Illinois - COVID-19 Covered

Illinois

Total Cases: 1,279,665 (April 12)
Tests Administered: 1,198,335 (March 7)
Fatalities: 23,793 (April 12)
Testing:
  • A list of Illinois community-based COVID-19 testing locations can be found here.   
  • The Illinois Department of Health announced it would deploy mobile COVID-19 testing teams to locations with high demand, such as schools, processing plants, and high-risk workplaces. (March 17) 

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:

  • Chicago released outdoor dining guidelines for the fall and winter requiring restaurants and bars to have a sidewalk cafe permit in order to participate. (September 21) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced $16.6 million in federal funding that will help connect unemployed Illinoisans with COVID-19 response jobs. (September 11) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health released COVID-19 guidelines for temporary workers. (August 27) 
  • 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 extended Illinois’ evictions moratorium until June 1. (April 9) 
  • The Illinois Department of Commerce Economic Opportunity and the Citizens Utility Board announced upcoming events to help utility customers struggling with the cost of bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. (March 8) 
  • Governor Pritzker signed a bill that would extend worker compensation benefits until June 30 for first responders and frontline essential workers who were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 through their job. (March 1) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced an expansion of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, which would provide additional federally funded food benefits for children across the state. (February 24) 
  • Governor Pritzker extended Illinois’ ban on evictions until March 6. (February 10) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that Illinois would dedicate an additional $20 million in CARES Act funding to provide aid to child care providers. He also announced that the maximum monthly co-pay for parents enrolled in the Child Care Assistance program would be reduced to $1.25 for January and February 2021. (January 4) 
  • Governor Pritzker extended the statewide eviction moratorium for another 30 days. (October 19) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that $30 million in CARES Act funding had been allocated to welcoming centers across Illinoisas well as $18 million in funding for housing and utility assistance for families. (October 16)
  • Illinois extended its utility moratorium through Winter 2021 for eligible low-income residential customers and those who report that they are experiencing financial or COVID-19-related hardship. (September 23) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that Illinois would apply for additional unemployment benefits through the Lost Wages Assistance program. (August 26) 
  • Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority announced the opening of the states Emergency Mortgage Assistance, providing grants for income-eligible homeowners. (August 24 
  • The Illinois Housing Development Authority allocated $150 million to help income-eligible renters through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, and $150 million to help homeowners impacted by the pandemic through the Emergency Mortgage Assistance program. (August 10) 
  • Chicago Mayor Lightfoot announced $33 million in federal funding for housing grants for Chicago residents, including mortgage, and rental assistance. (July 27) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that $250 million in relief would be dispersed to local communities to assist with the response to COVID-19. (July 1) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Pritzker announced $3.4 million in funding help small businesses access federal COVID-19 emergency programs. (January 22) 
  • Governor Pritzker said he would extend the statewide moratorium on evictions for another 30 days and provide new protections for landlords. (November 16) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced $46 million in small business relief through the Business Interruption Grants program. (October 30) 
  • The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the availability of $5 million in funding for agriculture businesses suffering interruptions as a result of the ongoing pandemic. (October 2) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced $245 million in grants for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. (September 16) 
  • The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced the opening of seven new Small Business Development Centers. (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 & 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) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • The Illinois Department of Health has authorized local health departments with low COVID-19 vaccine demand to vaccinate residents ages 16 and above. (March 26) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced the introduction of the Bridge Phase, which will serve as a transition period with higher capacity limits and increased business operations between Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Pritzker also announced that vaccine eligibility would be expanded to all residents beginning April 12. (March 19) 
  • Governor Pritzker extended emergency orders until April 4. (March 5) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Region 4 would move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. (February 5) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Region 8 and Region 9 would move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. (February 3) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that Region 7 is moving to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. (February 1) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that Region 8 and Region 9 are moving to Tier 1. (January 27) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that Region 1 and Region 2 are moving to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. (January 25) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that Region 4 would move to Tier 2. (January 22) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Region 6 would return to Phase 4 of the Restore Plan and Region 7 would advance to Tier 1. (January 22) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that Region 5 would move out of Tier 2 mitigations and into Tier 1 mitigations, which allow limited indoor dining. (January 20) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced certain regions across the state would be eligible to move out of Tier 3. Additionally, restaurants and bars in qualifying regions are permitted to resume indoor dining with limited capacity. (January 15) 
  • Governor Pritzker filed an emergency rule to extend COVID-19 safety rules, including mask-wearing and social distancing, for another 150 days. (January 6) 
  • Illinois received the first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Illinois Strategic National Stockpile. Additional shipments are expected in coming weeks. (December 14) 
  • Governor Pritzker said that statewide virus restrictions will remain in place for at least a few weeks. (December 2) 
  • Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that Tier 3 COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented. The latest round of mitigations does not include a stay-at-home order. (November 18) 
