March 17, 2020
Today Governor Pritzker announced that the first death related to COVID-19 has occurred in Illinois, a Chicago woman in her 60s. Additionally, the number of confirmed cases in Illinois increased by nearly 60 since yesterday.
This is a stark reminder that each of us has a responsibility in containing this virus. No matter how young or how healthy, we all must take precautions to guard our own health in order to protect the health of those around us who are more vulnerable. Please follow guidelines around social distancing, staying home as much as possible whether or not you are experiencing symptoms, and washing hands frequently. This is a hard time and I am proud of how our community is coming together to support one another.
Tomorrow's City Council meeting has been cancelled, following guidelines to avoid congregations of 50 or more people. Beginning tomorrow, my office will operate remotely. All phone calls to our main line, 773-784-5277, will be forwarded to a staff member who will be able to answer the call and assist you. Please call or email us with any questions, concerns, or service requests.
While our local independent businesses are grappling with directives and guidelines about how to operate during this crisis, I encourage you to think of ways to support them. Many restaurants are choosing to operate with curbside pick-up and delivery options. I recommend calling ahead before visiting a business. Our local Chambers of Commerce in Andersonville, Edgewater, and Uptown are also sharing information on their social media.
Additionally, the State of Illinois has expanded Unemployment Benefits to assist workers whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19. Click here to learn more, and I will share more information on financial relief programs that are developed in the weeks and months to come.
Please continue to seek updated information and guidance about COVID-19 at chicago.gov/coronavirus. If you would like to volunteer to help our Community Response Team, or if you would like to request a daily wellbeing check from one of our volunteers, sign up at 48thward.org/coronavirus.
Alderman, 48th Ward