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State to host drive-thru, walk-up testing in Oak Park on Dec. 28

The Illinois Department of Public Health will host a drive-thru/walk-up COVID-19 testing site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon., Dec. 28 in the parking lot of Fenwick High School, 505 Washington Blvd. Access to the testing site will be from East Avenue, just north of Madison Street. The testing event, arranged by the Oak Park Department of Public Health, … Read the rest

Oak Park and River Forest Social Services Resource Guide

Oak Park and River Forest Townships have updated and published a COVID-19 Social Services Resource Guide linked here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fAK-N6X2rWy4qe_7fwRB42byX3kSridp/view

This guide was compiled with the the help of the Community Mental Health Board and seeks to make information more readily available during this difficult time. The guide includes information about mental health and psychiatric services, on-site services for COVID-19 testing, … Read the rest

Eviction Moratorium Extended

Governor Pritzker has extended an Illinois moratorium on evictions until July 31st, and has also announced that a new state grant program will begin in August to help those who are behind on rent.

The rental program will be run by the Illinois Housing Development Authority offers grants of up to $5,000 to provide emergency rental assistance. Assistance will be … Read the rest

Chicago Resiliency Fund

Open Society Foundation and the Resurrection Project (TRP) have joined forces to support the City of Chicago in creating a “Resiliency Fund” – a cash assistance program to support Chicago residents who were excluded from federal stimulus aid in response to COVID-19.

The fund was launched on June 22nd, and provides $1,000 per household for eligible Chicagoans, which includes undocumented … Read the rest

Help For Illinois Families

Does your family or someone in your community need emergency assistance to help cover costs for utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities? The Pritzker Administration, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), has launched a new initiative to help Illinois families access and afford home energy assistance and other essential services … Read the rest

Chicago COVID-19 Resource Finder

As we head into month three of lock-down measures, it can feel really overwhelming to stay up to date on COVID news and find the resources you need to support family members and loved ones during this time! Check out the Chicago COVID Resource Finder pulled together by the City Bureau. The website lists over 1,300 resources including information about … Read the rest

Housing Forward Looking For Volunteers!

Housing Forward recently put out a call for volunteers. If you are looking for further ways to get involved and support our local community during this time, please check out the link below.

Housing Forward is dedicated to reducing homelessness! They have a variety of programs and are looking for volunteers who can help with meal delivery and meal provision. … Read the rest

FAQ on Masks

FAQ ON MASKS, HOME-MADE AND OTHERWISE

NOTE: I am not a doctor, but I have two sisters and a father and a best friend who are, and I’ve spent much of the last week researching these questions in depth.

ARE HOMEMADE MASKS EFFECTIVE?

Somewhat. The recommendations re: their use have shifted in the last week; the CDC has recently relaxed … Read the rest

Governor Pritzker orders a statewide stay-at-home directive

The order takes effect at 5 p.m. Saturday. It will be in effect until the end of the day April 7.

The Oak Park order will defer to the statewide order.

Local roads will remain open, as will public transit. As with the Oak Park order, outdoor activities like walking, running and hiking are allowed. Playgrounds are closed.

Although essential … Read the rest

How long does COVID-19 live on various surfaces?

A major study recently discovered how long COVID-19 stays alive outside the human body.

COVID-19 was applied to the surfaces of air, copper, cardboard, stainless steel, and plastic at 21 to 23°C, 40% relative humidity, and over 7 days.

COVID-19 was found alive on the following surfaces for the following hours:


Airborne: 3 hours
Copper: 4 hours
Cardboard: 24 hours… Read the rest

If you need a job, grocery stores are hiring!

According to ABC News, the opportunities are for part-time in-store employees and delivery drivers.

Per a release from the grocer, it includes all store departments, including its e-commerce department which employs personal shoppers.

Apply here for a job at Jewel Osco.

Mariano’s is also hiring. Fill out an application online or stop in a store from 10 a.m. to 4 … Read the rest