Rep. Bryant Offers Latest Updates and Useful Information on COVID-19 Outbreak

MURPHYSBORO – State Rep. Terri Bryant is issuing the following updates for her constituents in regard to the latest information available from State of Illinois governmental resources on the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I want to take a moment during this crisis to pass along the latest updates that I have on several items including access to prescription drugs, assistance for small businesses, assistance for low income houses, public school closings, and bar and restaurants closings,” Bryant said.

Bryant has ordered the temporary closure of her two district offices as well. The offices in Murphysboro and Mt. Vernon will reopen when conditions allow. Until then, constituents may reach Rep. Bryant’s staff by calling either 618-242-8115 or 618-684-1100 M-F 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Rep. Bryant will immediately alert the public when a determination has been made as to when her offices will reopen.

Also, in accordance with the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued on March 9, 2020, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has announced the closure of all state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas, and historic sites as well as the cancellation of upcoming scheduled events.

All Illinoisans impacted by a cancellation or closure are encouraged to call the IDNR’s Parks Administrative Information Line Monday – Friday at 217-782-6752.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH website at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/. You may also contact the IDPH at DPH.SICK@Illinois.gov or call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-889-3931.

Additional state resources available for Illinois residents include:

IDPH COVID-19 Homepage:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits:

https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/COVID-19-and-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx

IDPH Guidance for Schools:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus/schools-guidance

IDPH COVID-19 FAQ:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus/faq

IDPH COVID-19 Daily Briefings and Documents:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus/media-publications/daily-press-briefings

People over 60 and people with a history of heart or lung disease, diabetes or a weak immune system, and pregnant women should avoid close gatherings and avoid proximity to sick people. They should stay home in the short term as we evaluate the situation on the ground.

· Wash your hands often
· Don’t touch your face
· If you are sick, stay home
· Use common sense in your interactions
· This is serious but manageable. Do not panic.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Bryant has also released a comprehensive COVID-19 status update an added a link to useful information to his own website.

Please visit RepBryant.com/COVID-19 for the latest updates and information.

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Gov. Pritzker Announces Two-Week Statewide School Closure to Minimize COVID-19 Spread, Additional Economic Measures to Reduce Burden on Illinois Families

Chicago — Building on state guidance issued yesterday to promote social distancing and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, Governor JB Pritzker announced that the state of Illinois will close all schools from March 17 through March 30 and implement additional economic measures to reduce the burden on Illinois families. As of now, day care centers will remain open and will follow strict health and safety guidance.

“All of these choices have cascading effects for citizens and vulnerable populations when it comes to food access, safety, childcare, and social services,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “We’ve seen what happens in places that didn’t move with urgency. I ask all of you not to hesitate to do the right thing for your family, your friends, and your community. One small step at a time, we will get through this together.”

“We have seen evidence from influenza outbreaks that community mitigation strategies, such a school closures, have an effect on decreasing the severity of the outbreak,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “By taking these actions now, we hope to slow and limit widespread transmission of this virus, which is essential to ensuring our health care system is not overwhelmed as the disease progresses through our state. School closures will help slow the progression of the virus and we are asking for everyone’s help in reducing the spread.”

“This is an unprecedented event in our lifetime, and we will get through this together,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “Our administrators and educators have shown extraordinary leadership during a time of very difficult decisions. Schools closing will affect each community differently, and I want our teachers, our students, and our families to know that the Illinois State Board of Education is open and is here to help.” 

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Following extensive state-level analysis of coronavirus spread in various countries and the social distancing measures that were put in place, the State is taking the precautionary measure of closing all K-12 schools in the state of Illinois from March 17 through March 30. Schools with a spring break that falls outside of this window should move their spring break to within this timeframe.

The Pritzker administration is working to ensure critical support functions remain available to students across the state – including their access to food, child care and safe environments.

Gov. Pritzker has assured school administrators that the state will issue no penalties as a result of this closure. To provide support to school districts across the state, the Illinois State Board of Education will be fully staffed over the coming weekend and during the closure period to work through individualized issues and challenges in each district. An executive order to provide school districts flexibility during this period is forthcoming.

On Thursday, the Illinois State Board of Education was granted a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue providing meals to students in non-group settings. Students receiving free and reduce priced breakfasts and lunches will be able to receive grab-and-go meals each day, with some districts having the ability to deliver and others offering parent pick up.

