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IDPH COVID-19 Guidance

  • Addressing COVID-19 in Schools Procedures for Students, Faculty and Support Staff who Test Positive: An immediate notification should be sent to the school/day care from the parent, faculty, or support staff, and this reporting requirement should be communicated to all in advance. The school/day care should send an immediate written notification to the Local Health Department (LHD) and begin discussions on
  • Ambulance Inspections Effective April 1, 2021, IDPH will resume in-person transport vehicle inspections. These inspections will be scheduled in advance by an IDPH EMS Inspector. Transport providers with vehicles due for inspection prior to April 1, 2021, should self-inspect their vehicles and send the completed inspections to the respective IDPH Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Inspector based on
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Community Organizations Guidance 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
  • 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
  • Confirmed or Possible 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
  • Considerations for Healthcare Providers in ANY Healthcare Setting How to leave COVID-19 behind when you come home The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states COVID-19 is typically transmitted through respiratory droplets. Providing patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic means you and your family are at risk for exposure. The ideas or recommendations below, are compiled from CDC guidance and describe how to limit the risk
  • 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 Provisional EMS Certificate Provisional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Certificates are NOT an Illinois Department of Public Health IDPH) state license. This is only an EMS system approval recognized by the state. Who is eligible for a Provisional EMS Certificate? EMS personnel whose licenses have been expired for less than 60 months as of March 23, 20200 and based on the EMS medical director's
  • 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
  • EMS & First Responder Guidance This guidance applies to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work. Background Emergency medical services (EMS) play a vital role in responding to requests for assistance, triaging
  • EMS Licensure Extensions Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced emergency medical services (EMS) licenses. due to renew in March, April, and May, have been extended to June 30, 2020. It is IDPH's goal to provide this extension to allow EMS personnel to focus on the COVID-19 response and the safety and well-being of the Illinois community. EMS
  • EMS Provisional Certification during the COVID -19 Pandemic Response PHRNs, PHPA, PHAPN Seeking Provisional Certification (without completing required ALS calls as required in the rule) during COVID -19 Pandemic Response Must have completed the didactic portion of the pre-hospital course. Must complete and pass a final pre-hospital or paramedic examination approved by the emergency medical services (EMS) system medical director May seek
  • 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
  • FAQ for Businesses Concerning Use of Face-Coverings During COVID-19 These frequently asked questions are to provide guidance regarding the application of the face covering requirement in Executive Order 2021-10 for businesses and other places of public accommodation subject to Article 5 of the Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/. When Face Coverings are Required Q: What does it mean to wear a face covering? A: A face covering is a mask or
  • Fully Vaccinated People On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People in non-health care settings. In summary, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any non-healthcare setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws,
  • Funeral Homes Guidance Preventive Actions for Funerals, Visitations, and Memorials This guidance provides updated recommendations for funeral directors, community and religious leaders, and others who will arrange, conduct, or attend funerals, visitations, and memorials (services) during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Illinois, people have become ill with COVID-19 after attending services. To prevent the
  • Grocery Store Guidance Preventative Actions for Grocery Stores Grocery stores can play an important role in protecting their employees and customers from COVID-19 infections by following personal and environmental hygiene practices. The following industry best practices can be employed to keep employees and customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Post a sign(s) at the entrance(s) and throughout
  • 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
  • Guidance For Employers and Employees on Workers' Rights and Safety Federal and Illinois law require employers to maintain a safe and healthy workplace. As Illinois continues through the Restore Illinois plan and regional mitigation measures, employers and employees1 are navigating difficult questions about how to maintain a safe and healthy workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 also has raised other employment-related questions
  • Guidance for Large Businesses Purpose The Illinois Department of Public Health provides this guidance and recommendations to large businesses to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their business operations, workers, customers, and the public. For employers who have already planned for influenza pandemics, COVID-19 planning will require updating to address the unique characteristics of
  • Guidance on the Use of Masks by the General Public SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that has emerged and caused coronavirus disease (abbreviated as COVID-19). Public health experts continue to learn about COVID-19, but based on current data and similar coronaviruses, the virus is believed to be spread between close contacts via respiratory droplets or contact with contaminated surfaces. While staying home, social distancing,
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hotels Guidance This guidance provides recommendations to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 in hotels, including hotels with fitness centers, gyms, and health clubs. These are precautions hotel managers and staff can take to protect the health and safety of guests and employees. The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread more easily than the seasonal flu and it appears COVID-19 disease is
  • 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 Exclusion 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
  • Local Health Departments with Open Oral and Dental Care Programs Bond County Health Department City: Greensville Phone: (618)664-1442 Contact: Sean Eifert Emergencies Oral and Dental Care only: Yes Qualifiers/Hours: Patients of all ages accepted Cass County Health Department City: Virginia Phone: (217)452-3057 Contact: Teresa Armstrong Emergencies Oral and Dental Care only: Yes Qualifiers/Hours: Patients of all ages accepted 7:30 a.m.- 5:30
  • 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
  • Mask and Vaccine Requirements On September 3, 2021, the Governor signed Executive Order 21-22 which requires all individuals over the age of 2 and who can medically tolerate a face covering to wear a face covering when in indoor public places. The Executive Order also requires health care workers, school personnel, higher education personnel and students, and employees and contractors of state-owned or operated congregate facilities to be fully vaccinated, as described in the Order
  • 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
  • Monoclonal Antibodies If your COVID-19 test result is positive, you may be able to receive a medication called a monoclonal antibody. The names of these medicines are bamlanivimab and casirivimab/imdevimab. They have been made available for emergency use during COVID-19. These medications are used ONLY in mild or moderate cases of COVID-19, in high-risk adults and children. You cannot take these
  • Monoclonal Antibody 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
  • 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
  • Oral and Dental Care Guidance Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Your Oral Health Be sure to make time for healthy activities like exercising, eating well, relaxing, connecting with family and friends on the phone or computer, and maintaining your oral health. These actions keep you and your immune system healthy. Are dental offices allowed to be open? Yes. As of May 11, oral health providers were
  • 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
  • Phase 5 Guidance for Businesses and Venues This guidance replaces the industry-specific guidance that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity published as part of the state's Restore Illinois plan. This guidance includes recommendations for all types of businesses and venues, customers, and employees in order to help maintain healthy environments and operations, as well as lower the risk of COVID-19 spread.
  • 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
  • Post-Vaccination Considerations for School Employees picture_as_pdfPost-Vaccination Considerations for School Employees Considerations for Persons with Systemic Signs and Symptoms Pre- and Post- COVID-19 Vaccination Recommended Infection Prevention and Control Strategies Status of Individual with Systemic Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19 Infection Unvaccinated Received COVID-19 Vaccination in the prior 3 days (including day of
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Releasing COVID-19 Cases from Isolation and Quarantine COVID-19 Cases and Contacts Status of Individual Cases Close Contacts Identified as a COVID-19 case. Isolation and transmission based (TBP) precautions for 10 days. Can be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset* (for symptomatic person) or specimen collection date of positive test (for asymptomatic person) AND if resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of
  • School Exclusion Protocols This guidance provides additional guidance for schools and Local Health Departments (LHDs) for when students, faculty or staff must be excluded from school consistent with Executive Order 2021-24 and the Communicable Disease Code, 77 Ill. Admin. Code
  • 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
  • School Guidance picture_as_pdfDownload PDF Here This joint guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) makes important updates to the essential, layered mitigation strategies that facilitate the safe return to in-person instruction. IDPH (along with its sister agency, ISBE) is issuing this guidance under its authority to
  • 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).