General Public Health Information on COVID-19

CDC Information and guidance: 

Directory of Local Health Departments: https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory

  • Illinois Department of Public Health has guidance preventing the spread of COVID-19 at schools, businesses, adult day programs, long term care, etc. 
  • Indiana Department of Health has important information regarding Indiana’s response to COVID-19

HIPAA guidance for healthcare workers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

  • HHS Bulletin reminding HIPAA-covered entities that the HIPAA Privacy Rule remains in effect during the outbreak, but that protected health information may be shared under certain circumstances to treat a patient, to protect public health, and for other critical purposes.
  1. Federal/State Law

Illinois Official Government COVID-19 website:

Illinois Hotlines:

  • State hotline: 1-800-889-3931
  • Chicago hotline: Inside City Limits: 311 / OR 1-312-744-5000

Indiana Official Government COVID-19 website:

OSHA guidance relating to COVID-19:

  • Note: The federal OSHA does not directly cover state and local government employees, but both Indiana and Illinois have state OSHA laws that may cover state and local government employees.  
  • Federal OSHA issued a special publication entitled “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” (OSHA 3990-03 2020): https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
  • Main page: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/index.html
    • Overview of COVID-19 and links regarding particular OSHA standards and particular industries (more below)
  • Standards potentially relevant to COVID-19: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/standards.html 
    • Links and information regarding OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Bloodborne pathogens standards, as well as the General Duty Clause
    • Links to the 28 OSHA-approved state plans. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA’s and may have different or more stringent requirements.
  • Interim guidance on control and prevention for workers: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/controlprevention.html
    • Discusses engineering controls, administrative controls, safe work practices, and PPE for healthcare workers with potential occupational exposure, and well as specific guidance relating to cleaning and disinfection and for homecare of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.

ADA guidance: 

COBRA guidance: 

  • The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”) gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs, death, divorce, and other life events. Qualified individuals may be required to pay the entire premium for coverage up to 102% of the cost to the plan.  The DOL guidance on COBRA requirements can be found at https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/health-plans/cobra

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