Berwyn Township

6600 W. 26th Street, , Berwyn, Illinois 60402
(708)788-6600 | | (708)788-0432

Covid-19/Corona Virus Information

It is important for the City of Berwyn's residents to be unified in our response to COVID-19. We ask that you refer to the City of Berwyn's Webpage regarding information during this pandemic. You may also refer to the IDPH Webpage and/or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) Webpage Other links are available here in regards to more information on the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID_19 Booster Shots

Today, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on the Administration's plan for COVID-19 booster shots for the American people. 

"Recognizing that many vaccines are associated with a reduction in protection over time, and acknowledging that additional vaccine doses could be needed to provide long lasting protection, we have been analyzing the scientific data closely from the United States and around the world to understand how long this protection will last and how we might maximize this protection. The available data make very clear that protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection begins to decrease over time following the initial doses of vaccination, and in association with the dominance of the Delta variant, we are starting to see evidence of reduced protection against mild and moderate disease. Based on our latest assessment the current protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death could diminish in the months ahead, especially among those who are at higher risk or were vaccinated during the earlier phases of the vaccination rollout. For that reason, we conclude that a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability.

"We have developed a plan to begin offering these booster shots this fall subject to FDA conducting an independent evaluation and determination of the safety and effectiveness of a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines and CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issuing booster dose recommendations based on a thorough review of the evidence. We are prepared to offer booster shots for all Americans beginning the week of September 20 and starting 8 months after an individual's second dose. At that time, the individuals who were fully vaccinated earliest in the vaccination rollout, including many health care providers, nursing home residents, and other seniors, will likely be eligible for a booster.

"We also want to emphasize the ongoing urgency of vaccination the unvaccinated in the u>S> and around the world, Nearly all the cases of severe disease, hospitalization, and death continue to occur among those not yet vaccinated at all. We will continue to ramp up efforts to increase vaccinations here at home and to ensure people have accurate information about vaccines rom trusted sources. We will also continue to expand our efforts to increase the supply of vaccines for other countries, building further on the more than 600 million doses we have already committed to donate globally.

See see this message in its entirety please visit the CDC Website.

IDPH Launches Online ‘Vax Verify’ System - 11th Aug, 2021

Check your COVID-19 vaccination record on new immunization portal
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching a new immunization portal, Vax Verify, that will allow Illinois residents 18 years and older to check their COVID-19 vaccination record. Vax Verify can be accessed at

“As more businesses, events, organizations, and others require proof of vaccination, Illinois residents will be able to confirm using Vax Verify that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “With the current surge in cases, more people are making the decision to get a COVID-19 vaccine and this new tool will aid residents in confirming their vaccination where needed.”

Illinois State Fair concert goers with tickets for the grandstand track area (also known as Standing Room Only) are required to provide a print or digital copy of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours. Ticket holders can register in Vax Verify to check their immunization record for documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.

More and more companies, such as United, Google, Netflix, Morgan Stanley, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ascension Health, and Lyft, are instituting vaccine requirements for at least some of their employees.

The verification system follows best practices to protect confidential health information. In order to download proof of vaccination, residents will go through a brief, one-time identity verification process to gain access to their immunization history. The State of Illinois utilizes Experian® as its identity verification service provider. Individuals who have placed a freeze on their credit will need to unfreeze their credit with Experian® and wait 24 hours before completing the registration process. After completing registrations, individuals can re-freeze their credit by contacting Experian®.

After the verification process, individuals can see their own record in the Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry Exchange (I-CARE).

Immunization records are kept confidential and only the individual can access their vaccination history. Parents should talk with their child’s provider to confirm their vaccination status. Some individuals with very common names will need to take additional steps to securely prove their identities.

Go to or call 1-800-232-0233 to find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you.

IDPH COVID-19 Testing Sites can be found on the IDPH website.

To Sign up for a COVID-19 Vaccine Please visit

If you or someone you know is homebound and interested in receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine please call 708-788-6600. This service is provided for Berwyn Residents only. Please see our Events Page for more information

Covering Your Face Saves Lives, Yours & Mine. 

Need a face mask? Use the following links to make your own or buy one. 

