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Current News: DuPage County Covid-19 Re-Opening Guides


The following is intended to serve as a planning guide for reopening “non-essential” facilities in DuPage County. In no way does this document give the authority for businesses to open and all State of Illinois Executive Orders apply.

The information is taken from industry experts, in accordance with federal, state, and county guidelines.

As resources and guidelines are constantly changing, please consult the most recent documents prepared by these agencies for guidance.

Retail Industry Opening Guide   
Commercial Office Space Opening Guide 
 Manufacturing Industry Opening Guide    
Restaurants/Food Service Opening Guide 


RESTORE ILLINOIS

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase.
 
The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities.
 
Under the Restore Illinois framework, certain businesses and activities are allowed to resume in Phase 3 with IDPH-approved safety guidance in place.

State of Illinois Re-Opening

Restore Illinois: Read the Plan

Click here for prior news reports.
Stay up to date with Covid-19 in DuPage County.
(click the image below)
 

DuPage County COVID-19 Dashboard


The DuPage County Health Department, along with DuPage County GIS, have developed an interactive COVID-19 case map. The dashboard links data from the DuPage County Health Department into the GIS Data Systems from DuPage County to provide a greater level of understanding into how the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, pandemic is unfolding across our communities.

The information on the COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated daily to provide DuPage County residents information about the current spread of COVID-19 and need for healthy distancing and prevention steps to slow the spread of disease. Information around age range, sex as well as community of residence of the cases identified through testing are included. Since testing resources are limited to the most severe cases and at-risk populations, this does not reflect total disease presence in our communities. As testing becomes more available, this information will become more reflective of the actual disease activity in the community.

To enlarge any of the graphs viewed in this dashboard, please hover and click on the  symbol located in the upper right hand corner of each graph.

Click the image to the left to gain access to this interactive map of DuPage County.

 


Illinois COVID-19 Hotline & Email Address

If you have questions about Coronavirus-Call the
Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline 1(800) 889-3931 or,
Send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV 
Anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Click Here FOR THE DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

  It is safe to assume that every community in DuPage County is impacted by COVID-19.

The DuPage County Health Department reminds everyone that the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing and follow the governor’s stay-at-home order. The best way to prevent the spread is by: 

  • Following the “stay-at-home” order  
  • Strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines   
  • Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds   
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue and then throw the tissue away
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth 
  • Staying home and isolating yourself from others in your household, if you are sick
 

Join the State "All In Illinois"

Governor JB Pritzker launched a new statewide effort today called ‘All in Illinois’ to reinforce the state’s core message, backed by scientists and public health experts: stay at home and stay safe. As Illinoisans continue to practice social distancing to stay healthy, ‘All in Illinois’ is a way to unite residents across the state and remind them we are all in this together.

“I’ve taken virtually every action available to me to protect our residents and slow the spread, and now, our strongest weapon against

   (click here for a downloadable & printable version.)
COVID-19 is you,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “For everyone in Illinois, we as individualsmust commit to stay home, stay safe and practice social distancing to stay healthy. I’m asking you to join us and be all in for Illinois.”

All in Illinois is supported by a series of public service announcements featuring famous Illinois natives, including Jane Lynch, Deon Cole, Jason Beghe, Jackie Joyner Kersee and Matt Walsh. The PSA videos reinforce the importance of staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis and encourages everyone to do their part to stop the spread of the virus. The PSA celebrity videos can be viewed by visiting Allin.Illinois.gov.

“We are grateful to all of our well-known Illinoisans for participating in this effort to unite all of our residents during these trying times,” said Erin Guthrie, Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. We are confident these messages will help increase awareness of how critical it is to stay home and work together to flatten the curve of this virus.”

People can also show their solidarity by updating their Facebook profile photos with the All in Illinois frame image and share messages with friends and family on social media using the #AllinIllinois hashtag. Additionally, Illinois residents can show they’re committed to being part of the solution by displaying All in Illinois signage in their yard or in their window. All in Illinois signs are available to download here.

