Emergency Daycare License and Home Daycare Resource Links

On Friday March 20, 2020 The Governor’s executive order (EO) shut down day care centers. These entities can apply for an emergency day care license under the emergency rules that DCFS posted on Friday March 20, 2020. These can be accessed at (https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/aboutus/notices/Documents/rules_407.pdf). These emergency day care centers can provide care to those individuals who are authorized to work under the EO.  Day care homes (as opposed to centers) may continue to operate (without a license from DCFS) with up to 6 children.

 

Additional resources related to providing emergency day care services can be found using the following link: https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/brighterfutures/healthy/Documents/COVID-19_Frequently_Asked_Questions_Following_the_Mandatory_Closure_of_All_Child_Care_Centers_and_Homes.pdf

 

The Office of Early Childhood Education has also posted this information: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/OECD/Pages/For-Communities.aspx

 

IDPH, Interim Recommended Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Childcare/Daycare Centers; 3/18/2020 – Subject to Change

COVID-19 Guidance & Enforcement Documents for Restaurants and Bars

Clinton County Food Establishments must take extra precautions against the COVID-19 virus.  The following guidelines are addressed in the below documents:
  • Enforcement of the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Order No. 5 from March 16, 2020 to March 30, 2020
  • Guidance for food establishments that are completely closing or remaining open during this time period
  • CDC’s Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
  • Employee Health Guidance
  • Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19, IDPH Interim Guidance for Food Service

COVID-19, Closure-Opening Guidance for Food Establishments

Enforcement of COVID-19 Executive Order No. 5

Press Release 3/20/2020

As the availability of testing for COVID-19 and the necessity of testing for COVID-19 are continually re-evaluated, The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued new guidance about who will be tested in IDPH labs. As of now, persons living in a residential congregate setting, serving more vulnerable populations and having 2 or more possible or confirmed cases of COVID-19 OR persons hospitalized with unexplained pneumonia are the only populations who will be tested.

 

This new information changes previous guidance for those experiencing symptoms, but steps to take to prevent illness have not changed.

 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Persons with mild respiratory illnesses are advised to stay home to minimize possible exposures to healthcare workers, patients and the public. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

 

Clean your hands often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

Avoid close contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

 

Stay home if you’re sick

Stay home if you are sick. Drink plenty of fluids. If your symptoms are serious, call your primary care physician for guidance.

 

Cover coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

Clean and disinfect

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

COVID-19 Update

Clinton County Health Department is confirming a third case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Clinton County. None of these cases involved international travel. The health department is urging residents to continue to practice social distancing, utilize frequent handwashing, avoid touching the face with hands and to report any respiratory symptoms, fever and/or cough to their primary care physician.

Health Department Administrator, Sean Eifert, is reminding residents to visit dph.illinois.gov and cdc.gov for a wealth of information regarding how to minimize the risk of spreading this illness. “We are working very closely with EMA, the county board, sheriff’s department, HSHS St. Joseph’s as well as HSHS Medical Group, local mayors and municipalities to ensure the best coordinated effort to maintain the health and safety of all our residents.” Eifert said this afternoon.

The most recent two residents who tested positive were male and female, one in his 60’s and one in her 20’s. No additional information can be provided, other than both have been extremely cooperative, are self-quarantined and seem to be doing well.

COVID-19 News Release 03/18/2020

Clinton County Health Department is confirming a third case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Clinton County. None of these cases involved international travel. The health department is urging residents to continue to practice social distancing, utilize frequent handwashing, avoid touching the face with hands and to report any respiratory symptoms, fever and/or cough to their primary care physician.

Health Department Administrator, Sean Eifert, is reminding residents to visit dph.illinois.gov and cdc.gov for a wealth of information regarding how to minimize the risk of spreading this illness. “We are working very closely with EMA, the county board, sheriff’s department, HSHS St. Joseph’s as well as HSHS Medical Group, local mayors and municipalities to ensure the best coordinated effort to maintain the health and safety of all our residents.” Eifert said this afternoon.

The most recent two residents who tested positive were both females, one in her 60’s and one in her late 20’s. No additional information can be provided, other than both have been extremely cooperative, are self-quarantined and seem to be doing well.

Press Release 3/15/2020

Clinton County Health Department, along with IDPH has identified a presumptive-positive case of COVID-19 within Clinton County. The patient is a female in her 60’s. She is not a resident of Clinton County but is staying in the area. She has not had any international travel.

She is currently on voluntary quarantine at the home and is extremely cooperative. All of her close contacts have been identified, isolated, and are being monitored by the Clinton County Health Department staff.

We will not be releasing any more detailed information on the patient at this time.

We are currently working with IDPH/CDC guidance and guidelines in order to provide the most up-to-date information to residents of our county.

As a health department we are encouraging all residents to please follow CDC guidance, as well as social distancing and other recommendations by the Governor. Please use community mitigation strategies that are proven to work. These things include handwashing appropriately, using good respiratory hygiene, staying home if you are ill, social distancing of 6 feet from others, limiting community gatherings per CDC guidelines. This includes keeping gatherings of seniors to less than 10.

Per the CDC, “The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild to severe, including illness resulting in death….Older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.”

The Clinton County Health Department is urging residents to please follow CDC/IDPH/Governor’s guidelines for the health and safety of the entire community, including those who are most susceptible to illness. By not following these recommendations, community members are putting those most vulnerable at risk of disease and quite possibly, even death.

Clinton County residents are resilient, compassionate about their community members, and level-headed. This will pass, but it is imperative as a community to take the necessary steps to limit the reach of COVID-19 and other viral illnesses. The situation is rapidly changing and as soon as information is available, The Health Department will release it.

IDPH News Release, and links for COVID-19 information

February 26, 2020 IDPH news release (shortened):

“While efforts to contain the number of COVID-19 cases will continue, Illinois will also utilize community mitigation strategies. Community mitigation aims to slow the spread of a novel virus in communities using nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) better known as “everyday preventive actions” including staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, frequent handwashing, and routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects.

In the absence of medications or vaccines, community mitigation measures are the first line of defense against highly transmissible infectious diseases. Preventative actions should be practiced by Illinoisans at all times, but especially as we continue to monitor potential spread of a new virus.

For more information about how you can prepare for the spread of the virus and steps you can take to stay healthy, visit https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/. While these materials reference influenza, the information and actions you can take to prepare yourself and your community still apply, for At Home, At School, At Work, and At a Gathering.”

Link to full news release here: http://dph.illinois.gov/news/illinois-taking-preventative-action-limit-spread-coronavirus

 

For national/travel information regarding COVID-19

Please follow this link:

CDC

For regional information (IDPH/Illinois) regarding COVID-19

Please follow this link:

IDPH