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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about COVID-19, the vaccines, and guidance.
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If you are fully vaccinated, you should get tested 3-5 days after you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, you should get tested right away. If your first test is negative, get tested again 5-7 days after you were exposed. Quarantine yourself for at least 7 days from exposure and make sure you have a negative test before leaving quarantine. To be extra safe, stay in quarantine for 14 days. If you are vaccinated you don’t need to quarantine. Both people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after their exposure.

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Test results must be provided in writing (paper or electronic copy) and must include information that confirms the person’s identity, the type of test that was done (must be NAAT or antigen test), the test result, the clinic or compant that is providing the test result, and the date the test was performed.

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The unvaccinated teacher will need to resume weekly testing when they return to work.

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Whether vaccinated or not, any employee who tests positive for COVID should immediately isolate at home. If they have symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day symptoms began. If they have no symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day the positive test was collected.

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COVID-19 tests that you can buy over the counter and take at home can sometimes be less accurate. Because of that, the public health department does not use at-home tests to track cases or make public health decisions.

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No. Employers are not required to pay for testing if an employee is not fully vaccinated. However, employers are encouraged to make it as easy as possible for employees to get vaccinated and/or tested.

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Yes. Approved in-home PCR tests are available online and in pharmacies. Search “at home COVID PCR test” on Google or call your nearest pharmacy for more information. IDPH recommends using a PCR test because they are the most reliable and accurate.

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Test results must be provided in writing (paper or electronic copy) and must include information that confirms the person’s identity, the type of test that was done (must be NAAT or antigen test), the test result, the clinic or compant that is providing the test result, and the date the test was performed.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 03. Testing

If you are fully vaccinated, you should get tested 3-5 days after you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, you should get tested right away. If your first test is negative, get tested again 5-7 days after you were exposed. Quarantine yourself for at least 7 days from exposure and make sure you have a negative test before leaving quarantine. To be extra safe, stay in quarantine for 14 days. If you are vaccinated you don’t need to quarantine. Both people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after their exposure.

Categories: 0 Hot Topics, 03. Testing

The unvaccinated teacher will need to resume weekly testing when they return to work.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 03. Testing

Whether vaccinated or not, any employee who tests positive for COVID should immediately isolate at home. If they have symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day symptoms began. If they have no symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day the positive test was collected.

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No. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection and are not recommended to meet the requirements of Executive Order 2021-22.

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Viral tests – also known as PCR or rapid antigen tests – show whether you have a current COVID infection.

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All Cook County residents aged 12 years or older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, children under 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. In some cases, parental consent can be given in advance. Vaccinations are free, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Visit myshotcookcounty.com or cookcountypublichealth.org to find a site near you.

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Employees should receive a viral/PCR test if possible. The test must have EUA/FDA approval.

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Whether vaccinated or not, any employee who tests positive for COVID should immediately isolate at home. If they have symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day symptoms began. If they have no symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day the positive test was collected.

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Schools and other community-based testing sites do not need a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waiver when collaborating with a testing provider for screening, such as SHIELD Illinois. The testing provider will be responsible for obtaining a CLIA waiver. Go here for info: https://shieldillinois.com/

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You should be tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or you were exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, your work or school may require that you get tested every week.

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People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to be re-tested for COVID-19.

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COVID-19 tests that you can buy over the counter and take at home can sometimes be less accurate. Because of that, the public health department does not use at-home tests to track cases or make public health decisions.

Categories: 01. COVID-19, 03. Testing

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