Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Contact Information

Cook County Department of Public Health

Report a Case: 708-633-4000, press 1
Coronavirus Hotline: 708-633-3319
Coronavirus Email:
Coronavirus Updates: Text “ALERTCOOK” to 888-777

Illinois Department of Public Health

Coronavirus Hotline: 800-889-3931 
Coronavirus Email:
Coronavirus Updates: Text “COVID” to 312-500-3836

For emergencies, call 9-1-1

State Issues Additional COVID-19 Mitigations

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced COVID-19 resurgence mitigations for suburban Cook County (Region 10), effective at 12:01am on Wednesday, October 28. Region 10 has had eight consecutive days of increases in test positivity and seven days of increased hospital admissions. The sustained increases exceed the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan

Mitigation measures, which do not currently apply to schools, include the following:


  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11pm
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed) 
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart 
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table


  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11pm
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party 
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11pm, are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 10 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.

COVID-19 Resident Cash Assistance Program

The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance Program offers a one-time cash payment of $600 to income eligible suburban Cook County residents who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible for cash assistance, you must reside in suburban Cook County, meet income requirements based on household income prior to March 1, 2020, and have a negative financial impact during the COVID-19 pandemic due to job or wage losses, unpaid leave to care for vulnerable or infected relatives, unpaid sick leave, or loss of wages due to school closures. Learn more here.

Cook County Hiring Contact Tracers

Through grant funding, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is currently looking to grow its contact tracing workforce to 400 people. The expanded contact tracing program will reach 90% of contacts of persons who test COVID-19 positive within 24 hours. Apply online.

Contact tracing is a multi-step process of identifying, assessing, and managing people exposed to a positive COVID-19 case and connecting them to resources to assist them during quarantine. Learn more on CCDPH's website.

Updated Face Covering Guidelines

As of August 25, the state has added new safety guidelines to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan pertaining to wearing face coverings at restaurants when interacting with restaurant staff.

The new guidelines include:
  1. Patrons should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when approached and serviced by establishment employees, including but not limited to when employees take patron orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables.
  2. Patrons should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when picking up carry out orders.
  3. Patrons should be encouraged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when picking up food at a drive-thru window.

Restore Illinois - Phase 4

 (with mitigations)

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) released Phase 4 guidelines for residents and businesses. All Illinois regions advanced into Phase 4 of Restore Illinois on June 26. On October 28, resurgence mitigations were announced for suburban Cook County (Region 10).

Phase 4 Physical Distancing Guidelines

Practicing physical distancing is crucial to preventing further spread of COVID-19. As Phase 4 permits group activities and gatherings of 50 or fewer, physical distancing is as important as ever. Guidelines include the following:

  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from individuals outside your household.
  • Wear a face covering when out in public, except while exercising or dining with proper physical distancing.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer, frequently and before touching your face.
  • Disinfect frequently used surfaces and follow sanitizing protocols for shared equipment.

How to Move from Phase 4 to Phase 5

Reaching post-pandemic requires a vaccine, effective and widely available treatment, or the elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.

Summary of Phase 5 - Illinois Restored: With a vaccine or highly effective treatment widely available or the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period, the economy fully reopens with safety precautions continuing. Conventions, festivals, and large events are permitted, and all businesses, schools, and places of recreation can open with new safety guidance and procedures in place reflecting the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor’s plan stresses that the progression is reliant on public health data, and that resurging infection rates could require reimplementation of heightened restrictions. The plan for widespread testing and contact tracing may also extend the timetable for regions moving transitioning through phases. 

Any questions can be directed to the DCEO by email to or by phone at 1-800-252-2923. 

A Message from the Northbrook Board of Trustees

COVID-19 Tips
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those of flu and may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourage everyone to practice the following to prevent the spread of known viruses:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands
  • Stay home if you feel ill and contact your doctor
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects regularly
  • Distance yourself 6 feet or more from others, except members in your household
  • Do not congregate in groups