Chicago COVID-19 Update

April 6, 2020

Confirmed or probable case definition to a high-risk home or congregate setting prior to completion of the recommended isolation period should submit a Quarantine/Isolation Facility Intake Form, via encrypted email, to coronavirussocialwork@cityofchicago.org.

The City of Chicago will offer hotel rooms (at the Godfrey Hotel and the London House Hotel) to accommodate emergency and critical care workers from healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 crisis, fwho are in direct contact with COVID-19 positive or symptomatic persons. Within that group, the city is prioritizing those who live with others and do not have a means of safe quarantine from other household members (such as a separate room and bathroom).  The program starts on Wed., April 8.  For more information, see the Mayor’s letter to hospital administrators, the city’s Healthcare Workers Accommodation Policy and the Employee Eligibility Letter.

The Chicago Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Big Cities Health Coalition and nearly 30 other health departments, shared an open letter to urge residents to stay home.  The letter notes that the U.S. has not seen a public health threat like this in more than 100 years.  It makes clear that the best course of action is a shared commitment to adhering to the preventative measures put forth by public health leaders—washing your hands, social distancing and most importantly: staying at home.

The Consulate of Mexico in Chicago is encouraging Mexican nationals who have questions or concerns to contact them for assistance by:

  • Telephone: 312-738-2383; Emergency number: 888-755-5511 (if diagnosed with COVID-19 or a family member dies from COVID-19); or
  • Email:  conchicago@sre.gob.mx.

A flyer from the consulate has information about the stay-at-home order in Spanish.