COVID-19 Resources

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“This page is dedicated to our residents, the community and the RHA Team.
The Rockford Housing Authority believes that an informed person has power to
make knowledgeable decisions.”

Laura Snyder,
RHA Chief Executive Officer

THE BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES – COVID 19

The White House

President Biden will move quickly to contain the COVID-19 crisis by expanding testing, safely reopening schools and businesses, and taking science-driven steps to address the communities — especially communities of color — who have been hardest hit by this virus. And, President Biden will launch a national vaccination program to inoculate the U.S. population efficiently and equitably. Read more about the Biden-Harris plan to beat COVID-19

To execute on the National Strategy, the White House will establish a COVID-19 Response Office responsible for coordinating the pandemic response across all federal departments and agencies. Through implementation of the National Strategy, the United States will make immediate progress on the seven goals. To monitor outcomes, the National Strategy includes the creation of publicly accessible performance dashboards, establishing a data-driven, evidence-based approach to evaluating America’s progress in the fight against COVID-19.

TEN PANDEMIC-RELATED EXECUTIVE ORDERS.

The president introduced a new national COVID-19 strategy January 21, 2021.

This includes Ten pandemic-related executive orders. The Ten orders are for the national COVID-19 strategy to increase vaccinations and testing and lay the groundwork for reopening schools and businesses. Please click here to download the complete report here.

The National Strategy provides a roadmap to guide America out of the worst public health crisis in a century. It outlines an actionable plan across the federal government to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including twelve initial executive actions.

 

Region 1 has been making progress in returning to Phase 4 of the “Restore Illinois” plan. Illinois Department of Health reported on Thursday that region 1 seven-day positivity rate is now at 6.3%. To move into Phase 4 a region must be under a positivity rate of 6.5% for three consecutive days. This is the second consecutive day the region has been below 6.5%.

What does Phase 4 look like? Here’s a full look at what Phase 4 includes:

Recent Updates

Venues and meeting spaces can resume. Multiple groups are permitted given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups. This includes activities such as conferences and weddings

Revised guidelines to allow select indoor recreation facilities (e.g., bowling alleys, skating rinks), as well as clubhouses to reopen. Concessions permitted with restrictions.

Indoor dining can reopen with groups of 10 or less, with tables spaced 6-feet apart in seated areas and with standing areas at no more than 25% of capacity.

Can reopen with no more than 25% occupancy, and with interactive exhibits and rides closed; guided tours should be limited to 50 people or fewer per group; museums should have a plan to limit congregation via advance ticket sales and timed ticketing; concessions permitted with restrictions.

Can reopen with no more than 25% occupancy, and with interactive exhibits, indoor exhibits, and rides closed; guided tours should be limited to 50 people or fewer per group; zoos should have a plan to limit congregation via advance ticket sales and timed ticketing; concessions permitted with restrictions.

Indoor seated theaters, cinemas, and performing arts centers to allow admission of the lesser of up to 50 guests OR 50% of overall theater or performance space capacity (applies to each screening room); outdoor capacity limited to 20% of overall theater or performance space capacity; concessions permitted with restrictions.

Outdoor spectator sports can resume with no more than 20% of seating capacity; concessions permitted with restrictions.

Film Production: Allow no more than 50% of sound stage or filming location capacity; crowd scenes should be limited to 50 people or fewer.

Revised guidelines allow competitive gameplay and tournaments; youth and recreational sports venues can operate at 50% of facility capacity, 20% seating capacity for spectators, and group sizes up to 50 with multiple groups permitted during practice and competitive games given venues have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups; concessions permitted with restrictions.

Revised guidelines allow gyms to open at 50% capacity and allow group fitness classes of up to 50 people with new safety guidelines for indoors, with multiple groups permitted given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups.

Water-based activities permitted in accordance with IDPH guidelines; no more than 50% of facility capacity with group size of no more than 15 participants in a group, unless participants changing weekly.

