IDPH COVID-19 Guidance

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 licenses impacted by this extension include: EMT, A-EMT, EMT-I, Paramedic, TNS, ECRN, EMD, PHRN, LI, EMR, Transport Vehicles, Non-Transport Vehicles, Ambulance Assist Vehicles, and Emergency Medical Dispatch Agencies.

As the COVID-19 situation develops, IDPH will keep you up to date with the most current information . Thank you for your continued support to EMS and stay safe.

Last Updated: 6/23/2020

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 provisional certification after completing course work and testing as approved by the EMS medical director
  • Prehospital registered nurses (PHRN), prehospital physicians (PHPA), and prehospital advance practice nurses (PHAPN) must operate in an Illinois EMS system. 
  • The PHRN, PHPA, or PHAPN may only operate with another Illinois licensed paramedic or PHRN with at least one-year experience. 

Essential Caregiver Guidance for Long-term Care Facilities

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.

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 cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth. The face covering should allow for breathing without restriction. There is no requirement to wear a hospital grade mask or other specific type or brand of face covering. You may wear a homemade face covering if it fits closely and covers your nose and mouth. For more specific information on how to make or care for your face covering, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website at

Food Establishment Guidance

Guidance for food establishments completely closed during this time period

  • Move all perishable/TCS (time/temperature control for safety) foods from smaller, non-commercial refrigeration units and prep-coolers to a walk-in cooler or other large capacity cooler that maintains temperature at 41 F or below. Make sure all food is properly stored and covered.
  • Freeze as many fresh or refrigerated foods as possible. Freezing bakery items, like bread, will inhibit molding.  Some produce, cheese, and pre-cooked meats can be frozen as well. 
  • Discard anything normally  thrown out  due to the seven-day date marking rule. For example, open dairy products, deli salads made on site, lunch meat, soft cheeses, and other packaged food that has been open.
  • Discard prepared foods held hot or cold since the closure will have been a minimum of two weeks, including cut fruits and vegetables.

Food Service Guidance

Because the virus causing COVID-19 is known to be transmitted by droplets produced by coughing or sneezing, avoiding close human contact is vital, especially with someone who is sick.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  Hands should be washed often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.


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 spread of COVID-19 at services, there must be strict adherence to preventive measures, such as ensuring that people who should be in isolation or quarantine do not attend in-person services (including family members of the deceased person), limiting the size of the gathering, practicing social distancing (spacing participants six (6) feet apart), and wearing masks throughout the service.

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.


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. These principles have equal and ever-important application in the context of administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

Guidance for Congregate Living Facilities

Interim Recommendations to Reduce Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Congregate Living Facilities: Universal Masking and Enhanced Environmental Disinfection


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.