Friday, July 24, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 21
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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

COVID-19 Cases On The Rise
Among Young People in DuPage County
According to Health Department data, the percentage of positive cases attributed to young people has increased in the month of July. Prior to July 1, young people between the ages of 10 to 19 years old, made up five percent of positive cases. Since July 1, that number rose to 17 percent. Prior to July 1, cases in adults between the ages of 20 to 29 years of age made up 15 percent of positive cases. Since July 1, that number has now increased to 24 percent. Although cases in these age groups are usually mild, they can be spread to people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

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 stay keep our communites safe, watch this radio interview led by 95.9 The River 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.

Quarantine and Isolation
What's the Difference?
Isolation  and  quarantine both help protect our communities by preventing exposure to people who have or may have COVID-19.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19, including those without symptoms, from people who are not infected.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.

 Quarantine is used to keep someone who has been a close contact to a person infected with COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of virus that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

You may be considered a close contact and need to self-quarantine if you were within 6 feet of someone who has confirmed COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer.

For more information, review the Quarantine vs. Isolation fact sheet (PDF) .

DuPage County's COVID-19 Testing Site
A Step-by-Step Video Tour
DCHD has created a comprehensive video tour of what residents can expect at their visit to the DuPage County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site. In addition, the video covers important information individuals may need to prepare for testing. Some of the information covered includes: how to access the testing site, what to expect at each of the stations and how to perform the self-administered nasal swab test.

Please support DCHD in our efforts to educate the public of the convenient testing process at the drive-thru testing site by sharing this video with your community members, stakeholders and staff. The video is also available in Spanish, here .

For more information about the testing site, visit .

How to Pool Safely
With Olympian Cammile Adams
The DuPage County Health Department collaborated with two-time Olympic swimmer, Cammile Adams, to create a PSA promoting Pool Safely. It is important to ensure everyone follows these simple safety steps to stay safer in and around the water.

Help keep children safer around the water this summer. Follow these three steps:
  1. Teach children how to swim and to stay away from suction drains.
  2. Never leave a child unattended in or near water. Always assign a Water Watcher.
  3. Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa.

To watch the PSA click here .

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 .

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:

Both are available anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Friday, July 24, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 21
(630) 682-7400