To access the All in Illinois digital took kit click here.

  Public Service Announcement from Deon Cole


Public Service Announcement from Jason Beghe



Resources & Toolkits: For Citizens & Businesses
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Covid-19 Response

CDC is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in older adults.

Stop the Spread

No doubt that you have been seeing a tremendous amount of information about the spread and impact of COVID19. Information is changing very fast and trying to keep up with the facts and sort through the less than factual information is becoming ever more difficult. Create a household plan of action on how best to prevent the COVID19 virus. Click here for the Household Plan of Action, and Symptoms to Look for. To visit the DuPage County Health Dept., please click here.

Travel Restrictions

In furtherance of Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9994, which bans the entry of non-U.S. citizens who are from or recently been in China, Iran, or certain European countries, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions requiring American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who  are returning home after recently visiting certain European countries , China, and Iran. Click here to learn more.

Small Business Survey

COVID-19 Impact. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has just released a survey for small businesses that are affected by the COVID-19 virus.  Small business owners are being asked to help through your participation in the survey so our State leadership can best understand the impact COVID-19 on small businesses in Illinois. Attention small business owners click here to take this short online survey.

 

Accepting Donations

DuPage County is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist in the COVID-19 response. Businesses, medical and nursing schools, and residents can donate unused Personal Protective Equipment at www.protectdupage.org and locate the donation link on the front page. Those with questions about the donations process may email staff at eoc.logistics@dupageco.org. For our latest news & press releases click here.

How You Can Help

The federal government continues taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. FEMA is committed to the health and safety of the American people and is our top priority. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed on what is rumor versus fact related to the coronavirus response. Learn how to help if you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or  a member of the general public.




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Things You Should Know

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Please read the Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits FAQ to learn more. Information needed to file a internet claim - online. For more resources through IDES click here.




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Stay at Home Order

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. JB Pritzker has ordered Illinois residents to stay at home. Executive Order No. 10 requires all residents to stay home, with exceptions for essential needs or business activities. Gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited. The order extends through April 30, 2020. In addition, Gov. JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation March 9, 2020 regarding COVID-19 that gives the state access to federal and state resources to combat the spread of this newly emerged virus.


What Illinois is Doing?

Protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of Illinoisans is Governor Pritzker's top priority. The administration continues to work closely with local health departments, county officials and federal partners to put systems in place to respond to COVID-19. This website will provide the latest news releases related to coronavirus, video archives of press conferences and tips from leading experts to keep you and your family safe.

Employee Safety

Learn how you can keep your employees safe through the "Guidance on Preparing Workplace for Covid-19" PDF booklet. OSHA standards, including those for personal protective equipment (PPE, 29 CFR 1910.132) and respiratory protection (29 CFR 1910.134), require employers to assess the hazards to which their workers may be exposed. Workers who may have exposure risk click here to read more.






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Clients & Community

We remain 100% committed to supporting your career goals and business needs, while we practice social distancing to help protect the health of our community. Following Governor Pritzker's "stay at home" order to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19), workNet DuPage has closed its physical facility, but we continue to serve the public remotely. Job seekers can still visit our website as well as businesses looking for online resources as well.







(CARES) Act/State Loans

Illinois small businesses can tap into $250 million in low-interest bridge loans as soon as this week to help push through the Covid-19 pandemic, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerich said today. To learn more click here.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.


Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. SBA Loan application click here.

Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (apply here). For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Click here for Illinois Small Business Centers & Advisors that can help.

Guides to the SBA Loan Process

Each section has it's own guides and downloadable pdf file.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. Read more

Emergency Loans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. Read more

Employee Retention Tax Credit

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. This new employee retention tax credit is a 50% tax credit for the first $10,000 of compensation, including the employer portion of health benefits, for each eligible employee.  Read more.


