Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
COVID-19 is an emerging respiratory illness first identified in China and which has now been detected in multiple countries around the world, including the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing updates on this rapidly evolving situation as soon as it becomes available.
The Evanston Health and Human Services Department is actively monitoring the situation and has been working with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the CDC, City Staff, and local community partners in order to keep the Evanston community safe.
Subscribe to the City's coronavirus (COVID-19) e-Newsletter for the latest Evanston updates. Past communications from the City and other agencies regarding COVID-19 include:
- Coronavirus Q&A, myths and scams, ways to help, and more
- City Launches 'COVID-19 Response' Volunteer Portal
- FEMA Whole-of-Government Response Update
- Special City Council Meeting - Coronavirus Update (View presentation)
- "Evanston Responds: Emergency Management" video
- City Suspends Building Permit, Inspection Services through April 7
- Small Business Loan and Grant Assistance Programs Available
- City Eliminates Nonpayment Penalties, Halts Water Service Shut-offs
- "Evanston Responds: Drinking Water" video
- City Announces Service Changes.
- Facebook Live Q&A with Mayor Hagerty
- City, Schools Partner to Provide Youth Meals
- State of IL and City of Chicago Issue New Guidance to Minimize COVID-19 Spread
- Message from the Mayor: Flattening the Coronavirus Curve
- Evanston Public Library programming changes
- Senior Class, Program and Activity Cancellations
Mayor Hagerty’s COVID-19 Task Force includes key members of the education, government, business, faith, nonprofit, health, and senior communities.
Organizations represented include AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Representative Jan Schakowsky, State Senator Laura Fine, State Representative Robyn Gabel, State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Evanston senior living communities, Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Evanston Community Foundation, Interfaith clergy and leaders, Evanston Own It, Northwestern University, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston Township High School District 202, and more.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure.
The virus is thought to spread primarily from person-to-person
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
At this time there is no specific vaccine to prevent COVID-19 or antiviral treatment for COVID-19, however, the CDC recommends these preventive actions to take to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people (social distancing)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
If you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away. Visit the CDC website for more information.
Please direct COVID-19 questions to the Illinois Department of Public Health by calling 1-800-889-3931 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.