Coronavirus (COVID-19)

4/2/2020 Update from Erikson

There are 236,339 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States with 5,575 in Cook County. In case you are curious, our daily data come from Johns Hopkins’ interactive map which is “real-time” tracking COVID-19 confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries internationally, nationally and at the county level.


4/1/2020 Update from Erikson

Today, COVID-19 cases in the United States reached 190,740, with 4,496 in Cook County. Illinois’ extended stay-at-home order will hopefully “flatten the curve” of new cases, but we know that another 30 days of “shelter in place” will be a challenge for all of us. Thank you for all you are doing, and remember, we will get through this together.

In light of Governor Pritzker’s mandate to stay-at-home through April, and ongoing signals that “social distancing” is going to be recommended for some time, we recommend that all Erikson events and conferences scheduled for May be held remotely or cancelled. We will continue to evaluate the situation and provide guidance on Summer events.


3/31/2020 Update from Erikson

This afternoon, Governor Pritzker extended the stay-at-home order, including school closures, through April 30, bringing Illinois in line with the latest federal guidance in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. COVID-19 cases continue to rise with 165,874 confirmed in the United States and 3,727 in Cook County. After careful consideration of the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students, we have decided to hold all summer classes remotely starting on May 11, as originally scheduled.


3/30/2020 Update from Erikson

Erikson hopes everyone is staying as well as possible—physically and emotionally—as we navigate these challenging times. COVID-19 cases in the United States continued to skyrocket this weekend with 143,532 confirmed cases nationwide and in Chicago, 3,445. We are in the process of analyzing the $2 trillion stimulus package President Trump signed into law on Friday, to identify potential relief for Erikson.


3/27/2020 Update from Erikson

Today, the United States has the largest number of cases in the world. The number of COVID-19 cases in the US has risen to 86,012, with 1,904 in Cook County. At present, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported within the Erikson community, which is a bright light in midst of this crisis. Erikson continues to support staff and students with employee assistance and other resources.


3/26/2020 Update from Erikson

As Erikson approaches the end of our second full week of remote classes and work, the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has risen to 69,246, with 1,418 in Cook County. To reinforce social distancing, the city of Chicago has now closed the lakefront with its adjoining parks to the public. In addition, all fieldhouses, all playlots, all school playgrounds, the Chicago Riverwalk, and the 606 Trail are also closed to the public. At present, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported within the Erikson community, which is a bright light in the midst of this crisis.

Also, a few of Erikson’s experts have been sought out during these uncertain times. Here are two recent stories: a Rockford Star Register article, “Food, shelter, safety: A parent’s coronavirus checklist,” featuring Erikson President and CEO Geoff Nagle, and Chicago Parent’s article, “Boredom is OK! Here are 13 ways to help your kids embrace it,” featuring Senior Instructor Liz Tertell, MEd.


3/24/2020 Update from Erikson

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has risen to 46,805 with 922 in Cook County, we are pleased to report there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported within the Erikson community. We will hold an all-staff call next week, and continue to share information to support people during this crisis, such as this “resource hub” from the New York Times with some great information on financial issues.


3/23/2020 Update from Erikson

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has risen to 41,708, with 805 reported in Cook County, we are pleased to report there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported within the Erikson community. We continue to update policies to support our employees as they work remotely, and we have instituted a weekly conference call between all faculty and students, to provide a forum for discussion and support.


3/20/2020 Update from Erikson

Governor Pritzker just announced an Illinois statewide “stay-at-home” order, effective Saturday at 5 p.m. through April 7, to help curtail the continued spread in COVID-19 cases. All Chicago parks and libraries will be closed. Residents can still go to the grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well.

Additionally, yesterday, Mayor Lightfoot extended the closure of Chicago Public Schools through April 20. There are currently 16,605 cases nationwide with 585 in Illinois. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Erikson staff or student community.


3/19/2020 Update from Erikson

As you likely have seen on the news, there was a spike of more than 40 percent in COVID-19 cases in the United States yesterday. There are currently 10,755 cases nationwide with 295 in Illinois. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Erikson staff or student community.

In the City of Chicago today a Public Health Order went into effect requiring all city residents with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) illness or who are exhibiting symptoms of the illness to stay home. Sick residents will be allowed to seek essential services, including necessary clinical care or evaluation, and life sustaining needs, such as obtaining medicine or food. Read more here.

We are preparing for a likely “shelter in place” mandate across Illinois. The rapid increase in COVID-19 has prompted some Illinois communities, like Oak Park, to move to “shelter in place.” We anticipate similar requirements will be implemented in Chicago and across Illinois in the next day.


3/18/2020 Update from Erikson

With reports of COVID-19 rapidly increasing in Illinois and the nation, here are today’s important updates:

  • We are amending travel restrictions: Erikson employees are not permitted to travel for business, effective at the end of day 3/18/20.
  • Erikson is extending staff remote working guidelines through the end of the semester—May 4. Staff are encouraged to work remotely through May 4.

3/17/2020 Update from Erikson

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, the Erikson Executive Team meets daily to assess how to keep our community safe while continuing to conduct our work. Today’s updates address academic items and a “soft close” of our offices at 451 N. LaSalle.

  • In response to the most recent CDC guidance for how to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 infections, we will extend remote classes and students activities through the end of the semester — May 4.
  • We are also planning to extend staff working remotely beyond March 27.
  • We have postponed Commencement, which was set to be held on May 11, until a later date. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and provide a new date in the coming weeks.
  • Although Erikson is still open and operating, our building at 451 N. Lasalle Street is closed to everyone except staff, effective Wednesday, March 18.

3/16/2020 Update from Erikson

Governor Pritzker announced on March 15 that all bars and restaurants in Illinois will be closed to the public, beginning at close of business today, through March 30. Delivery, drive-through, and curbside pick-up orders are still allowed. Today, the Governor ordered gatherings of more than 50 people be canceled in line with new CDC guidelines of cancelling or postponing events of 50+ people through at least eight weeks from now. There are no domestic travel restrictions at this time, but we will continue to monitor the CDC’s recommendations and expand our policy as needed.

Erikson remains open, with all classes, student activities and library services moved online and most staff working remotely through March 27.


3/13/2020 Update from Erikson

Erikson remains open, with all on-campus classes, student activities and library services remaining remote from March 16 through March 27. We have expanded our travel restrictions to include new countries as announced by the CDC. Please see the Erikson FAQ section below.

Erikson events have been cancelled for the next two weeks, and you can access a list of cancellations and additional information below.

Staff providing direct services for children and families will contact clients to make alternate arrangements as needed. In many cases, phone and video sessions will be utilized. The Fussy Baby Warmline remains open to families.


3/12/2020 Update from Erikson

Erikson remains open for the foreseeable future, in an effort to continue supporting our work, students and clients. All on-campus classes, student activities and library services remain remote from March 16 through March 27. We have expanded our travel restrictions to include cruise ships. Please see the Erikson FAQ section below.


3/11/2020 Update from Erikson

Given the increasing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, and the importance of distancing ourselves from crowds, all Erikson on-campus classes, student activities, and library services will be conducted remotely from March 16 through March 27.


3/10/2020 Update from Erikson

We are continuing to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and recognize the growing concerns around the world. Protecting the health and wellbeing of our staff, students, clients, and visitors is our top priority. We have formed a taskforce to assess the situation daily and develop our short-and-long term preparedness plan. This page will serve as a central point for information and updates on the situation.

While there is still a fair amount of uncertainty about how the virus will impact our community, our decisions will be guided with the most current and accurate information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) with the safety of our staff, students, clients, and broader Erikson community at the core. We encourage everyone in our community to stay calm and take preventive measures to help reduce the spread of the virus.