There are many resources both at the state level and throughout McHenry County that can help you and answer your questions about COVID-19.
State of Illinois
The State of Illinois has launched a website that provides information and resources in regards to COVID-19 at Coronavirus.illinois.gov. For general COVID-19 questions, call 1-800-889-3931 or email [email protected].
Access to Care
Northwestern Medicine: 1-312-472-6843
Mercy Health System: 1-888-700-9011. Visit https://mercyhealthsystem.org/service/virtual-visit-now/ for more information about virtual health visits.
Medical evaluations for the uninsured:
Aunt Martha’s Woodstock Community Health Center: 1-877-692-8686
Family Health Partnership Clinic: 1-779-220-9300
McHenry Community Health Center: 1-815-363-9900
Community Health Partnership of Illinois: 1-815-943-4339
United Way 211
United Way 211 is available 24/7 to make referrals to health and human service agencies - from mortgage, rent, and utility assistance to food banks, child care, health services, job training, clothing, emergency shelter, counseling and much more. Dial 211 from any wireless or land line phone to get connected with a referral agent who can direct you to the services you need.
If you are having difficulties reaching someone by dialing 211, dial 1-888-865-9903 instead for the same information. For the 211 directory online, please visit the 211 Directory of Services
Food Assistance during COVID-19
1113 Pyott Road, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156; Open Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Telephone: (847) 854-1904
Saint Barnabas Lutheran Church Parking Lot; 8901 Cary-Algonquin Road, Cary, IL 60013; Open Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm. and on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Telephone: (847) 516-3602
Catholic Charities has a standing program to provide meals for seniors (persons 60 years and older). There is a suggested donation of $5.00. Participants must register and order their meals 3 days in advance by calling (815) 385-8260. Catholic Charities is offering curbside pick-up at its standing locations at the following times:
McHenry Senior Center, 3519 N. Richmond Road, Johnsburg, IL 60051: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday (2 meals each day) Pick-Up time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Walden Oaks Apartments, 1155 Walden Oaks Drive, Woodstock, IL 60097: Monday (2 meals) and Wednesday (3 meals) Pick-Up Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Dorr Township, 1039 Lake Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60097: Wednesday (2 meals), Pick-Up time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities is partnering with three additional sites to provide meals for seniors with curbside pick-up for the month of April:
31 North Cafe, 231 Front Street (Route 31), McHenry IL, 60050: Tuesday and Thursday (2 meals) Pick-Up time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, 800 S. Illinois Route 31, Crystal Lake, IL 60014: Tuesday and Thursday (2 meals) Pick-Up time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Parkland School, 1802 N. Ringwood Road, McHenry, IL 60050: Monday (4 meals) and Wednesday (6 meals) Pre-order of meals must be placed ONE WEEK in advance
For more information, please contact Catholic Charities at (815) 385-8260.
290 W. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL; Telephone: (815) 455-2769
42 East Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014; Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Telephone: (815) 455-0961
11481 Allison Court, Huntley, IL 60142; Open Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Telephone: (847) 495-0922
10206 Seaman Road, Hebron, Illinois 60034; Open on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Telephone: (815) 790-7267 or (815) 648-2070
829 Greenlee Street, Marengo, IL 60152; Open Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Telephone: (815) 568-7950
3515 N. Richmond Road, McHenry, IL 60051; Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Telephone: (815) 344-4717
2502 Spring Ridge Drive, Suite B, Spring Grove, IL 60081; Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Obtain admission numbers from 3:00 p.m. to 5;30 p.m. Telephone: (815) 245-7345
Richmond Community Pantry
10308 Main Street, Richmond, IL, Open by Appointment Only; Telephone (815) 678-4351
3506 E. Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake, IL 60097; Open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Telephone (815) 355-5459
Woodstock Food Pantry
1033 Lake Avenue, Woodstock IL, 60098; Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Telephone: (815) 337-0375
The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) is also actively enrolling new families that qualify in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. WIC assists families experiencing food scarcity during uncertain economic times by providing free, healthy foods. The program is an equal opportunity provider that is available to qualifying pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and their children through age 5.
To practice physical distancing, MCDH is conducting WIC appointments by phone and is dispersing WIC coupons by drive through at 2200 N. Seminary Avenue, Building A, Woodstock, IL.
To learn if you qualify, or to schedule a telephone appointment, please call (815) 344-4505.
Mental Health Resources
The McHELP App is a quick click to reach immediate crisis support and information via text or voice. It provides anonymous access to trained, licensed crisis counselors in times of emergency, concern, anxiety or need. The app can be downloaded from Apple Store or Google Play
Centegra Crisis Services serves as the first point of contact for callers in need of immediate assistance for mental health emergencies. Crisis line professionals are also available to help people with intense personal, family and/or marital problems. Call 1-800-892-8900 for services.
The McHenry County Mental Health Board is able to assist with questions regarding mental health and substance abuse resources available in McHenry County. Visit the Mental Health Board's website for more information or call: 1-815-455-2828.
Childcare for Essential Workers
Governor Pritzker ordered schools and daycare centers to be closed until April 7th in his March 20, 2020 Executive Order, but allowed childcare services for essential workers. Where possible, children should be kept at home. If, however, you are an essential worker as defined in Governor Pritzker's Executive Order and you need childcare, or you would like to offer childcare, please visit https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/OECD/Pages/For-Communities.aspx.
Job Seeking and Unemployment Resources
While the McHenry County Workforce Network building is temporarily closed to the public, the Workforce Network is still assisting job seekers by telephone and by email. Please visit the Workforce Network website for more information.
The Illinois Department of Employment Services (IDES) has published the following press release in response to recent increases in applications for unemployment. For more information, please visit the Illinois Department of Employment Services website.
IDES has also released a list of essential employers that are hiring as of April 6th, 2020.
IllinoisJobLink.com can also be a resource for individuals trying to secure work at this time. It is on online system through IDES that connects employers to prospective job applicants. For more information please see the brochure below or visit: https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/r/
The McHenry County Mental Health Board, The Community Foundation for McHenry County and the United Way of Greater McHenry County are connecting with the McHenry County Department of Health to provide information and resources as may be needed to assist agencies working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in McHenry County. Nonprofits that serve the McHenry County's vulnerable populations may be impacted by COVID-19 and are encouraged to reach out to [email protected] with their concerns and needs
Domestic Violence Assistance
IDHS has created a plan to increase the capacity of its current statewide network of services and to streamline access to emergency shelter. The role of the Domestic Violence Helpline is being expanded in order to create a one stop access point for shelter needs. Victims may directly call the Helpline at 1-877-TO END DV (1-877-863-6338 voice or 1-877-863-6339 TTY) and be connected to shelter through existing local domestic violence shelters or they will be connected to emergency shelter through available hotels and motels. Transportation assistance is being offered as well. For more information, please visit the Illinois Department of Human Services website.
Public Health Guidance for Community Life
Our brave medical personnel are on the front lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic. N-95 masks and other medical equipment is needed to protect them as they come into direct contact with COVID-19.
The CDC is now recommending the use cloth face masks in public. Cloth masks are not a substitute for social/physical distancing or sheltering in place. Cloth masks do not protect you from COVID-19. Rather, they decrease the chances of people with COVID-19 who are not showing symptoms from unknowingly infecting other members of our community. People who are sick should not be leaving their homes.
For more information on the cloth masks and their appropriate use, please review Dr. Laura Buthod's message.
The CDC also provides information on the proper use, cleaning, creation of sewn masks here.
The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, also provides instructions on how to create a mask without sewing in this video.
Community Resource Documents
Last Updated 04/07/2020 at 11:50 a.m.