Coronavirus COVID-19

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ILLCF COVID-19 Solidarity Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented level of financial strain and uncertainty for our community. To help support families as they navigate these difficult times, Rep. Hernandez, the ILLCF, and the Immigrant Funders Collaborative – an affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust – have worked together to create a fund to help the most at risk Latinx families. Every donation is greatly appreciated!

Confirmed cases in our community






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Know the symptoms

What to do if you’re sick?

Every Illinoisan plays a role in ensuring our healthcare system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care.

If you are experiencing symptoms of any illness, including COVID-19, the first thing you should do is:

1. Call a healthcare provider, like your primary care physician or a health clinic. But please, do not walk directly into an emergency room or a doctor’s office.

2. A healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and potential exposures. If they think you need medical care, they will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure.

3. If you meet certain criteria, you may be tested for COVID-19, but as testing expands, those with severe illness and those at higher risk of complications are being prioritized.

4. People whose symptoms are mild — which will be most people — will be able to isolate at home during their illness, and they should follow the directives of their health care providers.

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

Take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks

If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.

If you need help…

Medical Assistance

Hospitals, teladocs, and general health information is found here.

Food Assistance

There is food available. Find a pantry or food distributor near you.

Financial Assistance

Whether you were recently laid off or are a struggling business owner, we can help you here

Housing/Renter Assistance

Keeping a roof over your head is important. Find shelters or help with your rent or housing payments.



Here you can find programs and other assistance to help your family.


DACA renewals, status questions, etc. help can be found here.

Mental Health

Stress and anxiety are common issues due to the pandemic. You aren’t alone.

You can volunteer to help…


Donate Blood

There is a shortage of blood. The American Red Cross is accepting blood donations.


Donate Food

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is in great need of foods to be distributed to those who are in need and cannot get out.


Donate Time

Illinois and its community partners are working to ensure the health of our citizens. But we need your help.  Volunteers have options, both in-person options as well as virtual efforts.

Mutual Aid

Any person living in the Cicero Berwyn community is welcome to be part of our development.

Text Numbers

Illinois Department of Public Health: For English, text “COVID” to 312-500-3836.  For Spanish, text “COVID ESP” to 312-500-3836

Cook County COVID-19 Updates: Text “AlertCook” to 888-777

COVID-19 Additional Directories