Coronavirus Updates


ChicagoCHEC is monitoring the global and national outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as confirmed cases in the Chicago community and has created this webpage to share the latest information with the ChicagoCHEC community. Please check back regularly for the most recent guidance and communications.

Cancer Patients

Some types of cancer and treatments such as chemotherapy can weaken your immune system and may increase your risk of any infection, including with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

If you have cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment, please see the below resources for tips on keeping yourself healthly during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know published by the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Tips & Tools For Living With Cancer During COVID-19 published by the Livestrong Foundation

COVID-19 Response and Recommendations

For other important updates please visit:

Chicago Department of Public Health Information available in English, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, Arabic, Filipino, Hindi and Korean.

City of Chicago Mayor’s Office

Illinois Department of Public Health

Immigrant Healthcare Resources and Rights in Response to Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in English, Spanish, and Chinese

COVID-19 fact sheet in Spanish

Community Resources

Community Resources During COVID-19 UIC Cancer Centerhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1s8nxxVc7as7tonuZaYAOhO_mDk3RaRic/view?usp=sharing
Repository of Community Resources Northwestern University’s Center for Community Health & Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC)https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iAyhLARy2Rljj2uVBmq9BQ-Efa3pEphpDDxfA5mkdxQ/edit?usp=sharing
Resources for the Immigrant and Refugee CommunityIllinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CvVQDrWhKRHMvVpfFYe5ulh388w1O58D/view?usp=sharing
Getting food – Greater Chicago Food Depository resources during COVID-19 (updated)Greater Chicago Food Depositoryhttps://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/coronavirus-updates/
Getting food – Lakeview Pantry resources during COVID-19 (updated)Lakeview Pantryhttps://www.lakeviewpantry.org/lakeview-pantrys-response-to-coronavirus/
Free meals for school-age children (three meals per meal bag)Chicago Public Schools (CPS)https://cps.edu/oshw/Pages/HealthyCPS.aspx
Food and hand sanitizer, health supplements, toiletries for seniorsMy Block, My Hood, My Cityhttps://www.formyblock.org/
Working with Your Personal Attendant to Keep you Safe from Coronavirus UIC Cancer Centerhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1ngeAOf6QTBkgmfB0v9tbBSyj8gI7g4DN/view?usp=sharing

Other Resources

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak. Published by the HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Scholastic Learn at Home is offering free online courses with daily projects so your kids can keep learning while schools are closed

See these Virtual Field trips for kids

Free virtual museum tours

Free story telling podcasts for kids

Daily lunch time guided doodling with Mo Willems

Zoos and aquariums that are live-streaming animals for people to enjoy during coronavirus isolation

List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings

10 University Art Classes You Can Take for Free Online

Fitness studios that are live-streaming workout classes for free during the coronavirus outbreak

Free live concerts to stream

Chicago Public Library cardholders can access library resources and information, including eBooks, audiobooks, music, video and online resources, 24/7 on the CPL website.

Resources for the Research Community

The Chicago COVID-19 Repository https://zenodo.org/communities/chicago-covid-19 has been created by Northwestern University for preserving and sharing research and information that may be relevant to COVID-19 control efforts in Chicago. Users are encouraged to upload their research outputs to facilitate sharing and discovery of information.

COVID-19 Resources for the Oncology Community presented by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Proper hand washing technique demonstration from the ChicagoCHEC team
and Northwestern University’s Center for Health Equity Transformation