Most of you have been following the rapidly evolving situation regarding the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
COVID-19 is preventable and treatable, but only if we ensure working people are informed and protected. Basic wellness practices like frequent handwashing and staying home if we’re sick can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
As local governments, employers, and contractors respond to the growing spread of COVID-19, many have offered a variety of services for working families to better prepare and keep their families safe and secure. Below is a list that Local 1 members from across all our cities and states can use to connect with resources in your community.
Together, across racial lines and different backgrounds, we will rise to meet this moment. For any questions please reach out to the Member Resource Center at 877-233-8880 and check out the below resources.
Updated as of 05/20/20. Keep checking back here as we will add more information as it becomes available.
Resources for Immigrant Workers:
|General Guidance and Resources|
|Ten Steps For Janitors|
|CDC: Prevention and Treatment|
|CDC: Interim Guidance for Business and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020|
|CDC: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers|
|CDC: What to Do If You Are Sick with COVID-19|
|OSHA: Protecting Workers During a Pandemic fact sheet|
|OSHA: Information for Workers and Employers About the Coronavirus Outbreak|
|OSHA: COVID-19 Control and Preventions|
|Need help filing for unemployment? Here are some tips|
|State Specific Resources|
The governor moved to allow people who have to skip work because they have coronavirus to collect pay, even if their job doesn’t come with paid sick leave. Those who are unemployed due to sickness can collect unemployment insurance, “to the full extent permitted by federal law.”
Union Health Service (UHS) UPDATE: If you or your family uses Union Health Services (UHS), please call (312) 423-4200 before showing up. A professional will advise you on the best course of action. Click here for more information.
Chicago Public Schools will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through the end of the semester. Deep cleaning on schools will begin on March 17. All CPS school sites will serve as food distribution sites for CPS students. Food pick-up will take place outside of the school building and begins at every school on Tuesday, March 17 and is scheduled from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday through Friday. CPS families can pick-up three days worth of meals at time, each with two meals per child. If you need assistance, please call the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Chicago announced a temporary suspension of debt collection, ticketing and towing practices through June 1. Residents who owe debt will not face ticket doubling and defaults on payment plans during this health crisis.
COVID-19 Testing: For testing sites in Illinois click here
Unemployment: To apply for unemployment insurance, visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security website and their FAQ here. The state is working to analyze the impact of the federal stimulus on Illinois – for questions on the package, click here.
ComEd Extends No-Disconnect until June 1: ComEd is extending the suspension of service disconnections for nonpayment and waving of new late payment fees through at least June 1.
Customers who may experience financial hardship should visit ComEd.com/CARE or call (800) 334-7661.
Food: To apply for SNAP benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Medicaid, visit the Illinois Department of Human Services website.
To receive COVID-19 text alerts from Cook County, text AlertCook to 888777
FOR SOUTHERN ILLINOIS RESIDENTS: Call the United Way at 1-866-211-9966 and enter your zip code to learn more about assistance with bills, rent and food.
In Madison County, Riders do not have to pay fares to ride ACT buses
Illinois residents with questions about the coronavirus should call the hotline at 1-800-899-3931
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Unemployment: Individuals can apply for unemployment insurance with the Missouri Department of Labor. For FAQs on coronavirus and unemployment benefits, click here. To apply for Medicaid with MO Healthnet.
Food: For food assistance and SNAP benefits, residents should visit the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) website here. The DSS also has applications for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (cash benefits) here.
Utilities: Major utilities like Ameren (electricity), Spire (Natural gas) and American Water announced they will end service shut-offs due to nonpayment.
Call the United Way at 1-866-211-9966 and enter your zip code to learn more about assistance with bills, rent and food.
The State of Missouri has set up a COVID-19 hotline (877-435-8411) for residents with questions about the virus.
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Unemployment: Individuals can apply for unemployment insurance with the Missouri Department of Labor. For FAQs on coronavirus and unemployment benefits, click here. To apply for Medicaid with MO Healthnet
Food: For food assistance and SNAP benefits, residents should visit the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) website here. The DSS also has applications for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (cash benefits) here
The State of Missouri has set up a COVID-19 hotline (877-435-8411) for residents with questions about the virus.
