Message from the Alderman

March 13, 2020

Dear 16th Ward Neighbor, 

At a press conference yesterday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, alongside Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, reassured the public that the Chicago Department of Public Health is working closely with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention amid the recent Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. I also want to assure 16th Ward residents that your health and safety is my top priority. That is why I am asking all residents to exercise precautions if and when they have to leave their homes. 

Follow the Chicago Department of Public Health’s recommendations to stay healthy and exercise caution: 

  •  Wash your hands and cover your cough. 

  • Try not to touch your face. 

  • Stay home as much as possible if you are sick, unless you need to seek medical care. 

  • Get a flu shot. 

  • Review your family’s health, now, and reach out to your doctor as needed, to make sure you are as healthy as you can be. 

  • Think ahead about your prescription medications. 

  • Reach out now to build your social circle and share contact information. 

  • Think ahead about having some basic supplies on hand at home. 

  1. Keep some basic sanitation and hygiene items at home, like soap, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, garbage bags, and toilet paper.  
  2. Keep some basic first aid supplies at home, like an inexpensive digital thermometer, gloves, and bandages. Over-the-counter medications are also helpful, including pain and fever relievers (Tylenol/acetaminophen or ibuprofen, including children’s versions) and medications to help relieve coughs, colds, or diarrhea.  
  3. If you have special medical supply needs, try to have at least 30 days of supplies on hand (oxygen supplies, catheters, syringes, blood test monitors and strips, etc.)  
  4. Ensure any medical equipment you use is in good repair. This includes oxygen equipment, nebulizers, and CPAP machines. It includes hearing aids, glasses, or assistive technologies. If you use a cane, crutch, walker, or wheelchair, ensure it is in good repair.  
  5. Think about having nonperishable or canned food on hand, including if there are people in your family who need special foods (infants, people with dietary restrictions). Basics like rice, beans and peanut butter are inexpensive and keep well.  
  6. Think about the non-food items you regularly purchase at the pharmacy or grocery store and try to have at least two weeks’ of supplies on hand (basics like toilet paper, toothpaste, menstrual supplies, condoms, batteries for hearing aids, and contact lens solution).  
  7. Think about pet supplies (including pet medications), childcare supplies, and baby supplies like diapers. 

We will get through this together. Now, more than ever, we must stay vigilant, calm, and sensible. Remember to follow me on social media for the 16th Ward’s up-to-the-minute news. 

Very truly yours,

Stephanie D. Coleman
Alderman, 16th Ward
16th Ward Service Office
5411 S. Ashland Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60609
Tel 773.306.1981
Monday 9 am - 7 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed