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Alternative Housing Program

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) have partnered to provide two types of housing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

Please see below for information about eligibility, how to apply, and answers to common questions. If you have additional questions, please call: 312-864-COOK (2665) or email [email protected].


Isolation Housing

Isolation housing is for COVID-19 POSITIVE PATIENTS who cannot isolate from others in their home.

Eligibility

To qualify, the patient must be​:

  • A resident of suburban Cook County
  • COVID-19 positive (lab-confirmed or suspected based on symptoms and lack of alternative diagnosis)
  • Mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic
  • Otherwise generally well and without uncontrolled chronic illness
  • Unable to isolate from others in their home
  • Referred by a medical provider (a primary care provider, emergency room, or is being discharged from the hospital)

Other exclusions may apply. Patients are assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they are stable and able to safely isolate alone without on-site clinical staff.

  • Provided: private hotel room with private bathroom, TV, wifi internet, transportation, laundry, meals 3x/day, personal thermometer, personal pulse oximeter, twice daily wellness checks by email and/or phone, and on-site security
  • Not Provided: on-site clinical staff, medications, toiletries, clothing, or other personal items

How to Apply

The patient’s medical provider, or a member of the care team, should fill out this survey and be prepared to upload the following documents. (Please combine them into one file):

  • Facesheet (patient information sheet)
  • Latest clinic note with past medical history, current status of any chronic illnesses, and current assessment of COVID-19 illness
  • Medication list (if not in the above documents)
  • Pertinent labs (e.g. COVID results and labs related to any chronic conditions)

For inpatient discharges, be prepared to upload the following:

  • Facesheet
  • HPI (history of present illness)
  • Discharge summary or last two progress notes
  • Vital signs for last 48 hours (if not in the above documents)
  • Medication list (if not in the above documents)

You may also choose to send the medical records by secure fax to: 312-864-9892.

Questions? Please call: 312-864-COOK (2665) or email [email protected].


Respite Housing

Respite Housing is for COVID-19 NEGATIVE individuals who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, are continually exposed to COVID-19 positive individuals and cannot engage in social distancing at home. This is inclusive of cleaning, food service, and security staff where appropriate.

Eligibility

To qualify, the employee must be…

at least one of the following:

  • an employee of Cook County Health
  • an employee of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office
  • a resident of suburban* Cook County AND
    • a Healthcare Worker
    • a First Responder
    • a Homeless Shelter Worker
  • presumed COVID-19 negative (lab testing not required)
  • asymptomatic

*Employees of Cook County Health or Cook County Sheriff’s Office do not need to live in suburban Cook County to qualify.

  • Provided: private hotel room with private bathroom, TV, WiFi internet, personal thermometer, and daily wellness checks by email and/or phone
  • Not Provided: on-site clinical staff, medications, personal items, transportation or meals

How to Apply

The employee, with assistance from their supervisor, should fill out this survey and be prepared to upload a complete, signed VERIFICATION FORM with the survey.

You can read more information about the availability of this housing in a letter from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Questions? Please call: 312-864-COOK (2665) or email [email protected].

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the housing located?
Alternative housing is currently situated in the southern suburbs.

Is there enough housing available?
We have ample space to meet the current needs and will increase capacity as needed.

Can someone not staying at Respite Housing such as a family member visit someone who is staying at Respite Housing?
No, visits will not be allowed unless they are to drop off essential items like medications. The purpose of respite housing is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from first responders, healthcare workers, shelter workers, and correctional officers to members of their family.

Can two people isolate together?
Two or more COVID-19 positive individuals can share a room in Isolation Housing, if desired. Those in Respite Housing may not share rooms, as they may present an infection risk to each other

Are pets allowed to stay or visit Respite Housing?
No, pets are not allowed to stay or visit Respite Housing. There have been cases of COVID-19 in pets, and animals should be kept separate from people who are sick or with known exposures to the virus. Service animals are allowed.

Who can I contact for more information?
For more information, call 312-864-COOK (2665) or email [email protected].