Friday, August 7, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 23
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DuPage and Kane Counties: United Against COVID-19 West Suburban Region Experiencing Concerning Increases in Virus Activity
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health metrics, there is an increase in the numbers of new cases of COVID-19 which are triggering warnings from DuPage and Kane County officials. The two counties make up the West Suburban Region (Region 8) recently identified by the State of Illinois in the Restore Illinois Plan. The two counties’ health departments are working together to track and reduce case counts. DuPage and Kane County leaders say they will take action that is consistent with the State of Illinois guidelines to limit the spread of disease if the metrics continue to indicate an increase of COVID-19 cases in the region.

“We need everyone to work together to help us stop the spread of the virus,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. “Both DuPage and Kane Counties were successful in reducing case counts through adherence to public health guidance in the spring and early summer. However, as these case counts creep up, we need to remind the public that their actions will impact the decisions health leaders make to protect our communities. We each play an important role in this fight.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) uses several indicators to determine if a county is experiencing stable COVID-19 activity, or if there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the county. A warning is triggered if there are 50 or more new cases per 100,000 people in a county in a one-week period. Both counties currently exceed this level and are in the warning category for this trigger. DuPage County stands at 73 new cases per 100,000 and Kane is currently at 66 cases per 100,000.

How is DuPage County doing with COVID? The Executive Director of DuPage County Health Department Spoke with John Williams of WGN Radio
For a brief update on the local effects of COVID-19, what parents should be considering as the school year approaches and what we should all do to keep our communites safe, listen to this WGN Radio Interview led by John Williams of WGN Radio with Karen Ayala, DuPage County Health Department Executive Director.

The Health Department continues to encourage everyone, including young people, to be responsible and protect themselves as well as their friends by following the three Ws:

If you leave your home, remember to:
  • Wear a cloth face mask.
  • Watch your distance. Stay 6 feet apart from others.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Back to School, Back to the Doctor
No matter what grade your child is about to enter, there's always a back-to-school checklist of to-dos.

It's a good idea to add a visit to your family's pediatrician for an annual wellness exam and sports physical to that list.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocates that every child and youth receive care through a family-centered medical home.

Within the medical home, care is provided continuously over a long period of time so that as your child ages and develops, his or her care is never interrupted. Adolescence, for example, is a time when vital changes are taking place; seeing the pediatrician is important during the transition into puberty.

COVID-19 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
DuPage County
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site
DuPage County is offering community-based COVID-19 drive-thru testing at the DuPage County Complex. The entrance is located on County Farm Road a few blocks North of Roosevelt Road at a stoplight. Follow the signs through the campus to the test site.

The testing site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 am until the daily test limit is reached.No appointment, symptoms or insurance is required.

For more information about the testing site or what to expect, please click here.
Pillars Community Health
COVID-19 Testing in Willowbrook
Pillars Community Health offers drive-up testing for COVID-19 outside of Anne M. Jeans Elementary School in Willowbrook.

Limited tests available; appointment required; please call 708-PILLARS (708-745-5277) .

Testing is available on Tuesdays 9 am-Noon and Thursdays from 9 am-1 pm to anyone with symptoms of COVID-19; or anyone with a known exposure to COVID-19 (have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19); or asymptomatic, high-risk patients, first responders, health care workers, or essential workers who wish to be tested.

VNA Health Care COVID-19 Testing
VNA Health Care offers COVID-19 testing by appointment only to new and existing patients with or without symptoms. 

Community mobile testing clinics are also available in Bensenville and West Chicago through VNA Health Care.

VNA Mobile Clinic at St. Alexis Catholic Church
400 W Wood Ave, Bensenville, IL, 60106

VNA Mobile Clinic at St. Andrew's Church
155 N Prince Crossing Rd, West Chicago, IL, 60185

To schedule an appointment, call (630) 892-4355 or (847) 717-6455.

For more information or to view a list of additional VNA locations, visit www.vnahealth.com/covid-19-testing.
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.
2020 Census Spread the Word
The 2020 Census is underway. Data collected in the census will inform the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities each year for the next 10 years for things like health care, food assistance, and infrastructure.

It’s important that we all respond to shape the future of our communities. Learn more and respond to the census today at 2020CENSUS.GOV.
Friday, August 7, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 23
(630) 682-7400 www.dupagehealth.org