 Donating Blood

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Red Cross

Thanks to the many who gave blood and scheduled upcoming appointments over the past couple of weeks, the American Red Cross has been able to meet immediate patient needs. During this uncertain time, we encourage individuals to keep scheduled blood, platelet or AB Elite plasma donation appointments and to make new donation appointments for the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic.

Donating blood products is essential to community health and the need for blood products is constant. As part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations.




Versiti Blood Donation Centers

There is no substitute for blood, organs, tissue, or bone marrow. They are precious. They are perishable. And the need for them is vital.

Any one of us might need a transfusion, at any time. We rely on one another to meet that need. But on the other side of that common vulnerability, there is uncommon strength. As a partnership of blood centers, we're far stronger together than we are alone.

We are Humble and Grateful. We lift each other up. Thanks to you, we currently have a stable supply.

We are dedicated to being good stewards of your gifts and are accepting appointments in May. Letter From Versiti Chief Medical Officer



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Vitalant

Decades of experience and high-level expertise in blood collection, testing, logistics, distribution, special services and research propel Vitalant forward to advance the experience, practice and application of transfusion medicine. Simply put, we are the conduit that connects people with their lifesaving potential.

Our purpose is helping people realize their life-transforming potential. We strive to make blood donation comfortable, easy and convenient with more than 125 donation centers across the country and more than 30,000 blood drives annually.
 

Local Food Pantries

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People's Resource Center

Since 1975, People's Resource Center (PRC) has been bringing neighbors together to respond to hunger and poverty in DuPage County.

Nearly 30,000 DuPage residents rely on PRC for help each year. With a team of over 2,600 volunteers, we offer nutritious food and other basic necessities like clothes and rent assistance for people facing tough times.  We also connect people with resources—education and tutoring, jobs, technology, art, a caring community—to create a future of hope and opportunity for all.

People's Resource Center (630) 682-5402
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Neighborhood Food Pantries

More and more people are faced with the harsh realities of trying to make ends meet. Even working two or more jobs is not enough. Growing numbers of folks are struggling and need NFP’s assistance to pay their rent/mortgage before they and their families are evicted or to pay a bill before one of their utilities is shut off. We have taken steps at each of our pantry locations to adhere to social distancing directives as well as sanitization. Learn more about how you can help!

Warrenville Phone: 630-929-3923
West Chicago Phone: 630 293-4958
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Northern Illinois Food Bank

Our Mission: Leading the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships.

We invite you to join us through volunteering at one of our four centers (West Suburban Center in Geneva; North Suburban Center in Park City; Northwest Center in Rockford; South Suburban Center in Joliet), becoming a financial or food donor, and helping us spread the word about hunger in our community on Facebook and Twitter. Read More


Local Utilities

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Supporting Customers

​At ComEd, we care about our communities. With customers potentially affected by COVID-19, ComEd is expanding awareness of its programs to help customers through temporary or extended financial hardship. At ComEd, the health and safety of our customers, employees, and contractors are our top priorities. As part of this commitment, we’re closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and taking appropriate precautions.

Find energy-saving offerings specially designed for income-eligible customers to easily improve home and building energy efficiency. Read more




Safety & Reliability

As the impacts of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) grow, Nicor Gas would like to reassure customers that we have comprehensive plans and processes in place to address the implications of the outbreak while maintaining safe, affordable, reliable service. Although an order has been issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to shelter in place, Nicor Gas operations is considered an essential business and will continue during this time.

One-time annual grants are given, with no requirement to be paid back, to qualified residential customers who meet the required income guidelines. Read more


Response to Help

On the heels of offering new, low-income Internet Essentials customers two months of free internet and raising the speed of that program’s service to 25/3 Mbps, Comcast today announced additional steps to help ensure people stay connected to the Internet as more schools suspend classes and companies encourage employees to work from home due to the Coronavirus.

