McHenry County has created a webpage for residents who may be facing challenges because of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a news release sent Monday, this includes links and phone numbers of area hospitals and health centers, mental health resources and links to nonprofits that may be able to offer help with mortgage, rent, utility, food and other assistance. This webpage can be found by going to www.mchenrycountyil.gov/covid19resources, or by clicking "Community Resources" under the COVID-19 tab on the left-hand side of the Department of Health website at www.mcdh.info.
“This unprecedented disaster is placing real strain on McHenry County households,” County Board Chairman Jack Franks, D-Marengo, said in a statement. “This webpage provides people in need an extensive list of resources that can help them through these challenging times.”
The webpage will be updated as more help becomes available, according to the release.
County Board member Kelli Wegener, Mental Health Board Executive Director Scott Block, Assistant to the County Administrator Alicia Schueller and the county IT department all worked on creating the resources page.
Small businesses and nonprofits are eligible for low-interest loans to cover payroll, fixed debts and other costs, as last week, the Small Business Administration officially designated McHenry County and all of Illinois a disaster area.
The county has put information for small businesses and an online application portal on its website, www.mchenrycountyil.gov.
Franks and county Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson continue to implore residents to heed the stay-at-home order issued last Friday by Gov. JB Pritzker, according to the news release, and also are urging people to prevent straining food and medical resources by not hoarding groceries and other supplies, and calling their doctors only if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
The Department of Health is not testing for COVID-19 at its locations.