Update 10/31/2020

SIREN NOTIFICATION

To:  Region 6 Long-Term Care Facilities, Local Health Department Administrators, ERCs, CD staff, PIOs, and Public Health Nurses

CC:  IDPH Director, IDPH Assistant Director, IDPH Chief of Staff, IDPH Deputy Directors, IDPH PIOs, IDPH RHOs, IDPH CD Leads, IDPH OPR Leads, IDPH ERCs, IDPH REMSCs, IDPH Lab Director / Leads, IDPH Long Term Care Leads, IEMA Director / Staff, ASPR, and RHCC’s

From:  Illinois Department of Public Health

Date:  October 30, 2020

Subject: Mitigation Measures for Long-term Care (LTC) Facilities in COVID-19 Region 6

Starting Monday, November 2, Illinois COVID-19 Region 6 is subject to mitigation measures (Tier 1) due to high test positivity rates in the region. Note the following points, based on IDPH’s LTC reopening guidance that took effect on August 14 and was updated on October 21: Reopening Guidance

  • Any LTC facilities in Region 6 that have already advanced to CMS Phase 2 or 3 must suspend indoor visitation and off-site outings. Meanwhile, outdoor visitation may continue. Indoor visitation and off-site outings (if in Phase 3) can be resumed 14 days after tiered mitigation for the region is lifted.
  • Any LTC facilities in Region 6 that have not yet advanced out of CMS Phase 1 are not eligible to advance to CMS Phase 2 until 14 days after tiered mitigation in the region is lifted. Specifically, that means that any plans to begin indoor visitation in association with phase advancement must be postponed until that time. Meanwhile, outdoor visitation may continue.