1. Symptoms
  2. How it Spreads
  3. Prevention
  4. What to Do if You Are Sick
  5. What to Know if You Call 9-1-1

COVID-19 Health Information:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. According to the CDC, recent evidence indicates that up to 25% of people with COVID-19 infection may not have symptoms and can still spread the disease.  It is very important that you stay home after testing positive, even if you feel well.  The CDC is also reporting that Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

It is very important that you stay home, even if you feel well. See more from the CDC.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

  1. Stay Safe Updates
  2. Communication Updates

Stay Healthy, Skokie - Wear A Mask - Watch Your Distance - Wash Your Hands!

See a list of Skokie restaurants open for outdoor dining as well as curbside and carryout service.

Please help slow in slowing the spread of this virus, DCHD urges residents to follow the effective public health tools available:

  1. Wear a mask whenever outside your home or around people not from your household;
  2. Watch your distance, staying at least 6 feet from people outside of your immediate household;
  3. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often;
  4. Avoid large gatherings, especially indoors;
  5. Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19; consult with your healthcare provider for medical evaluation and testing, as needed; and  
  6. Get your flu shot, to prevent illness from influenza and to prevent possible co-infection from influenza and COVID-19.  Although the Skokie Heath Department's flu shot clinics have concluded, flu shots are still available at many local pharmacies and health care providers.

A reminder that Skokie’s Health Department and Economic Development Department offers businesses support and guidance to assist in keeping their businesses open safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. This team is available to answer questions and direct businesses to the appropriate resources. For assistance, please email

Additionally, Skokie businesses can find the latest resources for information on relevant grant programs and financial resources from local, regional, state and federal sources.   See a searchable map and list of Skokie Businesses and Services providing curbside, delivery, or other accommodations.

Contact Tracing Scam Alert

State officials and federal agencies are warning of a new phone scam in which callers pose as COVID-19 contact tracers and try to pry credit card or bank account information from unsuspecting victims. Although the Skokie Health Department has not received any such complaints, residents should be aware that legitimate contact tracers will never request payment, and although they will ask for some identifying information such as address and birthdate, to verify that you are the person they are trying to reach, they will never request a social security number. They also will never disclose the identity of the individual who tested positive and is the starting point for the tracing effort. Read an article from Kaiser Health News for more information.

A Message From the Skokie Health Department About Post-Travel Quarantine

The Skokie Health Department is a state-certified local health department with legal authority over all public health matters in the Village of Skokie.

There are no plans to require or recommend quarantine in Skokie at this time, for people who have been in states where the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise, consistent with the stance of Governor J. B. Pritzker (Tribune article:  Pritzker: No Plans To Quarantine Visitors From Other States).  

Any business, school or other entity that wishes to require a 14-day quarantine for their own employees who have traveled is able to do so.  There is no prohibition on that action. The Skokie Health Department continues to emphasize the more important messages that everyone should stay home if sick, maintain social distancing and wear face coverings in public settings, and wash hands frequently.  

This is true no matter where a person is - simply spending time in another state, without engaging in risky behaviors, would not be expected to increase an individual's risk of COVID-19 infection.  On the other hand, if you are in Skokie, where new cases of COVID-19 are being identified nearly every day (just as they are in Cook County and Chicago), and choose to participate in large gatherings, do not social distance or wear face coverings then you have substantially increased your risk of infection.

If the situation changes, based on new data, or if there is an Illinois-wide directive issued, the Skokie Health Department will revise its recommendation on quarantine requirements in Skokie.

If you are traveling, see updated guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Skokie Businesses - See Restore Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines

As of June 26, 2020, Skokie and the surrounding region transitioned to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois. Skokie is in region 10 of the Restore Illinois plan.The State of Illinois has developed a business toolkit with signage, posters and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations including those of the Skokie Health Department. Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines. See details of the Phase 4 guidance for businesses.

All Skokie businesses that choose to reopen or expand operations during Phase 4 are required to adhere to the guidelines for their sector. The Skokie Health Department is available to assist businesses with navigating the Restore Illinois Phase 4 Guidance. Please call the Environmental Health team at 847-933-8462 or email if you would like someone to walk through the guidance with you, including making an on-site visit for a consultation. Businesses also are urged to report any cases of COVID-19 in the workforce, so that the health department team can work with you to prevent spread in your facility. All calls will be answered within one business day.  

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  1. Resources


Financial Assistance

Niles Township is offering emergency financial assistance to residents who are experiencing financial distress from COVID-10. More information here.

The Village’s Human Services Department offers resource information on financial and emergency assistance towards rent, mortgage, utilities and food. For information, please call 847/933-8208 or email

Jobs Information

See information about jobs with the Village of Skokie.

See information about the Chicago Cook County Workforce Partnership that combines federal and philanthropic resources to provide comprehensive workforce development services to employers and job seekers.

Domestic Violence Assistance

Governor Pritzker reminds all that Stay-At-Home can be even more challenging for those that are a victim or live in fear of Domestic Violence.
Need Help Now?
Domestic Violence Helpline: 
1-877-TO END DV or 1-877-863-6338 (Voice)
The hotline is toll-free, confidential, multilingual, and open 24-hour.


Comcast Xfinity is offering free WiFi hotspots across the country for anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit Comcast is also offering Internet Essentials free to new customers. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. More information and services can be found at

Food Services

Niles Township Government is distributing additional groceries to parents or guardians of children who usually receive free and reduced lunches at their schools.

See the Niles Township website for information on the Niles Township Food Pantry. 

Additional information on needed donations also is available on the Niles Township Food Pantry Facebook page

Interested in volunteering at the Niles Township Food Pantry? Click here

Senior Shopping Hours and Delivery Services

See a list of Skokie grocery stores and pharmacies that offer delivery service. Some are offering curb-side pickup and senior-only shopping hours.

See Illinois Retail Merchants Association list of senior shopping hours.

Click here for information on the Niles Township Food Pantry that is offering special supplemental food distribution for pick up only.

Digital Library Access

From the Skokie Public Library:
We may be temporarily closed, but we’re still here to help! Here are some of the ways that you can use the library from home.

Don’t have a library card? We can email you a library card number so that you can use all of our online resources. No need to come in! Just fill out the online application and we’ll be in touch.


Federal Level Assistance

Lender Match is a free online referral tool that connects small business with participating SBA-approved lenders

State of Illinois Level Assistance
Non-Profit Assistance
Corporate Assistance

For Residents from Other Communities

The Skokie Health Department serves Skokie residents, and suggests that residents of neighboring communities contact the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) for assistance:

CCDPH COVID-19 Hotline

  • Call 708-633-3319
  • Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday
  • Direct the public here for the most up to date information


  • Direct the public to email questions to
  • Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • This is another option for obtaining the most up to date information
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