After being notified of several close contacts testing positive for COVID-19, Gov. Pritzker received a positive test result during his routine COVID testing regimen. The Governor is experiencing mild symptoms and has been prescribed the anti-viral medication, Paxlovid. [Read more...]
Public Health Officials Stress Importance of Being Updated on Vaccinations and Boosters; Vulnerable People Should Exercise Caution in Indoor Spaces
The CDC reported late today that 15 Illinois counties are now rated at High Community Level for COVID-19, an area that includes Chicago, Cook County and surrounding counties in northeastern Illinois as well as counties around Peoria. An additional 30 counties in Illinois are now rated at Medium Community Level, according to the CDC.
The counties listed at High Community Level are Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Will, Grundy, Boone, Lee and Winnebago in Northern Illinois and Fulton, Knox, Henderson, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell in Central Illinois. [Read more...]
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced it is shifting its COVID-19 contact tracing efforts and individual case investigation telephone calls to focus on a more strategic approach of automated case notifications.
Starting June 1, 2022, IDPH will no longer make individual case investigation calls to persons positive with COVID-19, and instead those individuals will receive an automated message. IDPH notifications to COVID-19 cases had previously included a call back option from contact tracers and individual case investigations of persons 65 years of age and older. [Read more...]
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced last week that it supports the recommendation by the CDC of the Pfizer-BioNTechCOVID-19 booster dose for children aged 5 to 11 years old. IDPH issued an advisory to vaccine providers throughout the state endorsing the booster for children 5 through 11 years of age at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, following the emergency use authorization this week by the FDA and the recommendation of the CDC. [Read more...]
Public Health Director Urges Illinoisans to Monitor Local COVID-19 Case Counts and to Protect Themselves by Remaining Up-to-date on Vaccinations
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued a warning today that COVID-19 case rates are slowly rising in many areas of the state and that members of the public should be paying close attention to conditions in their local communities and staying up-to-date on their vaccination status. [Read more...]
𝘿𝙪𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙣𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙨, 𝙀𝙜𝙮𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝 𝘿𝙚𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠𝙡𝙮 𝘾𝙊𝙑𝙄𝘿-19 𝙪𝙥𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙎𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚, 𝙂𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙒𝙝𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙨. 𝙒𝙚 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙨𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙙 𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙡𝙮. 𝙀𝙜𝙮𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝 𝘿𝙚𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙤𝙧 𝘾𝙊𝙑𝙄𝘿-19 𝙣𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙢𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠𝙡𝙮 𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙡𝙮 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚. 𝙋𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬 𝙀𝙃𝘿 𝙤𝙣 𝙨𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙢𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙖 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙬𝙚𝙗𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙪𝙥𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨! 𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪 [Read more...]
Executive Order Returns Schools to Normal Operating Procedures for Infectious Diseases
With Illinois continuing to see vast improvement in recent weeks of COVID-19 hospitalizations and transmission, today Governor Pritzker released an updated executive order lifting the school exclusion requirements, shifting schools back to the ordinary processes for handling infectious diseases. The executive order was initially put in place to standardize CDC requirements for schools and alleviate the burden on overwhelmed local health departments from having to provide individualized recommendations. Now that the COVID-19 surge has subsided, schools and local health departments can return to exercising their longstanding authority to address infectious disease cases among students and staff. [Read more...]
Egyptian Health Department was notified of 2 Gallatin County Resident, 4 Saline County Residents and 1 White County Resident who have passed away due to complications of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the families. [Read more...]