Recommendations for Testing Individuals with Signs or Symptoms Consistent with COVID-19 Infection and/or Close Contact with a Confirmed or Probable Case of COVID-19

Background

Health care providers are strongly encouraged to test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), when patients present with any signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have had a known exposure to a person with COVID-19 infection. Due to the nonspecific clinical presentation of COVID-19 and the potential for co-infection with other pathogens, every symptomatic person should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and testing decisions should be based on the patient’s personal health history. Because many COVID-19 cases have been observed in persons who originally discounted their symptoms due to other existing health conditions, e.g., allergies, prompt and early diagnosis of COVID-19 infection is strongly recommended to prevent further transmission.

Sports Safety Guidance

Contact Tracing

Until a COVID-19 vaccine or preventive treatment is available, management of the COVID-19 pandemic will rely on a tried and true public health measure called contact tracing to keep you, your family, and your community safe.  This method has been employed successfully for decades by the Illinois Department of Public Health and local health departments to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as vaccine preventable diseases, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and sexually transmitted infections. Contact tracing for COVID-19 is a bit different because it needs to be executed on a significantly larger scale, adapting to unique challenges of the virus, including its spread by people without symptoms.

Long -Term Care COVID-19 Testing Requirements

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.

Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention/Support Resources

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

Restoring Illinois – Protecting Our Communities FAQs

On May 5, Gov. JB Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan to reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. Beginning Friday, June 26, each region in the state entered Phase 4 of the plan. For more information about Restore Illinois and Phase 4, see below.

About the Plan

Who put the plan together?

Governor Pritzker worked closely with medical and public health experts at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and received feedback from public health and hospital partners as well as local elected officials, mayors, and businesses who have been in regular communication with the administration.

Elective Surgeries and Procedures FAQ's

(clarifies and supersedes previous guidance related to elective surgeries)

Q: When may elective procedures begin?

A: May 11, 2020

Q: What is “operational capacity”?

A: It is the number of beds (medical/surgical or intensive care) the organization can staff.

Q: How do you define patients requiring testing for the purposes of this guidance?

A: Anyone admitted for a procedure in the operating room or a procedure requiring anesthesia, including, but not limited to, procedures of the upper respiratory/GI tracts with potential for aerosol generation

and

Anyone planned for an outpatient procedure in the operating room with the potential to involve general anesthesia or other aerosol generating procedures, such as procedures of the upper respiratory or GI tracts.

Local Health Departments with Open Oral and Dental Care Programs

Bond County Health Department

City: Greensville
Phone: (618)664-1442
Contact: Sean Eifert
Emergencies Oral and Dental Care only: Yes
Qualifiers/Hours: Patients of all ages accepted

Cass County Health Department

City: Virginia
Phone: (217)452-3057
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.

Oral and Dental Care Guidance

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Your Oral Health

Be sure to make time for healthy activities like exercising, eating well, relaxing, connecting with family and friends on the phone or computer, and maintaining your oral health. These actions keep you and your immune system healthy.

Are dental offices allowed to be open?

Yes.  As of May 11, oral health providers were permitted to resume routine oral and dental care consistent with guidance to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Will I need to be screened for COVID-19 before visiting the dentist?

Dentists are encouraged to do a screening for symptoms by telephone 24 to 48 hours before your appointment.  The screening should be repeated upon your arrival at the office and your temperature checked by a non-contact thermometer.  If you are displaying symptoms or your temperature is over 100.0 F, your appointment should be rescheduled.

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