COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resource Center

CDC, Illinois, and Cook County Resources

Cook County COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program: Register online to receive updates about when and how you can schedule your COVID-19 vaccination appointment. If you you wish to register by phone you can call the Vaccine Sign-Up Hotline at 833-308-1988 Monday through Friday from 7am-7pm.

CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information: The CDC has health guidance as well as information on symptoms, testing, and the latest news on vaccines.

State of Illinois COVID-19 Response: Learn more about the Restore Illinois plan and get information about prevention, preparation, testing, and our region’s current mitigation status.

Cook County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information: CCDPH has a dashboard to see current case rates as well as health guidances and testing information.

Financial and Housing Assistance

If you live in Incorporated Des Plaines and are behind on your utilities, rent, and/or mortgage due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for financial assistance.

Or call the Center of Concern at 847-823-0453.

Cook Count Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Do you live in suburban Cook County and need help paying rent and utilities due to COVID-19? The Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance program pays up to 12 months of missed rent and utilities payments and up to 3 months of future rent payments. Payments will be made directly to your landlord and utility company. Applications open in early March.

Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance Program:  The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance Program offers a one-time cash payment of $600 to income eligible suburban Cook County residents. The application is open until December 11.

Illinois Housing Development Authority COVID-19 Housing Resources: Find the latest news updates, answers to frequently asked questions, and other information about the Emergency Rental Assistance program.

Cook County Community Recovery Initiative: Learn more about the rapid response initiatives for residents and small businesses, including updates on the COVID-19 Rental Assistance program.

Illinois Department of Employment Security: File an unemployment claim, look for work, and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Coronavirus Economic Stimulus Payments: Find answers to frequently asked questions about the federal stimulus checks.

IRS Get My Payment: Find when and how the IRS sent your 2021 Economic Impact Payment with the Get My Payment tool.

ComEd Bill Payment Assistance: Residents with qualifying limited income can apply for bill assistance. There are also resources for small business customers.

IHDA Cares: The application windows are closed, but learn more about these rental and mortgage assistance programs including frequently asked questions.

Find a Testing Location

COVID-19 Testing Sites: The Illinois Department of Public Health keeps an up to date list of COVID-19 testing locations including addresses and operating hours.

Grocery Shopping Assistance

Are you, or do you know, an older adult who needs help grocery shopping during COVID-19? The Center of Concern can assist with grocery shopping and delivery services. Call us at:
847-823-0453

Health Guidance and Information


CDC –
 When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
: Guidance for how to continue to protect yourself and others after receiving your COVID-19 vaccination.

Steps to Take if You’ve Been Exposed to Someone with COVID-19: Get tested, stay home, and retrace your steps. Read this guidance from the Cook County Department of Public Health.

What You Should Know About COVID-19 to Protect Yourself and Others: Know about COVID-19 and how it is spread, protect yourself and others, practice social distancing, and know your risk for severe illness.

How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering: Wear your face covering correctly, use the face covering to help protect others, follow every day health habits, and take off your face covering carefully when you’re home.

Help Protect Yourself and Others: Practice social distancing and wear a face covering over your nose and mouth.

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 if You Are Sick: If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow these steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

What you Need to Know About COVID-19 and Pets: Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.

CDC Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions: FAQs about spread, close contacts, prevention, testing, contact tracing, and more