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 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

Updated March 27, 2020

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood Talks COVID-19 with Kendall County Health Department Executive Director, Dr. Amaal Tokars, 3/25/20

Illinois Department of Public Health, Public Service Announcement, 3/27/20

Kendall County Health Department Public Service Announcement, 3/27/20

Joint Public Service Announcement, Kendall County Health Department and IEMA, 3/26/20

Press Release COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation, 3/20/20

GROCERY SHOPPING During COVID 19

Stay-at-Home FAQs

How to Protect Yourself (and others)

An outbreak beginning in Wuhan City, China caused by 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being responded to by the CDC, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Kendall County Health Department. A novel coronavirus, first detected in China, has now spread to numerous countries worldwide, including the United States. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared this outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern" (WHO). On January 31, 2020, it was also declared a public health emergency in the United States. On March 11, 2020 COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.  

For 24/7 case mapping, please refer to this Johns Hopkins website.

For additional COVID-19 real-time world statistics, please refer to World-O-Meters.  


How It Spreads...

Person-to-person spread is occurring among close contacts (people within 6 feet of each other), and is mostly occurring via respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, then inhaled or land in mouths or noses. This type of spread has been detected in the United States. The CDC is unclear whether COVID-19 can be spread from touching a surface the virus is on and then touching their own face. The virus is thought to be most contagious when an individual is showing symptoms.

The virus has been seen to spread easily and there has been significant community spread (sustainable spreading within a community) in some geographic locations. This means individuals have been infected with the virus in the same area, with some who could be unsure how or where they were infected.

It is unknown at this time whether people with no symptoms can transmit the virus.


Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 mimic those of the common cold or respiratory illness, and generally begin to appear 2-14 days after exposure. If any of these symptoms persist, please call your healthcare provider or the Health Department:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

 

For guidance on cleaning and disinfection for schools and the workplace, please refer to the CDC Prevention Actions for flu


Prevention and Hygiene Tips

Everyday actions can help prevent and slow down the spread of respiratory illness. Some household steps that can be taken include:

Click Here to Break the Cycle!

For in-depth prevention measures along with other advice for the public, refer to this WHO website.


Information for Travelers

Information and Guidance about Global Travel on Cruise Ships, Including River Cruises, due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Along with the traveler's health provided above, the CDC has several key points:

  • Preliminary information suggests that older adults and people with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease from this virus.
  • The CDC does not currently recommend that the general public or travelers wear respirators or face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus if they are healthy. 
  • Face masks should only be worn by individuals sick with respiratory symptoms to prevent the spread of germs to others, especially in healthcare settings like hospitals or clinics. 
  • If you do not feel well after your trip, call your doctor and tell them where and when you traveled from, as well as your symptoms

Information for Healthcare Professionals

Please refer to this CDC Website to find up-to-date recommendations regarding Infection Control, Persons Under Investigation, and Clinical Care for those in healthcare. 

COVID-19 Guidance for Medically Fragile Children

What Coronavirus Symptoms Look Like, Day By Day

Information for Daycare Center Professionals

The Governor, his staff, his Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD), and the leadership at the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) know that child care is always a critical work support for families. That is even more true now as our state engages in a "stay at home" strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19. Per Governor Pritzker's Executive Order on Friday March 20, 2020, all child care programs were closed. Where possible, children should be kept at home. However, we know that is not an option for some of our essential workers, and it is the priority of Governor Pritzker to provide you with what you need, where and when you need it. 

For as long as the public health emergency continues, licensed and licensed-exempt child care homes may serve up to six children of essential workers as a legally license-exempt home. License-exempt child care centers may also continue to operate, serving children of essential workers, without getting an Emergency Child Care License. GOECD, in partnership with IDHS and DCFS, has established a structure and system for other child care providers to apply for an Emergency Child Care Center License to provide care for essential workers. We have the following resources available to you at this time, and this page will be regularly updated as more information becomes available. 

Effective March 21, 2020 and for as long as the public health emergency continues, licensed and licensed-exempt child care homes may serve up to six children of essential workers as a legally license-exempt home. No application or registration is required to continue operation, but homes choosing to remain open to serve essential workers must: 
  • Click here to let the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) system know that you are offering emergency child care for children of essential workers. This way, they can connect families needing care to available care. 
  • If you are serving primarily low-income families and would like to apply for a grant to support operations:
    •  If you currently have a contract with the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services, contact them. 
    • For all other programs, information will be forthcoming soon. 
Effective March 21, 2020 child care centers can apply to become an Emergency Child Care Center to continue to serve the children of essential workers during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. It is recommended that centers serve no more than 50 children per center with a maximum group size of 10 per classroom. Centers that would like to become an Emergency Child Care Center must: 

If you are an essential worker and in need of more information on child care options, please contact the health department at (630)553-9100


Guidance for Businesses and Employees

Employers should encourage their employees to stay home if they are sick:

  • Employees with respiratory symptoms are recommended to stay at home and not come to work until they are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours. This should be without the use of a fever reducer or cough suppressant. 
  • Sick leave policies should be flexible and reflect public health guidance. Employees should be aware of these policies
  • Contract or Temporary employees and their companies should be aware of the importance of sick employees staying home and should be encouraged to review their own policies
  • Do not require a healthcare providers note to confirm an employee's respiratory illness, or their return to work. Providers and healthcare facilities may be extremely busy at this time and may not be able to provide these types of documents
  • Maintain flexible policies for employees to stay home to care for a sick family member. 

Perform Routine Environmental Cleaning:

  • Clean all touched surfaces in the workplace routinely. Places such as workstations, counter tops, and doorknobs should be cleaned with cleaning agents that are typically used with the directions on the label. 
  • No extra disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended
  • Disposable wipes should be available for employees for commonly used surfaces such as doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, and desks.

For more information, please visit the CDC Guidance for Businesses

Information for Hotels

Information for Law Enforcement

For guidance on PPE for law enforcement, as well as other tips on how to protect yourself from exposure, please visit the CDC Guidance for Law Enforcement


Guidance for Long Term Care Facilities

the Illinois Department of Public Health has issued guidance for Long Term Care Facilities, which can be found here: 

Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes (REVISED 3/19/20)

Preventing Spread Into Facilities:

  • Place signs at entrances reminding visitors to postpone their visit if they have symptoms of respiratory infection
  • Ensure employees are aware of sick leave policies that allow them to stay home if they show signs and symptoms of a respiratory infection
  • Review infection prevention practices within facility and those for new resident intake

Preventing Spread Within Facilities

  • Check on residents and employees for fever or respiratory symptoms at least once per shift, and for employees at least once before beginning their shift
  • Restrict residents with fever and any respiratory symptoms to their rooms and ensure they have a face mask if possible if they need to leave
  • Use Standard, Contact, and Droplet protection for anyone with respiratory symptoms
  • Post signs throughout the facility to promote germ prevention and good hygiene
  • Support good cough etiquette as well as strong hand washing
  • Place alcohol based hand sanitizer in every room at in all common areas, along with readily accessible tissues and well stocked soap and paper towels in bathrooms
  • Provide regular infection control and PPE training for all staff, along with trash cans at every exit for employees to easily discard any PPE

 

For further information regarding travel advisories, prevention information, as well as clinician information, please refer to the CDC Website or the Illinois Department of Public Health.  

For more information and up-to-date news on the ongoing spread and global investigation into the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus please refer to the WHO website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Content Source: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

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