Statewide alert hits cell phones, asks healthcare workers to register in case of hospital surge


Jarrett Huff

A statewide alert was issued to smartphones calling for healthcare workers to sign-up to fight COVID-19.

By Northern Star Staff

DeKALB — Licensed healthcare workers have been called to sign-up with the state to fight COVID-19 by way of an emergency smartphone alert.

The alert links to Healthcare workers that register through the website may be tapped to help during a hospital surge or to staff alternative housing, according to the website.

Volunteer opportunities for non-medical professionals are available at

The state is preparing an “alternate care site” at the McCormick Center in Chicago, and personnel are being sought to staff 12-hour shifts, the website states.

The state is currently requesting donations of personal protective gear, not including homemade gear. To donate, email [email protected].