Face coverings will be required in public indoor spaces.

Beginning May 1, individuals over the age of 2 will be required to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces where they can’t maintain six feet of social distance, including grocery stores. The modified order will also include occupancy limits for essential businesses. Will County is closely monitoring a outbreak of novel corona virus (COVID-19). Will County Health Department (WCHD) is working with local healthcare community partners, as well as state and federal agencies. WCHD is following guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Will County Emergency Management Agency.

Food Pantry help

Be sure to reach out if you need additional help.

4 K.I.D.S Sake Saturdays 12-2, Behind Living Waters Church 7th Day Adventist Food Pantry, 2nd and 4th Sunday (call for hours on Boughton near Ashbury) (630) 739-1038 The Compass Church Every Wednesday from 5:30-7:00PM (630) 739-2824 Dupage Township – Tuesday and Thurs 9am-2pm Located in Romeoville, it is drive through, 719 Parkwood Ave  (815) 886-7986 Meals on Wheels only on Mondays at the food pantry 719 Parkwood Ave, Romeoville  (815) 886-7986

Call4Calm

The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division is operating Call4Calm, a free emotional support text line for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.

People who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0 or text “HABLAR” for service in Spanish to the same number. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support. Individuals can also text key words such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on pertinent resources and services.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

The Will-Grundy branch of the National Alliance on Mental Health offers specialized resources for individuals who may need assistance through a crisis line. The line is available 24 hours, seven days a week and can be reached at 815-722-3344. The hotline can direct you to a comprehensive suicide hotline, suicide intervention and prevention, and over-the-phone counseling.You can also visit namiillinois.org to find other services near you. 

Domestic Violence Help

We are glad to be able to share a new resource to help people who are suffering domestic violence or are in need of other social services during this difficult time:
https://c19-willcountygis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/domestic-violence
Nichole Pasteris, Director of Victim Witness Services for the Will County State’s Attorneys Office, working with Greg Johnson, Senior GIS Analyst in the ICT GIS Division, have created this outstanding resource.   Please feel free to share and disseminate this link.  These are stressful times, and sometimes simple awareness of what is available and how to access it make a big difference.

Mothers Day is coming, what a great way to support a local business and recognize Mom. I ordered by visiting their Facebook page, but the phone number is below, or visit their website. http://www.allegramarketingprint.com/locations/romeoville-il

Special Shopping Hours for Vulnerable Populations

  • ALDI – ALDI stores will open at 8:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and we ask that this first hour is reserved for our most vulnerable shoppers, including senior citizens, expectant mothers, and those with underlying health conditions
  • Caputo’s – Tues/Weds/Thurs 6:00am-7:30am for seniors and immunocompromised.
  • Costco – Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00am-9:00am
  • CVS – Stores and pharmacies are operating with normal hours.
  • Jewel-Osco – 7:00am-9:00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Meijer – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00am – 8:00am.
  • Target – All Target stores will be closing at 9:00pm daily so stores will be replenished and deep cleaned. Also beginning March 18, Target will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests – including elderly and those with underlying health concerns.
  • Tony’s – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00am-9:00am
  • Trader Joe’s – Until further notice, all Trader Joe’s stores will be open from 9:00am until 7:00pm.
  • Walgreens – 8:00am-9:00am on Tuesdays
  • Whole Foods – Starting on Wednesday, March 18, all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public, under the new adjusted hours posted on the store’s web page
  • STUDENT LOAN DEBT:  you can defer federal student loans through 9/30/20.  Most student loan companies are automatically doing this but contact the company that has your student loans to ensure they are being deferred with 0% interest from now through 9/30/20.  If you want to keep paying on them, check with your Student Loan Provider directly.
  • Rent & credit cards and maybe mortgage companies may allow you to defer a month or two.  Contact them directly and ask for help for a month or two.

Unemployment information – best to apply online following the schedule by last name below. 
www.ides.state.il.us/employment

Online Filing Schedule:

  • Those with last names beginning with letters A-M will be asked to file their claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
  • Those with last names beginning with letters N-Z will be asked to file their claims on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays.
  • Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.

The day or time of day in which a claim is filed will not impact whether you receive benefits or your benefit amount. Additionally, claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19.

IRS Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here. Visit this site to sign up for stimulus check.

Illinois American WaterSUSPENDING LATE FEES – We have suspended late fees until further notice. If you’re experiencing a financial hardship, please call 800-422-2782 to discuss your eligibility to enter into a payment arrangement.

Testing BOLINGBROOK, IL — A coronavirus testing site at the closed Walgreens at 695 W. Boughton Road is now open to anyone over 18 showing symptoms, the Bolingbrook village office announced Wednesday. This announcement came via one of the village’s “Brook Alert” emails. 

“Walgreens located at 695 W. Boughton Road is now allowing Healthcare Professionals, First Responders and anyone 18 and older WITH SYMPTOMS to test at the Bolingbrook site,” the Brook Alert said. The Bolingbrook office encouraged residents wishing to get tested to make a reservation via the Walgreen’s coronavirus webpage. The page asks applicants to complete a short survey to determine if their symptoms meet CDC standards for testing, as well as for personal contact information.

Stay Safe, Stay Home as much as possible. If you are in need, please reach out. There are many resources available and we want to help.

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