McHenry County Launches Coronavirus Community Resources Page
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – McHenry County has created a webpage for residents facing challenges in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The page includes links and phone numbers of area hospitals and health centers, mental health resources, and links to nonprofits that may be able to offer help with mortgage, rent, utility, food and other assistance. It can be found by visiting www.mchenrycountyil.gov/covid19resources, or by clicking “Community Resources” under the COVID-19 tab on the left-hand side of the Department of Health website at www.mcdh.info.
“This unprecedented disaster is placing real strain on McHenry County households,” County Board Chairman Jack Franks, D-Marengo, said. “This webpage provides people in need an extensive list of resources that can help them through these challenging times.”
The webpage will be updated as more help becomes available.
Last week, the Small Business Administration officially designated McHenry County and all of Illinois as a disaster area, which makes small businesses and nonprofits eligible for low-interest loans to cover payroll, fixed debts and other costs. The county has put information for small businesses and an online application portal on its website, www.mchenrycountyil.gov.
Franks and county Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson are imploring residents to heed the stay-at-home order issued last Friday by Governor JB Pritzker. They also are urging people to prevent straining our food and medical resources by not hoarding groceries and other supplies, and calling their doctors only if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. The Department of Health is NOT testing for COVID-19 at its locations.
Franks thanked County Board member Kelli Wegener, Mental Health Board Executive Director Scott Block, Assistant to the County Administrator Alicia Schueller, and the county IT department for their work in creating the resources page.