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IDPH COVID-19 Guidance

  • Blood and Plasma Collection Guidance This guidance provides recommendations for blood drive operations and the sites used for blood drive collections. Early evidence suggests the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread more easily than the seasonal influenza virus, and it appears COVID-19 disease is more deadly. There are precautions persons at blood drives can follow to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The
  • Business and Organization Guidance The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-health care settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations in the event of widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19. To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described below to determine risk of
  • 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 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rules and regulations in order to meet the demand of patient requests. In addition, EMS providers may see many of their personnel on quarantine or isolation due to exposures to COVID-19. Considering this, EMS systems
  • Child Face Coverings in Schools Guidance for Evaluating a Child's Medical Tolerance for use of Face Coverings in Schools As schools consider whether and how to safely re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic, school physicals are an opportunity to assess whether a student is able to medically tolerate the use of a face covering. There are currently many questions regarding the criteria used by pediatric
  • Children & Pregnant Women Guidance Children 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 had severe illness with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date (96%). How does COVID-19 impact babies, young children, and teens? Children seem to have milder
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas where those with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 have visited. It is aimed at limiting the survival of the virus that causes COVID-19 in key environments. These recommendations will be updated when additional information becomes available. CDC Guidance can be found here These guidelines
  • 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.
  • Concerned but not Exposed If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get in touch with your health care provider within 24 hours and follow the steps below to help prevent your infection from spreading to people in your home and community. Could I have COVID-19? People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe, which can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and include fever
  • Contact Tracing Prioritization Systematic testing, contact tracing, and supported isolation and quarantine remain cornerstones of an effective public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact tracing is much more effective when performed soon after case symptom onset when
  • COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibodies Treatment COVID-19 Tratamiento de Anticuerpos Monoclonales Monoclonal Antibodies for High-Risk COVID-19 Positive Patients Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19 Positive Patients Overview of Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19 Made Available Under Emergency Use Authorization Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic
  • COVID-19 School Graduation Ceremonies Guidance The outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent school building closures for the 2019-20 school year have created questions related to graduation ceremonies. Decisions around whether to host safe and socially distanced graduation ceremonies will remain the discretion of local school boards and superintendents. Districts and schools may choose to postpone graduation ceremonies,
  • Daycare Guidance On March 9, 2020, Governor Pritzker declared all counties in Illinois a disaster area in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 29, 2020, the Governor announced Restore Illinois, a comprehensive phased plan to safely reopen the State's economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions. Illinois has now entered the Bridge to Phase V of Restore Illinois. On May
  • Emergency Departments Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Services Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Medical Emergency Services Managed in Hospital Emergency Departments During COVID-19 Pandemic Illinois hospitals work closely with Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) rape crisis centers across the state to provide trauma-informed care and treatment for sexual assault survivors pursuant to the Sexual Assault Survivors
  • Essential Caregiver Guidance This interim guidance provides guidelines for nursing homes and other long-term care (LTC) facilities on the appropriate use of essential caregivers (ECs) to provide companionship and assist residents with activities of daily living. The risk of COVID-19 transmission within nursing homes and other LTC facilities is high due to congregate living. At the same time, the Illinois
  • Guidance Affirming Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment This guidance is to affirm and supplement the State of Illinois' April 10, 2020 Guidance Relating to Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Federal and State civil rights laws, including the Illinois Human Rights Act, prohibit discrimination in the delivery of healthcare and support the rendering of ethical, non-discriminatory decisions.