For more resources please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Page here: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19


On January 15th, 2021 Region 1 has moved to Tier 1 mitigations. Region 1 includes the following counties: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago Counties. The mitigation requirements include:

  • All bars and restaurants close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day

• Indoor service limited to the lesser of 25 guests or 25% capacity per room

• Establishments offering indoor service must serve food

• Indoor service reservations limited to 2-hour maximum duration and maximum

4 persons per party (dining only with members of the same household recommended)

• All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables

• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)

• Tables should be 6 feet apart

• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting

• No dancing or standing indoors

• Reservations required for each party

• No seating of multiple parties at one table

• Includes private clubs and country clubs

In order to move to Phase 4, a region must meet the following metrics:

1) A test positivity rate less than 6.5% for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND
2) 20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 7-day rolling average; AND
3) No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

Please visit this link for more information: http://dph.illinois.gov/news/regions-across-illinois-advance-tiers-state-launches-surge-staffing-program-support-hospitals

A SAFE RETURN TO WORK

It is with great pride that the Leadership Team at the Rockford Housing Authority can inform you that once again, our RHA team has rallied together to ensure that all staff can safely return to work.

As of 4:00 pm today, January 20th, all mitigation and sanitation efforts that could be taken will be completed throughout our offices.

All RHA staff will be able to return to their offices tomorrow, January 21, 2021.

A very special THANK YOU goes out to Derrick Parchmon, Sybil Mueller, Linda Dorsey-Tillman, Christine Manley, Vince Tarara, and Chuck Doyle for coming together virtually to coordinate all these efforts.

To clarify: All property management staff can return to your regular 50/50 schedule, and maintenance can return in full. The COCC leadership staff are to remain working remotely and only enter the office on a “need to” basis.

Thank you and stay safe.

THE RHA LEADERSHIP TEAM

QUESTIONS ABOUT VACCINE SAFETY AND THE SPEED OF VACCINE DEVELOPMENT

ACIP and CDC are making recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first when supplies are limited. While CDC makes recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first, each state has its own plan for vaccine prioritization, distribution, and allocation.

Please contact your state health department for more information on its plan for COVID-19 vaccination.

For COVID-19 Vaccination Updates visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

Both this disease and the vaccine are new. We do not know how long protection lasts for those who get infected or those who are vaccinated. Experts are working to learn more about both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

· The potential serious risk COVID-19 infection poses to them and their loved ones if they get the illness or spread it to others. Remind them of the potential for long-term health issues after recovery from COVID-19 disease.

· Scientists are still learning more about the virus that causes COVID-19. And it is not known whether getting COVID-19 disease will protect everyone against getting it again, or, if it does, how long that protection might last.

· The vaccine was tested in large clinical trials and what is currently known about its safety and effectiveness.

· The vaccine is not a perfect fix. You will still need to practice other precautions like wearing a mask, social distancing, handwashing, and other hygiene measures until public health officials say otherwise.

COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.

· The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully reviews all safety data from clinical trials and an authorizes emergency vaccine use only when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks.

· The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews all safety data before recommending any COVID-19 vaccine for use.

· FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, to make sure even very rare side effects are identified.

According to the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccine will be given to U.S. citizens at no cost, Yacoub confirms. Some vaccine providers may decide to charge an additional fee for administering the shot, but this fee can be reimbursed by recipients’ insurance, or, if uninsured, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund

Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated. We will understand more about mild side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine before we start to use it. However, your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting a vaccine. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. It is working and building up protection to disease.

· A fever is a potential side effect and when they should seek medical care.

· Symptoms typically go away on their own within a week. Also let them know when they should seek medical care if their symptoms don’t go away.

· The vaccine cannot give someone COVID-19.

· The side effects are a sign that the immune system is working.

COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in large clinical trials to assess their safety. However, it does take time, and more people getting vaccinated before we learn about very rare or long-term side effects. That is why safety monitoring will continue. CDC has an independent group of experts that reviews all the safety data as it comes in and provides regular safety updates. If a safety issue is detected, immediate action will take place to determine if the issue is related to the COVID-19 vaccine and determine the best course of action.

· The FDA and CDC are continuing to monitor safety, to make sure even long-term side effects are identified.

· COVID-19 vaccines will be continuously monitored for safety after authorization, and ACIP will take action to address any safety problems detected.

All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in phase 3 clinical trials use two shots. The same vaccine brand must be used for both shots.

· Nearly all COVID-19 vaccines being studied in the United States require two shots. The first shot starts building protection, but everyone has to come back a few weeks later for the second one to get the most protection the vaccine can offer.

