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Updated March 25, 2020
The following information is provided as guidance for childcare centers and home daycare operations:
Village of Skokie Emergency Childcare Centers and Childcare Homes Information and Requirements
Illinois Guidance for Emergency Childcare Centers and Emergency Childcare Homes
Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Prevention Guidance Childcare
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Following the Mandatory Closures
The Skokie Health Department has been in contact with dentists, orthodontists and other oral care professionals and issued the following information:
Skokie Health Department March 25, 2020 letter to dentists and oral care professionals
IDPH COVID-19 Urgent Request for PPE
Further information is available from:
Illinois State Dental Society
American Dental Association
Governor Pritzker’s Executive Stay-At-Home Order allows for contractors and landscapers to operate, as these services are considered essential.
The Village of Skokie has received numerous inquiries about whether landscaping crews are allowed to work during the state-wide stay-at-home order along with complaints about both landscaping and construction work crews not following COVID-19 prevention practices on job sites.
The State of Illinois is stressing how essential it is to practice safe social distancing when on the job or otherwise not at home. These practices are vital for the State of Illinois and every community, including to Skokie, to discourage the spread of COVID-19 and to ultimately prevent the healthcare system from being overrun with needs. The Village of Skokie has issued the Chicagoland Associated General Contractors COVID-19 Recommendations for Job Sites to Skokie-area contractors and landscapers, imploring them to follow the guidelines to stay safe and keep the community safe. The recommendations were initially developed by the Centers for Disease Control, and are now being distributed nationwide.
How the Village of Skokie is working with long-term care facilities
The Skokie Health Department has a close working relationship with the six long-term care facilities in the Village. By ordinance, health department staff members inspect these facilities every other month to enforce State of Illinois regulations - conducting both nursing and environmental health inspections.
In early March, prior to the first case of COVID-19 in the Village, health department staff met with the administrators and nursing directors of the facilities to review the guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). This guidance has been updated regularly since then, and health department staff remains in close contact with all six of Skokie’s long-term care facilities that are strictly following the IDPH guidance to prevent or limit the spread of COVID-19.
Thanks to area hospitals, especially Skokie Hospital and St. Francis in Evanston, there are no barriers to getting COVID-19 tests for long-term care facility residents or staff. For facilities with a case, the health department works closely with the facility, NorthShore University HealthSystem and the Illinois Department of Public Health to ensure a coordinated effort regarding testing, care and notification protocols.
In addition, the health department has provided all of the long-term care facilities with personal protective equipment (PPE) received through the Illinois stockpile. All of the facilities have reported that they have adequate PPE supplies. It also is important to note that current IDPH guidance contains requirements for prompt notification procedures by long-term care facilities to residents and residents’ next of kin, guardians or emergency contacts when that resident, another resident or a staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19 or when a resident dies from COVID-19.
“My staff and I are grateful for the necessary medical care and kindness the staff of these facilities is giving to the vulnerable residents who are under their care. The staff members at each and every facility have been extraordinarily responsive, and they should be commended for their courage in facing this challenging and rapidly changing situation each day,” said Skokie Health Director Dr. Catherine Counard.