Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities, and are suitable for adaptation by other communities.

Outbreak of COVID-19 and interventions in a large jail — Cook County, IL, United States, 2020

Zawitz C., Welbel S., Ghinai I., Mennella C., Levin R., Samala U., Smith M.B., Gubser J., Jones B., Varela K., Kirbiyik U., Rafinski J., Fitzgerald A., Orris P., Bahls A., Black S.R., Binder A.M., Armstrong P. A.

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Peer Review Study

Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Healthcare Access and Quality
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Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This article highlights the interventions taken by the Cook County Jail to reduce COVID-19 transmission. They used a combination of masking, testing, screening of staff, medical isolation in single-occupancy cells, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning procedures. Cases declined in the facility following these interventions, even as cases increased in the broader Chicago area.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

People Who Are Incarcerated

Setting(s) of Implementation

Correctional Facility

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