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The Coronavirus, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and You

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As officials and healthcare professionals at the national level, in the State of Illinois and Cook County continue to address the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and issue daily updates, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with those stakeholders. We also remain committed to regularly updating you with key information.

We are taking the best approach to the safety and security of Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) staff and everyone with whom we interact at Cook County courthouses, Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC), other public facilities and in our communities.

Health concerns such as those we all face with COVID-19 present an ever-changing picture. CCSO personnel throughout the County embrace our responsibility with the utmost dedication to public safety. Each day, we review procedures and make any changes necessary. For example, please see our new precautionary measures for visitors to CCDOC; you can find them at https://www.cookcountysheriff.org/ccdoc-visitors/ .  

There are very encouraging signs indicating that social distancing, hygienic care and other measures detailed below are helping in the battle against COVID-19. Meanwhile, as testing increases, the number of citizens diagnosed with the coronavirus in the United States grows, as was expected to be the case with so much more testing. Illinois, with a population of nearly 13 million, has 107,796 people who are now diagnosed with or previously had the virus which has, sadly, caused 4,790 deaths in our state.  

We must remain vigilant and follow the simple steps outlined below to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Also, it is imperative that all citizens follow the Stay at Home Order of the State of Illinois and all related enforcement by local officials.  

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best approach is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a common-sense reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – especially after using a bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website. If you have questions or concerns, as always, ask a doctor or health professional.

We also want to provide guidance to volunteers, vendors, visitors, and people who frequent the Sheriff’s Office. Our goal is to ensure the safety of our employees, the public, and detainees. Please read the following very carefully and follow the directions below as indicated.

Volunteers, vendors, visitors, and the public should contact their healthcare provider if they have:

  1. Returned from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, or any country with a CDC Travel Alert Level 3 in the last 14 days or
  2. Live with someone or have had close contact with a person under investigation (PUI) or
  3. Had close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 illness and
  4. Refrain from visiting the Sheriff’s Office if they are determined to be at risk of exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As more information has become available about COVID-19, the CDC has updated guidance for all travelers to self-isolate and limit activities for 14 days after travel from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, or any country with a CDC Travel Alert Level 3 in the last 14 days. This includes people who do not have symptoms of illness.   

For additional up-to-date information, please visit:

CDC Novel Coronavirushttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

CDC Travel Guidancehttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Illinois Department of Public Healthhttp://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

Cook County Department of Public Healthhttps://www.cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/novel-coronavirus/

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