During this extraordinary time, it is vital that as many Americans as possible stay connected to the Internet – for education, work, and personal health reasons. Read more


Our Response

As our company responds to COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees and customers remain our top priority. Here’s how we’re responding. We know that many people are experiencing economic hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T is keeping you connected 24/7. As part of this effort, we'll waive:
    • Late payment fees for postpaid wireless, home phone or broadband residential, U-verse TV or DIRECTV customers
    • Domestic postpaid wireless plan overage charges for data, voice or text for residential postpaid wireless customers. Read more


Community Health Care / Shelters

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Access Community Health

Chicago area’s largest provider of community health care​, Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) has 34 health centers, located throughout Chicago, Cook and DuPage counties, and serves as the medical home for more than 180​,000 patients each year.

ACCESS health centers and programs are a vital ingredient to creating healthier neighborhoods. Our impact can be felt beyond the walls of our health centers, as our care teams collaborate with community residents, businesses and services to improve the neighborhoods where they live, work and play. Read more.







VNA Health Care

VNA Health Care is a patient-centered, community-based, not-for-profit healthcare provider serving the Chicago suburbs with convenient and compassionate healthcare.

When you choose to come to VNA, you receive high-quality, affordable health care. Your care team members are your partners who work with you to help you achieve your best health. We are your home for health care, the place you can go for care through every stage of your life.
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DuPage PADS

DuPagePads is so much more than a pad on the floor. DuPagePads is about the journey home. It’s about the journey from dependency to self-sufficiency. Not the shelter. Not the nights spent in a car, in a motel room or on the street. DuPagePads is a journey that begins with an extended hand, an affirming voice, and a trusting soul that will advocate undividedly for each individual.

The Interim Overnight Housing Program offers families and individuals a safe environment. Phone: 630-682-3846, ext. 2275 OR
Toll Free: 866.682.3846, ext. 2275
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Current News: New Funding Opportunity for Small Business


The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has made some funds available for WorkNet DuPage and our counterpart offices throughout Illinois to prevent essential, small businesses from laying off or furloughing employees. We are looking for businesses for whom these potential grant dollars would make the difference between keeping workers on or having to layoff/furlough. Here are some sample scenarios that qualifying businesses (“essential” per the Governor’s order and “small” by the SBA’s definition) can apply to cover—

  • A small business needs their employees to be at work, on‐site, but cannot afford frequent deep cleaning to help prevent potential exposure to COVID‐19. Layoff aversion funds could be used to pay for a cleaning/sanitization service.
  • A small business whose employees use specific software or computer applications asks their employees to work from home/remotely in order to support social distancing and limit potential exposure to COVID‐19. Layoff aversion funding could be used to purchase the software programs and/or hardware (computers) that the employee would need to use from home to support their work.
  • A call center environment needs to have their employees work from home/remotely in order to support social distancing and limit potential exposure to COVID‐19. Layoff aversion funding could be used to purchase remote access supplies, including laptop computers and/or smart phones, that the employee would need to use from home to support their work.
  • In order to support social distancing and limit potential exposure to COVID‐19, a company that usually runs two shifts of workers adds a third shift, so that fewer employees are on onsite at any given time. Layoff aversion funding could be used to offset related costs to the employer or workers, excluding wages and benefits.
  • Incumbent worker training to redirect and reassign existing employees on critical business needs. Layoff aversion funding can help pay for projects to support the production of goods and services that are needed to address COVID‐19 National Health Emergency and/or preserve critical business operations to stay in business.

Please note that this list is not all inclusive. Employee payroll and benefits cannot, however, be covered through this funding opportunity. Upcoming costs as well as expenses incurred already since the start of the Governor’s stay-at-home order (March 20) can be reimbursed through this grant. The amount that can be awarded per company is $5,000-$50,000.

There is a very brief application document (click here) that companies in need should complete and submit to worknet-layoffprev@worknetdupage.org by close of business Wednesday, May 6. We ask that you share this information with your businesses who may potentially qualify. You can also assist with the brief application if you so desire. We are looking for companies for which this type of funding will truly be a game changer.

If you have questions, please contact me directly at 630-450-0417 or lschvach@worknetdupage.org.



