Current Mask and Screening Requirement Information
On February 28, 2022, Governor Pritzker issued a new Executive Order (2022-06) that continues to require face coverings in healthcare settings. Although the indoor mask mandate for other public buildings was removed beginning on February 28, 2022, facemasks for staff and patients are still required in healthcare settings.
According to the Executive Order:
“All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, shall continue to be required to wear a face covering… in healthcare settings.”
Chiropractic offices are considered healthcare settings in Illinois and, therefore, the mask mandate will continue to apply to our settings.
Additionally, the governor extended many COVID-specific Executive Orders on April 29, 2022. Included in the list of extended EOs were the above-mentioned face-covering mandate and the Executive Order that requires weekly testing unless vaccinated. These will now be in place until at least May 28, 2022.
ICS members can download a free “face-covering required” poster here.
CDC Changes and Screening Recommendations
Although on February 25, 2022, the CDC made significant changes to its public masking guidance (here), these changes do not supersede state requirements and the information above continues to apply. Additionally, the CDC continues to recommend screening as clearly indicated with the following:
“Establish a process to identify anyone entering the facility, regardless of their vaccination status, who has any of the following three criteria so that they can be properly managed:
1) a positive viral test for SARS-CoV-2,
2) symptoms of COVID-19, or
3) close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection (for patients and visitors) or a higher-risk exposure (for healthcare personnel (HCP).”
Healthcare Employee Testing Requirements
Section 2 of EO-2021-22 remains in effect and unchanged until at least May 28, 2022. Therefore, weekly testing is still a requirement for healthcare employees that are not “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19. Click here for the FAQ from last September.