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 the coronavirus (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 MOBILE TESTING

The Illinois Department of Public Health regularly updates the schedules and sites for free COVID-19 mobile testing. The schedule and sites can be seen here: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing/mobile-testing-sites

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OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES

On December 21, 2020, the House and Senate passed the H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

Illinois' Coronavirus Updates

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE TESTING

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky has teamed up with Senator Ram Villivalam, State Representative Mark Kalish, Commissioner Larry Suffredin, & Alderman Debra Silverstein to collaborate with the JCC Chicago & Northshore Clinical Labs to provide simple swab nasal Covid-19 testing.

Open to everyone, no insurance is required, and no out-of-pocket cost.

Insured persons must bring their insurance cards. Residents without insurance will need a state-issued photo ID.

RSVP HERE

Location: BERNARD HORWICH - JCC CHICAGO

3003 W. Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL. 60625

Please follow signs to testing area, please wear masks while on the premises.

VACCINES

I've created a page dedicated to information about vaccine distribution in our district. Visit that page HERE.

The CDC has laid out guidelines and suggestions for deploying the vaccines to Americans. To read those guidelines, visit HERE.

States ultimately make the final decisions on the schedule of distribution. To read Illinois' distribution plan, visit HERE.

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

February 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, announced the introduction of a package of legislation to address serious problems that have emerged during the COVID-19 crisis.

February 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Pandemic Emergency Manufacturing Act of 2021 to publicly manufacture personal protective equipment, prescription drugs, and other medical supplies necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 2, 2021 Video

During the Energy and Commerce Committee​ Oversight​ hearing on COVID-19​ vaccine distribution, I asked IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike how more state and local funding would boost distribution in Illinois.

January 30, 2021 Video

This week, I update you on the latest actions of the Biden Administration, and talk about some of the concerns we have within Congress of one of our own members.

January 28, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, introduced the bipartisan Advancing Connectivity during the Coronavirus to Ensure Support for Seniors (ACCESS) Act. Nursing homes provide essential care to our most vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities – the population hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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