COVID19 Resources

As our community continues to respond to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are working to ensure you have the best available information to protect and care for yourself and your loved ones as we learn more.

Please know that my team and I will be there through this difficult time to support you. Please do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the coronavirus to be a serious public health threat. It is important that you are aware of the disease and the efforts necessary to prevent its spread. 

On March 20th, Governor Pritzer has implemented a statewide stay at home order to take effect 5 p.m Saturday, March 21, 2020.  

Essential Activities:

• For health and safety: seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication or visiting a health care professional
• For necessary supplies and services: obtaining groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies they need to work from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences
• For outdoor activity: walking, hiking, running or biking - including going to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas, except for playgrounds
• For certain types of work: Providing essential products and services at Essential Businesses or Operations or otherwise carrying out activities specifically permitted in the order, including Minimum Basic Operations
• To take care of others: Caring for or transporting a family member, friend or pet in another household

More information can be found here. 

Symptoms 
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Individuals most at risk for severe symptoms include the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. 
 
Prevention  
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. One way this is possible is through “social distancing.” Through social distancing, we can reduce contact and therefore prevent the spread of the virus.

There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:  

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should: 

  • Stay home and self-quarantine   
  • Avoid public areas and public transport 
  • Call your physician  
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

Travel Warnings  
CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel. If travel is necessary, travelers should exercise good hygiene. If you plan to travel internationally, I encourage you to enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important messages, alerts, updates, and travel advisories while you are there. 
 
Further Information  
Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date. 
 
The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals. 
 
The Illinois Department of Health provides updates on the disease's spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here.

  • The Illinois Department of Health has also created a hotline to answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, testing, and more:
  • Phone: 1-800-889-3931
  • Email: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States. 

More on COVID-19 From Congressman Casten

Small Businesses Affected by the Novel Coronavirus

Staffing Changes in Response to COVID-19

An Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Casten Statement on Passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act