Beth Squires has shared a newsletter with us that she receives from the DuPage County Health Department.  Below is the newsletter in part.  You will see that within the article you will find lots of good information and a number links to subscribe to this newsletter or subscribe to text messaging.   You can also go to their website to their website to learn up to date information about Covid-19 statewide and within DuPage County –


Friday, April 17, 2020 ● Volume 1, Issue 6 

Newsletter Sign Up
The COVID-19 Weekly Update will provide current information and resources for DuPage County. We encourage you to share this widely through our community. To subscribe and receive weekly local updates on COVID-19, please fill out this form.

IDPH has launched a COVID-19 texting platform
  • To opt-in, text the word COVID to 312-500-3836 for English; or COVID ESP for Spanish.
  • You will receive a welcome message from IDPH and a second text letting you know you will receive updates about COVID-19 in Illinois
  • You will also receive a link to the IDPH Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • You will receive COVID-19 texting twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening.
  • You can opt-out of receiving messages at any time by texting STOP to reply.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois launches $1.5M grant program to support Illinoisans impacted by COVID-19
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has launched a multi-pronged community response effort to help first responders, nonprofit organizations and residents across Illinois impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including a new rapid response funding program.
BCBSIL opened a $1.5M funding program to support community-based organizations with missions focused on access to health care, hunger and shelter. The BCBSIL COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund will release $20,000 grants to organizations around the state. The program is designed to distribute the funds quickly to respond to the current health crisis.
  • April 15, 2020 – Application opens
  • April 24, 2020 – Application closes
  • Week of May 4, 2020 – Applicants notified of funding decisions

The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched Call4Calm, a free emotional support text line for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.
Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Individuals can also text with key words such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how navigate and access supports and services.