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Posted on: December 23, 2021

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Illinois Enhances Vaccination & Testing Capacity

The Governor has directed the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to enhance its partnerships with local health department mass vaccination operations throughout the state to help meet the growing demand for the COVID-19 vaccine booster. In recent weeks, the State of Illinois partnered with Cook County Health to offer two one-day booster clinics, resulting in about 7,000 shots administered. Vaccination appointments can be scheduled using Cook County’s website. Many locations will also offer walk-up testing. Starting the week of January 3, 2022, free Community-Based Testing Sites will begin operating six days a week to increase COVID-19 testing availability across the state.

Local COVID-19 Data, Trends, and Testing Sites

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in La Grange Park has increased by 234% in the last 14 days (December 14-28, 2021) and La Grange Hospital is reporting its highest number of COVID-related inpatients since the start of the pandemic. Please take care to observe public health guidance issued by the CDC, IDPH, and Cook County. Two new COVID-19 "pop-up" testing sites recently opened in La Grange Park, located at 1101 E. 31st Street and 1126 N. Maple Avenue.

Proof of Vaccination Required for Most Indoor Settings

On December 23, 2021, the Cook County Department of Public Health issued a new mitigation order for suburban Cook County in response to the current COVID-19 surge of cases and hospitalizations. The order calls for proof of vaccination for customers of indoor settings where food or drink are served, like restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues, and in fitness facilities. Fitness centers include settings like health clubs, yoga studios, group fitness classes, recreation centers, and dance studios. Entertainment venues include movie theaters, concert venues, live theater, and music spaces, sports arenas, bowling alleys, and arcades. Patrons in these facilities must remain masked and physically distant when possible. Under the order, businesses must display signage about the mitigations at every entrance and prominently within the facility. The order will go into effect on January 3. 

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