COVID-19 Resources + Tools

Illinois Coronavirus Hotline:1-800-889-3931

Resources for Businesses

What government programs are out there to help small businesses?

The CARES Act has established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.

Where can I apply for federal assistance?

The application can be found here on the SBA website.

What is OSHA saying about reporting a case in the workplace?

If your business or organization has a case of COVID-19 as a result of workplace preformance, OSHA has developed a webpage to help guide you on the standards of reporting it on your logs.

What are the laws surrounding paid leave?

The U.S. Department of Labor released information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply till December 31, 2020.

They include a Q&A about FFCRA.

How should I sanatize my office?

The government has released information on how to best disinfect your workplace. Areas that see heavy traffic are especially important to disinfect such as printers, counter tops, and cabinets.

What resources are available for emergency responders?

We are greatful for the first responders on the front lines of this pandemic. The CDC has released its own guide to help first responders and EMS personnel prepare in case a call involves a case of COVID-19.

How is the state gathering information on impacts to small business?

The Illinois Department of Commerce has developed a survey to help gain information on how COVID-19 has impacted your small business. Consider filling it out to help them understand the scope of the impact.

Resources for Individuals

How can I keep me and my family safe?

The CDC has a database of information on how to help protect yourself from contracting COVID-19. For more information, visit the CDC webpage.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).

 

What are the lastest numbers in Illinois?

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a webpage that is regularly updated with the latest numbers.

What does the Stay at Home ordinance mean?

The State of Illinois released a FAQ to help people understand the impacts of the Stay at Home order. At the current time, the order is set to remain in effect till April 30, 2020.

The State of Illinois website also contains a page of executive orders issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

I need to apply for unemployment insurance, where do I go?

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) webpage is where you would apply to unemployment insurance. Be mindful that because of a high volume of applications, the IDES has instituted rules on when you can apply.

What if I'm concerned about being unemployed soon?

The State of Illinois has developed a Unemployment FAQs webpage for those who may be quitting or are worried about being laid off from their job.

Resources for Fire Districts & Public Entities

IML COVID-19 Resources

Take some time to explore the IML resources page and find out more about their efforts to protect public entities.

Information from the Illinois Municipal League (IML)

The Illinois Municipal League has released information for mayors, village presidents, town presidents, managers, administrators, clerks, deputy chiefs, and all interested parties about the latest on COVID-19 in Illinois. Read the full document here.

Video Conferencing Advice

Stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines have made videoconferencing a very attractive alternative to in-person meetings. But you need to keep in mind that there are risks associated with this technology.

In particular, fire districts and public entities have additional responsibilities and risks associated with videoconferencing.

No matter what your situation, please read these comprehensive guidelines to keep yourself and your organization safe. You will find tips on how to successfully host and participate in video conferences.

Insurance Responses

We want to provide you with the latest information from our insurance carriers in their efforts to help customers. Check for your insurance’s providers response below.

Mercury Insruance

Mercury Insurance are giving back 15% of monthly personal auto insurance premiums, 10% of monthly business auto premiums, and 15% of select commercial multi-peril policy monthly premiums for two (2) month-long periods. Read the full details here.

Nationwide Insurance

Nationwide is offering refunds on auto insurance premiums. Read the full details here.

Pekin Insurance

Pekin Insurance is delaying some payments for their customers. Read the full details here.

Progressive Insurance

Progressive will be sending out a 20% credit on personal auto premiums. Read the full details here.

Rockford Mutual Insurance

Rockford Mutual Insurance has released a few statements for personal and commerical clients ensuring that they’re offices will continue to operate for anyone in need of assistance. Read the full statement here.

SECURA Insurance

SECURA Insurance is providing their customers with a dividend that is 15% of their auto premium for policy holders. Read the full details here.

Travelers Insurance

Travelers Insurance is providing their customers with a few forms of billing support and adjusting some of their practices to cope with the times. Read the full details here.