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 slowing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 thereby protecting campers, their families, staff, and communities.

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.

The following are recommended prevention strategies that recognize that while the state of Illinois has made substantial progress in vaccinating its residents, a number of individuals remain ineligible or have not yet chosen to be vaccinated. Consistent use of prevention strategies will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people who are not fully vaccinated, including customers, employees, and their families. As always, businesses and local municipalities may choose to implement additional prevention strategies as they deem appropriate.

Guidance for 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, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. IDPH is working to adjust existing guidance documents in response.

Vaccine Provider Instructions

Guiding Principles for Providers

In order to promote a fair process for vaccine administration while vaccine supply is limited, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is requiring all providers to help ensure that vaccine recipients self-verify their eligibility for the applicable prioritization group. Self-verification ensures the recipient truthfully indicates (verbally or otherwise) their specific category of eligibility to receive the vaccine.

Providers, as a best practice, will also request documentation or proof, such as personal identification, employee verification, or documentation of a qualifying health condition or disability to confirm the individual is in the priority population being served.

COVID-19 Vaccine

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 determine and establish quarantine options for their jurisdictions and may decide to continue using a 14-day period and/or shortened options for certain lower risk close contacts. However, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives:

Violence Prevention and Support Resources

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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). People seeking assistance remain anonymous and provide only their first name and ZIP code, which enables the service to link them to a counselor in the area who is knowledgeable about available local resources.

Interim Guidance on Testing for COVID-19 in Community Settings and 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 released in conjunction with the state’s distribution of Abbott BinaxNOW tests to local health departments (LHDs), schools, and other settings. The BinaxNOW test is one of several antigen tests available and in use right now. More recently, IDPH entered a partnership with SHIELD Illinois to provide weekly testing to participating schools utilizing the SHIELD Illinois saliva-based RT-PCR testing. This guidance is also applicable to other types of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved tests as described below.

Halloween Guidance

As we enter fall, families are starting to plan for the upcoming holiday season, starting with Halloween. Because some of the traditional ways to celebrate this holiday do not allow for proper social distancing, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is providing the following guidance to allow for safe Halloween celebrations. Trick-or-treating events need to incorporate social distancing, masking, and proper handwashing, as well as adherence to event size limitations. For this year, it would be safest to plan special events at home, using social media and other meeting platforms to connect with family and friends.

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