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

Cook County Opens New Website for Community Vaccination Program

Cook County opened a new website where those living and working in Cook County can sign up for updates and submit information to schedule a vaccination appointment when administration expands to their phase. View the website here. Providing all the information requested will ensure that you are notified properly as the program expands. Vaccine supply is still limited, so please be patient. 

By signing up, you will receive the following:

  • Updates on the vaccine and the Community Vaccination Program
  • Notification for when vaccine administration is open to your phase
  • Information on scheduling a vaccine appointment through Cook County Health
  • Information on vaccine distribution locations throughout Cook County

CCDPH Enters Phase 1b 
CCDPH expanded to Phase 1b of their vaccination plan today, January 25. Phase 1b includes members of the general public aged 65 and over, police, firefighters, and other essential workers, such as manufacturing employees and grocery store workers. They will continue to prioritize any remaining Phase 1a individuals.

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Region 10 Advances to Tier 1 COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that Region 10 (suburban Cook County) has advanced from Tier 2 to Tier 1 COVID-19 resurgence mitigations, effective immediately. See the announcement here.

Tier 1 mitigations allow bars and restaurants to open for limited indoor service of up to 25 guests or 25% room capacity. Meetings and social gatherings of up to 25 guests or 25% room capacity (both indoors & outdoors) are also allowed under this tier. Sports should follow the mitigation measures in the State's All Sports Policy, and recreation and fitness centers follow Phase 4 guidelines.

Continue to stay vigilant with COVID-19 safety precautions like wearing your mask, washing your hands, and watching your distance. 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. 

 Metrics for Moving from Tier 1 to Phase 4

  • Test positivity rate ≤ 6.5% for three consecutive days (7-day average); and
  • Staffed ICU bed availability ≥ 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average); and
  • No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

CCDPH and the State of Illinois expanded to Phase 1b of their vaccination plan on January 25. Phase 1b includes frontline essential workers like police personnel, teachers, and grocery workers, as well as people over age 65. They will continue to prioritize any remaining Phase 1a individuals. A detailed description of who is in Phase 1a and Phase 1b can be found here.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) launched a website page to provide up-to-date progress reports and data on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. View it here. Also available through IDPH's website are vaccine FAQs and more details on eligibility. 

Additional vaccine information is available on CCDPH's website

Free COVID-19 Testing Available at State Mobile Testing Sites

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has several mobile testing teams that are dispatched to various locations around the state each week to provide COVID-19 testing. Anyone can be tested, regardless of symptoms or immigration status. There is no cost to the individual for testing, but they should bring their insurance card if they have one (insurance is not required). Specimens will be collected using a simple nasal swab.

Check IDPH's website for the most current mobile testing site location information. Site locations are subject to change.

Become a COVID-19 Safety Ambassador

NorthShore University HealthSystem is asking for help spreading the word to the community about key COVID-19 safety measures. By becoming a COVID-19 Safety Ambassador, you can help protect your neighbors, family, and friends. Ambassadors have access to toolkit resources and can take a pledge to keep themselves and loved ones safe by signing the COVID Safety Promise. Get all the details.

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