IDPH COVID-19 Guidance
The COVID-19 Equity Team’s Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Workgroup has compiled this list of available resources for wide circulation and it will be updated as new information becomes available.
Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence Hotlines
Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline
(877) TO END DV or (877) 863-6338 (Voice)
(877) 863-6339 (TTY Hours: 24/7 /365)
Languages: Website available in English, Español, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian. For calls, the language line can accept calls in almost any language. Last year, they had calls in Arabic, Cantonese, Creole, English, Farsi, French, Gujurati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Pashtu, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and others.
Different Forms of Contact: Phone call or text message
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 Accountability Act (HIPAA) allows local health departments to provide information to law enforcement regarding individuals with positive tests for COVID-19. In response, on March 27, 2020, during a presentation to state’s attorneys, the OAG advised such disclosure is permissible because of a HIPAA exception. Specifically, the OAG affirmed the exception applies because “disclosure to first responders will enable them to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”
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 is then inserted into a credit-card sized test, where a reagent is added. These tests are inexpensive, point-of-care (POC) tests, with results available within 15 minutes. This distribution program has two separate channels:
Bond County Health Department
Contact: Sean Eifert
Emergencies Oral and Dental Care only: Yes
Qualifiers/Hours: Patients of all ages accepted
Cass County Health Department
Contact: Teresa Armstrong
Emergencies Oral and Dental Care only: Yes
Qualifiers/Hours: Patients of all ages accepted 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; closed each day 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. for lunch.
This interim guidance provides updated guidelines and criteria for COVID-19 testing in licensed long-term care (LTC) facilities, as defined by the Nursing Home Care Act, 210 ILCS 45, primarily focusing on skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities.
Given their congregate setting and resident populations served (e.g., older adults often with underlying chronic medical conditions), nursing home populations are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19. If infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, residents are at increased risk of serious illness. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is committed to working proactively with LTC facilities to prevent illnesses.
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 Facilities, Shared Housing Establishments, Sheltered Care Facilities, Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Facilities (SMHRF), Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF/DD), State-Operated Developmental Centers (SODC), Medically Complex/Developmentally Disabled Facilities (MC/DD), and Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.
Q: What is being done to protect long-term care (LTC) residents from COVID-19?
A: Administrators have been instructed to restrict visits, cancel group activities, close dining rooms, and screen residents and staff for fevers and respiratory diseases.
Q: Are LTC residents and staff required to be tested for COVID-19?
A: Yes. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requires every skilled and intermediate LTC facility to test all residents and staff for COVID-19 (starting May 28, 2020). Each facility must collect specimens and arrange for laboratory testing. The number of residents and staff tested, and the number of positive, negative, and indeterminate test results are to be reported to public health officials.
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 services to survivors who seek them. Hospitals work in collaboration with Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault rape crisis centers, the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and other advocacy organizations to assist survivors.
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 service providers), if they receive a legitimate request.
- Work with local agencies/facilities to establish plans for mutual aid, taking into account business continuity plans and considering arrangements to support sharing of the workforce between home care providers, local primary and community services, and with the deployment of volunteers, where that is safe to do so.
- Note the arrangements that local authorities are putting in place to refer vulnerable people self-isolating at home to volunteers who can offer practical and emotional support.
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 after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Use a cloth face covering at work and in public when social distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained. When at home, use a mask if you share housing and cannot maintain 6 feet distance from others. Do not touch the front of the mask. Wash the cloth mask each day after using it.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Maintain social distance (6 feet). Avoid close contact with people at work, in public, and at home if you live in shared housing.