UPDATED FAQs: Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act

The IRS has posted updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to IRS.gov providing answers regarding the Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act.

The Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

 

Click here for prior news reports.
Stay up to date with Covid-19 in DuPage County. (click the image above)  

DuPage County COVID-19 Dashboard


The DuPage County Health Department, along with DuPage County GIS, have developed an interactive COVID-19 case map. The dashboard links data from the DuPage County Health Department into the GIS Data Systems from DuPage County to provide a greater level of understanding into how the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, pandemic is unfolding across our communities.

The information on the COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated daily to provide DuPage County residents information about the current spread of COVID-19 and need for healthy distancing and prevention steps to slow the spread of disease. Information around age range, sex as well as community of residence of the cases identified through testing are included. Since testing resources are limited to the most severe cases and at-risk populations, this does not reflect total disease presence in our communities. As testing becomes more available, this information will become more reflective of the actual disease activity in the community.

To enlarge any of the graphs viewed in this dashboard, please hover and click on the  symbol located in the upper right hand corner of each graph.

Click the image to the left to gain access to this interactive map of DuPage County.

 


Illinois COVID-19 Hotline & Email Address

If you have questions about Coronavirus-Call the
Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline 1(800) 889-3931 or,
Send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV 
Anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Click Here FOR THE DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

  It is safe to assume that every community in DuPage County is impacted by COVID-19.

The DuPage County Health Department reminds everyone that the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing and follow the governor’s stay-at-home order. The best way to prevent the spread is by: 

  • Following the “stay-at-home” order  
  • Strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines   
  • Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds   
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue and then throw the tissue away
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth 
  • Staying home and isolating yourself from others in your household, if you are sick
 

Join the State "All In Illinois"

Governor JB Pritzker launched a new statewide effort today called ‘All in Illinois’ to reinforce the state’s core message, backed by scientists and public health experts: stay at home and stay safe. As Illinoisans continue to practice social distancing to stay healthy, ‘All in Illinois’ is a way to unite residents across the state and remind them we are all in this together.

“I’ve taken virtually every action available to me to protect our residents and slow the spread, and now, our strongest weapon against

   (click here for a downloadable & printable version.)
COVID-19 is you,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “For everyone in Illinois, we as individualsmust commit to stay home, stay safe and practice social distancing to stay healthy. I’m asking you to join us and be all in for Illinois.”

All in Illinois is supported by a series of public service announcements featuring famous Illinois natives, including Jane Lynch, Deon Cole, Jason Beghe, Jackie Joyner Kersee and Matt Walsh. The PSA videos reinforce the importance of staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis and encourages everyone to do their part to stop the spread of the virus. The PSA celebrity videos can be viewed by visiting Allin.Illinois.gov.

“We are grateful to all of our well-known Illinoisans for participating in this effort to unite all of our residents during these trying times,” said Erin Guthrie, Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. We are confident these messages will help increase awareness of how critical it is to stay home and work together to flatten the curve of this virus.”

People can also show their solidarity by updating their Facebook profile photos with the All in Illinois frame image and share messages with friends and family on social media using the #AllinIllinois hashtag. Additionally, Illinois residents can show they’re committed to being part of the solution by displaying All in Illinois signage in their yard or in their window. All in Illinois signs are available to download here.

To access the All in Illinois digital took kit click here.

  Public Service Announcement from Deon Cole


Public Service Announcement from Jason Beghe



Resources & Toolkits: For Citizens & Businesses
(click logos for quick access to their site.)


Covid-19 Response

CDC is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in older adults.

Stop the Spread

No doubt that you have been seeing a tremendous amount of information about the spread and impact of COVID19. Information is changing very fast and trying to keep up with the facts and sort through the less than factual information is becoming ever more difficult. Create a household plan of action on how best to prevent the COVID19 virus. Click here for the Household Plan of Action, and Symptoms to Look for. To visit the DuPage County Health Dept., please click here.

