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Posted on: May 28, 2021

COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 symptoms may include fever, sore throat, loss of taste, cough or shortness of breath. Visit for more information regarding symptoms.

Current numbers for Oak Forest can be found from the Illinois Department of Public Health website (

The City of Oak Forest is part of the Suburban Cook County, Region 10.

Currently, all regions, including Oak Forest are at the Bridge Phase of Restore Illinois

Here's a full breakdown of the changes released on Friday, May 14, 2021:

  • Dining: Seated areas: Patrons = 6 feet apart; parties = 10 Standing areas: 30 percent capacity indoors; 50 percent capacity outdoors
  • Health and fitness: 60 percent capacity; Group fitness classes of 50 or fewer indoors or 100 or fewer outdoors.
  • Offices: 60 percent capacity
  • Personal care: 60 percent capacity
  • Retail and counter service: 60 percent capacity
  • Amusement parks: 60 percent capacity
  • Festivals and general admission outdoor spectator events: 30 people per 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Flea and farmers markets: Indoor: 15 people per 1,000 sq. ft.; Outdoor: 30 people per 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Film production: 60 percent capacity
  • Meetings, conferences, and conventions: Lesser of 1,000 people or 60 percent capacity
  • Museums: 60 percent capacity
  • Recreation: Indoor: Lesser of 100 people or 50 percent capacity; Outdoor: Maximum groups of 100; multiple groups permissible
  • Social events: Indoor: 250 people; Outdoor: 500 people
  • Spectator events (ticketed and seated): 60 percent capacity
  • Theaters and performing arts: 60 percent capacity
  • Zoos: 60 percent capacity

CDC Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (as of May 13, 2021)

  • Update that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Update that fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter

All Illinoisans 12 years of age and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Find your nearest vaccination location at or call (833) 621-1284 to schedule an appointment near you.

Cook County Health is encouraging individuals who are seeking vaccination to walk-in at the Matteson location at 4647 Promenade Way, or visit for an updated list of vaccination sites.

South Suburban College Continues COVID-19 Testing in South Holland and Rapid Testing in Oak Forest.

South Suburban College’s drive-thru testing will continue four days a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. A second COVID-19 testing site recently opened at the College’s Oak Forest Center to provide free rapid testing through the SHIELD Illinois program. The OFC-SHIELD testing site is initially limited to two days a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. If demand increases, dates and times will be expanded. To schedule an appointment, a SHIELD account must be created through using agency code: df5brbrj. SSC will be providing the SHIELD test at no cost, compared to $100 or more for a standard nasal swab test. Current notification time for the saliva test is less than 24 hours.

South Suburban College's Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. The Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

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