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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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0.5 Children (3)

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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They must have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna) or a single dose vaccine (J&J) by September 19, 2021.

For those with Pfizer or Moderna 2-dose vaccine: The second dose must be done within 30 days (no later than October 19, 2021). For employees starting in these positions after September 19th, the employer will determine when vaccination must be completed.

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02. Vaccines (5)

Yes. Businesses with health care, school or higher education employees or students are allowed to require proof of vaccination status for anyone, including visitors.

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Yes. Private workplaces can require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Yes, health care workers, school personnel, higher education personnel and students, and state employees and contractors who work at state-owned or operated congregate facilities are required to be fully vaccinated or  undergo weekly testing and can provide confirmation of a negative test result on a weekly basis.

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There is no federal or state mandate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC recommends the vaccine to all Americans 12 and over.

Category: 02. Vaccines

They must have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna) or a single dose vaccine (J&J) by September 19, 2021.

For those with Pfizer or Moderna 2-dose vaccine: The second dose must be done within 30 days (no later than October 19, 2021). For employees starting in these positions after September 19th, the employer will determine when vaccination must be completed.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 02. Vaccines

03. Testing (5)

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.

Category: 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.

Category: 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.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 03. Testing

05. Masking (4)

Yes. Customers can remove their face coverings when actively eating and drinking but should wear face coverings at all other times when inside a bar or restaurant. It is recommended that tables be arranged so that seated patrons are a minimum of six feet away from patrons at other tables.

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Face coverings may be removed by workers at workplaces when they can consistently maintain six feet of distance from others.

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Yes. All employees and customers, regardless of vaccination status and ability to physically distance, must wear face coverings in retail settings.

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Sometimes wearing a face covering may not be possible. Face coverings should not be worn by someone if it creates a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the workplace risk assessment.

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06. Guidance/Mandates (1)

Yes. Businesses and venues should post clear signage for patrons and the public instructing them on face covering requirements. Signage should be posted at entrances and in various locations throughout the premises, especially those where individuals may congregate. You can download signs in English and Spanish here: https://cookcountypublichealth.org/ccdph-covid-19-communications/

08. Contact Tracing (1)

If an employee who undergoes regular, weekly testing receives a postive COVID test result, they 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.

10. Miscellaneous (1)

If a person is employed at a facility that provides healthcare and is in close contact with visitors for more than 15 minutes on a regular basis, they are mandated to get vaccinated or be tested at least weekly.

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