COVID-19

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SPEAK TO A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

Massac Memorial Hospital has launched a COVID-19 hotline. For questions regarding concerns and symptoms of the virus can call 618-638-1344. The hotline is staffed seven days per week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT

Unemployment benefit claims can be filed on the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s website at www.ides.illinois.gov. Questions can also be directed to IDES Claimant Services by calling 800-244-5631.

FILE PRICE GOUGING COMPLAINTS

The Illinois Office of the Attorney General is investigating unfair pricing on essential items needed to stop the virus spread. Illinois residents subjected to unfair pricing may file a complaint online at htπtps://ccformsubmission.ilattorneygeneral.net/.

APPLY FOR SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANCE

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the Illinois’ eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship in all 102 counties due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov.

DONATE BLOOD

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood with the Red Cross by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE THROUGH SHAWNEE ALLIANCE

Shawnee Alliance has received an Emergency Assistance Services grant from Illinois Department on Aging in response to COVID-19. Grant funds will be used to assist older adults 60+ in Shawnee Alliance’s 18-county service area with unmet needs such as nutritional and personal care and sanitation related to COVID-19 and isolation. f you would like to request assistance, please call Shawnee Alliance at (618) 985-8322 or toll free at 1-800-642-7773. Requests can be submitted by phone only.

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON COVID IN ILLINOIS

The state’s website is dph.illinois.gov/covid19.

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