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  • Cook County COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program - sign up to receive: updates on the vaccine and the Community Vaccination Program, notification for when the vaccine administration is open to your phase, information on scheduling a vaccine appointment through Cook County Health, and information on vaccine distribution locations throughout Cook County
  • Cook County COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program Hotline (833) 308-1988 (M-F 7am - 7pm) 

March 5, 2021 - Vaccination Update - Cook County Health Opens Fourth Large-Scale Community Vaccination Site in Des Plaines

A large scale vaccination site is scheduled to open in Des Plaines either today or Saturday, March 6th depending on the delivery of the vaccination.  The site is set to be the first Johnson & Johnson Site in Illinois.  All appointments are by appointment only.    For more information, click here. 

March 2, 2021 - Vaccination Update - United Center Site Gives Priority to Seniors 

Beginning Thursday, March 4th at 8:30 a.m., Illinois seniors can schedule their first COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the United Center Vaccine site, which will begin to administer a limited number of vaccines on March 9, with a full opening March 10th. Following this exclusive appointment period for seniors, all Illinoisans eligible under the state's Phase 1B+ will be able to schedule appointments on Sunday March 7th at 4:00 p.m. Please click here to read the full Press Release. 

Illinois residents have two options for making appointments: online and through a call center.

• To register online, visit Zocdoc.com/vaccine. The web site is projected to handle much higher volume of appointment requests. Zocdoc will show real-time appointment availability and eligible residents will then be able to select a date/time and book an appointment online. Date of birth will be required when booking an appointment to confirm vaccine eligibility.
 • To register by phone, call (312) 746-4835. To help bridge the digital divide, a multi-lingual call center will be available to help seniors make an appointment.  This call center will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Given the anticipated high demand for appointments, residents who can use the web site should book their appointments online. While the call center has 200 staffers, those who need to use the call center will very likely experience lengthy wait times.

February 26, 2021 - Vaccination Update - Federal Site to Open at United Center

The Governor announced a new Federal Vaccination Site will open at United Center on March 10th.  Prior to the site opening, Illinois seniors will have exclusive access to appointments, followed by all eligible Illinoisans. Click here to read the full press release. 

February 24, 2021 - Vaccination Update

As a reminder, residents who are interested in receiving the vaccine should register with the County at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov. Individuals without internet access or who need assistance scheduling can call (833) 308-1988 (from 7a.m. to 7p.m., Monday - Friday).   Cook County is currently in phase 1B of the vaccination plan which includes: frontline essential workers and residents age 65 and over.  

February 11, 2021 - COVID Update (Cook County) 

Today, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, released a joint statement regarding Governor Pritzker's announcement that the state was expanding eligibility in Phase 1B of the Vaccination Plan. In summary, due to the very limited supply of vaccines being received, Cook County will not be able to expand eligibility in Phase 1B. Read the full Joint Statement here.

February 10, 2021 - COVID Update

In his press release today, Governor Pritzker announced that beginning on February 25th, Phase 1B of the Vaccination Plan will expand eligibility  to include individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions, prioritizing those with disabilities. In accordance with the CDC guidelines, Illinois is using the below guiding framework for what qualifies as a high-risk medical condition for the expanded eligibility. The list is evolving and subject to change and does not reflect an order of priority. Read the full press release here: February 10, 2021 Press Release

• Cancer
• Chronic Kidney Disease
• COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
• Diabetes
• Heart Condition
• Immunocompromised State from a Solid Organ Transplant
• Obesity
• Pregnancy
• Pulmonary Disease
• Sickle Cell Disease

February 5, 2021 - COVID Update 

All regions are currently in Phase 4. To view more information on various regions, visit Illinois Department of Health Region Metrics. For more information on various industry rules applicable under Phase 4, please see Phase 4 Guidelines Overview .  

Vaccination Update

The Illinois Department of Health notes 80 new COVID-19 Vaccination locations were added across the state bringing the total to 390 locations. One of the new locations includes an Illinois National Guard supported site at Triton College. Please click to view IDPH's February 4th News Release regarding locations . For information on how to make an appointment to receive the vaccine, updates on the state’s plan and eligibility, and answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, go to coronavirus.illinois.gov.

Phase 1B includes individuals age 65 and older and essential workers such as first responders, manufacturing employees and grocery store personnel. While an estimated 600,000 suburban individuals are eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1b, officials continue to remind the public that there is currently not adequate vaccine supply to vaccinate everyone. The site at Triton is expected to be able to provide more than 4,000 vaccines weekly and Cook County expects to open additional large vaccination sites in the coming weeks.

