Illinois COVID-19 Virtual Care Program
Governor Pritzker recently announced the Illinois COVID-19 Virtual Care Program that serves Illinoisans potentially infected with novel coronavirus. This virtual program helps individuals recover from the safety of their homes and serves to reduce barriers to physical and mental health services in all communities for those who do not have a primary care physician.
Virtual care is available in every region of Illinois. This care includes COVID-19 virtual screenings, virtual visits, and remote patient monitoring. Patients will receive daily virtual visits by health care workers & receive wellness kits which include thermometers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs & alcohol wipes. These resources are available for anyone in the state, no matter what form of insurance they have.
If you're recovering from a mild version of COVID-19 from the safety of your own home – like most people who get infected – please take advantage of this fully expanded telehealth program covering the entire state.
The Central Illinois program is provided by OSF Healthcare. Individuals interested in this program should contact OSF Healthcare at 833-673-5669. For more information, click the files below, or visit: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/telehealth
- On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The plan is based upon regional healthcare availability, and it recognizes the distinct impact COVID-19 has had on different regions of our state as well as regional variations in hospital capacity. Currently, the Central Region is in Phase 4 which began June 26. For more information on Restore Illinois visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore
State of Illinois Executive Orders Related to COVID-19
Financial Assistance for Individuals, Families, and Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
For Individuals and Families
- Help for Illinois Families: Relief for Households Across the State - The Pritzker Administration, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), has launched a new initiative to help Illinois families access and afford home energy assistance and other essential services during COVID-19. Eligible Illinoisans seeking emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities should visit: www.helpillinoisfamilies.com
- For current economic assistance programs available to Illinoisans visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Resources/Pages/EconomicAssistance.aspx
The Illinois Housing Development Authority is coordinating Emergency Rental Assistance and Emergency Mortgage Assistance programs. For Emergency Rental Assistance, they are awarding up to $5,000 to applicants. Applications can be made starting August 10. For Emergency Mortgage Assistance, they are awarding up $15,000 to applicants. Applications can be made starting August 24.
To apply, visit www.ihda.org or call (312) 836-5200. Click here for flyer.
- Statewide Resources and Supports for Families
Daycare Centers and Child Care Providers
- Beginning Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CST, licensed childcare centers and all childcare homes serving more than six children will be closed. The administration is working to expand the availability of childcare in small group sizes for essential workers through a newly available Emergency Child Care Center license. Interested providers can apply for an emergency license by completing the forms referenced below. All applications can be submitted to the Illinois Department of Childhood and Family Services (DCFS) at Emergency.Daycare@illinois.gov. Interested parties can submit the application immediately and will have up to five business days to develop and submit the required materials. For more information visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Resources/Pages/For-Business.aspx
Coronavirus Tax Relief
Guidance for Specific Audiences
Food and Beverage Establishments
Health Care Professionals
Oral Health Providers
Businesses and Retailers
Children and Pregnant Women
Cancer and COVID-19
Faith-Based Facilities and Houses of Worship
Victims of violence and abuse
How to Make Your Own Face Covering
Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak
- COVID-19 How to Cope
- Supporting Your Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health - Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Community Resource and Counseling Center (CRCC) - CRCC is continuing with services. CRCC transitioned to phone/video sessions Monday, March 23. New clients welcome! Please call (217) 379-4302.
- Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services Mental Health Services
- The Pavilion Behavioral Health System
- Call4calm, a free emotional support text line, is now available to all Illinois residents by texting TALK to 552020, HABLAR, for Spanish speaking services. You can also text UNEMPLOYMENT, FOOD, or SHELTER to the same number to receive information on accessing available resources.
- Addiction Resources - Attached, find a helpful Fact Sheet from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) outlining efforts and resources to ensure that prevention, treatment, recovery support services, and safe and effective pain management remain available nationwide.
Flyers and Other Resources
Resources for Parents and Children
- Tips on Face Masking for Children During COVID-19
- American Academy of Pediatrics Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings for Children
- Cloth Face Covering for Children Tips
- The Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) K-9 comfort dogs are offering free virtual visits. If you or someone you know may benefit from this unique service, visit the link to request a Virtual Visit from an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog. https://lcc.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/1255/responses/new
- Wash Your Hands Video Tutorial - CDC’s Fight Germs – https://youtu.be/eZw4Ga3jg3E
- CDC’s Happy Handwashing Song (for younger children) - https://youtu.be/kHPQrYthn6M
- Are you a flu fighter? Coloring Book - https://www.nfid.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/flu-coloring-book.pdf
The Germ that Wears a Crown: A Story About the Coronavirus - The FSU Center for Child Stress & Health created a story, coloring & activity book to help children cope with COVID-19. The book teaches children about the virus, social distancing and how to express and manage strong emotions triggered by the outbreak. Children will enjoy reading the story, coloring the pages and completing several activities. Caregivers can use the book as a tool to help them have conversations with children about the virus and any related fears they may have. http://fsustress.org/ebook.html
- It’s a Snap Tool Kit - This toolkit provides activities for school administrators, teachers, students, and others to help stop the spread of germs in schools. http://www.itsasnap.org/Resources/Handwashing-Facts
- Scrub Club - Kids can learn about health and hygiene at the Scrub Club™. The site features a fun and educational animated Webisode with seven “soaper-heros” who battle nasty villains representing germs and bacteria. Kids learn the six key steps to proper handwashing through a webisode, a handwashing song, interactive games, and activities for kids. Educational materials for teachers are also available to download. https://www.scrubclub.org/
- Talking to Children about COVID-19
- PBS Kids When Something Scary Happens - https://pbskids.org/learn/when-something-scary-happens/?fbclid=IwAR13i3wFX8B9-gi63vLjYOVzon_b14vzshlkmNh13PzPnALdLDyHjEC4avc
- CDC's Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
- Coping after a disaster coloring book
- University of Illinois Extension Office Resources for Responding to COVID-19 - https://extension.illinois.edu/global/resources-responding-covid-19
- Recognizing Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
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