COVID-19 Update from Alderman Vasquez 3/12/20

Dear Neighbors,

For the past several weeks, you’ve probably been hearing about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is working in close collaboration with city, state and federal partners to manage cases of COVID-19 as they arise here and to prevent local spread.

Like you, we are dedicated to ensuring that all Chicagoans get trusted information about our local situation. We want the general public to have timely, accurate updates about the COVID-19 response and what they can do to protect themselves and others.

So you’ll begin receiving emails from my office about the City’s response – including press releases, new guidance, and other important information. We ask that you share these resources widely with your networks, colleagues, clients, friends, neighbors, hobby buddies, and families. You can also access local, up-to-date information about COVID-19 on the CDPH website and on the City of Chicago  site, as well as sign up to receive the latest updates.

See here for my video comments regarding recent COVID-19 news.

Resources and Guidance
Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance for People at Higher Risk
Individuals and Households
Older Adults and Other People at Higher Risk
Childcare Programs
Schools and Institutions of Higher Education
Businesses and Employers
Community- and Faith-based Organizations
Healthcare Professionals

Tips for Staying Healthy

  • Clean your hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you are sick, stay home, unless you are seeking medical care. Look out for symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. If you’re not familiar with your employer’s sick leave policy, please talk to your supervisor or HR representative.
  • While sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands.
  • Remember that viruses do not target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds. We need to fight stigma and fear as we look ahead.

If you have questions, please contact the Ward Office at 773-654-1867 or email at