4/9/20 - Message on Local Health Department Assistance

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Dear Partners,

During the COVID-19 emergency, your Local Health Department (LHD) is an important resource for protecting the health of all Illinois residents, including those who rely on and work in the IDHS provider network.

A statewide directory of local public health departments can be found on the IDPH Website.

Examples of issues that your local public health department may be able to assist with include:

  • Assistance procuring sanitizing supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Advising on clinical protocols and pathways for individuals who may be COVID-19 positive
  • Locating and securing alternate housing options for persons who test positive for COVID-19 who do not require hospitalization but need isolation (including those exiting from hospitals); these options will be wheelchair accessible as needed
  • Arranging transportation to alternate housing sites or medical appointments; transportation will be wheelchair accessible as needed
  • Coordination of follow-up medical care for individuals recovering from COVID-19 or management of chronic illnesses
  • Mental health, substance use disorder, suicide prevention, and domestic violence resources/referrals that are beyond the reach of your organization
  • Information on local food pantries

*Please note that this is not an exhaustive list; Local Health Departments will be able to provide more details regarding their specific capacities.


Grace B. Hou

Secretary, IDHS