Friday, April 10, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 5
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The COVID-19 Weekly Update will provide current information and resources for DuPage County. We encourage you to share this widely through our community. To subscribe and receive weekly local updates on COVID-19, please fill out  this form
Health Department Launches Advertising Campaign to Educate and Inform DuPage Residents About How to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
On Friday, April 4 th DuPage County Health Department launched an advertising campaign to reinforce national and state messaging for DuPage residents to stay home, wash their hands frequently and practice healthy distancing.
The Health Department encourages community partners to use these digital ads in newsletter, social media and website communications. The digital files can be downloaded here.
  DuPage County COVID-19 Dashboard

DuPage County Health Department’s new interactive COVID-19 case map  dashboard , links data from the DuPage County Health Department into the GIS Data Systems from DuPage County to provide a greater level of understanding into how the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, pandemic is unfolding across our communities. 
The information on the COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated daily to provide DuPage County residents information about the current spread of COVID-19 and need for healthy distancing and prevention steps to slow the spread of disease. Information around age range, sex as well as community of residence of the cases identified through testing will be included. For more information, please visit:
CDC New Face Covering Guidance

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from  recent studies  that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Watch this step by step tutorial from the U.S. Surgeon General on how to make your own face covering using materials available at home.
Resources for Those in Need
COVID-19: Maintaining Your Mental Health
During these uncertain times, life can feel completely disrupted. Things seem confused and sense of time may be lost. You may feel vulnerable and helpless. Sleep patterns may be disrupted, and you may feel tired all the time. Emotional “numbness” may continue as a means of coping with what is happening. As the scope of the impact of the coronavirus becomes more apparent, you may feel overwhelmed and even angry.

Signs of stress:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Fearfulness
  • Anger
  • Fatigue
  • Helplessness
  • Physical complaints
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of Appetite

Recognizing these emotions and reactions helps you to better understand your experience and deal with them. In time… we will recover.

If you are experiencing emotional distress, call our Crisis Services at 630-627-1700. Additional coping resources can be found at the
DuPage Narcan Program
During COVID-19

The DuPage Narcan Program will continue to supply program sites, first responders and community members with Narcan. Supply will be coordinated by contacting  for a specific time and date. 

Beginning March 23, the supply days/times will be Tuesday and Thursday mornings from
9:00 am – 11:00 am by appointment. 

For more information on Narcan and overdose response, please visit
IL Opioid Helpline 1-833-2FINDHELP

  • The Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 833-2FINDHELP is available 24/7, 365 days a year and is completely free.
  • Anyone can use the Helpline, whether you are struggling with a substance use disorder or care about someone who is. Trained Helpline Specialists answer questions, provide support, and connect you to services in Illinois.
  • The Illinois Department of Human Services created the Helpline for those experiencing a substance use disorder. If you or a loved one are struggling with a substance use disorder for opioids or any other substance, please call 833-2FINDHELP (833-234-34357), or visit
Struggling to Provide Healthy Food for Your Young Children During the COVID-19 Crisis?

Women, Infant, Children (WIC) is here to help. The WIC Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and community referrals and vouchers for nutritious supplemental foods at no-cost to eligible pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding women, infants and children living in DuPage County.

Currently, you can enroll in WIC without going to a clinic. WIC families have an option to do phone-based WIC appointments, and complete online nutrition education.

Call DuPage County Health Department for enrollment information at (630) 682-7400.
DuPage Regional Office of Education:
Schools Continue to Provide Food Services to Their Students and Families

DuPage County Schools continue to support their students during these challenging days of the COVID-19 pandemic. School lunches (and in some cases breakfast) are being distributed to any child in need. Please check your local school district’s website for details.
Food Resources

Northern Illinois Food Bank partners with 900 feeding programs across 13 counties to serve our neighbors needing food. If you or someone you know is in need of food please use the locator map to find a food pantry or soup kitchen near you. Use the contact information provided to confirm hours of distribution and residency requirements.

The Food Bank’s SNAP Outreach Team is also fielding calls and online requests 7 days per week related to SNAP (food stamps) applications and locating a pantry. Some of the SNAP eligibility requirements have been temporarily lifted due to COVID-19. For assistance call 844-600-7627 or use the online contact form.

Visit the Food Bank website to learn more about how to give help and get help (
What's New
DuPage County Health Department has recently added new information to their website:

Guidance is changing rapidly, please check the website frequently. 
Illinois COVID-19 Hotline and Email Address

If you have questions about Coronavirus - Call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease
(COVID-19) Hotline:

1(800) 889-3931 or, send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV  

Both are available anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Friday, April 10, 2020
(630) 682-7400