Click on the data tab for cases by report date and exposure source, as well as cases by age, sex, race/ethnicity and district, and a visualization of illnesses by severity.
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Cases in the U.S. and Worldwide
For the latest information about the U.S. situation, visit the Centers for Disease Control Prevention website. For the latest information about the global situation, visit the World Health Organization website.
If you have questions or concerns, please call the Cook County COVID-19 Hotline at 708-633-3319 or email CCDPH.COVID19@cookcountyhhs.org. For the latest updates, text ALERTCOOK to 888-777. You may also call the Illinois Department of Public Health coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.
Updated 04/01/20 3:00 PM
What the public can do
Until we have pharmaceutical interventions like a vaccine or medications, we must rely on “good old fashioned germ prevention.” This means practicing the same everyday common-sense precautions we do to prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses. That is because COVID-19 is a respiratory disease. It is spread by droplets from coughs and sneezes, the same as flu.
Information for Individuals & Families
We must all work together to get COVID-19 under control.
Practice the 3 C’s to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
- Disinfect frequently touches surfaces like doorknobs, microwaves, refrigerators daily.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow. At the first sign of illness, contain.
- Keep a distance of 6 feet from others at all times whether indoors or outdoors.
- Stay home when sick. Stay away from healthy people.
- Self-isolate as much as possible to keep your germs from spreading to others in your household.
Visit www.bit.ly/CDChomelist for more ideas.
Who is most at-risk?
COVID-19 is affecting people of all ages. However, people over age 60 and/or with underlying health conditions (including pregnancy, asthma, HIV, heart or lung disease, among others) are most at-risk for severe illness and even death.
What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?
Fever, cough and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms. Gastrointestinal pain, cramps, nausea or diarrhea have also been reported. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include: Trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face. This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. Symptoms have ranged from mild to severe, including death.
How do people become infected?
You generally need to be in close contact with a sick person to become infected. Household contacts, caregivers and others who have been within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for 10 minutes or more are most at risk.
When should I call my doctor?
Use the CDC Self-Checker Tool to help you make decisions about seeking care. You should consult with your doctor if you have:
- Fever, cough, trouble breathing, or other flu-like symptoms that are not better or are worsening after 24-48 hours.
- Mild symptoms and are pregnant or immunosuppressed or are an older adult have chronic health conditions.
How long do I need to stay home if I’ve been sick?
Stay home for at least 7 days after you first became ill, and 72 hours after your fever has resolved and symptoms are improving.
Should I get tested for COVID-19?
The highest priority for testing is hospitalized patients and symptomatic health care workers.
- If you are at higher risk (over age 60 and/or have an underlying health condition), contact your healthcare provider to discuss whether to take any special precautions and what to do if sick.
- If you are under 60 years old and your symptoms are mild, please stay home and follow the 3 C’s above. Contact your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns.
Who should I call if I need medical attention?
If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. Notify dispatch personnel if you have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, so emergency medical services personnel are aware and prepared.
If you need immediate medical attention and are not critically ill and think you may have COVID-19, please call ahead to your health care provider or the medical facility before going in for care so they can take the right steps to protect themselves and other patients.
Who is eligible for priority testing at drive-thru sites?
View CDC Priority Testing Guidelines. Testing sites will only service those who fit testing criteria and bring identification proving their employment in order to be tested. Family members are not eligible. Click here for a list of testing sites.
Where can I go for more information?
Call the CCDPH COVID-19 hotline at 708-633-3319, email firstname.lastname@example.org, text ALERTCOOK (one word) to 888-777 for daily updates.
Other resources include:
- Cook County Health – cookcountyhealth.org
- Cook County Government – cookcountyil.gov
- Illinois Department of Public Health – dph.illinois.gov
- State of Illinois – coronavirus.illinois.gov
- Illinois Emergency Management Agency – https://www2.illinois.gov/iema/Pages/default.aspx
- S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov
How can I volunteer to help?
Cook County is working with the State of Illinois and its community partners to ensure the health of our citizens. To do that, we need your help. The spirit of volunteerism and community service are alive and well during COVID-19. Those that are considering volunteering have options, both in-person options as well as virtual efforts.
- Individuals: Find out about current volunteer opportunities
- Agencies: Report volunteer needs or completed activities
For more information, visit serve.illinois.gov
Where can I go to donate money or personal protective equipment (PPE)?
Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund
The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund was established by the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, in collaboration with the Office of Governor JB Pritzker, to raise funds from individual, corporate, and foundation donors to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This fund will swiftly deploy additional financial resources to local community foundations and nonprofits to support residents in need of emergency food and basic supplies, interim housing and shelter, primary health care services, utility assistance, direct financial assistance for household expenses, supports for children and other vulnerable populations, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance. This fund will work in tandem with other funds set up around the State ensuring that resources go where they are needed most.
For more information, visit ilcovidresponsefund.org
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Healthcare Workers and First Responders
Cook County and the State of Illinois are encouraging tattoo parlors, nail salons and others with a supply of PPE to donate it to assist Illinois’ first responder community during the COVID-19 outbreak. Donations of the following items are greatly appreciated:
- Eye Protection:
- Face Shields
- Infection Control Kits
- Hand Sanitizer (any size)
- Disinfectant Wipes (any size)
- Thermometers (forehead only)
All items should be in the manufacturer’s original packaging and unopened. Unfortunately, open product or homemade items cannot be accepted. Contact your local first responders (police, fire, EMS) to see if they can use your items. If you have donations other than these specific items, your email will be forwarded to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) at email@example.com for future engagement opportunities. If you have smaller quantities of these items, you may redirected to donate to your nearby police, fire, and ambulance services in order to minimize your travel and other logistical steps with your donation.
For more information:
- Visit https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/serve/Disaster/Pages/COVID-19-PPE-Donations.aspx
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include quantities of items you have on hand to donate along with your address so Serve Illinois can determine the best drop-off point. They will contact you about next steps.
Information for Healthcare Providers
If you are a healthcare provider, please:
- Be on the lookout for any persons, including healthcare workers2, who have had close contact3 with a laboratory-confirmed4 COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset, or a history of travel from affected geographic areas5
- Report suspect 2019-nCoV cases immediately (within 3 hours) to CCDPH by calling 708-633-4000 and follow the prompts.
- Take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures if you are caring for a 2019-nCoV patient.
- If you have had close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with a confirmed case and develop symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and exposure.
- See CDC Information for Healthcare Professionals for more information.
Information for Community Partners
CCDPH is hosting weekly calls for community partners on Tuesdays, at 4 p.m.