  • Instructions from the CDC website - Click here. 
  • Instructions for a new sew face mask with video, click here. 
  • Know how to sew but need a template, click here. 
          - Here's another sewing face mask with filter pocket here. 
  • To Buy a face mask, you can shop on ETSY or at Ashley's Homemade Masks 
  • Y.A.Z. Photo & Video Studio are available to sell masks too. Just call 773-550-5829 (6925 W Ogden Ave., Berwyn) 

Excerpt taken from Supplemental Order to Emergency Declaration Due to COVID-19

{Now Therefore, Be it Ordered by the Mayor of the City of Berwyn, Cook County, IL as follows:

Section 1. Face Covering Required. Except as provided in Section 3 of this Order, all persons over the age of two are required to wear a face covering to include their nose and mouth made of cloth or other material that is reasonable designed and made to inhibit, filter, or restrict the breath, sneeze, cough or other exhaling from one's nose and mouth (as further provided and described in Section 4 of this order) while engaging in the following activities:

  • Working in or patronizing Businesses and Operations (as defined in the Governor's Stay at Home Order) that are open to public or when employees have contact with the public, with the public, which businesses include, without limitation, grocery stores, restaurants, hardware and supply stores, financial institutions, laundry services, government functions, construction sites, automotive repair shops, landscaping activities and any home or curbside delivery carriers.
  • Engaging in essential activities such as shopping for necessary supplies and services, seeking medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional.
  • Riding in public transportation, taxis, or ride share vehicles.

Section 2. Refusal of Admission or Service. This Order gives local business owners the right to refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face covering as required by this Order.

Section 3. Exceptions. Section 1 of this Order does not apply in any of the following circumstances:

  • When a person is engaged in an outdoor activity and permissible outdoor physical activity, as defined in the Governor's Stay at Home Order (such as walking, hiking, running or biking), while at the same time practicing social distancing of at least six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence; provided however, that in the event that social distancing cannot be achieved, the requirements of Section 1 shall remain in effect. For the purpose of this Section 3, "member of the same household or residence" shall mean a group of people, whether related or unrelated, who occupy the same dwelling unit on a fulltime basis and utilize common cooking, eating and sanitation facilities.
  • When riding in a personal vehicle.
  • When a person is alone or with members of the same household or residence in a private space that is not open to the general public.

Section 4. Types of Face Coverings. Appropriate face coverings include non-medical grade masks, homemade masks, scarves, bandannas or handkerchiefs.

Section 5. Medical-Grade Masks. Medical-grade masks and N95 respirators are not recommended for general public use under this Order, and should be reserved for use by health care, medical providers and first-responders.

The intent of this order is to further increase the wearing of face coverings when in public to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to protect essential workers and all members of the Berwyn community. Nothing in this Order shall supersede or relieve any person from complying with the social distancing requirements set forth in the Governor's Stay at Home Order.

This Order shall take effect on April 25, 2020 at 8:00 am and run concurrently with the term of the Declaration unless rescinded or superseded by Illinois State Law or Governor's Executive Orders.

Entered upon the records of the City of Berwyn this 23rd day of April, 2020.}

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The 708 Mental Health Board has help for those in isolation during this difficult time. Click here for access to the 13 locally funded agencies in our community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

There are consistent actions being taken by multiple agencies for prevention & mitigation of exposure:
-Compliance with CDC, WHO, IDPH, State of Illinois and Federal
-Monitor staff and client temperatures
-Postponement/suspension of services and events
- Consolidating services
-Provide isolation spaces
- Attempt virtual classes/meetings
- Telehealth services and communication by multiple agencies

As this crisis unfolds, and this has been a daily evolution, we continue to modify our efforts to maintain updates to and for our residents.

ComEd Taking Steps to Support CustomersCompany suspending service disconnects, providing resources and payment accommodations for those who may have challenges paying their monthly energy bill.

"...ComEd is taking action to help its customers with payment assistance programs and by imposing a moratorium on service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1,..."

Click here for more information.

Nicor GasWants to remind you and our customers of energy assistance options available to support those impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. 

These include: 

  • A moratorium on disconnections until April 30th for residential and commercial customers
  • The Nicor Gas Sharing Program provides one-time grants to qualified residential customers.
  • The Nicor Gas Budget Plan provides a convenient way for customers to plan for and pay their monthly natural gas bill.
  • The Nicor Gas' Energy Efficiency Program helps customers manage their costs by lowering out-of-pocket expenses for energy efficiency improvements through rebates...

Click here for more information.

CEDACOVID-19 Information 
312-795-8948 Information and Referral Helpline

CEDA offers a variety of services to low-income families and individuals throughout the Chicagoland area

Family Support (flyer): 312-795-8948 This program has expanded in order to provide relief to Suburban Cook County communities with additional services. Please see the FsACE flyer for more details.5

  • Water Bill Payments
  • Telephone Bill Payment
  • Child Care for Essential Workers
  • Basic Essentials Assistance
  • Medical Supply & Prescription Costs
  • Emotional Counseling Services
  • Dental & Vision Care Assistance
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Family Support
  • Employment Counseling & Planning
  • Trade Skills Training
  • Family Nutrition Program
  • Scholarships

Legal Aid Chicago - Providing Free Legal Services

Call 312-341-1070 or go to

Click here for their flyer.