· Two shots are generally needed to provide the best protection against COVID-19 and that the shots are given several weeks apart. The first shot primes the immune system, helping it recognize the virus, and the second shot strengthens the immune response.

The two COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States do not contain eggs, preservatives, or latex.

For a full list of ingredients, please see each vaccine’s,

Fact Sheet for Recipients & Caregivers:

· Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccineexternal

· Moderna COVID-19 vaccineexternal

Notable Differences:

· Age minimum: The vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is approved for people age 16 and older, and the vaccine developed by Moderna is approved for people age 18 and older

· Storage requirements: Moderna does not require ultra-cold storage [like Pfizer doses do], making it easier to store while the Moderna vaccine can be stored in a freezer or refrigerator, the Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored in a special container in very cold temperatures. This discrepancy won’t affect you directly but is more the concern of healthcare facilities.

Serious problems from vaccination can happen, but they are rare. CDC has learned of reports that some people have experienced severe allergic reactions—also known as anaphylaxis—after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. As an example, an allergic reaction is considered severe when a person needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen© or if they must go to the hospital.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and allergies.

To protect yourself, follow these recommendations:

· Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.

· Stay at least 6 feet away from others.

· Avoid crowds.

· Avoid poorly ventilated spaces.

· Wash your hands often.

Get more information about these and other steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

· Experts do not yet know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called “natural immunity,” varies from person to person. It is rare for someone who has had COVID-19 to get infected again. It also is uncommon for people who do get COVID-19 again to get it within 90 days of when they recovered from their first infection. We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have more data on how well the vaccines work.

· Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are working to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to be vaccinated. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with a healthcare provider may might help you make an informed decision. While breastfeeding is an important consideration, it is rarely a safety concern with vaccines.

· No data are available yet on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or on the effects of mRNA vaccines on breastfed infants or on milk production/excretion. mRNA vaccines are not thought to be a risk to breastfeeding infants. People who are breastfeeding and are part of a group recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated.

· To make sure that more information is gathered regarding the safety of these vaccines when administered during pregnancy, pregnant people are encouraged to enroll in v-safe, CDC’s new smartphone-based tool being used to check-in on people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If pregnant people report health events through v-safe after vaccination, someone from CDC may call to check on them and get more information. Additionally, pregnant people enrolled in v-safe will be contacted by CDC and asked to participate in a pregnancy registry that will monitor them through pregnancy and the first 3 months of infancy. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccination considerations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding

People with underlying medical conditions can receive the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines provided they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.

· Learn more about vaccination considerations for persons with underlying medical conditions. Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.

If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

You can report side effects and reactions using either v-safe or the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS.)

· V-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe uses text messaging and web surveys from CDC to check in with vaccine recipients following COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe also provides second vaccine dose reminders if needed, and telephone follow up to anyone who reports medically significant (important) adverse events.

· Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)external icon is the national system that collects reports from healthcare professionals, vaccine manufacturers, and the public of adverse events that happen after vaccination; reports of adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns are followed up with specific studies. Reports to VAERS help CDC monitor the safety of vaccines. If experts detect an unexpected adverse event, they quickly study it further to assess whether it is a true safety concern. Experts then decide whether changes are needed in U.S. vaccine recommendations. This monitoring is critical to help ensure that the benefits continue to outweigh the risks for people who receive vaccines.

As soon as the first vaccine was approved and administered, internet scams taking advantage of the moment started to surface. Unfortunately, there have been reports of fraudulent scams due to the demand of the COVID vaccine, The FBI recently issued a public warning to be on the lookout for such schemes, including ones offering access to early vaccination in exchange for a fee, requests to put your name on a vaccine waiting list, and vaccine ads via social media, email, phone calls, or other sketchy sources.

· Best practice is to check your state’s health department website for up-to-date info on authorized vaccine distribution channels and then only obtain a vaccine through those channels.

· You can also always check the FDA and CDC websites or contact your doctor directly.

Oak Street Health now has Drive-Thru COVID 19 Rapid Testing Site is now open to the community.

Testing is available for any community member age 5 and over.

The testing site will operate Monday – Saturday from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM 

The site is located at the UW Sports Factory Upper Parking Lot at 305 S Madison St. Rockford IL

For more information, call OSH at (844) 871‑5651.

Updates

Father and daughter cleaning together.

The COVID-19 outbreak has had far-reaching effects, including the public at large as well as on travel, supply chains, and economies locally as well as globally.

Many people sheltering at home today in our community naturally have questions: Am I safe? Are my kids safe? Will my savings last, if I have any? When will my children get back to school? When am I realistically going to be able to get back to work? While the short-term future is yet unknown, the leadership Team of the Rockford Housing Authority has taken many steps to provide safely for our RHA residents and our service providers.

As you are aware all RHA offices are closed to the public, and until further notice, all public meetings and personal contact interactions are canceled. This includes all internal and external meetings, events, briefings, HQS inspections that are not health and safety-related, work-order services that are not health and safety-related, and resident activities. The Rockford Housing Authority will continue to remain vigilant about the possible spread of this virus through person to person contact.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker provided an update on taking a public health approach to safely reopen our state on a region-by-region basis. There are four regions such as northeast Illinois, north-central Illinois, central Illinois, and southern Illinois. The northern Illinois region, including Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Lee counties, are in the North-Central region.

Governor JB Pritzker announced a 5-phase plan to re-open Illinois. We are currently in the Phase 2-Flattening phase.

The governor has announced that phase 3-recovery will include reopening businesses such as manufacturing, offices, hair salons, barbershops, and retail stores. To enter phase 3 the rate of infection among those tested, the number of patients admitted to the hospital, and the number of patients needing ICU beds must be stable or declining. Gatherings of 10 people or less with face coverings and social distancing are still required. As of now, there are no dates for Phases 4 or 5, but the earliest a region can get to Phase 3 is May 29th.

List of the 5 Phases:

 

For the entire special report on the Coronavirus Briefing from Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, please follow this link: https://news.wttw.com/chicago-tonight-live-stream-special-report

Illinois Coronavirus Helpline:

Illinois officials say a state helpline has been set up to provide emotional support and quick answers to questions about the coronavirus pandemic. Illinoisans can text “TALK” to 55-2020 (or “HABLAR” for Spanish), and within 24 hours, they will receive a call from a counselor. Residents can also text keywords such aS “UNEMPLOYMENT,” “FOOD,” or “SHELTER,” to the same number to receive additional information about those topics

 

 

 

 


“Illinois has had a mask mandate since May 1 of this year, and in most establishments, people are adhering to it, but it’s important that we treat hospitality employees just as you would in any retail store or establishment,” Pritzker said. “This new requirement asks a little bit more of our residents dining out in order to protect their health and safety and that of our frontline hospitality workers.”

Beginning August 26, 2020, patrons must wear a face-covering during all interactions with staff at Illinois bars, restaurants and other food service areas under new statewide rules announced Monday. The updated regulations make the commonsense courtesy mandatory for customers for the first time.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said the updated guidelines aim to make it clear that face coverings should be worn any time people interact with someone outside of their immediate circle. She said going out for food or drinks should not serve as an excuse for people not to take precautions against COVID-19.

“Stop wearing your face coverings incorrectly. You’re literally contributing to infection transmission by doing so, and by contributing to infection transmission, potentially to an additional life that will be lost,” Ezike said. Your mask must cover your entire nose and mouth at all times. If it slips down your mask may be too small.

“To the people who say that face coverings don’t work: You are simply wrong,” she added. “It doesn’t matter what video you saw on the internet or the fake headline you read, please know that face coverings do save lives, but they must be used in conjunction with social distancing and hand-washing.”

 

The governor said the policy was aimed at reducing the risk of airborne transmission by restricting the amount of droplets in the air.

“Remember how COVID-19 transmits. It is essentially your saliva becoming aerosolized when you’re speaking,” Pritzker said. “The idea is to make sure that the masks are being worn when the servers are coming to your table so you’re not exposing them, making sure that at all times when you’re not eating that you’re wearing a mask, trying to, again, keep the aerosolization and, more importantly, the viral load down.”

Under existing rules implemented as part of Phase 4 of Pritzker’s Restore Illinois re-opening plan, all patrons are required to wear masks when on the premises of bars or restaurants except while eating or drinking at a table or bar. The updated guidelines are intended to make interactions with patrons and staff safer, according to state officials, who said it was crafted along with trade groups like the Illinois Restaurant Association, or IRA.