The Department of Children and Family Services is working closely with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Department of Public Health to ensure emergency and preparedness plans are in place to keep youth in care and staff safe. All DCFS group homes will remain open and take extra safety precautions. 

ECONOMIC MEASURES

The Governor has also announced new economic measures to reduce the burden on Illinois families.

Gov. Pritzker and Attorney General Raoul have urged the Illinois Commerce Commission to immediately institute a moratorium on shutoffs for all utility companies across Illinois – including energy, telecommunications and water – until the state disaster proclamation has been lifted. The administration is also requesting changes to payment and collection policies to ensure Illinoisans aren’t saddled with utility debt as a result of COVID-19.

The Governor is contacting the leaders of Illinois’ utility companies and urging them to maintain services for all Illinoisans, regardless of their ability to pay, during this public health crisis.

The Pritzker administration is working directly with the eight major food banks across Illinois to expand services. The administration is reaching out to food manufacturers to ensure food banks are prioritized and can provide our vulnerable residents the food they need.

Earlier this week, the administration filed emergency rules granting workers who are unemployed due to COVID-19 access to unemployment benefits. The rules provide relief to people who may be restricted in the type of work they can perform due to the outbreak. 

AVAILABILITY OF TESTING

The Illinois Department of Public Health is working with state labs and hospital partners to significantly increase testing capability. At this time the administration believes testing can be sufficiently increased to ensure the minimum level of surveillance testing needed to appropriately monitor the spread of the virus.

Gov. Pritzker is continuing to pressure the federal government for more tests to allow the state to deploy full surveillance testing. 

HEIGHTENED VIGILANCE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Vulnerable populations remain a top priority as community spread continues around the state, country and globe.

Elderly and immunocompromised residents should take extra caution when attending gatherings of any size and avoid exposure to large groups of people whenever possible.

The state has implemented new staffing procedures and strict guidelines restricting visitors at state-operated long-term care facilities and is also working closely with private nursing home and assisted living associations on the adoption of similar guidelines.
Anyone experiencing symptoms should stay home, call their doctor and plan a safe visit for examination.

The general public is encouraged to take social distancing practices, including avoiding events of more than 250 people, working from home if possible and maintaining social distance (6 feet) from anyone experiencing symptoms.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

Gov. Pritzker Announces Bars and Restaurants Will Close to Public by End of Monday

Next Week, State Agencies to Temporarily Reduce Workforce While Maintaining Core Functions and Essential Operations

The following is a press release issued by Governor JB Pritzker’s office on Sunday, March 15, 2020

Chicago — As the state continues to take aggressive action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, Governor JB Pritzker announced that all bars and restaurants in the state of Illinois will be closed to the public, beginning at close of business Monday, March 16th through Monday, March 30th.

“This is another hard step to take. I know how difficult this will be on small businesses around the state. But we must do everything we can to safeguard the health of the citizens of Illinois, and that requires this urgent action,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “The time for persuasion and public appeals is over — the time for action is here. This is not a joke. No one is immune to this, and you have an obligation to act in the best interests of all the people of this state.”

“This is a make or break moment. Clear and bold actions are needed immediately to stop the spread of COVID-19 and strengthen public health in Chicago and across the state,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to keep our residents and businesses apprised of developing information, ensuring they understand the measures we are taking and are following the latest guidance by public health officials. The City of Chicago is working to safeguard the health of our communities at every level of our operations. We are resilient, and we are all in this together.”

The state is working closely with restaurant owners and food delivery services to ensure kitchens can safely remain open to continue food delivery and put in place drive-thru and curbside pickup options for restaurants to continue to serve the public.

“Public safety is the No. 1 concern of the Illinois Restaurant Association,” said Sam Toia, president of the Illinois Restaurant Association. 

“First and foremost, we want to protect the health of our customers and team members. We remain vigilant in helping employers to navigate the immediate challenges that come with this rapidly changing situation. I want to thank Governor Pritzker and his team, and Mayor Lightfoot and her team, for leading us.” 

ACTIONS TO PROTECT STATE WORKFORCE

Gov. Pritzker also announced that he has directed state agencies to implement plans for a temporary reduction of government functions and workforce while maintaining core functions and essential operations.

