Places of Worship Guidance

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COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services
This document provides guidance for places of worship and providers of religious services to support the safest possible environment for faith leaders, employees, volunteers, scholars, and all other types of workers, as well as congregants, worshippers, and visitors.

Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention/Support Resources

The COVID-19 Equity Team’s Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Workgroup has compiled this list of available resources for wide circulation and it will be updated as new information becomes available.

Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence Hotlines

Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline

(877) TO END DV or (877) 863-6338 (Voice)
(877) 863-6339 (TTY Hours: 24/7 /365)

Languages: Website available in English, Español, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian. For calls, the language line can accept calls in almost any language. Last year, they had calls in Arabic, Cantonese, Creole, English, Farsi, French, Gujurati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Pashtu, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and others.
Different Forms of Contact: Phone call or text message

Emergency Departments Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Services

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Medical Emergency Services Managed in Hospital Emergency Departments During COVID-19 Pandemic

Illinois hospitals work closely with Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) rape crisis centers across the state to provide trauma-informed care and treatment for sexual assault survivors pursuant to the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA), 410 ILCCS 70. Hospitals also play an integral part in delivering treatment and care for domestic violence survivors. In order to reassure survivors that hospital emergency departments (EDs) are safe, equipped, and ready to provide treatment for sexual assault and domestic violence during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Illinois Department of Public Health, in consultation with ICASA, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, offers the following guidance.

Medical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors

Illinois Hospitals Are Ready and Safe for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Survivors to Receive Medical Care

Sexual assault and domestic violence survivors come to hospitals to seek important medical and forensic care in their most vulnerable moments. During these tumultuous times, it is imperative that survivors know hospitals remain committed to providing these essential services to survivors who seek them. Hospitals work in collaboration with Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault rape crisis centers, the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and other advocacy organizations to assist survivors.

Concerned but not Exposed

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath but have not been around anyone with diagnosed COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent your infection from spreading to people in your home and community.

Could I have COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. If you have these symptoms, even if you have not been around anyone with COVID-19, you may have COVID-19 or another respiratory virus. COVID-19 is circulating in many communities in Illinois but other respiratory viruses may be circulating in your community as well.

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

Currently, anyone with symptoms of COVD-19 is encouraged to be tested.

Potential Exposure

What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, follow the steps below to monitor your health and to avoid spreading the disease to others.

How do I know if I was exposed?

You generally need to be in close contact with a person with COVID-19 to get infected. Close contact includes:

Restoring Illinois – Protecting Our Communities FAQs

On May 29, Gov. JB Pritzker signed Executive Order 36 – Restoring Illinois – Protecting Our Communities – to safely and conscientiously resume activities that were paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While continuing to protect communities, the Governor’s action is part of the Restore Illinois plan and is designed to reopen the state’s economy and begin to repair the economic damage brought on by the pandemic.  For more information, see below.


Q: Does the latest Executive Order mean the stay at home mandate is over?

A: Yes.  However, when outside your residence you must always and as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who do not live with you. Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools to avoiding being exposed to the virus.

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