  • Guidance for Congregate Living Facilities Interim Recommendations to Reduce Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Congregate Living Facilities: Universal Masking and Enhanced Environmental Disinfection Purpose This guidance provides universal masking and environmental disinfection recommendations for congregate living facilities in dealing with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Recommendation for Universal Masking
  • Masking Guidance On February 28, 2022, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2022-06 lifting the mask requirement in most indoor settings. In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, the executive order also lifts the mask requirement in K-12 schools and daycares
  • Guidelines on Hospital Emergency Preparedness During COVID-19 As Illinois and the country face the unprecedented public health emergency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are confronted with an extraordinarily high demand for health care services and must quickly implement actions to address the COVID-19 crisis. When health care providers are forced to operate at increased or full capacity, they must meet the needs of their
  • Halloween As we enter fall, families are starting to plan for upcoming fall events and the holiday season. It is best to plan precautionary measures for Halloween as most trick-or-treaters are children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. It is safest to
  • Holiday Season Safety The holidays bring opportunities to connect and celebrate special traditions and meaningful moments with the people in our lives. As you prepare for the upcoming holiday season, make plans to help keep your family, friends, and community safe during
  • Home Guidance The COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time . Public health officials are recommending community actions appropriate to your local situation designed to help keep people healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. Creating a household COVID-19 plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about. Details of your household
  • Homeless Shelters Guidance People experiencing homelessness are at increased risk for infection during community spread of COVID-19. This interim guidance includes recommendations for testing strategies and is intended to support response planning by shelters and homeless service providers in coordination with public health authorities and emergency management officials. Early and sustained action to
  • Home Quarantine Guidance Home Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Cases These quarantine instructions are for people who live in the same household or have had close contact with someone with Coronavirus Disease 2019, COVID-19. Cases, or people with COVID-19, can be contagious 48 hours before they have symptoms, when they have symptoms, or even if they are not
  • Household Preparedness The COVID-19 outbreak may last for an extended period. The Illinois Department of Public Health has recommended community actions designed to keep people healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. Local health department officials also have made recommendations appropriate to the COVID-19 situation in your community. Creating a household plan
  • Individuals Undergoing COVID-19 Testing What should you do about work while you wait for test results? Please inform your supervisor at work that you have been tested for COVID-19 and note the date of testing. If you are experiencing symptoms: Notify your supervisor and stay home. If you are not experiencing symptoms: Request guidance from your supervisor on any potential work and patient care restrictions until you
  • Interim Guidance for Schools Exclude if ANY of the following symptoms are present: Fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause
  • LHD Guidance Disclosure of COVID-19 Persons to Law Enforcement This guidance is intended to clarify guidance issued April 1, 2020 that may have caused confusion regarding the disclosure of COVID-19-positive persons to law enforcement and address questions that have been raised. Guidance from the Illinois Attorney General The Office of the Illinois Attorney General (OAG) was asked to address whether the Health Insurance Portability and
  • Local Health Department BinaxNOW Allocation Guidance Background The Federal Government has begun a distribution program of a new antigen test: the Abbott BinaxNOW. The Abbott BinaxNOW test is a fast-acting antigen test granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 viral protein. The BinaxNOW test is administered through an anterior nares swab that
  • Long-Term Care Antigen Testing This interim guidance addresses the use of COVID-19 antigen testing in long-term care (LTC) facilities and is aligned with guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization to antigen point-of-care (POC) testing systems to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 viral
  • Long-Term Care COVID-19 Testing Requirements This interim guidance provides updated guidelines and criteria for COVID-19 testing in licensed long-term care (LTC) facilities, as defined by the Nursing Home Care Act, 210 ILCS 45, primarily focusing on skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities. Given their congregate setting and resident populations served (e.g., older adults often with underlying chronic medical
  • Long-Term Care Facilities Guidance This interim guidance provides guidelines for nursing homes and other long-term care (LTC) facilities regarding restrictions that were instituted to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The guidance in this document is specifically intended for facilities as defined in the Nursing Home Care Act (210 ILCS 45), and also applies to Supportive Living Facilities, Assisted Living
  • Medical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors Illinois Hospitals Are Ready and Safe for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Survivors to Receive Medical Care Sexual assault and domestic violence survivors come to hospitals to seek important medical and forensic care in their most vulnerable moments. During these tumultuous times, it is imperative that survivors know hospitals remain committed to providing these essential
  • Medically Fragile Child Guidance Planning actions for a home health care agency during an infectious disease pandemic Review your list of clients and ensure it is up to date and includes levels of informal support available to individuals. Providers should consider how to benefit from sharing client health information electronically with local partners (hospitals, local health departments, emergency medical
