Who to Contact if You Have Questions
Do you have questions? The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has established a COVID-19 hotline and email address to answer questions from the public:
For additional information from the IDPH, visit: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19.html
The Teamsters Safety and Health Department provides resources to help our stakeholders and members connect and receive the appropriate information to solve problems.
On Monday, February 28, 2022, Illinois lifted the statewide indoor mask requirement. Masks will continue to be required where they are federally mandated and in healthcare settings, long-term care facilities, congregate settings (prisons, shelters, etc.), and public transportation.
Additionally, due to the change in CDC guidance, masking requirements were lifted in daycare settings and will now only be required in areas of high transmission. Read the update from DCFS.
While masks are no longer required in most indoor locations, they do offer an additional layer of protection especially for those who have an underlying health condition or are around those who do.
Read the full Executive Order.
The CDC recently updated guidance around mask wearing to help people make decisions about when to wear a mask. The CDC recommends masking based on the new COVID-19 Community Level framework. This framework factors in COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity, and cases within a community.
The CDC’s masking recommendations are based on COVID-19 community levels. The three community levels are low, medium, and high. Lake County is currently in the low level. Visit the CDC page COVID-19 Community Levels to read more about the new guidance.
Visit our AllVax Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers and information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Lake County. Encourage members of the community to register in AllVax utilizing resources from the AllVax Portal Toolkit, including social media messages, guides, print materials, and more.
Community Guidance and Resources
Protect yourself and your community. Our Community Guidance and Resources page has information to help residents stay safe and informed.
- Find a COVID-19 testing location
- Illinois Vaccine Administration Data
- Lake County Coronavirus Data Hub
How Do You Know if a COVID-19 Testing Site is Legitimate
If you need to be tested for COVID-19, one question that you may be wondering is how does one know if the testing site is legitimate. The Lake County Health Department has developed a testing site checklist to help answer your questions if you need to get tested. Remember, the health department provides a list of over 200 sites across Lake County to get tested. Find a COVID-19 testing location
COVID Vaccination Clinic at Audubon
Audubon Elementary School will offer an onsite vaccination clinic for 1st dose, 2nd dose, and boosters against COVID-19. The first clinic will be March 1st from 10am-1pm and then again on March 22nd from 10am-1pm. This will allow all families and community members access to it twice, allowing both doses. To sign up, please see flyer below or click here.
Parents/caregivers are suggested to come on site if their child is signed up for vaccination at their appointment time. If you unable to come, but would like your child vaccinated that day, please email Principal Duffy at email@example.com for the consent process. This clinic is open to all people, so please share with neighbors, friends, etc. The clinic will occur in the field house west space.
If your child is already fully vaccinated please stop by the main office Monday-Friday between 8am-2:30pm for us to copy and input the card in their system.
Over the past several months, Teamsters Local 700 has participated in negotiations over the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Local 700 and other unions have bargained over this policy through the Coalition of Unionized Public Employees (COUPE). On October 8, 2021, the City unilaterally implemented the COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Local 700 has opposed and continues to oppose the City’s policy. Local 700 has maintained throughout this entire process that members must have the right to choose whether they wish to be vaccinated or not. Under the City’s policy, beginning on October 15, 2021, employees that are not fully vaccinated will need to undergo twice-weekly testing in lieu of vaccination. However, your employer continues to insist that employees must be fully vaccinated on or before December 31, 2021, and the testing option will end on that date.
Members have the right to request an exemption from mandatory vaccination based on a qualifying medical or religious exemption. Medical and religious exemption forms are available by clicking here:
MEDICAL EXEMPTION FORM:
RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION FORM:
If you submit a request for a medical or religious exemption, be sure to keep a copy of the form you submitted for your records.
Additionally, any City employee that is fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021, will receive an additional personal day to be used by June 30, 2022. Fully vaccinated is defined in the policy as “an employee has either received their single dose (Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or both doses (Pfizer/Moderna vaccines) and two weeks have passed since the last dose was administered.”
With the timing of the unilateral implementation and the October 15 deadline, it is impossible for any City employee that has not received a dose of the vaccine to obtain the extra personal day. “It’s ridiculous that the City unilaterally implemented a vaccine policy that virtually excludes the incentive for employees to become vaccinated,” said Ramon Williams, President of Teamsters Local 700.
Local 700 reserves the right to pursue any violations of the collective bargaining agreement, violations of the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, and any other violations of state or federal law. Local 700, COUPE and other unions are meeting next week to discuss all legal options to fight this policy. Local 700 will continue to provide updates as events unfold.
Members with questions should contact their business agent at (847) 939-9700.