CHA COVID-19 Outreach and Response
March 20, 2020
CHA has provided all residents with a notice about COVID-19 that includes a link to the CDPH website with the latest information for City of Chicago residents. This notice is posted in all buildings and has been translated in various languages to ensure that everyone is informed with the latest and most accurate information. It is also posted on the CHA website.
CHA has closed all community rooms, fitness centers and other group gathering spaces and is posting signs in laundry rooms reminding seniors of the need to practice social distancing.
Until further notice, CHA has also directed its property managers and resident service coordinators to discontinue all group building gatherings, activities and events.
CHA is also reminding residents about the precautions each of us needs to take to protect ourselves based on CDPH guidance, including avoiding large group gatherings and practicing social distancing.
CHA’s property management firms will continue to perform twice-daily cleanings and disinfecting of common areas, doorknobs/handles, and other commonly touched areas to prevent the spread of harmful germs. All common areas and touch points are being cleaned twice a day, deep cleanings are also being conducted by Bio One Cleaning on an as needed basis.
As of March 11, the city’s Department of Family and Support Services began providing meals to seniors, including CHA seniors through its Golden Diners program using to-go box meals in place of the standard hot meal dine-in program. Seniors will take the box meals on-the-go rather than eat them in group settings such as community rooms. CHA continues to coordinate with DFSS on the meal program and delivery options.
CHA also has postponed all inspections except for those needed to address health and safety items at all CHA sites, including senior buildings and has postponed any non-critical construction work to minimize contact between outside parties and CHA residents, especially seniors.
CHA is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it evolves and will be evaluating whether any other policies or processes need to be amended based on information and guidance from CDPH.