Reopening Chicago


Phase III Cautiously Reopen

Industry Guidelines for Reopening

 

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Where we are 

While we are still in phase two of the "Protecting Chicago" reopening framework, Mayor Lightfoot has announced that Chicago is on track to begin reopening cautiously on June 3 and move to phase three. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we have been committed to basing our decisions on the science and data related to this disease and communicating our actions to the public in an open and transparent way. This chart shows how we plan to return to work and life as well as protecting our health during each phase.

 

How we determine the current phase

The details for each phase are being informed by economic and health data, and a combination of input from industry working groups, health experts and the public. The specific health criteria for transition between the latter phases will be established and released over the coming weeks to ensure the City is open and responsive to new data and information as it arises. 

PHASE I
STRICT STAY-AT-HOME

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Goal is to limit interactions to rapidly slow the spread of COVID-19

Limit the amount of contact with others

WORK
Essential workers go to work; everyone else works from home
LIFE
Stay at home and limit going out to essential activities only

HEALTH
Physically distance from anyone you do not live with, especially vulnerable friends and family

PHASE II
STAY-AT-HOME

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Goal is to continue flattening the curve while safely being outside

(Guard against unsafe interactions with others)

WORK
Essential workers go to work; everyone else works from home

LIFE
Stay at home as much as possible

HEALTH
Wear a face covering while outside your home

Physically distance from anyone you do not live with, especially vulnerable friends and family

PHASE III
CAUTIOUSLY REOPEN

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Goal is to thoughtfully begin to reopen Chicago safely

Strict physical distancing with some businesses reopening

WORK
Non-essential workers begin to return to work in a phased way

Select businesses, non-profits, city entities open with demonstrated, appropriate protections for workers and customers

LIFE
When meeting others, physically distance and wear a face covering

Non-business, social gatherings limited to <10 persons

Phased, limited public amenities begin to open​

HEALTH
Stay at home if you feel ill or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19

Continue to physically distance from vulnerable populations

Get tested if you have symptoms

PHASE IV
GRADUALLY RESUME

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Goal is to further reopen Chicago while ensuring the safety of residents

Continued staggered reopening into a new normal

WORK
Additional business and capacity restrictions are lifted with appropriate safeguards

LIFE
Additional public amenities open

Continue to wear a face covering and physically distance

HEALTH
Continue to distance and allow vulnerable residents to shelter

Get tested if you have symptoms or think you have had COVID-19

PHASE V
PROTECT

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Goal is to continue to maintain safety until COVID-19 is contained

Continue to protect vulnerable populations

WORK
All businesses open

Non-vulnerable individuals can resume working

LIFE
Most activities resume with health safety in place

Some events can resume

HEALTH
Sign up for a vaccine on the COVID Coach web portal

Criteria for Transitioning to Phase III

Current Phase II: Stay at Home

Advanced Progress


Goal
: Declining rate of new cases, based on incidence and/or percent positivity (over 14 days, based on a 7-day rolling average)

Indicator

Goal

Current State

Days Reaching Goal

COVID-19 Case Incidence

 

 

 

Citywide

Declining

Declining

15

Black

Declining

Stable or Declining

26

Latinx

Declining

Declining

16

White

Declining

Declining

25

Asian

Declining

Declining

23 of 26

 

   

 

Percent Positivity

Declining

Declining

21

Current Phase II: Stay at Home

Advanced Progress


Goal
: Stable or declining rates of cases resulting in hospital and/or ICU admissions and deaths (over 14 days, based on a 7-day rolling average

Indicator

Goal

Current State

Days Reaching Goal

COVID-19 Hospital Admissions

Stable or Declining

Declining

13

COVID-19 ICU Admissions

Stable or Declining

Stable or Declining

18

COVID-19 Deaths

Declining

Declining

10

Current Phase II: Stay-at-Home

Advanced Progress

Indicator

Goal

Current State

Days Reaching Goal

Non-ICU Hospital Bed Occupancy

<1800 beds occupied

949

>55

ICU Bed Occupancy

<600 beds occupied

401

>67

Ventilator Utilization

<450 being utilized

261

>67

Current Phase II: Stay at Home

Advanced Progress

Indicator

Goal

Current State

Days Reaching Goal

COVID Testing Capacity

>=4500 tests per day

4,989 tests per day

3

Current Phase II: Stay at Home

Progress

Indicator

Goal

Current State

Days Reaching Goal

Positivity Rate: Congregate Settings

<30% positive

15.2%

14

Positivity Rate: Community Settings

<15% positive

16.2%

Not attained

Current Phase II: Stay at Home

Advanced Progress

 

Goal: Declining emergency department visits for influenza-like illness and/or COVID-like illness for 14 days 

Indicator

Goal

Current State

Days Reaching Goal

Influenza-like Illness ED Visits

Declining

Declining

27

COVID-like Illness ED Visits

Declining

Declining

13

Current Phase II: Stay at Home

Progress

 

Goal: Expanded system in place for congregate and community investigations & contact tracing

Progress: CDPH is in the process of greatly expanding its contact tracing and case investigation capabilities. As was announced earlier this week, this includes a Request for Proposals in which the City has allocated $56 million in COVID-19 relief funding for community organizations in areas of high economic hardship to train and certify a 600-person workforce to support contact tracing.


 

How we move between phases

Chicago is monitoring the answers to these four questions in order to decide when and how to reopen.

01 - Is the rate of disease spread across the city and surrounding counties decreasing?

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  • Tracking cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, testing, and deaths across city and region
  • Monitoring cases over time by zip code, age, sex, race, and ethnicity (and direct resources where they are most needed)

02 - Does the city have the testing and contact-tracing capacity to track the disease and limit spread?

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  • Scaled-up testing across the city
  • Tracking percent of positive tests

03 - Are there enough support systems in place for vulnerable residents?

a senior walking outside a store

  • Shelters and housing for vulnerable populations
  • Increased testing at nursing homes
  • Food delivery and specific store times for senior citizens
  • Food security for CPS students and meals through Greater Chicago Food Depository

04 - Can the healthcare system handle a potential future surge (including beds, ventilators, PPE)?

 

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  • Adequate ventilator and PPE supply
  • Surge capacity for hospital and ICU beds
  • McCormick ready for overflow