Vaccinations at all Cook County Health sites will be provided by appointment only. Cook County Health will offer appointment slots based on the amount of vaccine on hand and will add appointments as new vaccine shipments arrive.
 Appointments can be made at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov. Individuals without internet access or who need assistance scheduling can call (833) 308-1988 (from 7a.m. to 7p.m., Monday - Friday).  


February 2, 2021 - COVID Update - Region 10 Phase 4 Information 

As of February 2, 2021, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that Region 10, Suburban Cook County can move into Phase 4 of the Coronavirus Mitigation Rules. Phase 4 allows for restaurants and bars to expand indoor drinking and dining to parties of up to 10 people. Tables should be arranged to allow for six feet between parties (or use impermeable barriers). Meetings and social events should be limited to the lesser, either 50 people or 50% of room capacity; Retail and Service Counters continue with  a capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy. For more information on industry rules applicable under Phase 4, please click Phase 4 Guidelines Overview  .

Illinois Department of Health Region Metrics                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 January 29, 2021 - COVID Update - Vaccine Information

Phase 1B Underway: As of Monday, January 25th, Illinois moved into Phase 1B of it's Vaccination Plan. Eligibility includes frontline essential workers such as first responders, educators, food service providers, agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers, inmates, postal workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, staff at shelters, day care staff, and all Illinois residents 65 years and older.  Vaccine administration for La Grange Park residents is under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Department of Public Health and the State of Illinois. It is important to note that nationwide the demand far out paces the supply for the vaccine. Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the resources provide by the County below, and check with their primary care physicians regarding vaccine availability. 

Vaccination Resources:


January 25, 2021 - COVID Update - New Vaccination Information

As previously reported, beginning today, Monday, January 25th, Illinois moves into the early phases of Phase 1B.  All residents over the age of 65 and frontline workers can receive the vaccine.   

At today’s vaccine press briefing, officials provided important information for those individuals interested in getting the vaccine.  It was also noted that while the vaccination program is underway, at this time, demand for the vaccine far outpaces the supply.  As such, officials are encouraging patience through the process.  Finally, an appointment is required to receive the vaccine.

County and State officials have provided the following resources for residents for the vaccine:

January 22, 2021 - COVID Update 

In his Press Briefing today, Governor Pritzker announced that Region 10 (Suburban Cook County) is on track to advance to Tier 1 as of Saturday, January 23, 2021.  This means that restaurants may resume dine in service again while following the Tier 1 restrictions. Please click on Tier 1 Resurgence Mitigations below for a more detailed explanation of what this means for Bars and Restaurants, Meetings, social events and gatherings, and organized group recreational activities.   

Additionally, Governor Pritzker announced the initial launch of Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Plan. Beginning Monday, January 25th, Illinois will move into the early phases of Phase 1B.  All residents over the age of 65 and frontline workers can receive the vaccine.  As of now vaccinations will be made available by appointment only. Please click here to view the Governor's 1/22/21 Press Release.

January 15, 2021 - COVID Update

As of today certain regions will be allowed to return to either Tier 2, Tier 1 or regular Phase 4 Guidelines based on their current IDPH metrics. During his daily press briefing today, Governor Pritzker announced those regions that qualified. Our area, Suburban Cook County (Region 10), continues to be under Tier 3 enhanced mitigations at this time.

 In order to move to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics:

1. A test positivity rate below 12 percent for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND

2. Greater than or equal to 20 percent available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 3-day rolling average; AND 

3. A sustained decrease in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

In order to move to Tier 1 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics: 

1. A test positivity rate below 8 percent for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND

2. Greater than or equal to 20 percent available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 3-day rolling average; AND 

3. No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

In order to move to Phase 4, a region must meet the following metrics: 

1. A test positivity rate less than or equal to 6.5 percent for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND 

2. Greater than or equal to 20 percent available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 3-day rolling average; AND 

3. No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

Governor Pritzker also announce that the state will move forward with an aggressive Vaccine Plan with hundreds of additional providers coming online into he coming days as the state moves to complete Phase 1A.

Actions to Combat Resurgence of COVID-19, January 15, 2021 (Mitigation Plan Update)

Governor Pritzker January 15, 2021 Press Release(Tiers & Vaccination Plan)

Vaccination Data Website

January 8, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

This week the State announced both the creation of Phase 1B in the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan and the date of Friday, January 15, as the first day that a region of the state can have Tier 3 enhanced mitigations removed, but only IF ELIGIBLE. 

