Contact Tracing & Quarantine/Isolation 

CALL 312-777-1999 FOR CONTACT TRACING GUIDANCE 

 

Contact Tracing: Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) now has a centralized contact tracing system to focus on text notification of all reported positive COVID-19 cases and the investigation of high-risk populations. If you tested positive for COVID-19 at a local community-based test site, you will get a text or call from IL COVID HELP or your local health department direct line. You should call back or click on the text message link website for information. This is the number and link you will see from IDPH:   Call 312-777-1999 or click: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/confirmed-or-possible-covid-19.html 

At-Home/Over the Counter COVID-19 Testing: At-home COVID-19 test results, where both specimen collection and testing are conducted at home, are not recorded or reported to public health for the purpose of public health follow-up. Only individuals with positive lab-based PCR tests will receive notification for contact tracing guidance. See lab-based Testing sites in the area.

Quarantine/Isolation Guidance:  See the IDPH website for guidance for the general public:  https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/quarantine-guidance.html

Fully Vaccinated Individuals:  Fully vaccinated individuals do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 5-7 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in around others for 10 days following exposure. More information on CDC guidelines.

Return to Work Letters No Longer Required:  With the shortened isolation and quarantine periods, most businesses and schools are following CDC guidance and are no longer requiring return to work letters.

Schools Guidance: See the ISBE website for guidance and CDC information: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/covid19.aspx

Day Care Guidance:  See the DCFS posting 1-31-22  https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/brighterfutures/healthy/Documents/Day_Care_Guidance.pdf