Reopening Chicago


Phase IV Gradually Resume

Industry Guidelines for Reopening

 

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Where we are 

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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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312.746.4835.

Based on our continued improvements, Chicago is on course to move to the Chicago Bridge Phase in conjunction with the state next Friday, May 14th. This next step in our cautious and responsible reopening plan will allow for an extensive expansion of capacity limits across industries that broadly align with state regulations – details are available on the reopening website and more information will be shared in the coming days to help businesses prepare for the new regulations. While we have made significant progress and look forward to taking this step next week, we will only be able to fully reopen when we see continued improvement in COVID metrics and more widespread vaccine uptake. We call on all Chicagoans to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to continue following the safety precautions so that we can experience all that Chicago has to offer this summer. More information will be shared in the coming weeks regarding the City's plan for Phase Five.

Phase IV: Gradually Resume

Goal for Lower Risk: Average fewer than 200 new COVID diagnoses per day in Chicago residents

Current: Moderate Risk and Declining since April 12

Phase IV: Gradually Resume

Goal for Lower Risk: Maintain average of less than 5% COVID test positivity in Chicago residents

Current: Lower Risk and Declining/Stable since April 12

Phase IV:Gradually Resume

Goal for Lower Risk: Average fewer than 60 emergency department visits per day for COVID-like illness among Chicago residents

Current: Very High Risk and Declining/Stable since April 12

Phase IV: Gradually Resume

Goal for Lower Risk: Average fewer than 250 non-ICU beds occupied by COVID patients in Chicago hospitals.
Current: Moderate Risk and Declining/Stable since April 19

Phase IV: Gradually Resume

Goal for Lower Risk: Average fewer than 100 ICU beds occupied by COVID patients in Chicago hospitals

Current: Moderate Risk and Declining/Stable since April 26
Chicago COVID-19 Reopening Risk Matrix - Phase IV - Effective April 29, 2021

 

Very high risk

High risk

Moderate risk

Lower risk

Controlled transmission

COVID-19 cases diagnosed per day

Chicago residents

7-day rolling daily average

800+

-or-

7+ consecutive days more than 15% higher than daily average one week prior

400 - 799

-or-

5+ consecutive days more than 10% higher than daily average one week prior

200 - 399

-and-

decreasing or stable compared to daily average one week prior

20 – 199

-and-

decreasing or stable compared to daily average one week prior

<20

COVID-19 test positivity

Chicago residents

7-day rolling daily average

10%+

-or-

7+ consecutive days more than 15% higher than daily average one week prior

6.6 - 9.9%

-or-

5+ consecutive days more than 10% higher than daily average one week prior

5.0 - 6.5%

-and-

decreasing or stable compared to daily average one week prior

2 - 4.9%

-and-

decreasing or stable compared to daily average one week prior

<2%

Emergency department visits for COVID-19 like illness

Chicago hospitals

7-day rolling daily average

90+

-or-

7+ consecutive days more than 15% higher than daily average one week prior

80-89

-or-

5+ consecutive days more than 10% higher than daily average one week prior

60 - 79 

-and-

decreasing or stable compared to daily average one week prior

20 - 59 

-and-

decreasing or stable compared to daily average one week prior

<20 

Non-ICU beds occupied by COVID patients

Chicago hospitals

7-day rolling daily average

 

1250+

or-

7+ consecutive days more than 15% higher than daily average one week prior

 

750 – 1249

-or-

5+ consecutive days more than 10% higher than daily average one week prior

 

250 - 749

 

100 - 249

 <100

ICU beds occupied by COVID patients

Chicago hospitals

7-day rolling daily average

400+

-and-

<20% overall ICU bed availability

300 - 399

100 - 299

20 - 99

 <20

Source: Chicago Department of Public Health


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?

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  • 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