If you plan to vote in person next week, an expert on infection prevention has some suggestions to help protect you from COVID-19. While nothing is foolproof, you are advised to make sure you have your mask and hand sanitizer with you and clean your hands before you go in and when you come out.

And before heading to the polls, OSF HealthCare Director of Infection Prevention Lori Grooms says you should research your ballot.

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She suggests going to vote during off-peak times, such as mid-morning. She also recommends giving yourself plenty of time to monitor the voter line from your car and join it when it’s shorter. Physical distancing is also important to maintain while voting in person. Long lines might make this difficult, but Grooms says don’t be afraid to politely advocate for space.

You can look up your local voting information at https://www.elections.il.gov/

 

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