COVID-19 Information for the Community

CDC Guidance

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Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Updated Mass Gathering Guidelines 

(as of April 1, 2020)

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals. 

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

Mitigation Strategies 

When a novel virus with pandemic potential emerges, non-pharmaceutical interventions, which will be called community mitigation strategies in the document below, often are the most readily available interventions to help slow transmission of the virus in communities. Community mitigation is a set of actions that persons and communities can take to help slow the spread of respiratory virus infections. Community mitigation is especially important before a vaccine or drug becomes widely available.

Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission


IDPH Guidance 

COVID-19 Resources for Early Childhood 
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The Illinois Department of Public Health has provided a Household Checklist with guidelines to help people prepare their household for any outbreak. 


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