IDPH COVID-19 Guidance

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.

Health Care Providers & Facilities

Reporting COVID-19

  • All providers and testing sites must report to Public Health all individuals tested for COVID-19, in accordance with the Illinois Control of Communicable Diseases Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 690.200(a)(5)).
  • Mandated reporters, such as health care providers, hospitals and laboratories, by law must report probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19 electronically through Illinois’ National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS) within 24 hours. If they do not have access to I-NEDSS, they can report by mail, telephone or fax to the local health department (for a list see http://www.idph.state.il.us/LHDMap/HealthRegions.aspx) or, if no local health department is available, to the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Infectious Diseases at 217-785-7165, TTY (hearing impaired use only) 800-547-0466.

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 plan should be based on the needs and daily routine of your household members.

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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 showing symptoms.

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 slow the spread of COVID-19 will keep clients, staff, and volunteers healthy, and help shelters and homeless service providers maintain normal operations. It is intended for:

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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 significantly more deadly than seasonal influenza.

Prevention

The following can help prevent COVID-19, which is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person::

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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 can help protect your health and the health of those you care about during the COVID-19 pandemic. The details of your household plan should be based on the needs and daily routine of your household members.

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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 know your test results.
  • Avoid using public transportation, rise-sharing, or taxis when commuting.

What should you do to protect yourself while you wait for test results?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Interim Guidance on Antigen Testing for COVID-19 in Long-Term Care

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 protein.

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.

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