Covid-19 Information and Resource Page — 2021(updated April 2021)
This page includes information about Covid-19 from the Cook County Department of Public Health and other resources. Information about testing and vaccines is included. Late in 2020, the Cook County Department of Public Health formed a partnership with community-based organizations across Cook County, including Progress Center. Through the partnership, community-based organizations will share information about Covid-19 with constituents. Organizations will build new networks in order to share the information more broadly.
Updates (May 2021)
KN95 Masks: Progress Center has large supplies of KN95 Masks. These supplies are available to community organizations in Suburban Cook County and the surrounding areas. Masks are available at no cost. Organizations and groups in need of masks will be asked to pick up the supplies at the Progress Center office in Forest Park, Illinois. To place an order and schedule a pick-up, contact Kira Meskin at Progress Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Covid-19 contact information from the Cook County Department of Public Health
- In Home Vaccination
The Cook County Department of Public Health is now scheduling appointments for in-home vaccines. This service is available to seniors and people with disabilities who are unable to travel to a vaccination site. To schedule an appointment, call the number 833-308-1988 (hours are Hotline hours are M-F 7am-10pm and Sat 8am-10pm) or visit this link: http://bit.ly/homevaccine
- Mask Up! Messaging from the Cook County Department of Public Health:
“Anyone can get COVID-19 – even you. Generally speaking, however, young healthy people in their 20s with strong immune systems tend to fare quite well. The problem is, you can be infected, not know it and spread it to others in your family or community who are at much greater risk of complications, including death. There are some very simple, yet effective things each of us can do to make a big difference in the fight against COVID-19. One of them is wearing a mask.”
- Cook County Department of Public Health Covid-19 Hotline
“We’re here to help M-F, 9AM-4PM. Contact us with your questions or concerns about #COVID19. Call the *NEW* @CookCoHealth hotline: (708) 633-2599 (updated number January 19, 2021) or email CCDPH.COVID19@cookcountyhhs.org.
- County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Testing Information COVID-19 Testing: https://cookcountypublichealth.org/covid-19-testing/ This page includes information about the type of Covid-19 Testing, recommendations on who should be tested, testing sites, and upcoming testing events.
- CCDPH COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Website https://bit.ly/ccdphcovid19
COVID-19 Spanish Website https://bit.ly/ccdphcovid19sp
Cook County Shiny App for the latest data https://bit.ly/cookcoshinyapp
Text ALERTCOOK (one-word) to 888-777 for text alerts about Covid 19
- CCDPH Covid-19 Data
This page “includes confirmed and probable cases under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Department of Public Health (excludes Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie, and Stickney Township).” For the Data Link, click here.
- The Covid-19 Vaccine-CCDPH
Vaccination Appointment Hotline — A new vaccination appointment hotline has been created for residents who lack Internet access, are not comfortable with technology or prefer to call. That number is 1-833-308-1988 and will be open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Here is information from the Cook County Department of Public Health about the Covid-19 Vaccine: Click this link to visit the Cook County Department of Public Health Vaccine Page Visit this link to register for the Vaccine. Vaccine Registration.
Vaccination Survey for Suburban Healthcare/Essential Workers — Click here for the survey link
Vaccination Organization Registration — Click here to link to registration page
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is using the information collected from this survey to gather information from organizations with individuals in Phase 1a who would like updates regarding when their staff can receive COVID-19 vaccine, as well as assess who is able to assist in the overall vaccination effort in suburban Cook County. Phase 1a is defined by the CDC as is defined by the CDC as “all paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.”
- Covid-19 Information from other sources
- COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkits – This webpage contains toolkits for audience-specific toolkits for healthcare teams and community administrators, including community-based organizations. The toolkits contain introduction letters, frequently asked questions, slide decks, fact sheets, and more. These tools can be adapted to your organization’s scope of work and audience.
- COVID-19 Toolkit for Older Adults & People at Higher Risk – This webpage contains COVID-19 vaccine and disease guidance and tools to help older adults and people at higher risk and those who serve or care for them. This toolkit contains FAQs, checklists, factsheets, posters, social media, PSAs, and more.
- COVID-19 Vaccine – Recently updated COVID-19 vaccine landing page for consumers and clinicians with materials available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.
Link to Vaccination Plan from the Department of Public Health From the introduction to the document: “This is a draft document designed to assist Local Health Departments in planning for vaccine distribution. Information contained in this document is based on limited and preliminary guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and will be continuously updated as that guidance evolves. All information in this document is subject to change.”
A Vaccine FAQ from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Click here for the FAQ
A Q and A about Covid-19 Vaccines between the director of FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, subject matter expert, Dr. Hardeep Sandhu, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click this link to download: FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination–Q and A About Covid 19 Vaccines.
Article from the Chicago Tribune, January 4, 2021: Suburban Cook County offering COVID-19 vaccine form for health care workers only
Emergency Broad Band Opportunity — Posted April 30, 2021
Starting on May 12, 2021, households will be able to apply for a program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Here is a link with more information about the program, eligibility, and application