Select employees will continue to report to work; while the remaining workforce will either work remotely or be asked to remain home on call while receiving pay. All state employees will continue to be paid during this period.

Over the next several days, the Pritzker administration will finalize these plans and update state employees and the public. The Office of the Governor will remain fully operational throughout this period.

SOCIAL DISTANCING REMAINS CRUCIAL

Social distancing is the paramount strategy for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and the Governor is committed to using every tool at his disposal to protect public health.

Those experiencing symptoms should call a health care provider who will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

CVS Health announces additional COVID-19 resources focused on patient access

Latest enhancements will help prevent interruption of medication availability

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is taking additional steps across the company to address the COVID-19 outbreak and protect patient access to medication.

“Being committed to the welfare of those we serve means being responsive to evolving needs and acting swiftly. This is particularly true in times of uncertainty,” said Troyen Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “The latest steps we’re taking will help ensure patients of all ages have every option available to them when it comes to filling prescriptions.”

Beginning immediately, CVS Pharmacy will waive charges for home delivery of prescription medications. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraging people at higher risk for COVID-19 complications to stay at home as much as possible, this is a convenient option to avoid coming to the pharmacy for refills or new prescriptions.

Building on a recent announcement that COVID-19 diagnostic testing and all telemedicine visits are available with no co-pay, Aetna, a CVS Health company, will now offer 90-day maintenance medication prescriptions for insured and Medicare members and is working with state governments to make the same option available to Medicaid members where allowable.

Self-funded plan sponsors will also have the ability to offer this option. In addition, Aetna will waive early refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications for all members with pharmacy benefits administered through CVS Caremark. Caremark is working with all clients to waive early refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications. Most Caremark clients already offer a 90-day benefit for maintenance medications and the option of home delivery from CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy with no delivery cost.

“When you’re in a position to increase convenience and help provide some peace of mind, you act. As long as COVID-19 continues to be a threat, we’ll maintain a relentless focus on how best to serve our patients, members and customers,” Brennan continued.

TCVS Health is providing the latest information on precautions consumers should take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 – Read more below.

https://cvshealth.com/newsroom/press-releases/cvs-health-announces-additional-covid-19-resources-focused-patient-access

Gov. Pritzker to File Federal Waiver to Expand Medicaid Coverage During COVID-19 Pandemic

Chicago — During the administration’s daily press briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker announced that his administration will file a federal waiver to expand Medicaid coverage as COVID-19 continues to spread and affect the daily lives people across the nation.

“With the federal government’s newly declared state of emergency, under the Stafford Act my administration is filing a request for a federal waiver to allow our Medicaid program to more freely respond to the COVID-19 crisis by expanding medical services,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “During this crisis my administration is working to ensure that those who fear that they may be getting sick have access to the testing and treatment that they need without being saddled with costly medical bills for their care.”

Building on the state’s earlier measures to help working families through the expansion of unemployment insurance and calls for utilities to halt shut-offs and late payment fees, the Pritzker administration started working on the waiver application as soon as the federal government declared a national emergency and activated the Stafford Act.

If the federal waiver is approved, the state will be able to expand Medicaid services through the addition of new medical providers, increased access across the state and ramped up services to many of the state’s most vulnerable populations.

The state of Illinois continues to use every tool at its disposal to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect the general public — including banning mass gatherings, closing schools and strongly encouraging social distancing practices.

Those experiencing symptoms should call a health care provider who will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

Southern Illinois Restaurants Offering Curbside Pickup and/or Delivery

CARBONDALE:
New Kahala Carbondale (curbside & delivery)
Underground Public House (curbside & limited delivery)
Arnies (delivery)
Keepers Quarters (curbside)
Cristaudos (curbside)
Thai Taste (curbside & delivery)
Quatros (delivery & pickup)
Dales Burger Shack (curbside & delivery)
Flame (curbside pickup)
Yamato Steakhouse (curbside & delivery)
China Wok (curbside & delivery)
Hunan (curbside & delivery)
Cool Spoons (curbside)
Tres Hombres (curbside & delivery)
Dunkin (drive thru)
Primos (curbside & delivery)
Don Taco & Don Sol (curbside & delivery)
Buffalo Wild Wings (delivery)
S & B Burger Joint (TBA)
SI Meatballs (mobile)
Longbranch (curbside/takeout)
Culver’s (drive thru)

