CDPH Issues Orders for Chicago Hospitals

March 20, 2020

The Chicago Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) has issued orders on duties of hospitals and others along with guidance of personal protective equipment (PPE). Key orders for acute and long-term care hospitals include:

  • Adopting and implementing administrative and PPE control policies to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19 and to conserve PPE;
  • Postponing elective surgeries and medical procedures;
  • Implement a strict visitor policy in hospitals and clinics with exceptions for circumstances where having no companion may have long-term negative health implications for the patients;
  • Implementing a policy to limit entry into patient rooms of COVID-19 patients to essential healthcare workers only; and
  • Implementing a policy to check employees for symptoms of COVID-19 at the start and end of each shift.

In addition, CDPH ordered all acute care hospitals in Chicago to submit online daily reports on defined COVID-related patient data, e.g. daily counts of COVID-19-related intensive care unit (ICU) admissions; COVID-19 patients receiving mechanical ventilation; and COVID-19-related deaths that occurred at the hospital during the preceding 24 hours.

According to the alert, the CDPH order is in effect until “the threat to public health posed by COVID-19 has diminished to the point that this order can be safely repealed.”

CDPH COVID-19 PPE conservation guidance for hospitals is available here. Recommended guidance for respirator reuse from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health is available here.