Friday, April 24, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 8
(630) 682-7400
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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
Gov. Pritzker Announces Modified Stay at Home Order Will Be Extended Through May
 Releases Illinois Modeling Showing Significant Second Wave If Stay at Home Order Were Lifted; Modified Order Includes Increased Flexibility for Residents and Non-Essential Businesses, Requires Face Coverings in Public

What you need to know about testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Who Should Get Tested
  • Healthcare workers, first responders regardless of symptoms
  • Seniors (65+) *with* symptoms
  • Patients with underlying conditions *and* experiencing symptoms
  • All other individuals *with* symptoms

Definition of Symptoms
  • Cough or Shortness of breath
  • Fever

Testing Locations
The State of Illinois has opened Community-Based Testing Sites (CBTS) for the public to help test Illinoisans for COVID-19. Illinois Community-Based Testing Sites are open seven days a week to test individuals with COVID-19 symptoms.

Please see the CBTS information below: 
For information on other testing sites in near you visit: 

Before You Go
Anyone who will be tested must be seated at a functioning window. Once you get in line at the CBTS, you will not be permitted to exit your car. For the safety of the testing personnel, the drive-thru sites will not be able to accommodate walk-up individuals. Individuals must arrive in a vehicle.

You will be asked to show 1) photo identification and 2) healthcare employee or first responder ID/badge , if applicable.

Due to the demand for this service, we anticipate there could be significant wait times associated with these drive-thru community-based testing sites. Please be patient. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, you are urged to call your doctor or emergency department to seek immediate care and instructions.
Help slow the spread of COVID-19, share the Health Department’s video
“Do Your Part DuPage”
During COVID-19, DuPage County Health Department continues to provide essential messaging designed to inform, educate, and empower our community members to help stop the spread. We have created an awareness campaign for DuPage County residents branded as ' Do Your Part DuPage’ .

The Health Department encourages community partners to share this video in newsletters, on social media platforms and their websites. #doyourpartdupage
Please help our first responders help you. Sign up for SMART 9-1-1 so you can share critical medical information for loved ones at risk of coronavirus. Your profile will show in any dispatch center that has Smart 9-1-1 throughout the United States, including the City of Chicago and Cook County Sheriff’s office 9-1-1 centers. Your profile is only visible when you dial 9-1-1.

Please share with your friends and family. If you haven’t signed up, click here to join.
Resources for Those in Need
Emergency Child Care for Communities & Providers
The State of Illinois has launched an emergency childcare provider website.
You can search by zip code and radius, age range of care, and services offered including special needs, center of home based care, bilingual and operating hours.

To find emergency child care in your area, visit  COVID-19 Emergency Provider Search or call 1(888) 228-1146.
The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched Call4Calm, a free emotional support text line for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.

Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Individuals can also text with key words such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how navigate and access supports and services.
Did you lose your health insurance coverage through your job and need to enroll in a health plan?

  • You have up to 60 days to enroll in a health plan after your job loss.
  • You can enroll before your current coverage ends to avoid a gap in coverage.
  • Coverage can begin as soon as the 1st of the month, after your previous coverage ends.
  • If you had a change in income, you may qualify for plans through the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace that may be more affordable than other options.

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.
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 (
How You Can Help
DuPage County Health Department is now accepting cloth face covering/mask donations.

To donate cloth face coverings, please complete the  Donation Offer Form

There is no universal direction on how to make cloth face masks. However, you can find instructions on the resources below:

For the safety of all: 
  • Please do not make masks if you are sick or think you might be getting sick.
  • Please keep all face mask materials away from household pets.
  • Be sure the area in which you are working is clean. Sanitize all surfaces with a disinfectant before making masks.
  • Perform hand hygiene before touching mask materials.
  • Donated masks are thoroughly laundered and sanitized before being distributed.
Giving DuPage Days is a 30-day online fundraiser event to support local nonprofit organizations serving DuPage County. Now, more than ever, we want to help these local charities who provide critical services to those in need, improve lives and make our community stronger.
Did you receive a COVID-19 Federal Stimulus check in the last few days even though you're working. Perhaps, you want to help those that are suffering during this pandemic. DuPage Health Matters , a 501(C)(3) organization developed by the DuPage County Health Department, is one of the not for profit organizations that benefits DuPage residents.

Click Here to visit the DuPage Health Matters page. As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, a $75 donation celebrates every year of our Department's existence.

Take the $75 challenge today and support the foundation of public health in DuPage.
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 24, 2020
(630) 682-7400