Information & Resources
Officials at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Illinois System and public health officials locally and nationally, are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, named COVID-19.
UIC has created a central webpage to bring the latest news and information about COVID-19 to the campus community. Use this link below to stay informed.
Additional System Information
COVID-19 Information Across the Academic Health Enterprise
As UIC’s academic health enterprise, UI Health continues to collaborate and monitor the developing public health crisis of COVID-19. Many dimensions of our enterprise are directly impacted by this crisis and we aim to connect you to the most up-to-date information as possible. Below you will find information and resources to guide you to answer your questions about our clinical, academic and research operations during this time.
UI Health Clinical Operations
As a healthcare provider, UI Health continues to monitor and respond to the care needs of our patients and community. Please visit the UI Health Hospital & Clinics page here for updated patient information.
Here is some quick information about clinical operations (Updated 3/18/20):
- As of March 14, 2020 the Hospital & Clinics have put in place visitor restrictions. Learn more here.
- For patient FAQs about COVID-19 click here.
- To speak with a UI Health care professional call 866.600.CARE (2273).
- College of Dentistry Patient Appointments will all be cancelled effective March 18 – March 31, 2020. For more information or to reschedule your dental appointments visit the College of Dentistry on-line here.
- In partnership with the City of Chicago, Sittercity is providing Chicago parents working as a first responder free access to volunteers providing free childcare in your home as part of its Chicago Responds Program. More information is available here.
- Locally organized in Arlington Heights, Chicago Heroes and Warriors is providing volunteers services to assist healthcare workers in the area. Learn more here.
Health Sciences Colleges
The Health Sciences Colleges at UIC remain committed to training the future leaders of health and medicine – especially during the time of a public health crisis. To ensure the health and wellness of our students, many colleges have been making adjustments to their instruction and clinical engagements.
Links below will provide current information and processes relevant to each college:
- Applied Health Sciences
- Updated AHS News and Information available here.
- Public Health
- Social Work
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) will continue to provide services and support during the immediate future. It is recommend that health and safety guidelines are followed to ensure that all research at UIC is conducted or modified in a manner that minimizes risk to research personnel and any research participants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Message from OVCR on guidance for research activities is available on-line here.
- Updated information about research support and services is available here.
- Updated information about human subjects research is available via OPRS here.
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Student Volunteer Needs
As our academic health community grapples with the the evolving COVID-19 pandemic across the state and the nation, there are various opportunities for individuals and students to get involved to assist with various needs. Check back often for additional information.
- School of Public Health Volunteer Resources
- UI Health University Health Services Data Collection and Phone Screeners: Seeking 5-7 student volunteers (from any health sciences colleges) a day to assist in data collection and phone triage under the direction of a clinician. No patient exposure. Sign-up to volunteer here.
Guidelines & Resources
As the number of cases of COVID-19 increases across the state of Illinois and the country, individuals often seek guidance and resources for how to keep healthy and safe. Below you will find updated resources. (as of 3/20/20)
- What to do if you’re feeling sick from UIC Today
- Health, Wellness & Prevention from UIC Today
- FAQs for Suspected Exposure or Confirmed COVID-19 Exposure
- 15 Ways to Slow the Spread from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Coronavirus Self-checker from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Check your risk for COVID-19 from Emory University
- COVID-19 Information By and For People with Developmental Disabilities (en español) from the Vermont Disabilities Council