COVID-19 News and Important Resources

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*Last Updated May 3, 2020*

There are now over 1,000,000 confirmed cases of Corona Virus/COVID-19 in the United States, and over 170 confirmed cases in Champaign County. To avoid contracting or spreading the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you keep at least six feet of distance from others, stay indoors as much as possible, and frequently disinfect commonly used or shared surfaces such as keyboards, computer mice, toilets, sinks, door handles, light switches, controllers, remotes, chair backs, and staircase railings. If you must go outdoors or visit public areas, the CDC recommends that you wear a face mask and protective gloves. As of March 20, Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker has issued a shelter-in-place order effective until at least April 7. This order has since been extended until May 30.

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, local CU organizers have pushed for a swift and progressive response to ensure that those most vulnerable to the disease and its impacts are looked after. The best guide to local resources is this document put together by Champaign-Urbana Mutual Aid, a recently formed online group of volunteers and organizers addressing the crisis. In addition, the State of Illinois has recently launched a new website for COVID-19 updates and resources.

Employers right now have a responsibility to provide sick pay, hazard pay, remote work options, and gloves, masks and other materials needed to work safely. If you have an employer that refuses to provide these things, please let us know.

Below is a list of some important news and resources you may have missed:

We will update this post as we learn more. Please contact us to let us know of any important news or resources you think belong here!


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