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ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO

No. 2020-3

(APPLYING GOVERNOR’S STAY-AT-HOME EXECUTIVE ORDER)

Issued and Effective: March 26, 2020

 

WHEREAS, In an Executive Order filed on March 20, 2020 (“EO2020-10”), the Governor of Illinois directed residents of Illinois to stay at home, subject to limited exceptions, and further directed that people using shared or outdoor spaces outside their home must at all times, to the degree reasonably possible, maintain a distance of six feet from any other person; and

WHEREAS, A significant segment of Chicago’s populace has responsibly and appropriately heeded the Governor’s necessary directive.  However, groups of Chicagoans across the City have recklessly disregarded that directive and continue to congregate, cluster, and engage in group social and recreational activity, unacceptably placing their own health and the health of all Chicagoans in danger; and

WHEREAS, The Municipal Code of Chicago (“Code”) authorizes the Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago to implement emergency measures to stop the spread of communicable diseases, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the City’s residents, including but not limited to authority granted in Sections 2-112-080, 2-112-160(a)(4), and 2-112-170 of the Code, and 77 Ill. Adm. Code Sections 690.1305(a) and 690.1310(c); and

WHEREAS, In order to stop the devastating spread of COVID-19, all Chicagoans must practice a strict and disciplined adherence to stay-at-home and social distancing requirements; now, therefore,

The Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago hereby orders as follows: 

SECTION 1.  As set forth in detail on Attachment A hereto: (i) all Chicago parks, beaches, walking, running and cycling paths, trails and other recreational facilities on and adjacent to the Lakefront, including those on the west side of Lakeshore Drive, and (ii) the Chicago Riverwalk and the Bloomingdale Trail, are hereby closed.  No person shall be present at any time on any property described in this Section 1 or Attachment A, except for: (i) emergency access by first responders, and (ii) Essential Travel, as defined in EO2020-10, on any public way intended for motor vehicles that runs through or abuts such property.  

SECTION 2.  Every person in public or private outdoor space shall exercise best efforts to maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people.  This requirement applies with particularity to recreational and athletic activities; for example, walking, jogging or cycling.  Close-contact group sports (e.g., basketball, soccer, touch football) are prohibited.

SECTION 3.  As mandated by and subject to the limited exceptions in EO2020-10, any gathering of more than ten people on public or private property is strictly prohibited.

SECTION 4.  Pursuant to and in conformity with EO2020-10, this Order is in effect and enforceable at all times – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

SECTION 5.  The Chicago Police Department shall increase City-wide focus on ensuring compliance with this Order using any means necessary, employing a graduated approach (warning, then fine, then arrest) as necessary and appropriate.   

SECTION 6.  In addition to any other penalty provided by law, any person who violates this Order shall be subject to arrest, and to the fines set forth in Section 2-112-340 of the Code.

SECTION 7.  This Order shall remain in effect until the Commissioner of Health makes a written determination that the threat to public health posed by COVID-19 has diminished to the point that this Order can be safely repealed.       

  

Allison Arwady, MD,                                                                                                                                                                                 
Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago

 

Attachment "A"

Juneway Terrace, Rogers Beach, Howard Beach, Fargo, Griffin, Leone, Loyola, Prinz, Doria, North Shore, Hartigan, Berger, Park 559, Lane, Lincoln, Lake Shore, Harold Washington, Addams, Olive, DuSable, Millennium, Grant, Northerly Island/Museum Campus, Burnham, Jackson, Midway Plaisance, Washington, South Shore, Ashe, Rainbow Beach Park 566, Steelworkers, Calumet, Bloomingdale Trail, Riverwalk.

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ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO
No. 2020-2
(DUTIES OF HOSPITALS AND OTHER CONGREGATE FACILITIES)
Issued and Effective: March 19, 2020

 

WHEREAS, The Municipal Code of Chicago (“Code”) authorizes the Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago to implement emergency measures to stop the spread of communicable diseases, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the City’s residents, including but not limited to authority granted in Sections 2-112-030, 2-112-080, 2-112-160(a)(4), and 2-112-170 of the Code, and 77 Ill. Adm. Code 690.1310(c); and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a communicable disease that presents an extraordinarily severe and unprecedented threat to the residents of Chicago. It is necessary and appropriate for the Commissioner of Health to take immediate measures to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the City’s residents; and

WHEREAS, The Chicago Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) is a public authority authorized pursuant to Section 2-112-160(a)(7) to request, collect, receive and maintain confidential information, records and data, including protected health information (“PHI”) consistent with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy Standards set forth in 45 C.F.R. §164.512(b)(1)(i), for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease; now, therefore,

The Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago hereby orders as follows:

SECTION 1. All acute care and long-term hospitals located within the City shall immediately: (1) adopt and implement administrative and personal protective equipment (“PPE”) control policies to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19 and to help conserve PPE,
including but not limited to gowns, masks, gloves, goggles, or other garments or equipment needed to protect the wearer’s body from infection or other health or safety risks associated with the COVID-19 virus; (2) postpone elective surgeries and medical procedures; (3) implement a strict visitor policy in hospitals and clinics with exceptions for circumstances where having no companion may have long-term negative health implications for the patients. This includes circumstances involving pediatric and neonatal patients; laboring mothers; compassionate, pastoral, and end of life situations; and necessary transportation; (4) implement a policy to limit entry into patient rooms of COVID-19 patients to essential healthcare workers only, with the exception of companions detailed in item (3) above; and (5) implement a policy to check employees for symptoms of COVID-19 at the start and end of each shift.

SECTION 2. All acute care hospitals located within the City shall submit daily reports to CDPH, via an online protocol established by CDPH, reporting CDPH-defined COVID-related patient data, e.g. daily counts of COVID-19-related intensive care unit (“ICU”) admissions; COVID-19 patients receiving mechanical ventilation; and COVID-19-related deaths that occurred at the hospital during the preceding 24 hours.

SECTION 3. All schools, jails, correctional facilities and adult transition centers (halfway houses), and all persons licensed or required to be licensed under Title 4 of the Municipal Code of Chicago to engage in the business of a children’s services facility, child care institution, adult family care center, assisted living establishment, long-term care facility or adult family care home, and all community living facilities as defined in 210 ILCS 35 and life care facilities as defined in 210 ILCS 40 (collectively, “congregate facilities”) shall: (1) immediately report to CDPH, via a mechanism to be detailed and described on the CDPH website, clusters of COVID-19 patients, defined as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 occurring within 14 calendar days of each other at such congregate facility; and (2) designate an agent whose responsibility it shall be to file such report with CDPH within 24 hours of identifying the cluster.

SECTION 4. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, any person who violates this Order shall be subject to the fines set forth in Section 2-112-340 of the Code.

SECTION 5. This Order shall remain in effect until the Commissioner of Health makes a written determination that the threat to public health posed by COVID-19 has diminished to the point that this Order can be safely repealed.

 

Allison Arwady, M.D.,
Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago

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ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO
No. 2020-1

(SHELTER IN PLACE FOR COVID-19 ILLNESS)
Issued and Effective: March 18, 2020

 

WHEREAS, The Municipal Code of Chicago authorizes the Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago to implement emergency measures to stop the spread of communicable diseases, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the City’s residents, including, but not limited to, authority granted in sections 2-112-160(a)(4) and 2-112-170, and 77 Ill. Adm. Code 690.1310(c); and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a communicable disease that presents an extraordinarily severe and unprecedented threat to the residents of Chicago. It is necessary and appropriate for the Commissioner of Health to take immediate measures to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the City’s residents; and

WHEREAS, To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is essential that anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness indicative of COVID-19 shelters in their place of residence; now, therefore,

The Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago hereby orders as follows:

SECTION 1. The following terms wherever used in this Order shall have the following meanings unless a different meaning appears from the context:

“COVID-19 Illness” means demonstrating symptoms of acute respiratory disease, including, but not limited to, new onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath, congestion in the nasal sinuses or lungs, sore throat, body aches, or unusual fatigue. A person is considered to have COVID-19 illness until such person is free of fever (100.4° F (38.0° C) or greater using an oral thermometer), and any of the other symptoms described herein, for at least 72 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).

“Place of residence” means the home or other place at which a person usually resides, but in a location apart from other household members, such as a separate area of the place of residence, to the extent practicable. A place of residence shall include an isolation location designated by the Commissioner of Health if necessary to: (1) isolate a person with COVID-19 illness from a vulnerable person living at the place of residence, or (2) provide a place of residence for a person suffering from COVID-19 illness.

SECTION 2. Any resident of the City of Chicago having COVID-19 illness shall shelter in their place of residence. No person having COVID-19 illness shall go to their workplace or congregate setting in the City of Chicago. Any resident of the City of Chicago having COVID-19 illness shall only leave their place of residence to seek necessary clinical care or evaluation, or for essential life sustaining needs, such as obtaining medicine or food.

SECTION 3. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, any person who violates this Order shall be subject to the fines set forth in Section 2-112-340 of the Municipal Code.

SECTION 4. This Order shall remain in effect until the Commissioner of Health makes a written determination that the threat to public health posed by COVID-19 has diminished to the
point that this Order can be safely repealed.

 

Allison Arwady, MD,                                                                                                                                                                                 
Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago

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