COVID-19 Updates

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms (click to download pdf)

Prevention steps (click to download pdf)


As temperatures outside start to warm up and spring arrives, it’s still critical for Chicagoans to continue to stay home as much as possible and take precautions when outdoors.  By fully complying with Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home order and social distancing guidance, Chicagoans can significantly limit our exposure to COVID-19.  

Without your actions to social distance and remain at home, we cannot slow the spread of COVID-19, and the number of cases will increase so quickly that hospitals will not have the capacity to care for all patients.  Additionally, failure to comply with these guidelines will likely necessitate their extension for longer periods of time.  This is a very serious health crisis we are in. I strongly ask you to follow Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home directive. 

The full impact of this health crisis has not yet hit our City, and each of us have a role in slowing the spread of this virus.  If you need to go outside to walk your dog or get some fresh air or exercise, please respect social distancing.  Working together, we can get through this difficult time.  

Also, I’d like to thank the many members of our community who have supported our Go Fund Me page to provide meals from local businesses to first responders and front-line medical staff.  These men and women are working hard each day to combat COVID-19.  If you would like to support this effort, click here to visit our Go Fund Me page.  


On Friday, Governor Pritzker announced a Stay-at-Home Executive Order for the State of Illinois, effective today at 5pm, through Tuesday, April 7. This order is intended to protect the health and safety for all residents, and it is important that we comply. To read the complete language of Governor Pritzker’s order, click here. In step with the Stay-at-Home Order, yesterday Mayor Lightfoot announced that all Chicago Park District fieldhouses and playgrounds and all Chicago Public Library locations will be closed for the duration of the order.  Click here to view a FAQ about the order from the City of Chicago.

This order still allows for essential businesses to remain open, including grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, takeout/delivery from restaurants, and gas stations. Other essential government operations will continue, including emergency response, public safety, garbage collection, and public transit and roads will stay open.

The 19th Ward Office will now be closed to walk-ins.  You can continue to reach us via telephone at (773) 238-8766 or via email [email protected] You can also request most of the most commonly needed city services online at

During this time you can leave home to visit essential businesses to obtain necessary supplies. Health officials also encourage neighbors to take a walk and get some fresh air and exercise, while observing social distancing practices. But please use good sense and remain home unless absolutely necessary.  Also, when possible, please check in on elderly neighbors.

Please continue to seek medical and public health guidelines from the Chicago Department of Public Health website,  There is a lot of information coming out right now, and it is important to stick to trusted sources.  Also, when possible, please check in on elderly neighbors or family members.

The Original Pancake House & 19th Ward are supporting front-line medical workers impacted by COVID-19 crisis.  On Wednesday, March 25th, we will sponsor individual breakfasts for the doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants and other staff in Advocate Christ Medical Center’s emergency room and critical care department.  These men and women are working hard each day to combat COVID-19 while providing care to those who are suffering.

This is a small gesture of appreciation for all they do.  The 19th Ward is also raising money to expand this effort providing more meals and support more local businesses; click here to visit our Go Fund Me page.  If you are interested in supporting this work, please click here to donate online or mail a check payable to “19th Ward Youth Foundation” at 10402 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60643.


Residents, community leaders, and public officials are working closely together to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  If you are experiencing any symptoms, please do not leave your home and contact your physician before seeking treatment.  All residents are encouraged to practice social distancing and remain at least six feet away from other people at all times.

The Chicago Department of Public Health has created a website that is frequently updated on this issue.  To visit, please click here.  You can also sign up to receive e-mail updates from the Department of Public Health by clicking here.

Also, Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, will be appearing live every day Monday – Friday at 11:00am answering Chicagoans questions regarding COVID-19.  You can watch live via twitter by clicking here or on facebook by clicking here.

Government Agency Updates

19th Ward Offices:  The 19th Ward Service Offices will remain open at this time.  However, all residents are strongly encouraged to contact the office by phone at (773) 238-8766 or email at [email protected] We are working hard to limit person to person contact and ask for your cooperation during this difficult time.

Chicago Park District:  All regularly scheduled Park District programs have been suspended until further notice. Spring 2020 programs, scheduled to begin March 30th, will continue to be evaluated. In the event they are canceled, registration fees will be credited for future use. While the Chicago Department of Public Health urges residents to stay home, the Park District will offer programming at 18 park locations for families that don’t have the option of staying home. The District will limit the maximum capacity at each enhanced programming site to 50 participants.

Chicago Public Libraries:  CPL locations remain open during regular hours to provide basic services. All programs, events and meeting room bookings are canceled pending further notification.

Chicago Public Schools:  Meal pickup for children begins at all 19th Ward Public Schools today between 9 am and 1 pm, with people able to pick up three days worth of food. If families need additional services, they should call the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS or email [email protected]

In addition, please visit the following websites for the latest information regarding schools:

Business Updates: 

The statewide closure applies to all restaurants or services that provide on-site consumption of food or beverages, including concession stands.  The statewide closure does not apply to City-licensed food trucks or mobile food vehicles. However, the Chicago Department of Public Health guidance on social distancing should be maintained and lines should not be permitted. For more information please click here.

Now, more than ever, we need to be good neighbors. Please take the opportunity to check in on your elderly, disabled, and home bound neighbors daily to see if there is anything they need. And while we all practice social distancing, if you do find yourself out for walk in the community, please give a smile and friendly “hello” to your neighbors!

Thanks for your cooperation.  All residents are reminded of the importance of social distancing and asked to practice it whenever possible.  Working together, we will keep our community safe and healthy.