  • Migrant Farmworker Guidance How can I protect myself, my crew, friends, and family from COVID-19? Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before to eating, during breaks, after using the restroom, and when you return home from work. Wash hands throughout the day when convenient. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Wash your hands
  • Migrant Labor Camp Guidance The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends that agricultural employers and migrant labor camp operators implement the following guidance to reduce exposure to and the spread of COVID-19 among migrant and seasonal farmworkers. To lessen the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on these essential workers, their employers, and the public, agricultural employers
  • Music Guidance Interim COVID-19 Music Guidance The available evidence for COVID-19 transmission from singing or playing instruments is limited.1 The extent to which group singing or playing of wind instruments increases the risk for COVID-19 transmission remains unclear. However, measures to reduce the potential risk of transmission include organizing sessions to minimize duration of
  • Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment Guidance During a pandemic like COVID-19, health care providers are required to make difficult decisions concerning the allocation and rationing of limited health care resources, including staff, supplies, and space. As health care resources become scarce, hospitals and other health care institutions move through the continuum of care from conventional, to contingency, to crisis. This
  • Notice of Privacy Practices for COVID-19 Testing This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Review it carefully. This notice gives you information, as required by law, about the duties and practices of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to protect the privacy of your personal health information. Because IDPH provides you
  • Operating Youth Camps The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance for the operation of youth camps, as of May 28, 2021. The State of Illinois has adopted the CDC guidance, which can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html. This interim guidance is intended to help camp administrators operate camps while
  • Personal Protective Equipment Conservation The Illinois Department of Public Health is recommending all hospitals and emergency medical services' (EMS) providers to immediately elevate conservation and contingency strategies relating to personal protective equipment (PPE). Use this guidance to conserve PPE wherever allows, while ensuring the safety of health care personnel. Receiving hospitals remain the responsible
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • PPE Guidance for LTC Facilities Recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities None to Minimum Community Transmission of COVID-19 (Less than 5% Test Positivity) Resident Categories of Care PPE to be worn for the care of the resident in: Resident NOT in TBP for any reason. NO potentially AGP being done Resident NOT in TBP for any reason but, DOES have potentially AGP
  • 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
  • Quarantine and Isolation Guidance On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new options for public health authorities to consider for establishing quarantine time frames for contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2. Click here to review the full details on these new options. The CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. Further, local public health authorities
  • Pre-K-12 Schools Guidance for Addressing COVID-19 CDC guidance sets forth the relevant time periods for when COVID-19 confirmed or probable cases and close contacts should isolate or quarantine. Upon identification of a case, contact, or a school outbreak, schools and local health departments should
  • School Guidance Considerations for Reopening Schools As noted by the CDC, schools are an essential part of the infrastructure of communities, as they provide safe, supportive learning environments for students, employ teachers and other staff, and enable parents, guardians, and caregivers to go to work. Schools also provide critical services that help to mitigate health disparities, such as
  • Short-Term Relief for COVID-19 Administrative Requirements Guidance As of April 3, 2020 Grantees must contact their IDPH Grant Manager with questions, and to request any of the below extensions. All Flexibilities must be approved by funding source. Thank you for your patience as we work to maintain service delivery during this time. The federal Office of Management and Budget is allowing flexibilities in administrative requirements for
  • Sports Safety Guidance Updated June 11, 2021 This guidance issued by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) pertains to all youth recreational sports, including, but not limited to, school-based sports (high school and elementary school), travel clubs, private leagues and
  • Temporary Worker Guidance Guidance for Staffing Agencies and Temporary Workers Are staffing agencies required to provide information regarding COVID-19 workplace safety? Yes. The Day and Temporary Labor Services Act (“the Act”), 820 ILCS 175, requires staffing agencies to provide each temporary worker with a notice that contains, among other things, information on the nature of the work to be performed
  • Testing for COVID-19 in Schools This guidance addresses the use of point-of-care (POC) COVID-19 testing and screening in schools and other community settings. Four options are addressed by this SIREN: testing administered in school health-based clinics, testing onsite by other trained health care workers, testing provided in pharmacies, and POC testing in health care facilities. This guidance was originally
  • Transporting High-risk Populations Guidance This guidance provides recommendations for emergency medical services (EMS) and transport agencies providing high-risk population groups with transport to routine treatments. Definitions Those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include: People aged 65 years and older. People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility. People of any age with certain
  • Violence Prevention and Support Resources Sharing resources with everyone helps prevent violence in our communities Mental health and crisis support Illinois Call4Calm Text Line (24/7) If you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish (Message and Data Rates May Apply. See Terms and Conditions of Use).
  • What To Do if You Are Sick or Test Positive for 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. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Other symptoms