Vaccination Update – 9/13/2023

The CDC and FDA have approved updated COVID-19 vaccines. The new formulations provide better protection against the COVID virus variants currently circulating. CCH is waiting to receive shipment of the new vaccines and we expect them to be available by the end of September.  

No appointments for COVID vaccination can be made at CCH facilities until the new vaccines are available. Thank you for your patience. Please stay tuned for updates!


If you are a Cook County Health patient in need of a COVID-19 test, please contact your doctor’s office to schedule a visit.

Community members can get a COVID test at Stroger Hospital or at Provident Hospital‘s Sengstacke Health Center. The Stroger drive-up tent is located outside the Emergency Department at 1969 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago. Please follow the signs and do not get out of your cars. 

At Sengstacke, the clinic is located on the 6th floor. 

For hours and to make an appointment, call 833-308-1988.

Universal Masking

Beginning Monday, May 15, universal masking is required for only some locations of Cook County Health clinics and hospitals.

Masks will remain required for:

  • Anyone experiencing COVID or flu symptoms (coughing, fever etc.)
  • Visitors to inpatient rooms
  • All patients and visitors in high-risk areas. This includes:
    • Emergency Department and ED waiting areas
    • Hematology, oncology and radiation oncology clinics
    • Infusion center
    • NICU patient care areas
    • Dialysis center and clinic
    • Staff when providing direct patient care

Patients can request a staff member put on a mask for their safety.

Signage will help visitors and patients know where masks are required.

Masking continues to be strongly recommended for all individuals in CCH facilities. Masks have been shown to significantly reduce transmission of COVID-19 and other viral illnesses. Wearing a mask can help protect yourself and others. 

Visitor Guidelines

Updated: May 15, 2023

Beginning Monday, May 15, Cook County Health has returned to pre-pandemic visitor policy. Visitors will continue to need to wear masks in a patient’s room and restrictions are subject to change.

No visitors with flu-like symptoms will be permitted.

Four (4) visitors per adult patient and six (6) per pediatric patient are welcome to visit at one time, unless special circumstances apply. Due to space constraints, the Emergency Department (ED) allows two (2) visitors per patient at one time.


Adult Units

General: 11 am to 8 pm  (Children 2 years and older)

ICU: 24 hours (Children 12 years and older)

ED & Trauma: 24 hours (Every 15 minutes and Children 6 years & older)

4 Flex Unit: 11 am to 8 pm (Children 2 years and older)

Pediatric Units

All Units: Parents and Guardians 24 Hours

General: 11 am to 8 pm (Children 2 years & older)

Neonatal ICU: 9 am to 8 pm (Children 6 years & older)

Pediatrics ICU: 9 am to 8 pm (Children 6 years & older)

OB/GYN Labor & Delivery: 24 hours for Labor Support Person

Labor & Delivery: 11 am to 8 pm. (Children 13 years & older)

Gyn. ANTE-Post Partum: 11 am to 8 pm (Children 2 years & older)