  • Mayor Lightfoot announced a ten-person limit on weddings, birthday parties, funerals, and some social events starting Monday, November 16. (November 12) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that new COVID-19 resurgence mitigations would be implemented in Regions 5, 7, and 8. (November 12) 
  • Gov. Pritzker announced new COVID-19 resurgence mitigations would be implemented in regions experiencing a surge in cases, including limiting social gatherings and imposing rules for bars and restaurants. (October 30) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations would be implemented in Region 9 on October 31. The restrictions include limited social gatherings and new rules for bars and restaurants. (October 28) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations would be implemented in Region 11 on October 30. The restrictions include limited social gatherings and new rules for bars and restaurants. (October 28) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations would be implemented in Regions 4 and 10 on October 28. The restrictions include limited social gatherings and new rules for bars and restaurants. (October 26) 
  • Mayor Lightfoot announced a curfew for nonessential businesses and that indoor service at bars that don’t serve food would no longer be permitted. (October 23) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 51 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19: Adams, Bond, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, DeKalb, Douglas, Edwards, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hamilton, Henderson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Macon, Macoupin, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rock Island, Saline, Shelby, Stephenson, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Wayne, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, and Winnebago. (October 23) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations would be implemented in Region 1 on October 25. The restrictions include limited social gatherings. (October 23) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations would be implemented in Regions 7 and 8 on October 23. The restrictions include limited social gatherings and new rules for bars and restaurants. (October 21) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations would be implemented in Region 5 on October 22. The restrictions include limited social gatherings and new rules for bars and restaurants. (October 21) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 34 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19: Adams, Alexander, Boone, Cass, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, DeKalb, DeWitt, Jasper, Jefferson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Lee, Macon, McDonough, McHenry Mercer, Monroe, Pike, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Stephenson, Union, Vermilion, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago. (October 16) 
  • Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that Region 4, the Metro East, will return to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. (October 9)
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 26 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19: Case, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Effingham, Fayette, Henderson, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lee, Mason, Massac, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Union, Vermilion, Whiteside, Winnebago, and Warren. (October 9) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 28 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19: Bond, Boone, Brown, Calhoun, Christian, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, DeKalb, DeWitt, Fayette, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Lee, Livingston, Macon, Massac, Monroe, Morgan, Pulaski, Putnam, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Wabash, Washington, and Winnebago. (October 2) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 1. The restrictions include limited social gatherings and new rules for bars and restaurants. (September 30)  
  • Mayor Lightfoot announced that Chicago bars that don’t serve food will be allowed to reopen for indoor service, and bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve alcohol until 1 AM. In addition, the city will now allow shaves, facials, and other personal services(September 28) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 24 counties are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19: Bond, Boone, Cass, Christian, Clinton, Crawford, DeWitt, Fayette, Grundy, Hamilton, Macon, Menard, Peoria, Putnam, Washington, Wayne, and Winnebago. (September 25)  
  • Governor Pritzker announced that Region 7, which includes the greater Will and Kankakee County areas, will return to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Bars and indoor dining can reopen. (September 18) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported that 24 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19: Bond, Bureau, Cass, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Edwards, Effingham, Greene, Jasper, Jo Daviess, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Rock Island, St. Clair, Shelby, Washington, Wayne, Williamson, Wabash, and Union. (September 18) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported that 29 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19. (September 4) 
  • Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have announced additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the Metro East area (Region 4). The restrictions include limited social gatherings and new rules for bars and restaurants. (September 2) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported that 30 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19. (August 28) 
  • Governor Pritzker announced a new statewide restaurant and bar policy requiring all patrons to wear a mask while interacting with employees. (August 25) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that COVID-19 mitigation efforts will be implemented in Region 7. Measures include the closing of bars, restaurants, and casinos by 11:00PM, and the reduction of gathering sizes. (August 25) 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that 20 counties are at a warning level for COVID-19. (August 21) 
  • Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that COVID-19 mitigation efforts will be implemented in the Metro East area (Region 4) beginning August 18. Measures include the closing of bars, restaurants, and casinos by 11:00PM, and the reduction of gathering sizes. (August 17) 
  • 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. (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:

  • Governor Pritzker announced that $7 billion in federal funding would be allocated the state’s K-12 school districts. (March 31) 
  • The Illinois State Board of Education reduced the 6-feet social distancing guidance to 3-feet. (March 10) 
  • Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced updated guidance for youth and adult recreational sports. The guidance put sports into three risk levelslower, medium, or higherbased on the amount of contact between athletes and their proximity during play. (October 28) 
  • Chicago Public Schools announced that all students would continue with remote learning when the second quarter started in November, but that some of the district’s “most vulnerable” children would return at the end of the calendar year. (October 16) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Illinois universities and colleges that planned to reopen in the fall can be found here 

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