IDPH Guidances Relating to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Adult Day Program Guidance

Recommended Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Adult Day Programs

IDPH is committed to protecting the health of the citizens of Illinois. Early information on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) suggests that older adults and people with chronic or underlying health conditions have a heightened risk of getting very sick if they become infected. An important step to preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to eliminate large groups of people congregating together. For this reason, and in light of current state actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, IDPH is recommending the closure of Adult Day Programs.

IDPH is making this recommendation to protect the well-being and health of everyone. We recognize that this guidance will raise concerns about service delivery. This is an evolving situation and we encourage stakeholders to monitor the IDPH and CDC websites for the most up-to-date information and guidance.


Ambulance Inspections

Due to rising cases of COVID-19 the Illinois Department of Public Health will be cancelling all Ambulance Inspection appointments for the month of May. At the end of the May the department will re-evaluate if department ambulance inspection cancelations will continue.

Providers, if your ambulance was due to be inspected (ie: annual ambulance inspection, new ambulance, vehicle was OOS and going back into service, etc .. ) you'll need to self-inspect your own vehicles and send those inspections to an IDPH ambulance inspector.

Inspections need to be e-mailed accordingly:

Blood Drive Guidance


This guidance provides recommendations for blood drive operations and the sites that are used for blood drive collections. Early evidence suggests that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread more easily than the virus that causes seasonal influenza, and it appears that the COVID-19 disease is more deadly than seasonal influenza. There are some precautions that persons at blood drives can follow to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Coronavirus and Blood Donations

Right now, Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood product donations as uncertainties remain during this coronavirus pandemic. Blood drives continue to be canceled at an alarming rate and patients need a sufficient blood supply throughout the many weeks of this crisis and beyond. Healthy individuals are needed to schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead to help patients counting on lifesaving blood, platelets or AB Elite plasma.

Business and Organization Guidance

The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.

To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described below to determine risk of COVID-19. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed COVID-19. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.

Changes to EMS Scope of Practice and Alternate Care Patterns

As Illinois is now in a state of emergency and the COVID-19 response escalates, there may be requests for variations to the EMS rules and regulations in order to meet the high demand of patient requests.

In addition, many EMS providers may see many of their personnel now on quarantine or isolation due to exposures. Considering this, EMS Systems should submit the following information whenever requesting any waiver for any EMS rule or requirement:

Children & Pregnant Women Guidance


What is the risk of children becoming sick with COVID-19?

Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick and have had severe illness with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.

How does COVID-19 impact babies, young children and teens?

Children seem to have milder forms of the illness.  Symptoms in kids under 18 years of age range from infection without symptoms to mild upper respiratory symptoms with runny nose and cough, to pneumonia requiring hospitalization.

Children and babies with underlying health conditions may experience more serious COVID-19 infections, especially those with problems that impact the heart or lungs or the ability to fight infection.


Communicating about COVID-19 in Congregate Settings (Long-Term Care Facilities)

This guidance addresses notification procedures by long-term care facilities to residents, residents’ family, guardians, or emergency contacts, and to staff members, when a resident or a staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19. This guidance also addresses notification to a resident’s family, guardian, or emergency contact when that resident has died from COVID-19.

Long-term care facilities are facilities licensed by the Department of Public Health (DPH) and include, but are not limited to, skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, shelter care facilities, assisted living facilities, shared housing establishments, life care facilities, intermediate care facilities, medically complex facilities for the developmentally disabled, and specialized mental health rehabilitation facilities.

Community Organizations Guidance

This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas of those with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19 have visited. It is aimed at limiting the survival of novel coronavirus in key environments. These recommendations will be updated if additional information becomes available. CDC Guidance can be found here


Concerned but not Exposed

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath but have not been around anyone with diagnosed COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent your infection from spreading to people in your home and community.

Could I have COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. If you have these symptoms, even if you have not been around anyone with COVID-19, you may have COVID-19 or another respiratory virus. COVID-19 is circulating in many communities in Illinois but other respiratory viruses may be circulating in your community as well.

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

Currently, anyone with symptoms of COVD-19 is encouraged to be tested.

Confirmed or Possible COVID-19

What to do if you have confirmed or possible coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or develop symptoms of COVID-19 after you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.