RHA Reverting To Phase 1 Effective Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Due to recent outbreaks within our community and in Region 1, we need to revert back to all exempt staff working 100% remote. This will include all staff, community, and public meetings being held virtually. During this crisis, all management team members will work remotely from their homes. Frontline property management staff will work a 50/50 schedule, to ensure that our development offices are staffed. Our maintenance team will focus on vacant unit turns, outdoor work, and respond to emergency maintenance concerns.

However,  we will ensure that the entire RHA Team remains accessible to meet the needs of our residents, contractors, and the community. We will continue to update you, and we encourage you to use all available resources to stay well. The measures we take now will help us to serve you, our residents, and the Rockford community.

For Administrative needs, you may phone 815-489-8500.

During this unprecedented time, the Rockford Housing Authority executive team has taken proactive steps to ensure our employees, clients, and community’s safety. To keep our RHA staff safe, the RHA Leadership Team has instituted numerous protocols that are in place that align with all government regulations aimed at limiting the spread of disease and sickness.

We have educated our employees on Covid19 and the best practices for preventing infection, including frequent hand washing accompanied by social distancing. RHA has ongoing sanitized services at all RHA locations regularly. We have provided access to soap, masks, and available hand- sanitizers at all times for our residents and RHA staff.

During these uncertain times, the RHA Leadership will continue to be diligent in our residents’ services and care for their wellbeing. These are undoubtedly uncharted waters for us all. Our continued hope is for you to remain healthy and safe. Your support through these difficult times is heartfelt. Please stay safe, stay healthy as we all move forward to normalcy.

 

THANK YOU!

THE RHA LEADERSHIP TEAM

Nov. 11, 2020 Illinois Stay at Home Recommendation, not Order

Illinois residents should work from home whenever possible and participate only in “essential” activities over the next three weeks — including the Thanksgiving holiday period — as coronavirus trends continue in the wrong direction.

The Illinois Department of Public Health made several recommendations Wednesday for residents to “stay at home as much as possible” over the next three weeks, but officials stopped short of issuing any orders to that effect.

The IDPH urged employers to allow their workers to stay home and for people to only leave their homes for “necessary and essential activities,” including work that cannot be done remotely, as well getting groceries, coronavirus tests or other necessities.

Officials are also imploring residents to limit their travels for the next three weeks, including over the Thanksgiving holiday period, which could “present a high risk of spreading the infection,” the IDPH said in a release.

“Our goal is to reduce transmission as we head into the holidays so businesses and schools can remain open,” IDPH officials said.

RHA COVID-19 Videos

FOR OUR RHA RESIDENTS

Yes, our sites and main office are staffed. However, following Federal, State and local declarations and the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations, offices are currently closed for in-person visits.

We ask that residents contact their Property Manager, Specialist or Caseworker via phone or email. If an appointment is needed one will be scheduled.

NOTE: General Line 815-489-8500.

Yes, rent is due the 1st of each month and should be paid by the 5th in order to avoid late fees or future legal action

Be sure to contact your Property Manager, Specialist or Caseworker. Provide documentation and/or information regarding the change in income per RHA staff instructions. Staff will then take the necessary actions to complete the rent adjustment.

Currently all inspections outside of initials and health/safety are currently on hold.

RHA will mail you an inspection appointment letter once inspections resume. Our pest control contractor has stated that they will continue to treat units as scheduled. As always, please report any issues to your property management office as soon as possible.

Yes, please continue to report any/all issues to your property management office. “Emergency and Health & Safety” issues are our priority.

NOTE: During normal working hours (M-F 8AM-5PM) contact management office. After hour issues, be sure to call 815-489-8585.

FOR RHA RESIDENTS & COMMUNITY NEIGHBORS

It’s your hands, anytime you enter your home from outside, after using the bathroom, and after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose, wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Your next priority should be your phone. “At my house, we clean phones first because after you wash your hands you don’t want to be grabbing a dirty phone. Most phones can withstand a quick swipe with isopropyl alcohol or some kind of rubbing alcohol — the 70% alcohol you can get at the drugstore.”

Paul Pottinger, MD, an infectious disease specialist in the department of medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Woman holding multiple cleaning products.Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect. Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant. The virus dies with the application of one of many products approved by the EPA and good old-fashioned elbow grease to make sure that product gets into every little crack.

