• 30th Jul, 2021

    74% of Illinois adults have received at least one vaccine dose and more than 58% are fully vaccinated

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 11,682 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 39 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, July 23, 2021. More than 74% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 58% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,419,611 cases, including 23,440 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Since reporting on Friday, July 23, 2021, laboratories have reported 289,433 specimens for a total of 26,823,562.  As of last...

  • 27th Jul, 2021

    Delta variant spreading twice as easily from person to person as previous strains making vaccinations even more important

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today it is fully adopting updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) masking recommendations to protect against COVID-19 and the Delta variant.  CDC recommends that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor setting in areas with substantial and high transmission.  CDC is also recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. 

    “While data continues to show the effectiveness of the three COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized in the U.S., including against the Delta variant, we are still seeing the virus rapidly spread...

  • 26th Jul, 2021

    SPRINGFIELD – On July 9, 2021, the State of Illinois adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated guidance regarding COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools for all public and nonpublic schools in Illinois.  The updated federal guidance is currently in effect. 

    The CDC’s guidance is meant to help K-12 school administrators and local health officials select appropriate, layered prevention strategies in order to keep in-person learning environments safe for students and staff during times of fluctuating transmission.  Answers to the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) build on the CDC’s guidance with recommendations about how to best implement the federal health authority’s recommendations.

    In addition to the health and...

  • 23rd Jul, 2021

    73% of Illinois adults have received at least one vaccine dose and more than 58% are fully vaccinated

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 7,983 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 47 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, July16, 2021. More than 73% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 58% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,407,929 cases, including 23,401 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Since reporting on Friday, July 16, 2021, laboratories have reported 241,150 specimens for a total of 26,534,129.  As of last...

  • 16th Jul, 2021

    73% of Illinois adults have received at least one vaccine dose and more than 57% are fully vaccinated

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 4,449 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 62 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, July 9, 2021. 73% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 57% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,399,946 cases, including 23,357 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Since reporting on Friday, July 9, 2021, laboratories have reported 228,430 specimens for a total of 26,292,979.  As of last night, 476...

  • 16th Jul, 2021

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to BrightFarms brand Sunny Crunch salad produced in Rochelle, IL.

    According to the CDC, eight people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from two states.  Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 10, 2021 to June 15, 2021.  In Illinois, five cases matching the outbreak strain have been reported in Cook, DuPage, and McHenry counties. 

    Illinois cases have reported purchasing BrightFarms brand Sunny Crunch salad produced in Rochelle, IL in the north-eastern part of the state.  However, IDPH is still working with federal officials to...

  • 9th Jul, 2021

    Guidance emphasizes the COVID-19 prevention strategies most important for in-person learning

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is fully adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Kindergarten (K)-12 Schools released today.

    “Our goal is to protect the health of students, teachers, and staff so that in-person learning can resume as safely as possible,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “The CDC is right: vaccination is the best preventive strategy. As school board members, parents, teachers and superintendents plan for a return to in-person learning in the fall, we strongly encourage those who are not vaccinated to continue to mask. IDPH is...

  • 9th Jul, 2021

    More than 72% of Illinois adults have received at least one vaccine dose and 57% are fully vaccinated

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,945 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 53 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, July 2, 2021.  More than 72% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 57% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,395,497 cases, including 23,297 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Since reporting on Friday, July 2, 2021, laboratories have reported 195,694 specimens for a total of 26,064,549.  As of last night, 430...

  • 2nd Jul, 2021

    Four Steps to Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill

    SPRINGFIELD – For the Fourth of July, whether you’re grilling out, packing a picnic, or getting a snack together to eat while you watch fireworks, there are some simple steps you can take that will reduce the chance of getting a foodborne illness.

    “One of the biggest causes of foodborne illness is temperature,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “Food that is not cooked thoroughly or is not kept at the right temperature can lead to foodborne illness like Salmonella and norovirus.  Foods that enter what is sometimes called the ‘Danger Zone,’ between 40ºF and 140ºF, is when bacteria grow most rapidly.  Fend off foodborne illness this Fourth of July by following four simple steps – clean, separate, cook, and chill.”

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  • 2nd Jul, 2021

    Almost 72% of Illinois adults have received at least one vaccine dose and more than 56% are fully vaccinated

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,120 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 54 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, June 25, 2021.  Almost 72% (71.8%) of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 56% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,392,552 cases, including 23,245 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Since reporting on Friday, June 25, 2021, laboratories have reported 234,527 specimens for a total of 25,868,855...