Health & Safety

Keep Your Family and Your Home Safe During COVID-19

COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is an emerging and rapidly evolving situation that is being closely monitored by numerous federal and local agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). Each of these agencies provide valuable resources for the most up-to-date information including:

COVID-19 Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to recommend that you stay home as much as possible, avoid unnecessary interactions with people who do not live in your household, practice social distancing (keep 6 feet away from others when you are outside the home), wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. These are the most important steps to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

As an additional measure, in line with CDC guidance, CDPH recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures may be difficult to maintain (for example, grocery stores and pharmacies). The covering can be a scarf, a bandana, or one you make at home. Please save medical masks, including N95s and surgical masks, for our healthcare workers and first responders who truly need them.

Face coverings protect others in case you have contracted COVID-19 but don’t yet have symptoms. This guidance is in response to new studies that have shown that people can spread the virus to others before showing symptoms. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing. Illinois remains under a Stay at Home order and people should NOT feel they can go outside more because they are wearing a face covering. 

Get your questions on face coverings answered with these best practices from CDPH: Here

ASK DR ARWADY: Have questions about #coronavirus? Dr. Arwady from the Chicago Department of Public Health is answering is taking questions from the public via social media with “The Doc Is In: Ask Dr. Arwady” every day during a livestream at 11:00 a.m. #AskDrArwady

The daily social briefings will be hosted on all of the city’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter ( and

Food safety, nutrition, and wellness during COVID-19 - The Harvard School of Public Health has a resource that covers important information on grocery shopping, takeout meals and food delivery, meal planning, cooking, and eating, and exercise.

Find More Resources and Information for Yourself and Your Home

Special Caution!

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Are you at higher risk for serious illness?

West Side United's COVID-19 Resources ( provide links and information on education tools, food resources, health guidance, and small business needs

Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities grantee Communities Partnering 4 Peace ( is pivoting to educate communities about COVID-19, in addition to continuing its gun violence prevention outreach

The Ounce Online Training Portal

Visit the Achieve OnDemand online training portal and take advantage of our comprehensive offering of self-paced trainings and webinars made just for home visiting professionals.

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