Friday, February 5, 2021 Volume 1, Issue 49
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DuPage County Moves to
Phase 4 Mitigations 
Due to the substantial progress DuPage County has made against COVID-19, the State of Illinois is moving Region 8 (DuPage and Kane) to Phase 4 mitigations today. To maintain this progress, DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) urges residents, including persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, to continue adhering to the public health measures that help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

As of today, 87,059 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to DuPage County residents eligible in the Phase 1a and 1b priority groups. This represents an increase of 18,125 vaccinations over the past week. With 2.52%, or 23,360, of residents now fully vaccinated with two doses, DuPage County continues to lead the Chicago metropolitan counties in this metric. However, vaccine supply is limited, and many eligible residents are experiencing difficulty with scheduling their first vaccine appointment. As the vaccine supply increases, DCHD expects this process will improve for more residents. 

“Together with our community partners, including hospitals, medical providers, and pharmacies, we are expanding the infrastructure to vaccinate as many eligible people, as quickly as possible,” said Karen Ayala, Executive Director of DuPage County Health Department. “However, much more vaccine supply is needed to allocate to all of our vaccine partners and open appointments more broadly.”

On average, DuPage County is receiving about 14,000 vaccine doses per week which limit the number of people that can be vaccinated. DCHD continues to increase the number of providers who are receiving vaccine in DuPage County. Currently, 39 sites are receiving vaccine. 

DuPage County Is Making Better Progress Than Neighboring Counties In Getting People Vaccinated For COVID-19 — What’s Going On?
As Illinois scrambles to keep up with demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, CBS 2 is looking at how efficiently the counties are putting shots in arms.

As CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reported, the progress report from the DuPage County Health Department is better than some of its neighbors when it comes to the percentage of people who are fully vaccinated.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Every week, the DuPage County Health Department will be sharing the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the coronavirus pandemic to help educate and inform county residents. For a list of additional FAQ, visit COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions.

Currently can anyone in Phase 1b sign up at any site, or is availability limited to specific groups within 1b?
Anyone eligible in the 1b group will be able to schedule appointments as vaccine supply increases. The state has not released guidelines for prioritizing within 1b. We encourage people to register for updates about when and where COVID-19 vaccine will be available at www.dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccine. However, if opportunities to register become available through pharmacies, healthcare providers, or medical groups, people should also register there and get vaccinated at the first opportunity available. Many providers will be administering vaccine in the coming weeks and months as vaccine supply increases. 

Is DuPage County Health Department prioritizing teachers in Phase 1b or how will they be vaccinated?
The DuPage County Health Department has been working with DuPage County schools through the Regional Office of Education (ROE) throughout the pandemic response. With the assistance of the ROE, we have developed a COVID-19 vaccination plan that links vaccine providers with 13 points of dispensing (PODs) established through the High School Districts. These providers are ready to begin vaccinating once vaccine is available with the understanding that it may take several weeks to have enough vaccine supply allocated and distributed to DuPage County.

There are over 28,000 educators and school staff and we are receiving only about 14,000 doses of vaccine in the county each week for those remaining to be vaccinated in 1a and all 270,000 individuals eligible in 1b. As the health department for all county residents, we are working to ensure that all people eligible in the Phase 1b priority groups have equitable access to the still limited vaccine.

If I have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, do I need to wear a mask, avoid close contact with others, and quarantine if I am exposed? 
Yes. Everyone, including those who have been fully vaccinated, should continue using these measures to help end this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. 

We don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself.
COVID-19 VACCINE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH RESOURCES
COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center (Postcard)
Our Best Shot Against COVID-19 (Video)
COVID-19 Vaccine in DuPage County (Flyer)
DuPage County COVID-19
Vaccine Information Available on Website
The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) has a COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for the public to stay informed on the latest information regarding vaccine planning in DuPage County. As more information becomes available, DCHD will share updates on its website and social media channels.

To view the COVID-19 Vaccine page, visit www.dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccine.

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Illinois Department of Public Health
COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Data
COVID-19 vaccination data by county is now available through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website. Data include the number of doses administered, the vaccination rate per population, and what percent of the population is fully vaccinated. It is important to note that vaccine distribution figures are reported in real-time, while vaccine administration figures are reported with as much as a 72-hour lag. 
COVID-19 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
DuPage County COVID-19 Testing Sites
The DuPage County Health Department offers a community-based drive-thru testing site to residents. Anyone can be tested, and no appointment, doctor referral, or insurance is required. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register at testdirectly.com. Please note: Pre-registration does not guarantee testing or a place in line for that day.

For more information about COVID-19 testing in DuPage County, visit www.dupagehealth.org/covid19testing.


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Testing Site Locations in DuPage County
The DuPage County Health Department reminds residents that there are various COVID-19 testing locations throughout DuPage County. For a list of testing locations near you including CVS and Physicians Immediate Care, visit the IDPH Testing webpage.

Additionally, Walgreens also offers COVID-19 testing.
Pillars Community Health
COVID-19 Testing in Willowbrook
Pillars Community Health offers drive-up testing for COVID-19 across the street from Burr Ridge Middle School in Burr Ridge.

Testing is restricted to people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had a close contact with a confirmed exposure. Limited tests available; an appointment IS REQUIRED: Call
708-PILLARS (708-745-5277) and follow the prompts.

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.
Friday, February 5, 2021 Volume 1, Issue 49
(630) 682-7400 www.dupagehealth.org