All regions meeting those metrics on or after January 15 will have the Tier 3 enhanced mitigations removed and will be returned to either Tier 2 or Tier 1 enhanced mitigations or regular Phase 4 guidelines based on their region’s then-current metrics in line with the state’s Restore Illinois Plan (available via this link) and the state’s enhanced mitigation plan (available via this link)

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to track the positivity rates and hospital capacity metrics in regions over 14-day monitoring periods to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required or if current mitigations should remain in place. In order for a region to have Tier 3 mitigations removed on or after January 15, a region must experience less than a 12% 7-day rolling average test positivity rate for three consecutive days, have greater than 20% intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital bed availability for three consecutive days, and decreases in the region’s COVID-19 hospitalizations as a rolling average in 7 out of the last 10 days. 

Preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from December 30, 2020, through January 5, 2021, is now 8.4%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from December 30, 2020, through January 5, 2021, is 9.9%. Cases by county can be found on the state’s coronavirus website at coronavirus.illinois.gov

 All regions of the state remain under Tier 3 enhanced mitigations, which are available via this link, regardless of IDPH-monitored metrics for specific regions. The enhanced mitigations impact bars and restaurants, health and fitness centers, hotels, indoor and outdoor recreation, theaters and cultural institutions, manufacturing, meetings, social events and gatherings, personal care services and retail businesses. 

  More Information:

IDPH is providing daily updates on their COVID-19 website (available via this link) regarding the regional metrics that are used to determine what tier applies to which region. Those metrics include COVID-19 admissions to the region’s hospitals, the region’s COVID-19 test positivity rate and the available surge capacity at the region’s hospitals.  

COVID-19 Vaccination Update (updated 1/11/21)

Illinois rolls out planned phases for vaccinations. Below is a summary of Phase 1A and 1B, for more information please see the links below. 

 Phase 1A: Illinois is currently in Phase 1A of the state's vaccination plan which targets frontline healthcare workers along with residents and staff of long-term care facilities. The goal is to fortify the healthcare workforce by removing the most exposed workers from the cycle of illness and infection as well as protect our most vulnerable residents. The state estimates that all interested residents in Phase 1A will be vaccinated in the coming weeks.

 Phase 1B:  Once Illinois makes substantial progress in Phase 1A and federal vaccine deliveries increase, Phase 1B will expand to frontline essential workers and residents age 65 and over. The frontline essential workers’ designation includes many residents who carry a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their work duties, often because they are unable to work from home, and/or they must work closely to others without being able to socially distance. This include first responders, education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers and inmates, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and staff at shelters and day cares. 

November 20, 2020 - Tier 3 Enhanced Mitigations Go Into Effect Statewide Today

The enhanced mitigations impact bars and restaurants, health and fitness centers, hotels, indoor and outdoor recreation, theaters and cultural institutions, manufacturing, meetings, social events and gatherings, personal care services, retail businesses. To view the Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations, click here. Resurgence Mitigation FAQ sheet, click here.

November 13, 2020 - The Illinois Department of Public Health Holiday Guidance

The Illinois Department of Public Health is recommending that residents stay home as much as possible and only leave for essential activities. To provide safer ways to celebrate, 'Healthy Holidays to You' highlights what doctors and scientists consider top methods to reduce your risk of contracting or spreading the virus: limiting gatherings to your immediate family or keeping them virtual, maintaining 6 feet of distance from others and wearing a mask, whether you're indoors or out. "This year's holiday season is going to be difficult and challenging for many of us," said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. "This campaign was designed to emphasize the importance of making safer decisions and checking in on loved ones during this time in order to stay safe and strong for each other."  

  • For State of Illinois Holiday guidance, click here
  • To find more safety information and tips for the season visit AllIn.Illinois.gov.
  • To download the videos, audio and images for the ‘Healthy Holidays to You' campaign, click here.

 Recent Covid-19 News Releases

 Additional Resources

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Update as of October 27, 2020:

COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation Information for Suburban Cook County (Region 10)

Following an increase in the positivity rate as well as increased hospital admissions due to Covid-19, resurgence mitigation measures will take effect on Wednesday, October 28 in accordance with orders from the Governor's Office. To view the News Release, click HERE.

 

Restaurants

• No indoor dining or bar service

• All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.

• Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart

• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting

• Reservations required for each party

• No seating of multiple parties at one table

 

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity

• No party buses

• Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

 

Bars

• No indoor service

• All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.

