Response to Coronavirus COVID-19
GLC-OHS's Call to Action for Public Health
As the coronavirus crisis continues, essential workers’ needs will increasingly become more urgent, and stark. There is an enormous responsibility to take care of our workers and provide the tools needed by workers who are risking their lives by having to continue to work outside the home. The actions of Illinois government and the public health resources in the State in the coming weeks could prevent larger outbreaks in essential workplaces and lay the foundation for an organized strategy that can also be scaled up when workers in non-essential industries begin to return to work.
UIC’s COVID-19 Public Health Response
As the world addresses the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, faculty and researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health are playing leading roles in the response in Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois. Refer to their website here for the latest updates and resources, including checking for symptoms, contacting your local health department and accessing COVID-19 fact sheets. See the most recent article from UIC’s Center for Healthy Work on Why Paid Sick Leave is an Effective Treatment Against Coronavirus here.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for information about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what to do if you get sick.
Other resources will be shared below to help protect the health and safety of workers and communities.
COVID-19 Guide for Workers in Illinois
Pandemic COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge for workers in Illinois and across the nation. The UIC Center for Healthy Work, Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety, and the Policy, Practice and Prevention Research Center are providing information about benefits available to those employed in Illinois to ensure the safety and health of Illinois workers and their families.
Resources for Protecting Workers
The Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety is committed to protecting and advancing worker health and safety. We’ve compiled a list of resources available to help protect workers.
- The National Institutes of Health launched this new website that contains health and safety resources for workers who may be at risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has complied a list of resources for front line workers. Check them out here.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed interim guidance to help prevent worker exposure to COVID-19 here.
- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) highlights resources available for the protection of workers on their page here.
- The MassCOSH developed this COVID-19 Toolkit for Essential Workers.
- ITUC/Hazards coronavirus workplace health resource hub can be found here.
- The National Employment Law Project has resources for unemployed and essential workers here.
- Information for Health Care Professionals, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found on their website here.
- See the CDC’s Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 here.
- Interim Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure
- Proper N95 Respirator Use for Respiratory Protection Preparedness
- The WNYCOSH has developed Guidance for Cashiers in Retail Establishments.
- The CDC’s Guidance for Grocery and Food Retail Workers can be found here.
- Resources for Gig workers from the Gig Workers Collective can be found here.
- The CDC’s guidance for Rideshare, Taxi and Limo Drivers can be found here.
Warehouse & Temp Workers
- If you are a warehouse worker check out the Warehouse Workers for Justice.
- Chicago Workers Collaborative is organizing to protect temporary workers. Learn more here.
- Temp Worker Justice Benefit Update.
- The National Domestic Workers Alliance has compiled resources here.
- The Illinois Domestic Workers Coalition is promoting Paid Sick Leave. Learn more here.
- Arise Chicago FAQ on Domestic Workers Rights can be found here.
- Your employer is responsible for providing proper training, relevant personal protective equipment, and record-keeping of possible exposures and infection. Legal Aid at Work: Coronavirus FAQs
- Arise Chicago’s Workers Rights Manuel in English, Spanish and Polish can be found here.
- UIC SPH EOHS Weekly Seminar
- COVID-19: Experiences from the Front Lines Slide can be found online here.
- National Council on Occupational Safety and Health
- Women’s Voices for the Earth
- COVID-19, Cleaning Products and Your Health. Recording can be found here.
- COVID-19 Conversations Hosted by the American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine
- See more information here.
- Labor Occupational Health Program, UC Berkeley
- Protecting Workers in the Service Industry. Recording can be found here.
- North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center
- COVID-19 Respiratory Protection Webinar Series. Registration and past sessions can be found here.
- Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) and Children in the Field Campaign hosted a webinar on farmworker health during the coronavirus pandemic. A recording can be found here.
- National Safety Council
- Partners for Dignity & Rights
- Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) webinars looking at the science, solutions and successes around this pandemic can be found here.
Resources for Businesses & Employers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Resources for Businesses and Employers include:
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Disinfecting your Facility if Someone is Sick
- Prepare to Care for COVID-19: Get Your Practice Ready, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Keeping the Workplace Safe Handout can be found here.
- Reopening Guidance and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes can be found here.
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA):
- AIHA’s guidance for cleaning your workplace can be found here.
- If you had to shut down your facility here is guidance for reopening.
- Back to Work Safely resources for every industry can be found here.
American Public Health Association (APHA):
- APHA’s created a new page with up-to-date and easy to digest info on COVID-19, including reopening. For more information visit their website here.
- Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19, World Health Organization
- The COVID-19 Risk Communication Package for Health Care Facilities, World Health Organization
Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
- FDA Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency can be found here.
- The Center for Health, Work, and Environment is conducting weekly, free, Town Hall Webinars to help employers and individuals connect with experts as we address COVID19.
- American Academy of Pediatrics Covid-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-Entry
Illinois-specific information can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 website. Illinois Department of Public Health. Phone 1-800-889-3931 or Email: SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV for additional questions.
COVID-19 Guide for Workers in Illinois can be found here.
Arise Chicago created this tri-lingual guide: Working under Covid-19: How to return to a safe workplace in Illinois
Unemployment benefits are available to some people in Illinois whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Learn more.
- Apply for unemployment assistance, call 800-244-5631 or click here.
- Click here for assistance on how to fill out unemployment assistance forms.
- Apply for SNAP (financial assistance for food) here.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights created this document of resources for Immigrants.
Chicago-specific information can be found at the Chicago Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 website. Chicago Department of Public Health. Phone: 312-746-4835 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions. This website will be updated with additional guidance as it becomes available.
- Click here for information about rental assistance. This program assists with rent payment but not security deposits, and the city still requires people to show up in person to apply. Chicago residents can apply at one of the six Community Service Centers.
- Chicago Public Schools are offering free meals to families while schools are closed. Click here for more information.
- Click here for Greater Chicago Food Depository resources.
- Northwest Food Partners Network compiled this COVID-19 Food Delivery Resource Guide.
- The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund is working in conjunction with the City of Chicago to support local non-profits providing aid to vulnerable populations.
- Chicago Jobs Council COVID-19 FAQ & Resources.
- Legal Aid Chicago Updates During Covid-19 can be found here.
- The Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help page was created by Chicago organizers Kelly Hayes and Delia Galindo to offer a simple way for people in the Chicago area to ask others for assistance during this crisis.
- Chicago Beyond has compiled additional resources that can be found here.
Respirator Fit Testing using Sweet &/or Bitter Solutions by Dr. Roy T. McKay at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Other Respirator Resources:
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19