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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

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Community Resources

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 For general COVID-19 questions, call 1-800-889-3931 or email [email protected].

Employee and Workplace

To learn more about social distancing requirements, please read Workplace Health and Safety Guidance for Employees and Staff of Businesses. For general questions about social distancing requirements, call 1-800-252-2923 or email questions to [email protected].

Additional information regarding business operations and public health guidelines for businesses can be found on our Business Resources page.

Access to Care

Regional Hospitals:

Northwestern Medicine: 1-312-472-6843

Advocate Good Shepherd: 1-866-443-2584 .  Visit for more information about virtual health visits.  

Mercy Health System: 1-888-700-9011.  Visit 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

For information on COVID-19 testing, please visit our Access to Health Care page. 


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


Help Illinois Families: Emergency Assistance Relief

The Governor's Office and the DCEO launched an initiative to expand the State’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program for eligible residents seeking emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food and other household necessities. The initiative is open to all eligible households regardless of how they were impacted by COVID-19.  All applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

Please visit the DCEO's Help Illinois Families website for additional details about the program. Click here to start your application.


Food Assistance during COVID-19

Algonquin - Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry
Algonquin - First Church Food Truck
Cary-Grove Food Pantry
Catholic Charities Meals for Seniors
Crystal Lake - 12 Baskets Share Center
Crystal Lake Corps Community Center
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
Crystal Lake- First Church Mobile Food Pantry
Crystal Lake - Harvest Bible Chapel
Grafton Food Pantry
Harvard Community Food Pantry
Harvard- New Life Pentecostal Church
Hebron Community Food Pantry
Island Lake- Faith Acres Foundation Food Pantry
Marengo Area Outreach Enterprises (MORE)
Marengo - First Presbyterian Church
McHenry - Casa de Vida
McHenry FISH Food Pantry
Mobile Food Pantries
Pet Food Pantries
Richmond/Spring Grove Food Pantry
Spring Grove- Northern Illinois Helping Hands Food Pantry
Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry
Wonder Lake Neighbors Food Pantry
Woodstock Bible Church
Woodstock Food Pantry
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
SNAP/Link Supplements

 Visiting a food pantry: myths & facts  [Printable Food Pantry List]   [Food Insecurity Resource Packet]


Mental Health Resources

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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

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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.

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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.


The State of Illinois Department of Human Services' Mental Health Division has launched a free emotional support text line, Call4Calm, 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. 

NAMI McHenry County is hosting a free weekly online wellness support group for frontline workers. Please visit  for more information and to register.  


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 

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. 

Get Hired Illinois 

The State of Illinois has launched a new web portal that blends the resources of the DCEO and IDES to make a one-stop-shop for job seekers and employers. It also offers workforce development programs through a partnership with Coursera beginning in June. This page can be found at

IDES has also released a list of essential employers hiring as of May 11th. can be another 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:

IllinoisJobLink Brochure

Applying for Unemployment Benefits

To file for state unemployment benefits or to learn more about unemployment,  please visit the IDES website at

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance may be available for individuals who are ineligible for state unemployment benefits, including self-employed workers and independent contractors. To learn more about this program please visit the IDES website.

IDES May 6 Press Release on the PUA Program



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

Letter to McHenry County Nonprofits


Violence and Abuse Support Resources 

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.

IDPH's COVID-19 Equity Team's Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Workgroup has compiled a list of available resources. Resource listings are updated as new information becomes available. View the list here.


Public Health Guidance for Community Life

Homemade/Cloth Masks
Adult Day Programs
Prevention at Home
Outdoor/Indoor Recreation


Community Resource Documents

Last Updated 05/13/2020