Travel Restrictions

In furtherance of Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9994, which bans the entry of non-U.S. citizens who are from or recently been in China, Iran, or certain European countries, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions requiring American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who  are returning home after recently visiting certain European countries , China, and Iran. Click here to learn more.

Small Business Survey

COVID-19 Impact. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has just released a survey for small businesses that are affected by the COVID-19 virus.  Small business owners are being asked to help through your participation in the survey so our State leadership can best understand the impact COVID-19 on small businesses in Illinois. Attention small business owners click here to take this short online survey.

 

Accepting Donations

DuPage County is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist in the COVID-19 response. Businesses, medical and nursing schools, and residents can donate unused Personal Protective Equipment at www.protectdupage.org and locate the donation link on the front page. Those with questions about the donations process may email staff at eoc.logistics@dupageco.org. For our latest news & press releases click here.

How You Can Help

The federal government continues taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. FEMA is committed to the health and safety of the American people and is our top priority. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed on what is rumor versus fact related to the coronavirus response. Learn how to help if you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or  a member of the general public.




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Things You Should Know

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Please read the Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits FAQ to learn more. Information needed to file a internet claim - online. For more resources through IDES click here.




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Stay at Home Order

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. JB Pritzker has ordered Illinois residents to stay at home. Executive Order No. 10 requires all residents to stay home, with exceptions for essential needs or business activities. Gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited. The order extends through April 30, 2020. In addition, Gov. JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation March 9, 2020 regarding COVID-19 that gives the state access to federal and state resources to combat the spread of this newly emerged virus.


What Illinois is Doing?

Protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of Illinoisans is Governor Pritzker's top priority. The administration continues to work closely with local health departments, county officials and federal partners to put systems in place to respond to COVID-19. This website will provide the latest news releases related to coronavirus, video archives of press conferences and tips from leading experts to keep you and your family safe.

Employee Safety

Learn how you can keep your employees safe through the "Guidance on Preparing Workplace for Covid-19" PDF booklet. OSHA standards, including those for personal protective equipment (PPE, 29 CFR 1910.132) and respiratory protection (29 CFR 1910.134), require employers to assess the hazards to which their workers may be exposed. Workers who may have exposure risk click here to read more.






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Clients & Community

We remain 100% committed to supporting your career goals and business needs, while we practice social distancing to help protect the health of our community. Following Governor Pritzker's "stay at home" order to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19), workNet DuPage has closed its physical facility, but we continue to serve the public remotely. Job seekers can still visit our website as well as businesses looking for online resources as well.







(CARES) Act/State Loans

Illinois small businesses can tap into $250 million in low-interest bridge loans as soon as this week to help push through the Covid-19 pandemic, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerich said today. To learn more click here.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.


Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. SBA Loan application click here.

Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (apply here). For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Click here for Illinois Small Business Centers & Advisors that can help.

Guides to the SBA Loan Process

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Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. Read more

Emergency Loans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. Read more

Employee Retention Tax Credit

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. This new employee retention tax credit is a 50% tax credit for the first $10,000 of compensation, including the employer portion of health benefits, for each eligible employee.  Read more.


 Donating Blood

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Red Cross

Thanks to the many who gave blood and scheduled upcoming appointments over the past couple of weeks, the American Red Cross has been able to meet immediate patient needs. During this uncertain time, we encourage individuals to keep scheduled blood, platelet or AB Elite plasma donation appointments and to make new donation appointments for the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic.

Donating blood products is essential to community health and the need for blood products is constant. As part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations.




Versiti Blood Donation Centers

There is no substitute for blood, organs, tissue, or bone marrow. They are precious. They are perishable. And the need for them is vital.

Any one of us might need a transfusion, at any time. We rely on one another to meet that need. But on the other side of that common vulnerability, there is uncommon strength. As a partnership of blood centers, we're far stronger together than we are alone.

We are Humble and Grateful. We lift each other up. Thanks to you, we currently have a stable supply.

We are dedicated to being good stewards of your gifts and are accepting appointments in May. Letter From Versiti Chief Medical Officer