Cook County Department of Public Health will follow CDC and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices guidelines to vaccinate the 2.5 million residents in our jurisdiction as quickly and orderly as possible. Our overall strategy is to work with partners to ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone in our jurisdiction of suburban Cook County.
Cook County follows the state's policy to inoculate those in the Phase 1A category first. Phase 1A includes healthcare workers and those in long-term care facilities.
If you would like to be updated on Cook County's plans regarding the vaccine and its distribution, you can complete the survey below. There is a separate survey on the link for healthcare workers.
With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across the state of Illinois and the nation, the state is committed to listening to public health experts and following the science to keep people safe. With COVID-19 spread now exponential in every region of the state, our statewide positivity rate at record highs and hospitalizations already surpassing our spring peak, all 11 regions have moved into Tier 3.
Some of the mitigation efforts include:
Bars and restaurants
• All bars and restaurants close at 11 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6 a.m. the following day
• No indoor service
• All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside
• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
• Tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or congregating outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
• No dancing or standing indoors
• No tables exceeding 6 people
• Reservations required for each party
• No seating of multiple parties at one table
• Indoor gaming terminals must suspend operations
• Includes private clubs and country clubs
Health and fitness centers
• Operate at no more than 25% capacity
• No indoor group classes
• Face coverings must be worn at all times regardless of person or machine spacing
• Reservations required
• Locker room areas should be closed
Indoor recreation, theaters, cultural institutions (e.g. casinos, bowling, arcades, movie theaters, museums, and zoos)
• Gaming and casinos close
• Indoor recreation centers, including theaters, performing arts centers, and museums, close
• Live streaming of performances encouraged with social distancing of performers
• Outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity or less
• Outdoor group activities limited to 10 or less; all must wear face coverings at all times
• Reservations required for each guest for outdoor activities
Meetings, social events, and gatherings (including weddings, potlucks, etc.)
• Limit in-home gatherings to household members
• Meeting/banquet/private party rooms, private clubs, and country clubs may not host gatherings
• No party buses
• Funerals are limited to 10 family members of the decedents, not including staff
• All employees who can work remotely should work remotely
Organized group recreation (sports, indoor sports, and activity facilities)
• Pause indoor group sporting/recreational activities; individual training okay with reservation
• Outdoor sports and recreation allowed
• Participant groups and practices outdoors limited to 10 persons or less with social distancing
• Face coverings required for all activities at all times
• Locker rooms should be closed
Personal care service
• Operate at lesser of 25 clients or 25% capacity
• Face coverings must be worn at all times by clients and service providers
• Suspend services where a face covering cannot be worn (e.g. facials, beard trims)
• Physical, occupational, and massage therapy allowed as deemed necessary by a medical provider
• Virtual consultations recommended
Retail (including service counters)
• Operate at no more than 25% capacity, including “big box” stores that offer groceries
• Grocery stores and pharmacies may operate at up to 50% capacity
• Encourage delivery or curbside pickup options wherever possible
• When in-store shopping is necessary, promote efficient trips and consistent circulation
IDPH will continue to track the positivity rates and hospital capacity metrics in regions over a 14-day monitoring period to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place. In order for a region to move back to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must experience less than 12 percent test positivity rate for three consecutive days AND greater than 20 percent available intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital bed availability AND declining COVID hospitalizations in 7 out of the last 10 days.
Illinois is among the top five states in number of vaccines administered. Currently, health care workers and people in long-term care facilities are being vaccinated. Updates will be provided when available.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides for free COVID-19 testing and related office visits for those who need it, including reimbursement for the uninsured. There are a number of requirements so check with your provider for details.
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is receiving $4 million from Cook County in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and CARES Act funding. The funding will support training, placement, and career coaching programs for job seekers and provide additional resources for employers and training providers serving or located in suburban Cook County.
On March 4, 2021, in recognition of Women’s History Month, the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues will recognize eighteen women as the county’s “Unsung Heroines". One heroine per county district will be recognized for her contribution to her community.
Nominees must be a resident of the district from which they are nominated. They should be women who, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, have made significant contributions to the well-being of their community for which they have not received widespread recognition.
Nominations are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021.
It's time to make plans for 2021!
As you might expect, permitting processes and policies have changed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Permits for 2021 are available for purchase online or by telephone. Visit the website below, or call 800-870-3666, option 1. Due to anticipated high call volume, the best way to book a space will be through our website.
In-person permit sales are not currently available as the Forest Preserves General Headquarters is closed per the new COVID measures.
Permits are available now for indoor events to be held in 2021. Events will be available at the Volunteer Resource Center/Edgebrook, Dan Ryan, and Thatcher Woods only.
All social distancing requirements apply. Wear a cloth mask.
Do not visit the forest preserves if you are sick or experiencing symptoms, or if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks.
Carry and use hand sanitizer if you touch handrails or other surfaces.
If you witness people not observing social distancing guidelines, please call the forest preserve non-emergency number: 708-771-1000.
Stay at home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.
Always get your election information from trusted sources, not social media.
Click the button below to be directed to the Cook County Clerk's website for all Suburban Cook County voter information.
Click the button below to be directed to the Chicago Board of Elections' website for voting information pertaining to all Chicago residents.
Cook County is responsible for providing essential services in the areas of public safety, public health, the court system, elections, tax assessment and appeals, recording deeds, and managing forest preserves. As an independent-minded member of the Board, I have worked hard to combine fiscal responsibility with social awareness. I am honored to serve the people of the 9th district, which includes: portions of the far northwest side of Chicago; Park Ridge, River Forest, Elmwood Park, Harwood Heights, Mount Prospect, Norridge, River Grove, Rosemont, and Schiller Park; portions of Arlington Heights, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Niles, and Prospect Heights; and unincorporated Norwood Park, Maine, and Wheeling Townships.
The Cook County Clerk's office and website can guide you through how to obtain birth and death certificates, marriage and domestic partner licenses, notary commissions, and much more.