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Posted on: February 28, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Cook County Department of Public Health NEW mitigation Order

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Cook County Department of Public Health to end Mitigation Order 2021-11 on Monday, February 28, 2022

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is issuing a ne\.v mitigation Order, rescinding Order 2021-11 in its entirety. The new Order, Mitigation Order 2022-1, does not contain any mitigation measures, and goes into effect at 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. 

Rescinding Mitigation Order 2021-11 lifts the vaccination and masking requirements for CCDPH's suburban Cook County jurisdiction. Substantial improvements in COVID-19 case counts, positivity rates, and hospital occupancy allow CCDPH to lift Order 2021-11, coinciding with the removal of similar orders in the city of Chicago and state of lllinois. Masking as part of isolation after infection and quarantine after exposure is still necessary to prevent COVID-19 transmission. This includes in workplaces and schools. 

Masks are required in airports and interstate transportation by federal order. 

Healthcare facilities including hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities should continue masking in accordance with the lllinois Department of Public Health and CDC guidance. 

CCDPH continues to recommend masking with a well-fitting high-quality mask, such as a KN95 or N95 respirator, for those who are considered at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness when they are in public indoor spaces or other places where individuals near them may be unvaccinated. 

Vaccines protect people from contracting COVID-19 and especially from severe disease and death. To find a vaccinantion location near you, please visit myshotcookcounty.com

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