MURPHYSBORO
One Hot Cookie Msboro (curbside & delivery)
Pats BBQ Murphy (curbside & delivery)
Wiffleboys Murphy (drive-thru)
Martel’s pizza Murphy (curbside & delivery)
17th street BBQ (drive-thru, curbside & delivery)
Cindy B’s (curbside)
Kilbys (curbside & deilvery)
Cummare’s (curbside & delivery)
Martells pizza (curbside & delivery)

CARTERVILLE
Rise Above It (Curbside & delivery)
Asian Bistro (curbside, delivery & drive-thru)
Tequilas (curbside & delivery)
Mimmo’s Pizza (delivery & curbside)
Pizza & pasta Express (pick-up & delivery)

BENTON
Jack Russel fish company Benton (curbside)
Pops BBQ (drive-thru)
Seasoning Bistro (curbside & delivery pending)

MARION
The Vault Cafe (curbside pickup)
Lets Beef Frank (curbside)
Bennies (curbside & delivery)
Wing Basket (delivery)
Thai-D (curbside & delivery)
Rileys Smokehouse Marion (drive thru)
Gabbys & Grannys (curbside)
KB BBQ (drive-thru)
Mackie Pizza (delivery and curbside)
Marion Fast stop/Champs (drive-thru)
Don Taco & Don Sol (curbside & delivery)
Wok n Roll (curbside)
La Fiesta (curbside)
Razmo’s (walk-up window)
La Galeria (curbside)
17th street BBQ (drive-thru, curbside & delivery)
Cracker Barrel (curbside pickup)
Culver’s (drive thru)
Papa Murphys (curbside & drive thru)
Buffalo wild wings (delivery)

DESOTO
4 way quick stop (curbside)
Gresa’s (curbside pickup)

DUQUOIN
St. NIcks brewery DuQuoin (curbside & delivery)
BJ’s Cafe (drive thru)
The W (curbside & delivery)
Rolando’s Pizza (no contact delivery)

CAMBRIA
Cozy Cakes Cafe (curbside)

VIENNA
Wildfires Vienna (curbside)
NEDS SHED (curbside & delivery)

HERRIN
Chucks BBQ Herrin (drive thru & delivery)
Louies P&R (grocery store)(pick-up & limited delivery)
Primos (curbside & delivery)
Teddy’s Sports bar & grill (pickup)
Newman & Co (curbside & delivery)
Burger Nook (curbside)

SESSER
Anchor Grille (TBA)

HARRISBURG
Morello’s Harrisburg (drive-thru & delivery)
Southern Outlaw Harrisburg (Curbside)
Johnson BBQ (drive-thru)
Steam Cafe (drive thru)
Leos Finest Pizza (curbside & delivery)

EQUALITY
Red Onion (drive thru)

PITTSBURG
Pittsburg Convenience center (curbside & drive thru)

COBDEN
Taqueria Pequena (curbside pickup)
Starview Wineries (curbside)
Iron Wisk (awaiting)
Downton Abbey (awaiting)

ANNA & JONESBORO
The Kitchen on Lafayette (curbside & delivery)
Dixie BBQ (curbside)
Pizza Villa (curbside & delivery)

GOREVILLE
AthlEats meal prep (curbside & delivery)

WITTINGTON
Tinos on the Tee (curbside & delivery)
Burton’s Cafe (curbside pickup)

CREAL SPRINGS
Big Blue Que Creal Springs (walk-up)

CHRISTOPHER
T Street Pub (curbside & delivery)
Larry’s Pit BBQ (drive thru)
Dimaggios Pizza (curbside & delivery)
Dairy Queen (drive-thru)

WEST FRANKFORT
La Fiesta (curbside pickup)
Mike’s Drive-In (curbside)
West Frankfort bowl (curbside)
The Sand Trap (curbside)

MT VERNON
Blue Goose (curbside)
The Waffle Co (curbside)

ROYALTON
Load Em Up Pizza (Delivery & curbside)

GALATIA
Kelly’s Kitchen (curbside & delivery)

OAKDALE
Oakdale country kitchen( curbside)

OLMSTEAD
Lyndas family diner (curbside & delivery)

PINCKNEYVILLE
The Grecian (delivery & curbside)

