Coronavirus

I want to be sure you have the best available information to protect and care for yourself and your loved ones as we learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 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.

Illinois' Coronavirus Updates

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. If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread and start to feel ill, call your doctor.

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Prevention 
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. 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 except to get medical care 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • 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 avoiding all travel internationally.

If you are currently out of the country and trying to return, please CONTACT ME HERE or call my office at 202-225-2111. The State Department also asks that you register at State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to be connected with local embassy officials.

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 Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is monitoring closely the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and developing guidance to prepare communities to respond. They can be reached at 312-746-4835.

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is coordinating with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as other local and regional public health partners, hospitals and emergency response agencies, regarding suspect cases, situational awareness, and guidance for healthcare providers, travelers, Persons Under Investigation (PUIs), and the general public. They can be reached at 708-633-4000

The Illinois Department of Health provides updates on the disease's spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here. They can be reached at 1-800-889-3931.

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories.​

The safety of you and your loved ones is of the utmost importance. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my office at (773) 506-7100. 

More on Coronavirus

September 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last Friday, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the Consumer Product Safety Inspection Enhancement Act, H.R. 8134. This bill would give the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) the power to prevent unsafe and counterfeit products from entering the United States, protecting consumers in the United States.

August 31, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON— Today, Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), and other Democratic members of the Illinois delegation urged Illinois’ leading health insurers to provide financial relief to Illinois individuals, families, and small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

August 7, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) joined fellow Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Katie Porter (CA-45), Donna E. Shalala (FL-27), Katherine Clark (MA-05), Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), and Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) in sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence demanding details on the administration’s plan to develop, manufacture, produce, and distribute a coronavirus vaccine.

July 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -  Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, released a statement highlighting significant victories for Illinois’ 9th Congressional District and other communities across America in H.R. 7617, the second fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, that just passed the House.

July 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s tweet regarding delaying the election:

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