Here are Links for information of the List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 Other COVID-19 Resources

· EPA’s Coronavirus Site

· CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Site

· CDC’s Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for COVID-19

· NPIC ‘s COVID-19 Virus Factsheet

This list includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

If you’re feeling emotionally overwhelmed, reach out to the Crisis Text Line.

They will help guide you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. They are here to help you and are available 24/7.

You’ll receive an automated text asking you what your crisis is. Within minutes, a live trained crisis counselor will answer your text. They will help you out of your moment of crisis and work with you to create a plan to continue to feel better. This for any painful emotion for which you need support.

The coronavirus outbreak is rapidly evolving. To stay informed, check the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as our local health department for updates. Please see the many additional resources below.

The enemy we are facing is very good at what it does; we are not failing. We need everyone to hold the line as the epidemic inevitably gets worse with social distancing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials are suggesting to limit a person’s risk of exposure or of spreading the virus, which the CDC states that it is transmitted through droplets from coughs and sneezes between people who are up to six feet apart from one another —This is “social distancing.”

Regarding questions on COVID-19 testing:

Close up of a doctor wearing a face mask.“If an individual is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, shortness of breath and cough, they call their healthcare provider.

The healthcare provider will consider these symptoms, travel history, possible exposure to a known case, and any underlying health conditions specific to that patient when evaluating the need for testing for COVID-19. If COVID-19 testing is needed, healthcare providers collect the specimens that are then sent to a State or private lab for testing.

The healthcare provider will determine if you need to be tested for COVID0-19 and may recommend that you stay home and provide self-care if you have mild symptoms. Those individuals who have no symptoms, do not need to be tested.

The positive cases of COVID-19 reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Winnebago County Health Department include all positive tests that were submitted to the state or private lab for testing.”

Source: Winnebago County Health Department

STAY AT HOME ORDER

The intent of Executive Order #10 is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enable services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible. When people need to leave their places of residence, whether to perform Essential Activities, or to otherwise facilitate authorized activities necessary for continuity of social and commercial life, they should at all times as much as reasonably possible comply with Social Distancing Requirements. All provisions of this Executive Order should be interpreted to effectuate this intent.

FOR OUR COMMUNITY SMALL BUSINESS & RHA STRATEGIC BUSINESS PARTNERS

CARES Act Loans: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

In the newly released stimulus package, there’s an initial 350 billion dollars for small business relief. This program waives many of the traditional SBA requirements, and it’s available for sole proprietors up to businesses with 500 employees.

Under the bill, you can use funds from the loans to pay your employees and cover certain other expenses like utilities or insurance premiums. And you can apply for loan forgiveness if you meet certain requirements. Additionally, businesses applying for these loans can receive an advance of $10,000 within three days of submitting their application.

Contact your local financial institution or find an approved lender using Lender Match.

The SBA Coronavirus Center has more information on requirements, processes, and options.

They are also offering some creative solutions for schools and nonprofits. You can learn more about their platform and learn how to use it in their coronavirus support center.

FOR ALL INFORMATION & CONCERNS

For Administrative needs, you may phone 815-489-8500.

You can also reach out via the RHA WEBSITE at: https://rockfordha.org/contact/

For any questions or concerns regarding the above practices, please call your program manager or Director.

For Emergency Service

In case of criminal or life-threatening emergency Please Dial 911

If you have any information or concerns to share with security please call,

Confidential Hotline: 815-489-8549

Rockford Non-Emergency 815-966-2900

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RHA emergency contact phone numbers.

FOR ROCKFORD HOUSING AUTHORITY EMPLOYEES

DOING OUR BEST TO NAVIGATE THE UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Person washing their hands.As with all other agencies throughout our country, we are doing our best to navigate the uncharted territory of CoVid19. Your executive team continues to monitor this crisis and adjust our policies and practices where needed. Amid today’s challenges, our employee’s safety, health, and the well-being of our residents remain a top priority. As this situation evolves, we will continue to update you, and we encourage you to use all available resources to stay well educated on practical measures you can take to limit your exposure to this virus.

The majority of the population that we serve is one that is the most vulnerable to this virus. Therefore, we must remain in operation and be vigilant in our practices to maintain a safe and sanitary environment. We will continue to follow the methods that were put in place recently until further notice.

