Pritzker removes some COVID-19 case testing requirements and mask rules in healthcare facilities – Shaw Local

Illinois JB Pritzker It was announced Monday that some COVID-19 case testing requirements and mask mandates at health care facilities across the state will be relaxed, effective immediately.

The updated executive order removes weekly testing requirements for unvaccinated health care and long-term care workers. The request will also update the IDPH policy on masks/face coverings. Face coverings are no longer required in all health care facilities but are still recommended in health care facilities in areas with high community transmission, consistent with CDC guidelines. Finally, the amended order revokes the state’s mandate for the vaccine for healthcare and long-term care personnel, in line with CDC guidelines.

“Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our healthcare workers and residents, Illinois has done better at keeping our people safe with vaccines, boosters, and masks, which puts us in a position to continue reducing healthcare requirements in line with the CDC,” Pritzker said. In a press release.” COVID-19 is on its way to becoming an endemic disease, like influenza, but it remains a real threat to our immune-compromised and disabled communities. Here in Illinois, we look out for each other – and that’s what defines us as Illinois. Let’s continue to live up to those ideals by hiding and testing when we have symptoms and getting enhanced footage of COVID-19 – as I did recently – so we can protect our neighbors.”

Although the statewide vaccine mandate has been removed, the federal rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requiring vaccination for workers in Medicare/Medicaid-approved facilities remains in place. The state’s revised executive order does not affect this requirement and many health care and long-term care sites in Illinois will continue to have a COVID-19 vaccine mandate under this federal rule. As always, employers can implement testing, vaccination, and coverage regulations if they choose.

“As we continue to learn how to live with COVID-19, it is important for the state of Illinois to adapt our policies to better align with federal guidelines,” IDPH Director Dr. Samir Vohra said in a press release. The ministry continues to monitor COVID-19 closely. We work with our healthcare and long-term care partners to enhance vaccination uptake, access to treatments, and protect our healthcare workforce. The updated Executive Order demonstrates our state’s ability to effectively combat COVID-19 through the many advanced tools at our disposal that can prevent and treat this disease. I continue to encourage all of our residents, especially those most at risk of severe outcomes, to take advantage of available vaccines and treatments to protect themselves and their families.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health It announced 4,116 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths for Friday, Saturday and Sunday combined. IDPH does not update its data dashboard on weekends.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 912 COVID-19 patients in hospital. Of those, 99 were in intensive care units, and 31 were on ventilators.

For Friday and Sunday, the state provided 70,067 vaccines.

From IDPH Dashboard:

Case rate per 100,000: 12.9 (increase 1.2 from Friday’s update)

Percentage of available intensive care beds: 23%

Hospital admissions diagnosed with COVID-19 (7-day rolling average): 44 (down 18 from Friday’s update, but reporting is delayed at the federal level, per IDPH)

Weekly death count: 52

Illinois has seen 3,788,199 cases of the virus, and 35,135 people have died.

Update each county separately: As of mid-April, the IDPH will provide a county-by-county update focusing on the case rate per 100,000 people, the percentage of available ICU beds, the seven-day average of hospital admissions diagnosed with COVID-19 and the week. death cases.

Definition of hospitalization diagnosed with COVID-19 As follows: The seven-day average of the daily number of hospital admissions after a diagnosis of COVID-19 as measured using the Illinois Syndromic Surveillance System.

Illinois collects all emergency department and inpatient visits with syndrome monitoring from all acute care hospitals in Illinois in near real time. Data are presented with a delay of three days to allow time to report the diagnosis.

boycott Case rate/100,000 % available intensive care beds Hospital admissions diagnosed with COVID-19
(7-day rolling average)
death cases
Desk 21.2 23 0 0
Chicago 10.8 22 8 9
DeKalb 11.2 23 0 0
DuPage 15.6 29 4 1
Grande 13.2 23 0 0
ken 12.6 29 1 1
Kendall 9.2 23 0 0
Lake 12.8 28 2 4
don’t ask 9.9 23 0 1
Mine 7.5 23 0 0
McHenry 13.1 28 2 3
wink 15.1 23 0 1
from the suburbs
12.6 22 12 12
white side 13.6 23 0 2
Will 13.7 20 2 1

Vaccine update: As of Monday, IDPH reports that a total of 29,581,975 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 24,311,033 vaccines administered.

As of Monday, 8,383,542 Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 65.80% of the population. Illinois has a population of 1,2741,080.

CDC numbers:

Among Illinois residents age 5 and older:

Fully vaccinated: 8,869,821 (74.4%)

Minimum dose: 9,805,421 (82.2%)

Among Illinois residents age 12 and older:

Fully vaccinated: 8,428,943 (77.8%)

At least 1 dose: 9,307,448 (85.9%)

Among Illinois residents age 18 and older:

Full vaccination: 7776603 (78.9%)

In at least one dose: 8,593,344 (87.2%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully vaccinated: 1,845,354 (90.3%)

Minimum dose: 1,994,743 (95%)

There can be a 72-hour delay in reporting by health care providers about vaccines given.

In northern Illinois, this is the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated by county:

Chicago 69.38%

Suburban cooking: 73.41%

Lake: 71.17%

McHenry: 66.46%

DuPage: 76.14%

Kane: 67.01%

Will: 67.29%

Kendall: 70.22%

La Salle: 58.78%

Grande: 58.14%

DeKalb: 56.87%

Ogli: 57.27%

Lee: 59.24%

Whiteside: 52.15%

Office: 57.08%

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