Court-Ordered Evictions, Cook County Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program Suspended Due to COVID-19 Precautions

COOK COUNTY, IL – The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has suspended all court-ordered evictions for the next 30 days, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

The suspension is in response to an order from the Office of the Chief Judge issued late Friday evening.

Prior to the order, Cook County Sheriff’s Department staff screened all individuals for symptoms of COVID-19 at residences where evictions were being executed. Earlier this week, Cook County Sheriff’s Deputies encountered an individual during an eviction in the northwest suburbs who showed symptoms of the virus. Deputies immediately called for emergency medical services to transport the man to a local hospital for evaluation. The eviction was subsequently cancelled.

Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office is suspending the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) for 30 days in response to the Chief Judge’s order. Before the order was issued, SWAP participants were being carefully screened by staff for any symptoms of the virus. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with health and public safety stakeholders to quickly respond to the evolving nature of the pandemic, and additional precautions will be implemented as needed. The health and safety of our staff and the public continue to be the top priority of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

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