On March 12, Governor Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order is now extended to May 26. 40 state parks are closed indefinitely – click here for a full list.
Unemployment: To apply for unemployment insurance, visit the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Food: To apply for Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or SNAP benefits, visit Wisconsin ACCESS. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a plan to distribute food to children in the event of school closingsSchools: Milwaukee Public Schools are closed through April 13. MPS will distribute a packaged breakfast and lunch at 20 sites across the city Monday through Friday from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. beginning March 16, 2020.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ coronavirus resource page can be found here.
“Stay At Home” Order: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, today announced that Ohio will be under a “Stay at Home” order.
The order has gone into effect on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and has been modified to remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 29, 2020, but it allows certain business and to resume services provided they comply with social distancing guidelines like facial covering for employees and costumers. For questions about the Stay At Home order, click here.
Ohio is going to ban spectators from attending indoor sports events as the state faces outbreaks of the Coronavirus, according to Governor Mike DeWine (R). The order, which is expected to take effect in the next two days, would prohibit viewers from attending NCAA tournament games that are scheduled to be played in Dayton and Cleveland. Schools are also closed across the state for three weeks, beginning Monday, March 16. Bars and restaurants are also closed.
The business reopening timeline is below:
Most updated reopening schedule as of May 14: here
Travel is permitted provided that people comply with social distancing guidelines on public transit. People traveling from outside the state of Ohio back into the state must first self-quarantine for 14 days.
Observe Social Distancing at all times when outside of place of residence. This will be enforced by State & local law enforcement as well as local health departments in an advisory capacity. Penalty for violation is a 2nd degree misdemeanor, which includes up to $750 fine or up to 90 days in jail, or both.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has updated its website and provided a step-by-step guide.
In addition, starting, Sunday, unemployed Ohioans filing claims should do so on certain days based on their last name:
Those whose last names start with A through H should file on Sunday; last names starting I through P should file on Monday and last names starting with Q through Z should file Tuesday. Anyone can file on the remaining days.
COVID-19 Testing Sites: find a Coronovirus testing site based on your Zip Code.
COVID19 and Unemployment benefits: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance will provide benefits to individuals ineligible for state unemployment benefits. While you may experience delays as a result, please know that all benefits will be retroactive. Once the program is available, they will communicate details.
Temporary employment opportunities: resources to help anyone financially affected by COVID-19.
For Immigrant communities:
The Ohio Department of Health coronavirus resource page can be found here.
COVID-19 testing site:
Cleveland Clinic, located 10524 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH. enter the garage from E 105th St. Clinic is open every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (855) 697-3750 or complete a virtual visit to get doctor’s order.
University Hospitals, located 5850 Landerbrook Dr, Mayfield Heights, OH. Hours are by appointment only. To request an appointment you must call or complete a virtual visit to get a doctor’s order for test & assigned time slot. For more info click here.
Rite-Aid Drive-Thru: Open every day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5795 State Road, Parma OH. This is a self swab drive-thru and to attend you must register on the website here.
Employment related issues: Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center at 513-621-5991.
Community Action Agency located on 1740 Langdon Farm Road Cincinnati 45237. 513-569-1840. Provides various services and food pantry.
COVID-19 Testing sites: Kroger Open Friday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4356 Dunham Ln, Westwood, OH. This is a self swab drive-thru and to attend you must register on the website here.
Transportation Assistance: Transformations CDC at 665 E Hollister Street Cincinnati 45219.
Welcome Alliance, text 513-394-6595 or email: welcome.alliance.cincy@gmail.
Resources for Undocumented Workers and Families
Su Casa at 513-761-1588: Food assistance, employment referrals, financial assistance, case management and domestic violence aide.
Heartfelt Tidbits, located at 2300 Salvador Street Cincinnati 45230. 513-442-2556. Education, Cultural and Employment enhancement services.
Find a food pantry here
Our Daily Bread: Daily hot meals. Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Located on 1730 Race Street Cincinnati 45202.
