Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) Members


Mark Biel, Chief Executive Officer
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Update on Vaccinations; Update on COVID-19 Cases; ACC Information on State COVID-19 Policy

Update on Vaccinations: A total of 14,099,513 vaccines have been administered to Illinois residents. The average number of vaccines administered daily is 21,251.  According to the state’s vaccine administration data, 53.5% of the state’s overall population have been fully vaccinated with DuPage County still leading the state with 63% of its population fully vaccinated. Close to 78% of residents who are 12 and up have received their first dose, with 60% being fully vaccinated.

Here’s how the rest of the state’s population by age groups ranks in terms of vaccinations:

12 years of age and older – 60% fully vaccinated; 78% one dose administered
18 years of age and older – 62% fully vaccinated; 79% one dose administered
65 years of age and older – 77% fully vaccinated; 94% one dose administered             

Additionally, the state has updated its COVID-19 website containing current locations and other pertinent information on one webpage.

Update on COVID-19 Cases: IDPH is reporting 1,554,336 positive tests of COVID-19 in Illinois, an average increase of 3,745 positive tests per day since last reported here 7 days ago on September 1.  In total, 29,549,827 tests have now been conducted in Illinois for the virus, an average increase of 83,466 per day since September 1. 

The state’s average positivity rate over all 11 regions is at 4.5% since September 1.  You can see where the various regions are at in terms of their positivity rates, hospitalizations, and other metrics at this link

Unfortunately, IDPH is reporting a total of 24,194 deaths, an average increase of 30 per day since September 1.

You can also check where these cases are occurring at the State of Illinois COVID-19 website which also contains more information on this outbreak.

Also, IDPH has a case breakdown of the number of positive cases in Chicago and each county relative to the number of fatalities.  The IDPH website also now includes a breakdown of the cases under each zip code in the state.

For information on other states and countries, John Hopkins University has developed this website that provides invaluable resources at a one-stop location detailing testing and tracing trends, timelines of COVID-19 policies, vaccinations, and interactive maps.

ACC Information on State COVID-19 Policy:


New York
NY Governor Hochul announced COVID 19 an airborne infectious disease under the HERO Act,  which requires all employers to implement workplace safety plans in the event of an airborne infectious disease. Under the law, all employers are required to adopt a workplace safety plan, and implement it for all airborne infectious diseases designated by the New York State Department of Health. The plans adopted by employers must address a number of safety measures, including but not limited to: employee health screenings, masking and social distancing requirements, workplace hygiene stations, workplace cleaning protocol, quarantine protocol, and building airflow technology. Employers are required to distribute their work safety plan to all employees and post it in a visible and prominent location within each worksite. More information about the HERO Act and workplace requirements are here.

Rhode Island
Governor McKee announced that some health care workers will have an extension to meet the vaccination deadline of Oct. 1st; however they will be placed on leave without pay during that time and barred from working in a state licensed health care facility. If they remain unvaccinated byDec. 15th the workers could be subject to additional discipline.

New Hampshire
Lawmakers continue to argue over remote legislative session options. House Democrats are suing the Speaker over remote access under the ADA, with the federal Court of Appeals scheduled to hear oral arguments later this week. The issue has expanded to the question of whether a legislative body has immunity from requirements to comply with federal laws mandating “reasonable accommodation” for people with disabilities.

The MA Public Health Council approved an expanded vaccine requirement for home care workers, the state’s independent rest homes and assisted living residences as well as hospice programs, and contractors by Oct. 31st. The plan expands on Governor Baker’s vaccination requirement for workers at skilled nursing facilities.

CT Governor Lamont and DPH announced a new vaccination campaign that highlights the benefits of vaccination and the consequences of not being vaccinated. As of Sept.  8, only 2 counties – Hartford and New London – are listed as  “high” for community transmission of COVID according to the CDC.


No updates this week!  


Michigan Updates Guidance for Quarantining Students
To allow more students to stay in school, the Department of Health and Human Services on 9/8/21 issued detailed guidelines on quarantining students exposed to another student who tests positive for COVID-19. For example, the rules sets a guide for an unvaccinated student who was masked and exposed to a COVID-positive student who was also masked in an indoor school setting, but the students were less than three feet apart and the student tests daily.  In this instance, the instructions are:  The exposed student can remain in school if they wear a mask. They should monitor symptoms for 14 days and test daily before coming into the school building for the seven days following the exposure. They should continue to monitor for symptoms for a total of 14 days following the exposure.  If the student cannot do daily testing for seven days, the student should stay home following instructions related to seven days or 10 days at home.


No updates this week! 


Hawaii: Maui Will Require COVID Vaccine Cards for Indoor Dining
Maui County will require all restaurant patrons to furnish vaccine cards to dine indoors. Any guests that are unable to furnish prove of vaccination will still be able to dine outdoors or get takeout food from these restaurants. The order was approved by Hawaii Governor David Ige as required by Hawaii law. It takes effect on September 15. See article.

Idaho Ready to Begin Rationing Medical Care as Hospitals Unable to Handle COVID Case Surges
Idaho is now in the ‘crisis standard of care’ for the first time in state history. The state health department announced yesterday the decision to approve this rationed care model as the state’s hospitalization rates continue to escalate. Several hospitals in the state are already at the threshold identified for switching to crisis standards of care while others are on the brink of moving beyond the current contingency level of care into crisis care. Crisis standard of care means rationing care to those most likely to survive and limiting care for patients when they are unable to treat. This announcement comes after the Governor’s recent attempt to support hospitals by calling in the National Guard has been unable to tide these hospitals over with COVID hospitalization rates continuing to surge. Read article for more information.

Nevada Executive Order Allows Fully Vaccinated People to Attend Large Indoor Events Without Face Coverings
On 9/2, Governor Sisolak issued a new executive order, Directive 50, which establishes the ability for large indoor events (defined as greater than 4k attendees) may allow guests that are vaccinated to attend without face coverings mandates. The event staff must submit paperwork to the state and establish a method of verification of vaccination/test results to quality. 


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