• All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside

• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)

• Outside Dining Tables should be 6 feet apart

• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting

• No dancing or standing indoors

• Reservations required for each party

• No seating of multiple parties at one table

 

To view the News Release, click HERE.

 

Previous Updates:

Gov. Pritzker Announces Efforts to Protect Illinois Communities and Frontline Workers in Response to Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Announces New IDPH Rules to Provide Local Law Enforcement More Flexibility and a Measured Process to Enforce Public Health Guidance Signs SB471 to Provide Additional Protections for Frontline Workers, Expand Paid Disability Leave

Friday, August 7, 2020

CHICAGO - Building on efforts to protect Illinois’ workers and communities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker announced that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will file emergency rules for businesses, schools, and child care establishments regarding the use of face coverings and the size of gatherings. The governor also signed SB471 to help protect workers who continue to serve on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

"As I’ve visited with and listened to mayors and health departments all across our state, it’s clear there is still an even greater need to get people to wear masks - especially to protect frontline workers, whether they’re at the front of a store asking you to put on your mask or whether they’re responding to 911 calls to save those in distress," said Governor JB Pritzker. "These rules, which provide multiple opportunities for compliance before any penalty is issued, are a commonsense way to enforce public health guidelines. Illinois has made substantial progress in our fight against COVID-19 because the vast majority of communities and business owners have done the right thing. These rules will help ensure that the minority of people who refuse to act responsibly won’t take our state backward."

"We know that face coverings are key to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19, but it only works if everyone wears them," said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. "We are seeing cases increasing each day and hearing about people not complying with the masking mandate.  This rule is an effort to help keep all of us healthy and decrease the risk of contracting COVID-19."

NEW IDPH COVID-19 EMERGENCY RULES

In an effort to maintain the progress we have made in Illinois’ COVID-19 pandemic response, the Pritzker administration is filing emergency rules for businesses, schools, and child care establishments regarding the use of face coverings and the size of gatherings.

These rules provide multiple opportunities for compliance before any penalty is issued, giving local health departments and local law enforcement more leeway to support community public health in a productive manner. While existing, pre-pandemic enforcement laws, like revoking a license, are stringent and severe, these rules provide flexibility for local communities and a measured process to help keep people safe. 

That process is as follows:

  • First, businesses will be given a warning in the form of written notice and encouraged to voluntarily comply with public health guidance.
  • Second, businesses that do not voluntarily comply will be given an order to have some or all of their patrons leave the premises as needed to comply with public health guidance and reduce risks.
  • Third, if the business continues to refuse to comply, the business can receive a class A misdemeanor and be subject to a fine ranging from $75-$2,500.

These rules do not apply to individuals and penalties will not exceed a misdemeanor and a $75-$2,500 fine. 

The emergency rules also reinforce the authority of IDPH and local health departments to investigate COVID-19 cases and reaffirm that businesses have a responsibility to cooperate with those investigations.

SENATE BILL 471

As Illinois’ essential workers continue to serve on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, Governor Pritzker signed SB 471 to expand workplace protections. To directly protect workers in retail, the law adds a penalty for assaulting or battering a retail worker who is conveying public health guidance, such as requiring patrons to wear face-coverings or promoting social distancing. This provision sends the message that it’s vitally important for workers to be both respected and protected while serving on the front lines.

"As we continue to adapt to the changes forced on us by the current pandemic, we have to also create a response that addresses the long-time issues it has exacerbated," said Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford. "Our essential workers put their lives at risk for us to stay safe, and it is clear that we have to continue to do better to protect working class people with a renewed commitment to providing basic rights for everyone."

"As our state faces the challenges created by the ongoing global pandemic, we are doing all we can to support and protect our front line and essential workers," said State Representative Jay Hoffman. "This legislation allows front line workers that have been impacted by COVID-19 to focus on recovering while sending a clear message to all our essential workers that we are behind them and will do all we can to protect their safety and well-being."

The law also increases paid disability leave for any injury that occurs after March 9, 2020 by 60 days for firefighters, law enforcement and paramedics whose recovery was hindered by COVID-19.

More specifically, eligible employees include:

  • Any part-time or full-time State correctional officer or any other full or part-time employee of the Department of Corrections
  • Any full or part-time employee of the Prisoner Review Board
  • Any full or part-time employee of the Department of Human Services working within a penal institution or a State mental health or developmental disabilities facility operated by the Department of Human Services
  • Any full-time law enforcement officer or full-time firefighter

These measure build upon the Pritzker administration’s efforts to protect the safety and livelihood of Illinois residents by continuing to enforce all labor laws during the pandemic.

SB 471 takes effect immediately.

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