MEAC–Madisonville Education and Assistance Center,
Food pantry every other Tuesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 4600 Erie Avenue Cincinnati 45227. For questions contact email@example.com
Learning Grove Food Pantry: 513-314-4196, located at 4991 Cleves Warsaw Pike Cincinnati, OH 45238.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stay up to date, here.
COVID-19 Testing Sites: Kroger Open Friday, May 1, Saturday, May 2, Wednesday May 6-7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH. This is a self swab drive-thru and to attend you must register on the website here.
COVID-19 Testing Sites: Rite-Aid, open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. located 7225 Airport Highway, Holland, OH. This is a self swab drive-thru and to attend you must register on the website here.
Akron has also created a COVID-19 call line at 330-926-5795.
COVID-19 Testing Site: Rite-Aid, open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. located 4053 S Main St., Akron, OH. This is a self swab drive-thru and to attend you must register on the website here.
Cleveland Clinic, open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. located 1940 Town Park Blvd, Green, OH. Call (855) 697-3750 or complete a virtual visit to get a doctor’s order for test here.
The City of Detroit is continuously updating this webpage with stats for confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Detroit and state of Michigan, tips from the health department etc.
See this full COVID-19 Resource Guide from the Office of Council Member Castañeda-López
“Stay At Home” Executive Order: Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.
When does this order take effect?
This order takes effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 am.
When does the order end?
As of May 22, this order has been extended through June 12, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
On April 3, 2020 Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order protecting workers who Stay Home, Stay Safe when they or their close contacts are sick from discharge, discipline, or otherwise retaliate from employers.
Michigan unemployment resources
If you are an Essential Worker looking for childcare during this time, please click here.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order that expands eligibility for unemployment benefits in the state during the coronavirus emergency.
Under the governor’s order, unemployment benefits are extended to:
Eligible employees should apply for the unemployment benefits online at Michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017. Check out this Step-by-Step Guide and Fact Sheet on applying for unemployment benefits in Michigan.
On March 30, Governor Whitmer Announced New Programs to Increase and Expand Unemployment Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19; Benefits increased for all unemployed workers, expanded to self-employed and low-wage workers.
Mental Health Resources:
View the full guide of mental health resources available at Michigan.gov/StayWell
On April 2, 2020 Governor Whitmer signed an executive order suspending Face-to-Face Learning at K-12 Schools for remainder of the school year. Read more here.
Find public transportation in Detroit
Find essential workers’ childcare assistance
Consumers Energy COVID-19 response
The Coronavirus Water Restart Plan will restore water service and prevent new service interruptions at no initial cost to customers during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Under a jointly-developed plan, the State of Michigan will cover customers’ costs to restore water service for Detroiters who:
After the restart, through the Plan, customers will be responsible for paying $25 per month to keep water service during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If your water is off or you received a door hanger notice for nonpayment, call Wayne Metro at 313-386-9727.
“Stay At Home” Executive Order: Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office posted a guide to explain the two-week “stay at home” executive order he signed, effective Tuesday, to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The order generally asks Hoosiers to work from home and to limit travel to essential trips, such as buying groceries, caring for others or picking up carryout food from restaurants. He asked that people not buy more than they need. The order allows for outdoor activities such as walking.
Here is the news release:
When does the order take effect?
The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
When does the order end?
The order ends on May 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.
As of March 12, Indiana’s Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), like non-essential gatherings to be limited to no more than 250 people, in places like: cafeterias, churches, stadiums, etc. Because of the unexpected development of COVID-19, Indianapolis Public Schools and Public Libraries are currently closed and have asked parents to keep their children at home.
Indiana Primary Elections: Due to COVID-19, the Indiana Primary Elections have been moved to June 2, 2020. You can request an Absentee-by-mail ballot by filling out this form and return it to your county elected officials. The voter registration deadline is May 4, 2020. The deadline to return this form is May 21, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.
Voters who are voting with absentee-by-mail ballot are not required to show photo ID. For more information click here.
