Illinois - COVID-19 Covered

Illinois

Total Cases: 201,727 (August 14)
Tests Administered: 3,237,107 (August 13)
Fatalities: 7,905 (August 14)
Testing:
  • A list of Illinois community-based COVID-19 testing locations can be found here.   

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Essential service providers include health care workers, grocery employees, funeral home employees, pharmacists, hardware store workers, plumbers, electricians, daycare providers, bank tellers, and roles that are essential to the supply chain. Police, firefighters, and paramedics will also continue to work. (March 20)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Governor Pritzker announced penalties for businesses that fail to comply with the statewide mask mandate. (August 7) 
  • Governor Pritzker signed a bill that will provide worker compensation benefits for front-line and essential workers who contract COVID-19 on the job under certain conditions (June 5) 
  • Illinois has released specialized health and safety guidelines arranged by industry categories for businesses and offices reopening during Phase Three. (May 24) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Pritzker announced that the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has extended the deadline for Illinoisans to apply for nutrition benefits to August 31. (August 12) 
  • The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) will allocate $150 million to help income-eligible renters through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. After this application period ends, IDHA will then open applications for Emergency Mortgage Assistance, providing $150 million to homeowners impacted by COVID-19. (August 10) 
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced $33 million in federal funding for housing grants for Chicago residents, including mortgage and rental assistance. (July 27) 
  • Governor Pritzker extended the ban on evictions until August 22. (July 22) 
  • The Illinois Housing Development Authority has launched two programs – each with $150 million worth of funding – to provide assistance to renters and homeowners. (July 22) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that $250 million in relief will be dispersed to local communities to assist with the response to COVID-19. (July 1) 
  • Cook County property tax bill late fees have been waived until October 1. (June 30) 
  • The Illinois Commerce Commission initiated a consumer protection effort aimed at ensuring that eligible residential and small-business utility customers can continue to receive electric, gas, water, and sewer services once the moratorium on disconnections for non-payment and late payment fees expires. State officials came to an agreement with utility companies allowing more flexible credit and collection procedures to customers financially affected by COVID-19. (June 18) 
  • The Department of Human Services is using Illinois Welcoming Centers (IWC’s) as free resource centers for immigrant communities. The IWC’s will provide emergency funds for food and necessities, assistance to enroll in SNAP, WIC, TANF, and public benefits, and information on COVID-19 testing locations and access to medical resources. (May 6) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced an agreement with a consortium of states to provide loan relief options to residents with private student loans. (April 21) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced the opening of seven new Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). (July 7) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced $900 million in funding in grant programs for communities and businesses most impacted by the pandemic and recent civil unrest. The grants include fund for emergency rental mortgage assistanceBusiness Interruption Grants, and poverty mitigation programs. (June 17) 
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced a $7.3 million investment from the US Small Business Administration for the Illinois Small Business Development Center program to support Illinois businesses and entrepreneurs in starting, growing and maintaining their businesses. (May 27) 
  • The Office of the Illinois Treasurer announced that they were adding $250 million to a bridge loan program for small businesses, raising the total funds available to $500 million. (April 27) 
  • The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity launched emergency small business assistance programs. The programs include the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program, which will support hospitality businesses during the crisis. The Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to give small businesses low interest loans for up to $50,000. And the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program which will help small businesses in downstate/rural counties. (March 25) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Pritzker announced guidance for youth and adult recreational sports, which will go into effect on August 19. Collegiate and professional sports will not be impacted by these restrictions. (July 30) 
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot released new regulations for bars, restaurants, and gyms, beginning July 25. (July 20) 
  • Governor Pritzker divided Illinois into 11 new regions with an updated reopening plan, replacing the previous fourregion plan. (July 15) 
  • Individuals traveling to Chicago from states that have seen a spike in COVID-19 infection rates – including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah – will be required to quarantine for two weeks, according to a travel advisory issued by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. (July 6) 
  • Governor Pritzker signed an executive order launching Illinois Community Revitalization programs that correspond with Phase 4 reopenings. The order also lays out guidelines that are industryspecific. (June 26) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced guidelines to safely continue reopening businesses and industries as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Phase 4 will allow venues and meeting spaces to resume with up to 50 people or 50 percent of overall room capacity, indoor recreation to operate with less than 50 customers or 50 percent of facility capacity, outdoor recreation allowing group sizes of up to 50, indoor dining with groups of 10 or less and proper social distancing, museums with less than 25 percent capacity, indoor seated theaters, cinemas, and performing arts centers operating with up to 50 guests or 50 percent of overall theater or performance space capacity, outdoor spectator sport operations with capacity of less than 20 percentand no more than 50 percent of sound stage or filming location capacity. (June 22) 
  • Governor Pritzker signed an executive order outlining public health requirements for individuals, businesses, retail stores, manufacturers, office buildings, restaurants and bars, gyms, personal service facilities, youth sports, and public amusement that are resuming activities paused due to COVID-19. Religious exercises can resume with no outdoor limits and in groups of 10 indoors. Individuals must continue to practice social distancing, maintaining at least a six-foot distance, and wear a face covering in public places or when working. (May 29) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Mayor Lightfoot announced that Chicago Public Schools will begin with remote learning and will aim to move to a hybrid model beginning in the second quarter of the school year. (August 5) 
  • Chicago Public Schools released a preliminary framework for classes in the fall that includes a hybrid-learning model between in-person and online classes. (July 17) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that schools would be allowed to return in the fall with certain protective measures in place like, PPE being worn, a prohibition of gatherings of 50 people or more, symptom screening, enhancing sanitization, and social distancing measures. (June 23) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Illinois universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here 
  • Loyola University Chicago announced that most fall classes will be held online. (July 13 
  • The University of Illinois – Springfield released a fall reopening plan. All classes will go remote beginning November 25. (July 10) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced in a press conference that high learning institutions could resume in person instruction in the fall, but would need to take additional safety measures to those for K-12 schools. They would need to develop plans to limit traffic flow, increase cleaning of public spaces, and stagger schedules for the use of laboratories, auditoriums and other group facilities. Small group meetings would also need to have social distancing measures in place. Colleges dormitories, cafeterias, libraries, bookstores, and other amenities of college life would be allowed for students. (June 23) 
  • The University of Illinois has announced that they will be reopening with face mask rules, and other safety and distancing requirements. Students can also opt to continue remote learning. (June 18) 

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