COVID-19 Information

The Chicago Rheumatism Society is keenly aware of the public health implications of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) matter.  As we all know, this is a rapidly developing situation.  As always, the health and safety of our members, corporate sponsors, speakers and other meeting participants are first and foremost in our concerns.

This page has been developed to provide access to credible resources for information, such as the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health.  It also is where we will make announcements concerning cancellation or postponement of planned CRS events.  

News and Announcements

  • NEW . . .  5/5/2020 -- Restore Illinois: A guide to reopen our state
  • 3/20/2020 -- Illinois adopts a "shelter at home" order through April 8.  Medical offices may remain open, including other essential services.  READ THE ORDER 
  • April 18 CRS Conference -- As of 3/12/2020, the decision has been made to reschedule the CRS/SPARTA joint conference.  The new date is Saturday, October 10th.  Additional details will be posted as available.
  • May 13 CDS Monthly Conference -- No changes planned at this time, but we are looking at options. 
  • Federal Legislation 
    • 3/18/2020 -- Congress has passed HR 6201, the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act."  This bill was approved by the House of Representatives last Saturday; it passed the Senate today and now goes to the President for final approval.
      • Here is a SUMMARY of the bill's provisions (prepared by the Congressional Research Service)
      • This is the FULL TEXT of the bill in PDF format (112 pages) 
    • NEW 3/26/2020 - The US Senate passed a bill providing economic assistance to individuals, businesses and state/local government.
  • News Items
    • 3/25/2020 -- News Story:  Hoarding and improper prescriptions for Plaquenil and chloroquine, thought to treat COVID-19. 

Public Health Resources

We have assembled some links to credible public health resources to help our membership stay informed concerning the rapidly changing Covid-19 situation.

Practice-related Resources and Information


Last Updated on Tuesday, May 05, 2020 03:15 PM