COVID-19 testing: Indiana State Fairgrounds, register here: https://bit.ly/INTesting. Available weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For questions call 317-221-8967 Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
*Must have employer statement showing worker is considered essential, no doctor’s note required
Eli Lilly Drive Through: For individuals who meet the testing criteria and who already have a physician’s written order. Register by calling 877-393-8485, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For additional information: https://bit.ly/2VwI9U7
Food: Indianapolis Public Schools has set up meal locations and times and food pantries for anyone under 18 years of age and are also available here. Here’s a list of public food pantries, find the nearest to your home. If driving is not possible, there’s also a mobile food pantry here
For food pick up areas in Marion County visit: myips.org
For food pick up areas in Decatur visit: www.decaturproud.org
For food pick up areas in Franklin Township Schools visit: www.franklinschools.org
For food pick up areas in Lawrence Township Schools visit: www.ltschools.org
For food pick up areas in Perry Township Schools visit: www.perryschools.org
For food pick up areas in MSD Pike Township Schools visit: www.pike.k12.in.us
For food pick up areas in MSD Warren Township Schools visit: www.warren.k12.in.us
For food pick up areas in MSD Washington Township Schools visit: www.msdwt.k12.in.us
For food pick up areas in MSD Wayne Township Schools visit: district.wayne.k12.in.us
For food pick up areas in Beech Grove City Schools visit: www.bgcs.k12.in.us
For food pick up areas in Speedway Schools visit: www.nokidhungry.org/find-meal-sites
No Questions Asked Food Pantry: Located at 1125 Spruce St. near Fountain Square. Open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.
Shepherd Community Center: For families who live in the 46201 and 46203 area codes and have children in the Shepherd Community Center school, daily meals are available from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. For all other families, the center offers emergency food bags every day. On Saturday the center has a food pantry from 8-9 a.m. for anyone. No documentation is required. The community center also offers financial assistance to pay rent, utilities and phone bills to those who live in the area codes. It can help those outside the area codes find an organization near them that is helping pay bills.
Indy Parks: Open to ALL kids 18 and under. Second helpings is providing sack lunches for adults. Available Monday – Friday. No registration necessary – completely FREE.
For information click here
The City of Indianapolis has created an addiction support resource website to provide mental health services and addiction support during COVID-19. For more information click here.
Immigrant Welcome Center and Care Hotline: 866.711.1342
United Way of Central Indiana: Dial 2-1-1 or go to https://in211.communityos.org/
Ventanilla de Salud: The Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis works in partnership with Eskenazi Health to operate the Ventanilla de Salud program, which helps the Hispanic community in Indianapolis get access to health services, regardless of whether individuals have health insurance. Ventanilla de Salud also works to raise awareness and answer questions about how to stay protected and prevent the spread of COVID-19. To reach Ventanilla de Salud in Indianapolis, call 317-982-2248.
Grassroots Projects: Grassroots Projects provides families with diapers, wipes, clothing for children, and some grocery supplies. The organization also supplies pregnant women with newborn packages with baby hygiene products. To learn more about services offered by the organization, call 317- 622-6940.
La Plaza: La Plaza is offering assistance for people who need help paying rent and utilities. The organization is also offering food and hygiene products for families who need it. For more information on how to get resources, call 317-890-3292.
Utilities: Utilities will not be shut off during the outbreak. On March 19, Governor Eric Holcomb issued an executive order, temporarily prohibiting residential eviction proceedings or foreclosure actions during the public health emergency. This does not relieve the individual of obligations to pay rent or mortgage payments.
Citizens Energy Group is asking customers whose utility services have been turned off for non-payment to call the utility at (317) 924-3311 to have their service reconnected. Citizens will work to reconnect customers as soon as possible.
Citizens customers who need assistance paying their utility should call 317-924-3311.
IPL customers who need assistance paying their bill should click here.
Click here to stay updated about COVID-19.
Rent Assistance: The MLK Center is one of many community centers in Indianapolis offering rent and utility assistance for anyone who lives in the areas of 21st Street south, White River, Michigan Road west, Fall Creek, Binford east and 71st and 82nd streets. The center also offers food delivery for anyone who should not or cannot leave their house. To apply, go to MLKCenterIndy.org/covid or call 317-923-4581.