COVID-19 Guidances and Resources
Find COVID-19 vaccines in Cook County
Get free at-home tests or find a testing location near you.
If you test positive, call your doctor, or find treatment near you.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older is recommended to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes getting one booster for everyone aged 5 and older, and two boosters for those who are immunocompromised.
COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINATION
Get free at-home COVID-19 tests: Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 2 sets of 4 free at-home tests. If you already ordered your first set, order a second today. Order online at covid.gov/tests or call 800-232-0233.
Insurance Reimbursement for At-Home COVID-19 Tests: If you have health insurance through an employer or Marketplace, your insurance will pay you back for 8 at-home tests each month for each person on your plan.
Cook County COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program: Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you, then schedule, call or visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov to make an appointment. Vaccine Sign-Up Hotline: 833-308-1988 Monday-Friday 7am-6pm. Free transportation is available, too!
Suburban Cook County In-Home Vaccines: CCDPH has partnered with organizations that can provide in-home vaccination. Residents must live in suburban Cook County (not Chicago, Skokie, Evanston, Oak Park, or Stickney). Visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or call 833-308-1988 to schedule an appointment!
Cook County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Dashboard: CCDPH has a data about case rates as well as health guidances and testing information.
COVID-19 Testing Sites: Cook County Health keeps an up-to-date list of COVID-19 testing locations including addresses and operating hours. Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms.
HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES
High Risk for COVID-19 Complications: People age 65+ or with certain medical conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. This means that a person with one or more of these conditions who gets very sick from COVID-19 (has severe illness from COVID-19) is more likely to be hospitalized, need intensive care, require a ventilator to help them breathe, or die.
CDC COVID-19 Community Level: COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.
IDPH Quarantine and Isolation Guidance: What to do if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and what to do if you have tested positive for COVID–19.
CDC Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions: FAQs about spread, close contacts, prevention, testing, contact tracing, and more.
FINANCIAL AND HOUSING ASSISTANCE
Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund, ILHAF: Eligible households may now apply for up to $30,000 in free assistance to pay past due mortgage payments, property taxes, property insurance, and delinquent homeowner and/or condo association fees. Homeowners in need of assistance can find more information on program eligibility and apply at illinoishousinghelp.org/ilhaf If you have any questions, please contact the ILHAF call center at (866) 454-3571.
Des Plaines Financial Assistance
Rent, mortgage, and utility assistance is available for Des Plaines residents and small businesses. The City of Des Plaines has partnered with the Center of Concern to process applications and distribute financial assistance to residents with low and moderate incomes, as well as small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To apply for assistance, or to learn more about available programs and services call our Community Support Specialist directly at 847-701-4705.
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.
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.
CENTER OF CONCERN ASSISTANCE
Grocery Shopping Help: 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 or email [email protected].
Lunch With Us: Our senior lunch program promotes the health and well-being of older adults in the community by providing nutritional meals and a variety of informative and educational programs. Meals are available via curbside pickup on Mondays or in-person Tuesday through Friday. Call 847-823-0453 to RSVP, or visit centerofconcern.org/lunch to learn more.