COVID-19 Updates & Information

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January 12, 2021 UPDATE 

IDph post covid-19 vaccination data

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is now reporting coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination data on its website, with data to be updated daily and additional data to be provided as available.  It is important to note that vaccine distribution figures are reported in real time, while vaccine administration figures are reported with as much as a 72-hour lag.

As of last night, 638,150 doses of vaccine were delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago.  In addition, approximately 231,475 doses have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities.  This brings the total Illinois doses to 869,625.  IDPH is currently reporting a total of 353,791 vaccines administered, including 41,075 for long-term care facilities.  The 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 24,200 doses. 

Data on the IDPH website include the number of doses administered, the vaccination rate per population, and what percent of the population is fully vaccinated.  These data are broken down by county.  Additionally, the website includes information on the COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index (CCVI), also broken down by county.  The CCVI looks at indicators such as socioeconomic status, household composition, type of housing and transportation, epidemiological facts, as well as access to health care.  Additional data and means to track vaccination rates will be added as available.  

Vaccination data is on the IDPH website at: www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccinedata..
DuPage County Vaccine Information: www.dupagehealth.org/COVID-19-Vaccine
Cook County Vaccine Information: https://cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/covid-vaccine/

RESTORE ILLINOIS TIER 3 RESURGENCE MITIGATION FAQ 

(November 23) Download Restore Illinois Tier 3 Resurgence Mitiagation FAQs

Public Health Officials Announce Tier Three Resurgence Mitigations to Take Effect Statewide on Friday Following Sharp Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Nov 17- With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across the state of Illinois, the Midwest and the nation, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced additional COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will take effect in every region across the state in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Tier 3 mitigations build on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overrun. This latest round of mitigations aims to limit gatherings and encourages residents to stay home as much as possible and follow proper safety measures when out in public. The mitigations carefully balance the paramount goal of saving lives while preserving the option for in-person learning for children and protecting as much of the economy as possible from the continued impacts of the virus. 

The Tier 3 resurgence mitigations will take effect statewide at 12:01 am on Friday, November 20, 2020.

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IDPH Issues COVID-19 Holiday Season Safety Tips

Plan ahead for the holidays and consider alternatives 

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Oct 14- Springfield- As Illinoisans prepare to spend the holidays with family and friends, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is offering recommendations on how to celebrate safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. During a time when social distancing and limiting the number of people at gatherings is important, special consideratioons should be taken. 

“COVID-19 has changed the way we work, live, and play, and will now change how we plan to celebrate the holidays,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “While the safest way to celebrate is with members of your household and connecting with others virtually, we know, for many, the holidays are all about family and friends, so we want to provide some tips on how to celebrate safer.”

Traveling increases the chance of spreading COVID-19.  When planning travel, consider the mode of transportation.  Traveling by plane, train, or bus can mean standing in lines and sitting less than 6 feet from people for long periods of time. Traveling by car may include stops along the way for gas, food, and bathroom break.  Decrease your risk by consistently wearing face coverings during travel.  

If you are hosting a holiday gathering, limit the number of guests and try to have as many activities outside as weather permits.  If your gathering needs to be inside, try to increase air flow by partially opening a couple windows.  Please prepare yourself and your guests to wear masks indoors when not eating and drinking.

Limit your activities in the two weeks before your gathering and ask your guests to do the same.  This will decrease the risk of exposure to the virus and further spread.

Try to do gift shopping online by looking at local store websites and choosing pick-up options.  Grocery shopping online with delivery and curbside pick-up is also available in many locations.  If you need to shop in-person, try to go at a time when stores are not as busy.

Think about the seating arrangements if you are planning a meal.  Keep members of the same household together and try to put space between one family and another. 

When serving food, avoid a buffet-style or potluck setting and consider having one person serve all the food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.  Also try to limit the number of people going in and out of areas where food is being prepared – like the kitchen and dining room.

If you are sick, do not travel and do not attend gatherings and celebrations.  Even if your symptoms are mild, you may still be able to infect others, and no one wants the gift of sickness this season.

To help stave off illness, get your flu vaccine now.  It takes the body several weeks after receiving the vaccine to build up antibodies that will help protect you from flu, so get it now to help protect you and others during the holidays.  Roll your #SleeveUp and get your flu shot.

For more holiday safety tips, go to the IDPH website under guidance.