Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness first identified in China which has now been detected in countries around the world. 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 has been working with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the CDC, City staff, and local community partners to keep the Evanston community safe.
View the City's complete, interactive COVID-19 Dashboard (view on mobile) for confirmed Evanston cases by date, as well as testing and recovery data. These numbers are updated daily at approximately 3 p.m.
These are confirmed cases of Evanston residents only. Death of a confirmed COVID-19-positive individual is reported on the website when the City receives death certificate documentation from the IDPH.
The IDPH provides a breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases by age, gender and race by county and zip code. Data comes from Illinois' National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS) data system and may change as cases are investigated.
The City sends out periodic Situation Reports with additional data, including hospital admissions, testing positivity rate, and other information. View Situation Reports below:
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:
- e-News: Evanston moves to Phase 3, food program and parking updates, and more
- Evanston Moves to Phase 3 of State Recovery Plan
- City Works to Expand Safe Outdoor Dining Options for Evanston Restaurants
- City continues food programs throughout summer with schedule modifications
- Parking Enforcement Operations to Resume June 1
- Message from the Mayor: Dr. Fauci's Message to Evanston
- City Provides Update on Outdoor Recreation, Programming
- City Launches "Evanston Back to Business" Face Covering Campaign
- City Passes Resolution Establishing Fee Limits for Third-Party Food Delivery Services
- Mayor Hagerty provides update on COVID-19 cases in Evanston (view slideshow presentation)
- New Guidelines for Businesses
- Cloth face covering options
- City, Erie Health to Host 'Coronavirus Q&As' to Provide Community with Latest COVID-19 Information
- e-News: Face Covering Order, Coronavirus Q&As, and more
- City of Evanston, Northwestern Establish Emergency Food Pantry to Assist Evanston Residents In Need
- Coronavirus Q&A: Mayor Hagerty, State Senator Laura Fine, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
- Message from the Mayor: COVID-19: Can Evanston Meet the Peak?
- Coronavirus Q&A: AMITA Health and City of Evanston
- Paycheck Protection Program Loans, SBA Webinar Follow-up, and More
- e-News Extra: Myths and scams, ways to help, and more
- City Launches 'COVID-19 Response' Volunteer Portal
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information Session April 1
- FEMA Whole-of-Government Response Update
- Special City Council Meeting - Coronavirus Update (View presentation)
- e-News: Playground closures, Q&A and more
- "Evanston Responds: Emergency Management" video
- City Suspends Building Permit, Inspection Services through April 7
- Small Business Loan and Grant Assistance Programs Available
- Coronavirus Q&A: NorthShore Univeristy HealthSystem and City of Evanston
- Essential Businesses and Services Remain Open
- City Eliminates Nonpayment Penalties, Halts Water Service Shut-offs
- "Evanston Responds: Drinking Water" video
- City Announces Service Changes.
- Facebook Live Q&A: Mayor Hagerty and HHS Director Ike Ogbo
- 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.
- June 26 meeting notes
- June 19 meeting notes
- June 12 meeting notes
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- April 28 meeting notes
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- March 17 meeting notes
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms can include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
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, sneezes or talks
- 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.
Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
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 recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Face coverings are required in Evanston effective April 23.
State Community-based Testing Locations
The State has opened its community-based testing sites to all people, regardless of symptoms.
No appointment, doctor referral, or insurance is needed at state-operated drive-thru sites, and testing is available at no cost to the individual. View a list of testing sites in Illinois.
Testing Offered by Health Care Providers
Please call or visit the websites below for testing guidelines and requirements.
Erie Health Center
1285 Hartrey Ave., Evanston
Amita Health, St. Francis
355 Ridge Ave., Evanston
Northshore Immediate Care - Old Orchard
9977 Woods Dr., Skokie
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 email@example.com.
The CDC provides recommendations when deciding to postpone or cancel travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of travel notices is available at the CDC website.
Travelers entering or returning to Evanston from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home if they develop symptoms or become sick. States include but are not limited to Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Georgia, California, Texas, Louisiana and Utah.