Berwyn-Cicero Residents Food Pantry Resources

Catholic Charities - 708-222-1491
1400 S Austin Blvd.  Cicero, IL
Monday & Tuesday (9a-2p) Thursday (2p-6p)

TSA: Templo Laramie Pantry - 708-222-0177 ext. 0
2337 Laramie Ave. Cicero
Tuesday (1p-3p)

St. Leonard Church - 708-484-0015
3318 S Clarence Ave. Berwyn, IL
Tuesday (1p-3p)

CBS Cicero-Berwyn-Stickney Food Pantry: Gethsemene Church - 708-863-4913
1937 S. 50th Ave. Cicero, IL
Tuesday (2p-5:30p)

Beyond Hunger Food Pantry: 1st United Church - 708-386-1324
848 Lake St. Oak Park, IL
1st Wednesday of the Month (6p-7:30p)
2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesday (3:30p-5p)
Saturdays (9a-12p)

Ebenezer Christian Ref./New Life Church - 708-795-6480
1300 Harvey Ave.  Berwyn, IL
Friday (5p-7p)

The Pav YMCA for Seniors (age, 60 plus) - 708-749-0606
2947 S. Oak Park Ave. Berwyn, IL. Call for Times, please fill out this form for the Shelf Stable Meal Distribution and Senior Choice Market

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital Veterans Food Pantry - 773-247-3663
5000 5th Ave, Hines, IL 60141 (Auditorium Lobby - Building 9)
Every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Veterans can access the food pantry once per month. Veterans will be asked to provide identification (examples include: VA ID card, DD214 & photo ID, VA appoointment slip & photo ID)

What is the General Assistance Program?

General Assistance (GA) is a locally administered public assistance program mandated by IL State Law for qualified individuals with financial needs. In accordance with the adopted written standards, GA can provide monthly payments to help individuals meet their basic needs. Interested individuals can apply to the Berwyn Township's General Assistance Department. An applicant must be a resident of Berwyn Township, age 18 or older, and a United States Citizen or Qualified Immigrant. In addition, an applicant must meet all financial and non-financial eligibility requirements. General Assistance is considered to be the program of last resort.

**In an effort to follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), The Township will suspend all in-person appointments and instead will be conducting all appointments via phone or an alternate form of appropriate contact.
To receive an application, or if you have general questions regarding this program, please contact our offices at: (708) 788-6600.

Families with children requiring financial assistance should contact the local DHS office to apply for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Medical Assistance, as well as for Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program.

If you recently lost your job, we recommend applying for Unemployment Benefits and Food Stamps or (SNAP benefits).

Disabled individuals that are not receiving other governmental assistance should contact the Social Security Administration at:

If you experiencing housing (rent/mortgage) problems:

Beds Plus is offering Rental Assistance for Resident of Berwyn. Call for information (708)354-0858 ext. 116 - 9601 East Ogden Avenue, La Grange, IL 60525 (flyer)

Beds Plus ofrece asistencia de alquiler para residentes de Berwyn. Llame a 708-354-0858 ext.117 - 9601 East Ogden Ave, La Grange, IL 60525 (flyer)

To apply for General Assistance:

  • Request, complete and submit an application:
    • Berwyn Township, 6600 W. 26th Street, Berwyn, IL 60402. (708-788-6600).
  • Adhere to the General Assistance rules of participation.
  • Meet specific financial and non-financial requirements under the G.A. program guidelines.
  • Submit all the documents needed to begin your application process to determine eligibility.
  • Be willing to be cooperative with the G.A. department, actively search for work opportunities, accept a work offer and engage in community service activities.

Blood Donations Needed

American Red Cross: In Coordination with the U.S. Food and drug Administration (FDA), the Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from the new Coronavirus to sign up to donate plasma to help current COVID-19 patients. Patients who have fully recovered following a COVID-19 diagnosis may have antibodies in their plasma that can help those with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections

Heartland Blood Centers - Versiti: Convalescent plasma donations through Versiti Blood Center to treat COVID-19 patients. 
Versiti is collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to help treat others diagnosed with the virus. This blood-related treatment - approved by the FDA as an Emergency Investigational New Drug (EIND) -could offer hope to the hundreds of patients who continue to be diagnosed. This treatment would be used by hospitals for the most severely affected patients.

Pet Resources - Our pets are family too

VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital: Emergency Pet Care 708-749-4200 or come in 2845 S Harlem Ave., Berwyn IL 60402

Live Chat for VCA CareClub members can chat with a veterinarian anytime, day or night, 24/7. Live Chat service available on the myVCA app.

Home Delivery Service: Medications & prescription refills, as well as food and treats. These items can be ordered through the myVCA Online Store or the myVCA app. Free standard shipping will be available until April 30th.

