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Effective October 28, 2020 - new COVID-19 mitigation measures for Region 10, including Skokie.

See new COVID-19 mitigation measures for Region 10, including Skokie.

The Skokie Health Department urges residents to take action to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have announced the need for COVID-19 resurgence mitigation in Region 10, which includes Skokie, beginning Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

See more information from the State of Illinois.

Increasing positivity rates and hospitalizations triggered the Illinois Department of Public Health to move Region 10 from a designation of blue to orange, indicating warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk, per the Restore Illinois Resurgence Mitigations Plan, which uses a standardized approach to monitor the state as a whole, while also monitoring regional trends.

The specific measures to be imposed as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. These mitigation measures include restrictions such as limiting bar and restaurant service and the sizes of social gatherings. Outdoor dining and carry-out service from restaurants is still available. 

See a list of Skokie restaurants open for outdoor dining as well as curbside and carryout service.

Please help slow in slowing the spread of this virus, DCHD urges residents to follow the effective public health tools available:

  1. Wear a mask whenever outside your home or around people not from your household;
  2. Watch your distance, staying at least 6 feet from people outside of your immediate household;
  3. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often;
  4. Avoid large gatherings, especially indoors;
  5. Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19; consult with your healthcare provider for medical evaluation and testing, as needed; and  
  6. Get your flu shot, to prevent illness from influenza and to prevent possible co-infection from influenza and COVID-19.  Although the Skokie Heath Department's flu shot clinics have concluded, flu shots are still available at many local pharmacies and health care providers.

A reminder that Skokie’s Health Department and Economic Development Department offers businesses support and guidance to assist in keeping their businesses open safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. This team is available to answer questions and direct businesses to the appropriate resources. For assistance, please email info@skokie.org.

Additionally, Skokie businesses can find the latest resources for information on relevant grant programs and financial resources from local, regional, state and federal sources.  See a searchable map and list of Skokie Businesses and Services providing curbside, delivery, or other accommodations.

Contact Tracing Scam Alert

State officials and federal agencies are warning of a new phone scam in which callers pose as COVID-19 contact tracers and try to pry credit card or bank account information from unsuspecting victims. Although the Skokie Health Department has not received any such complaints, residents should be aware that legitimate contact tracers will never request payment, and although they will ask for some identifying information such as address and birthdate, to verify that you are the person they are trying to reach, they will never request a social security number. They also will never disclose the identity of the individual who tested positive and is the starting point for the tracing effort. Read an article from Kaiser Health News for more information.

A Message From the Skokie Health Department About Post-Travel Quarantine

The Skokie Health Department is a state-certified local health department with legal authority over all public health matters in the Village of Skokie.

There are no plans to require or recommend quarantine in Skokie at this time, for people who have been in states where the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise, consistent with the stance of Governor J. B. Pritzker (Tribune article:  Pritzker: No Plans To Quarantine Visitors From Other States).  

Any business, school or other entity that wishes to require a 14-day quarantine for their own employees who have traveled is able to do so.  There is no prohibition on that action. The Skokie Health Department continues to emphasize the more important messages that everyone should stay home if sick, maintain social distancing and wear face coverings in public settings, and wash hands frequently.  

This is true no matter where a person is - simply spending time in another state, without engaging in risky behaviors, would not be expected to increase an individual's risk of COVID-19 infection.  On the other hand, if you are in Skokie, where new cases of COVID-19 are being identified nearly every day (just as they are in Cook County and Chicago), and choose to participate in large gatherings, do not social distance or wear face coverings then you have substantially increased your risk of infection.

If the situation changes, based on new data, or if there is an Illinois-wide directive issued, the Skokie Health Department will revise its recommendation on quarantine requirements in Skokie.

If you are traveling, see updated guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Skokie Businesses - See Restore Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines

As of June 26, 2020, Skokie and the surrounding region transitioned to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois. Skokie is in region 10 of the Restore Illinois plan.The State of Illinois has developed a business toolkit with signage, posters and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations including those of the Skokie Health Department. Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines. See details of the Phase 4 guidance for businesses.

All Skokie businesses that choose to reopen or expand operations during Phase 4 are required to adhere to the guidelines for their sector. The Skokie Health Department is available to assist businesses with navigating the Restore Illinois Phase 4 Guidance. Please call the Environmental Health team at 847-933-8462 or email info@skokie.org if you would like someone to walk through the guidance with you, including making an on-site visit for a consultation. Businesses also are urged to report any cases of COVID-19 in the workforce, so that the health department team can work with you to prevent spread in your facility. All calls will be answered within one business day.  

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