GOLCANDA
Diver Down (curbside)

JOHNSTON CITY
Andresen’s Cafe (curbside)
T-Moes (curbside & delivery)

McLeansboro
Farris Family Restaurant (curbside)

STONEFORT
Bucketheads’ catfish and BBQ (curbside & delivery)

METROPOLIS
Just like Mama’s Home Cooking (curbside)

PULASKI
Stardust Grill (drive thru)

CARRIER MILLS
Rt 45 (curbside pickup)

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
Carribean Hut (walk-up & delivery)
Bonnies Cafe (curbside select locations)
Heartland Catering (delivery & drop off)
Freddy’s (drive thru)
McDonalds (drive-thru & delivery)
Heartland Catering (delivery & drop off)
Triple E BBQ all locations (curbside)
Subway
Jimmy Johns (delivery & curbside)
Hardees (drive thru & delivery)

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.

Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website: SBA.gov/disaster.

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Many people across the state are looking for a way to help those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak, here are some options our members can post on social media right now:

Promote a local Meals on Wheels program
https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org

Many Meals on Wheels programs throughout the state are going to need extra help in the coming weeks. Members can volunteer or donate and encourage others to do the same. 

Donate blood through local blood banks or the American Red Cross –

https://www.redcrossblood.org/

There is an urgent need for blood donations right now. Eligible and healthy donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood soon to prevent a shortage during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Guidance for Child Care Centers and Early
Education Programs

In response to the unprecedented public health emergency that Illinois is facing as a result of the
spread of COVID-19, Governor Pritzker has announced that all K-12 non-residential, public and
private schools must close March 17 through March 30. This mandate extends also to any early childhood program for children ages birth through five located in public schools or in private
schools.

The purpose of the school closure is to maximize “social distancing.” Social distancing actions are taken to restrict when and where people can gather to stop or slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or other infectious diseases in communities. The school closures will be most effective in slowing the spread of the virus if the overwhelming majority of children, including children under age 5, stay at home or in very small group settings throughout the closure period.

At this time, the Governor has not mandated that child care centers licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services (or legally license-exempt centers outside of schools) close.

However, centers are allowed to close if they so choose. In deciding whether to close, child care
center leaders should consider whether they serve many parents who still need to work outside of their homes (e.g., health care workers, first responders, grocery store clerks, etc.) and whose ability to work would be limited if the center closed.

If programs do decide to remain open, they are strongly urged to follow the guidance for child care centers provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Resources are available on the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development web site.

Early education programs funded through ISBE are advised that their funding will not be affected by a decision to close their program in response to the public health emergency. Similarly, the Office of Head Start has issued guidance that Head Start and Early Head Start programs will not be penalized for closing during the public health emergency. The Chicago Department of Child and Family Services will also not reduce funding due to closures or low attendance during this period.

And IDHS is developing a simplified waiver process for the 80% attendance requirement in the Child Care Assistance Program for being paid for all eligible days for all enrolled children (look for further guidance on this process in the coming days).

For programs funded by any or all of these funding streams, programs are expected to continue to pay all staff per their regular work schedule during any closures due to the public health emergency.

If your program does decide to close, we request that you report this by visiting your personalized
closure report link and completing the form for reporting closure.

IDHS will be providing further guidance on the Child Care Assistance Program in the coming days.

The Department of Children and Family Services will likewise be providing guidance in the coming days about issues related to licensing. Finally, we are monitoring the federal package that is moving through Congress that has the potential to significantly help small businesses like child care providers, and will share with you as soon as possible the relevant benefits that any federal
legislation will provide.

We are committed to supporting our child care providers through this health emergency, and appreciate all that you are doing to support children, families and your communities.

Submitted by: Marc Smith, Acting Director, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Grace Hou, Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services Carmen Ayala, State Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education

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The IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Asks for Information from Small Businesses to Assist with Economic Harm Caused by COVID-19 Outbreak

SPRINGFIELD – DCEO is working diligently to secure access to helpful resources for small businesses throughout the State of Illinois at this time. Here is a link to the SBA’s previous announcement,

The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As a part of this process, the State of Illinois is working to collect information from small businesses that will be negatively impacted. This information will assist us in requesting an economic injury disaster declaration from SBA. 

Please follow the link to this form to provide necessary from your small business to the SBA.