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City launches daily ‘THE DOC IS IN: ASK DR. ARWADY LIVE Q&A’ with Chicago health commissioner to answer questions about ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) response
Live daily briefings and Q&A sessions held daily on Twitter and Facebook Live to allow residents to submit questions and stay informed
CHICAGO – As part of its ongoing efforts to provide residents with frequent and ongoing updates on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) is announcing a new way for the public to engage and learn updates with ‘THE DOC IS IN: ASK DR. ARWADY,’ a new daily live-stream hosted by the City and CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. Starting today, THE DOC IS IN will be held daily at 11 a.m. on Twitter and Facebook Live, connecting residents directly with Chicago’s leading public health expert and occasional co-hosts, including experts from city departments and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.
“As Chicago faces this unprecedented moment, our comprehensive, proactive, and data-driven response has been led by Dr. Arwady and our outstanding team of public health professionals,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “This new livestream serves as the latest tool for City leaders to communicate directly with residents eager for the latest updates on this ongoing situation and empower them as they go about their daily lives. We are all in this together, and will continue to do everything to protect our city, secure the health and safety of our families, and keep our residents informed.”
Residents can submit their questions for Dr. Arwady from wherever they are by tweeting with the hashtag #AskDrArwady or by commenting on the livestreams to get answers in real-time. The daily social briefings will be hosted on all of the City’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter (www.facebook.com/ChicagoMayorsOffice and www.twitter.com/chicagosmayor).
“I know this has been a very confusing and disconcerting time for many people, so I’m excited to able to interact directly with them and answer their questions,” said Dr. Arwady. “In situations like this there can be a lot of misinformation out there, so I look forward to addressing the concerns people have and sharing what we have learned about this virus.”
Today’s social media briefings build on CDPH’s established call center to address questions and concerns from the public. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, seven days a week, CDPH staff answer phones to provide the latest public health guidance to communities as part of ongoing efforts to help minimize transmission and ensure residents are taking the appropriate precautionary measures.
Dr. Arwady has been at CDPH since 2015, serving as Chief Medical Officer before being elevated to acting commissioner in June 2019 and then confirmed as commissioner in January. Prior to CDPH, she worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. In that role, she focused on outbreak response, including international work on Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. She is a board-certified internal medicine physician and pediatrician, and continues to see primary care patients weekly.
For more information and updates on COVID-19, please visit chicago.gov/coronavirus.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
March 16, 2020
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is limiting its office operations effective Monday, March 16 as a precaution due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Throughout the duration of this public health event, the best way to get in touch with us is to email email@example.com or call (773) 472-7171, and stay tuned to our website and social media accounts for the latest updates.
COVID-19 Resources for Lakeview Businesses
For more information and resources for local businesses, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Page at www.lakeviewchamber.com/COVID19. We plan to update this page frequently, so check back often for the latest information.
City of Chicago Issues Guidance and Supports for COVID-19 Restrictions on Restaurant Dining and Taverns
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno today issued guidance for restaurants and bars to comply with Governor Pritzker’s order to close taverns and restrict onsite consumption of food or beverage to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, March 16th and lasting through March 30th, all restaurants and taverns in the state of Illinois must cease their regular operations. Restaurants and bars in the City of Chicago are required to follow the following updated guidelines, with the City beginning any necessary enforcement measures at midnight tonight:
- The consumption of food or beverage is not permitted inside a restaurant or bar
- Congregation of any kind is not permitted inside or outside a restaurant or bar
- Drive-thru, delivery and carry out or curbside pick-up may continue, with the restaurant owner responsible to ensure social distancing policies are in place and followed.
For more information about this guidance, please consult the following resources from the State of Illinois and City of Chicago:
- March 16 press release issued by the City of Chicago
- FAQ document prepared by the City of Chicago
- Full text of the Executive Order by Illinois Gov. Pritzker
State of Illinois Asking for Feedback re: Small Business Administration Loans For Businesses Substantially Impacted by Coronavirus
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has received authorization to provide small business assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for businesses affected by the coronavirus. This program can provide low interest loans of up to $2 Million to businesses and private non-profits. The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Small Business Advocacy Council to advocate for businesses experiencing economic interruption during this crisis, and it is our understanding the SBA is working with the State of Illinois to support their efforts to submit the Governor’s request for a declaration. To accomplish this, the state is identifying businesses that have experienced substantial economic injury. This step is important as a county can only qualify if they either, have an identified business that has suffered economic injury, or the county is contiguous to a declared county. Once the state has pulled together its request, it goes to SBA for review. Once a disaster is declared, the EIDL becomes available for businesses located in declared counties.
Please take two minutes to complete the following survey to assist in efforts by the State of Illinois to secure important SBA funding for small businesses in Chicago: https://form.jotform.com/200717156003039.
Our mailing address is:
Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
Chicago, IL 60613
As of January 2020, all Senior Sewer Rebates will be handled by the Department of Finance, Utility Billing & Customer Service.
The application for both Seniors Citizen Sewer Rebate for Condominiums and Townhomes ($50 Rebate) and Single Family Homes (Exemption of the Sewer Charge) have been combined into one application.
Renewal notices for the Senior Citizen Sewer ($50 Rebate) have been sent to 2019 applicants and should arrive by mail shortly. Renewal applications require the following documents:
1. Proof of age: copy of applicant’s birth certificate/government issued identification with date of birth (For example: driver’s license, passport, Chicago Citykey)
2. Proof of ownership: copy of deed, property tax bill, or co-op certificate in the applicant’s name
3. Proof of residence: copy of utility bill or property tax bill in the applicant’s name
New residents or those now eligible to receive a rebate or sewer exemption can download the application and instructions here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/fin/provdrs/utility_billing/svcs/apply-for-utility-charge-exemptions.html
Please submit all applications and supporting documentation directly to the Department of Finance:
City of Chicago, Department of Finance P.O. Box 6330 Chicago, Illinois 60680-6330 Or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, you may contact the Utility Billing & Customer Service office at 312-744-4426 or call our office at 773-525-6034.