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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveils County’s COVID-19 Response Plan for equitable recovery
Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled the Cook County COVID-19 Response Plan: From Rapid Response to Equitable Recovery. The plan, announced during President Preckwinkle’s virtual City Club speech, documents Cook County’s initial response to the crisis and outlines priorities for the next several months. In a continuation of the County’s commitment to advancing racial equity, the plan is focused on addressing inequities that have been exacerbated during the pandemic.
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Cook County Announces COVID-19 Respite Housing for Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Correctional Officers
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, joined by the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS)  and area first responders today announced the availability of respite housing for suburban Cook County healthcare professionals, first responders and correctional officers.
 
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Cook County Unveils COVID-19 Alternative Housing Program for Recovering Patients, Health Care Professionals and First Responders
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, joined by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) today announced a multi-phased, COVID-19 alternative housing plan designed to support suburban Cook County residents, health care professionals and first responders.
 
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Cook County Distributes Thousands of Personal Protective Equipment to South Suburban First Responders
Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was joined by Cook County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS)
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President Preckwinkle Announces Cook County COVID-19 Donation Initiative
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today a new donation program to accept unused personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders and medical staff.
 
The program will be overseen by the County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS). Logistics for the initiative will be managed by the County’s Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH). Donated equipment will be distributed to municipalities, first responders and healthcare workers based on priority and need.
 
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President Preckwinkle Announces Executive Order Removing Obstacles to Donating, Distributing COVID-19 Supplies
Cutting red tape to get vital resources to communities being impacted by COVID-19, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today issued an executive order accelerating the County’s ability to accept supplies, equipment and other donations from private partners, corporations and individuals.
 
The move by President Preckwinkle aims to get critical materials to vulnerable communities in need of emergency assistance by allowing the Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) to more rapidly accept and distribute donations.
 
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Cook County Launches New “AlertCook” Text System and Hotline Number to Provide Rapid COVID-19 Updates
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined by officials from the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) announced the launch of a new emergency text alert system, hotline number and email address to keep the public informed with accurate information regarding COVID-19.
 
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President Preckwinkle Issues Cook County Proclamation for COVID-19 Response

Building on its coordinated and collaborative approach to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today signed a disaster proclamation, a proactive measure giving County officials another operational tool in its continuing response efforts.

The proclamation will enhance the County’s ability to access the resources, equipment and personnel needed to address ongoing and changing circumstances on the ground. This is particularly necessary should the number of COVID-19 cases rise and the demands on County staff and partners continue to increase.

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President Preckwinkle Issues Disaster Proclamation for January Storm
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle issued a County disaster proclamation this week in response to a January 10-11, 2020 winter storm that produced high winds and large waves causing significant lakefront damage. The state of Illinois and the city of Chicago have also issued disaster declarations.
 
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Cook County and City of Chicago Encourage At-Risk Nonprofits to Apply for Funding to Enhance Safety and Security
2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Application Period Now Open
Submission due to Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) by March 31st 5:00 p.m. (CST)
 
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