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IDPH COVID-19 Guidance

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 People Guidance CDC and IDPH recommend that all pregnant and breastfeeding people stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines to help protect them and their baby from severe infection
  • 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
  • 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