Tree House: Humane Society

Pet Food Assistance for Cats - Provides free, supplemental cat food and supplies when available. Individuals must be approved by Tree House to receive assistance. Contact: or call 773-262-4000 ext. 101

To Apply for Assistance:

  • Provide proof of government assistance (can include award letters for Social Security, Unemployment, Disability Letter or Medical Cards, etc)
  • Provide photo ID - required to be approved
  • All animals belonging to client must be spayed or neutered (clients must provide verification such as from a veterinarian, clinic, or medical cards, etc.)

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter:

Blessed Bonds (Crisis Assistance) - Call the shelter at 630-355-2299 for info. Fill out this application and email to or fax 630-800-2194

Gather copies of your pet's veterinary records (or make sure your vet is available to send them, if needed). Pets should be up to date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered prior to entering the program. If you need help getting you pet up-to-date or spayed/neutered, please indicate this when submitting your application.

Foster Program - As a temporary foster parent, you get to pick what type of pet you would like to foster as well as the frequency and amount of time you are able to give. Remember that the more foster homes the more animals can be saved! Click here to find out more about becoming a foster home or complete an application.

The following posts are messages from Berwyn to Berwyn Residents and Businesses

What can I do to prevent COVID-19 from spreading at my worksite?

  • All workers should wear a mask at all times in congregate settings, when working with others, or when social distancing is not feasible. *If disposable masks are unavailable, cloth face coverings may be used. See these CDC guidelines on how to create a cloth face covering
  • All staff should STAY HOME if sick.
  • Restrict, as described above, employees if they have a family/household member who is a confirmed or resumed positive (exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms) case for COVID-19.
  • Staff should wash their hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching shared surfaces.
  • Staff should practice social distancing and remain at leas six feet apart.
  • Do not allow gatherings of more than 10 people. Use virtual meetings whenever possible.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (temperature above 100.4 degrees F)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • New loss of sense of smell/taste
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache



For further information or questions regarding best practices of SAFELY operating your Berwyn business after learning of a positive case, please contact:

Berwyn Public Health District @ 708-788-6600

Cook County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline - 708-633-3319

This message along with other pertinent information has been given to Berwyn Businesses. Click here to see this information in its entirety

Phase 4 Restaurant Reopening Information

Dear Business Owner-

On behalf of the Berwyn Public Health District, I extend y sincere thanks to you during these difficult times. I appreciate the cooperation and concern that has been shown to our community by our business leaders. While the time has come to "loosen" the restrictions, I ask for your continued cooperation and support in our combined efforts to keep our community and our residents safe. It may sound cliché, but we are truly "All in this together." Phase #4 can officially begin on Friday, June 26th.

Seated area capacity of restaurants and bars should be determined by arranging seating to provide a minimum of six feet between tables or other designated patron service areas. Standing area capacity of restaurants or bars may operate at maximum of 25% of standing area capacity.

As you move forward in Phase #4, please do so thoughtfully. There are many unknowns regarding Covid-19. There are also statistics that will show that Covid-19 is very real. Consider the risks as well as the reward in your actions. Take care of your staff. Monitor their health. If they don't feel well, do not place additional pressures on them to come to work. Consider scheduling your staff in "teams" that work together so you can safely continue operations if a team member resents with symptoms or tests positive.

We have compiled suggestions for Best Practices as reduced indoor dining resumes and patrons are welcomed back into your establishments. Indoor seating is permitted at a reduced capacity during this phase of Governer Prizker's Reopen Illinois Plan. Steps will need to be made to ensure the safety of your staff and your patrons. Please continue to be diligent and safe.

Additional information for Restaurants and Bars from the Illinois Department of Public Health at the following link:

Restore Illinois - Phase 4

Restore Illinois Business Took Kit

A checklist is available at: Reopen Checklist

In closing, please be safe in your actions. As always, reach out if I can be of further assistance. Please know that the Berwyn Public Health District is here to assist. We are here to help keep our residents safe as well as you and your employees. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns during this process.


Berwyn Township Supervisor
President, Berwyn Board of Health

This message along with other pertinent information has been given to Berwyn Businesses. Click here to see this information in its entirety. 

The Following is a message from the City of Berwyn: March 12, 2020

The City of Berwyn is actively monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued interim guidance for businesses and employers in non-healthcare settings. This guidance is designed to help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, and provides planning considerations if there are more widespread community outbreaks of COVID-19.

Local businesses are encouraged to implement CDC's strategies for employers:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home: Those with symptoms, at risk of exposure to contracting COVID-19. Employers should be aware that more employees may need o stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
  • Separate sick employees: CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or into an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees: Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other areas where they are likely to be seen. Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for the use by employees. Instruct employees to wash hands often iwth alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing 60-95% alcohol) or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and sanitizer are to be provided in the workplace. 
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning: Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace. Use cleaning agents by their stated directions. No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time. Provide disposable wipes so commonly used surfaces can be wiped down by employees before each use.

Info can be found at: 

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