How long does COVID last on surfaces

As you are fully aware, when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes, they send droplets containing the virus into the air, and a healthy person can then breathe in those droplets. However, as you may know, you can also catch the virus if you touch a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes. This could be a contaminated roll of toilet paper, a doorknob, or even a plastic water bottle. Find out more here and find a downloadable 11×17 poster to hang up in your house, office, or place of business.

DETAILED ADVICE FROM DOCTORS AND HEALTH POLICY EXPERTS IN THE ROCKFORD COMMUNITY, THE STATE OF ILLINOIS AND AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

These Links below are compiled resources on how to prevent spreading the disease, help for vulnerable populations and the most current information you may find useful.

Stay at Home Resources and Information
YOU MAY ALSO CHECK THESE ADDITIONAL GOVERNMENT WEBPAGES:

Winnebago County Health Department logo

Seal of the State of Illinois.State of Illinois: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx

 

Illinois Department of Public Illinois Department of Public Health logoHealth: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/

 

Winnebago County logoWinnebago County Health Department: http://www.wchd.org/

 

City of Rockford: https://rockfordil.gov/preparing-for-covid-19/

WHERE AND WHEN YOU CAN GROCERY SHOP IN THE ROCKFORD AREA

Click HERE to view grocery store hours. Note the special times set aside for senior citizens and at-risk people to shop.

Click HERE for a list of restaurants that remain open for delivery and/or carry out. This list will be updated continuously. https://www.wifr.com/content/news/List-Rockford-area-restaurants-open-for-delivery-carryout-curbside-pick-up-568842621.html

Click HERE for information from RPS205 regarding distribution of student meals.

The RPS 205 Nutrition Services team will provide meals to students on Mondays and Thursdays from 9-10:15 a.m. starting Monday, April 6.

On Mondays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for 3 days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursdays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for 3 days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All children ages 2-18 can receive these prepackaged meals.

Meals will be available at eight locations:

  • Beyer Early Childhood Center, 333 15th Ave.
  • Conklin Elementary School, 3003 Halsted Road
  • East High School, 2929 Charles St. Food pickup map
  • Fairgrounds Valley, 1015 W. Jefferson St.
  • Flinn Middle School, 2525 Ohio Parkway Food pickup map
  • Spring Creek Elementary School, 5222 Spring Creek Road
  • Kennedy Middle School, 520 Pierpont Ave. Food pickup map
  • Two-Way Language Immersion at Barbour, 1506 Clover Ave.

Click HERE for information regarding United Way’s 211 program that connects people to resources. (Additionally, United Way of Rock River Valley has established a COVID-19 Emerging Needs Fund to support the needs of residents and their children to help alleviate hardships they may be experiencing due to the COVID -19 pandemic. An anonymous donor helped establish the fund with an initial $10,000 gift. Contributions, large and small, are being sought from area businesses and individuals.

CHILDCARE AND OTHER LOCAL SERVICES

Doctor working in lab.There are local agencies offering childcare support and services during the COVID-19 crisis. They are listed below, along with the specifics on their availability.

· YMCA — Available to first responders and medical providers. Call 815-489-1252.

· Mother House Crisis Nursery — Opening Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for parents to get essential items like diapers, food, etc. Call 815-962-4858.

· YSN — Open; emergency teen shelters running as usual, crisis intervention running as usual. Call 815-986-1947.

· St. Elizabeth’s — Pantry open. Call 815-969-6526.

· DOC – The Kid’s Place I & II — Open to families with court cases only.

· Trinity Day Care — Open to current families only. No new enrollments. Call 815-986-5437.

· Circles of Learning Day Care — Open with temporary hours of operation to current families only. Effective March 19 through March 30, hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No new enrollments. Call 815-226-8715.

FOOD RESOURCES

Northern Illinois Food Bank is offering support, including a list of the food pantries and programs nearest you. Go to solvehungertoday.org/coronavirus for more.

I need additional help. Who do I contact?

If you’re in need of assistance due to hardships presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can call 211 any time of day to be put in touch with local resources and assistance.

MUSEUMS, ZOOS, AND THEME PARKS OFFERING VIRTUAL TOURS

Click HERE for a list of “Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours.”

Please click below for the downloadable PDF.

Make the most of your time while social distancing.

Please view the Rock Valley Social Services Resources downloadable PDF Here:

View the downloadable PDF "Facts about COVID-19 vaccines" by clicking the image below: