IDPH Guidances Relating to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Personal Protective Equipment Donations

To maximize the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released guidance to hospitals and outpatient surgical and procedural centers on March 17, 2020 to limit non-essential adult elective surgery and medical and surgical procedures, including all dental procedures, until further notice. These considerations were requested to assist in limiting the consumption of vital health care resources during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

IDPH is encouraging outpatient surgical and procedural centers, ambulatory surgical treatment centers, and veterinarians to donate unused PPE not immediately needed to assist health care providers, health care facilities, and first responders who are on the front line and actively responding to COVID-19.

Personal Protective EquipmentPE Guidance for COVID-19 in Long- Term Care Settings

Implement strategies to optimize current personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies even before shortages occur, including bundling patient/resident care and treatment activities to minimize entries into patient/resident rooms.

Places of Worship Guidance

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COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services

Plumbing Systems and Water Quality Guidance

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Plumbing and Water Quality Program has issued this memorandum to building owners and operators, and public water supply operators to provide guidance for maintaining water quality and safety in building water systems and in potable water distribution systems during periods of reduced use and considerations for returning building water systems to regular use.

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Potential Exposure

What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, follow the steps below to monitor your health and to avoid spreading the disease to others.

How do I know if I was exposed?

You generally need to be in close contact with a person with COVID-19 to get infected. Close contact includes:

Pregnant Women and Newborns

Purpose

This guidance provides recommendations for the care of pregnant women and newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prehospital Considerations

Pregnant patients who have confirmed COVID-19, who are persons under investigation (PUIs), or who have active symptoms of COVID-19 should notify the obstetric unit prior to arrival so the facility can make appropriate infection control preparations.  These preparations include  identifying the most appropriate room for labor and delivery, ensuring infection prevention and control supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) are correctly positioned, and informing health care personnel who will be involved in the patient’s care of infection control expectations.

Private RV Parks and Campground Guidelines

Part of Phase 3 of Restore Illinois Plan

Last updated May 27, 2020

This document is applicable to businesses that meet the following criteria:

Releasing COVID-19 Cases from Isolation and Quarantine

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Cases

Must be isolated for a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset and can be released after afebrile and feeling well (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours.
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Has 2 Negative COVID-19 tests in a row, with testing done at least 24 hours apart.

Note: Lingering cough should not prevent a case from being released from isolation.

Close Contacts

Must be quarantined for 14 days after the last/most recent contact with the case when the case was infectious2.

If a close contact develops symptoms, they should follow isolation rules for cases above.

Household Contacts

Household contacts with separate living quarters between case and contacts: quarantine for 14 days after last exposure to case.

Restoring Illinois – Protecting Our Communities FAQs

On May 5, Gov. JB Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan to reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. Beginning Friday, June 26, each region in the state entered Phase 4 of the plan. For more information about Restore Illinois and Phase 4, see below.

About the Plan

Who put the plan together?

Governor Pritzker worked closely with medical and public health experts at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and received feedback from public health and hospital partners as well as local elected officials, mayors, and businesses who have been in regular communication with the administration.

Routine Oral and Dental Care

Revised Interim Guidance: Provision of Routine Oral and Dental Care

On May 11, 2020, Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) guidance to limit oral and dental care to emergency and urgent oral and dental care needs was revised. IDPH recommends oral health providers resume the provision of routine oral and dental care consistent with this guidance for minimizing risk of transmission of COVID-19 in an oral health care setting.

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