COVID-19 and Stay-at-Home Resources

Information and resources on COVID-19

The State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response page includes the latest state statistics, live coverage of Governor Pritzker’s daily updates, and prevention and preparation information. 

The state’s Stay at Home FAQ page explains what’s covered in the stay at home order, including such areas as essential businesses, health care, transportation.

The Barrington Area Library has created a comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Guide, including information on government resources, information for small business and employment,  and volunteer and donation opportunities.

Find out Medicare coverage and costs related to COVID-19 testing and treatment with FAQs from the Kaiser Family Foundation. 

Be careful about COVID-related scams. The National Council on Aging describes four to avoid.


Staying safe and healthy

BACOA is offering free grocery shopping service for older adults who are unable to shop or who are concerned about exposing themselves to the coronavirus in public places. Volunteers will shop at Jewel, Heinen’s, and Whole Foods. To find out more, please give us a call at (847) 381-5030.

And if you’d like to put your shopping expertise to work, we’d love to have more volunteers for this service. Please give us a call as well—same number!

The Cleveland Clinic offers some common-sense cleaning recommendations for keeping your home safe. 

A map of Barrington businesses and restaurants that are currently open, including those offering senior and vulnerable citizen hours. Also check out the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce list of local restaurants offering pickup and delivery. 

If you do have to shop for groceries, follow these tips as you shop and when you come home. 

Get the facts on face masks—including how to make your own. 

For caregivers: If the person you’re caring for is missing socialization and stimulation, try some of AARP’s recommendations for battling boredom. 


Staying engaged while staying at home

If you can’t go out, bring the world in to you. Here are some of our suggestions; if you have recommendations to add, please email


If you’re a newcomer to the video conferencing app Zoom, watch this helpful video from Creative Life Center for a step-by-step introduction.

Play Zoom bingo with BACOA! We’re playing bingo once a week via the video conferencing platform Zoom. If you’re interested, email Janine O’Leary at to receive a bingo card and login instructions. And if you’ve never participated in a Zoom group before, this is a fun way to start. If you have questions, contact Janine at (847) 881-0473.

Google Arts and Culture features works from museums and galleries around the world, as well as activities, stories and virtual tours.

If you’re a fan of travelogues and stunning photography, The Hidden World of the National Parks, tucked into the Arts and Culture site, takes you on virtual tours of five U.S. national parks, from the Kenai Fjords of Alaska to the Dry Tortugas in Florida. 



The Kennedy Center Digital Stage offers programming for a wide range of tastes—from opera to comedy to classical to hip hop. Selections from the annual Kennedy Center Honors are included too. 

Closer to home, Barrington’s White House has created a 15-minute sampler of performances from some of their most popular performers, including Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, the Pacifica Quartet, William Hagen, Pat McKillen and Ron Hawking. 



Put together a digital jigsaw puzzle. Indiana’s Office of Tourism Development has created 10 different state landscape scenes. And you never have to worry about losing a piece. 

Get out your colored pencils: The New York Academy of Medicine’s Color Our Collections annual project lets libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world share free coloring content featuring images from their collections. 



Open Culture offers 1,500 online classes. Browse an extensive list of courses ranging from “Wonders of Ancient Egypt” to “Creative Writing: The Craft of Style” to “Elementary French 1” from schools such as Carnegie Mellon, Michigan State and Stanford. 

Mather Telephone Topics is a free service that lets you listen to lectures, discussions, and presentations on your phone. Subjects range from meditation to El Greco to a tour of Chicago’s historic gangster sites. 



The National Institute on Aging offers a 15-minute sample workout for older adults that focuses on strength, flexibility and balance. 



Nature can be a tonic, too. Become a citizen scientist and help the Cornell Lab of Ornithology monitor birds’ nesting practices in its NestWatch project. It’s easy, it’s a great way to get outside, and you can make a valuable contribution to science. You can also take a real-time peek at the Raptor Resource Project’s bald eagle nest in Decorah, Iowa. RRP hosts a number of live cams on other birds as well. 



Share your impressions of this historic period for future generations. The Barrington Area Library is collecting photos and stories about life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stories and photos can be emailed to Adult Services Librarian Kate Mills  ( for inclusion on the library’s local history web pages.

The Illinois State Museum is inviting Illinois residents to share writing, photos, and artwork as part of its Share Your Story project. Says the museum: “Whether you are in quarantine, sheltering at home, working in the medical field, homeschooling your kids, or adjusting your business model for uncertain times, your story is unique and valuable.”

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