Cook County Department of Public Health officials are advising all suburban Cook County residents and visitors to follow additional COVID-19 guidance to curb the increased spread of COVID-19 in Illinois Region 10, beginning Monday, November 16, 2020, at 6 a.m. The advisory will last for a period of at least 30 days.
Over 99,000 people in suburban Cook County have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and positivity rates are over 15%.
This guidance is in alignment with the State of Illinois, and in accordance with public health science. Guidelines include:
STAY HOME. Refrain from any non-essential activities and stay home.
If you must go out for essential activities, such as work, to attend school, or to shop for groceries make sure to wear a mask consistently and correctly over your nose and mouth, avoid close contact with others and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others who do not live with you.
Wash hands often with soap and warm water.
LIMIT GATHERINGS. Refrain from attending or hosting gatherings with people who do not live in your household whenever possible. This includes recommendations to postpone holiday gatherings or host virtual celebrations in lieu of in person gatherings.
LIMIT TRAVEL. Do not engage in any non-essential travel, including vacations
or trips to visit relatives or friends.
WORK FROM HOME. As much as possible, CCDPH is calling on employers in suburban Cook County to re-establish telework protocols for staff who are able to work from home.
For more information, please visit www.cookcountypublichealth.org, call the CCDPH COVID-19 Hotline a