Friday, October 30, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 35
(630) 682-7400 www.dupagehealth.org
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DuPage County COVID-19 Testing Site Experiencing High Volumes
As COVID-19 continues to spread, the DuPage County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test Site has been experiencing high volumes of people seeking testing. As individuals plan to visit the Test Site, they are advised to arrive early, pack their patience, and prepare for the 1 - 2 hour wait times. To help reduce wait times, individuals are asked to pre-register using the link testdirectly.com/dupage.

Please note:
  • Pre-registering does not guarantee testing for that day or reserve a place in line.
  • The test site is open from 7 am until noonweather permitting, but will close once daily test capacity is met.
  • Check DCHD's Facebook and Twitter for information on closures or other updates.
  • No pets are allowed on the premises.

Anyone may get tested, regardless of symptoms or other criteria. Children may be tested with the help of a parent or guardian. No appointment, symptoms, or insurance is required.

For more information about the testing site or what to expect, please click here.
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.
Health Department
Reminds Residents to Mask On
When individuals wear a mask, they help protect themselves, their family, and their community from COVID-19. This PSA reminds residents to wear a mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in DuPage County. 

Please support the Health Department in sharing this message. The PSA is available in English and Spanish
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Every week, the DuPage County Health Department will be sharing the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus pandemic to help educate and inform county residents. For the week of October 26, 2020 the FAQs are:


Why is it recommended that everyone wear a mask, even if they are not sick or experiencing symptoms? 

Recent evidence suggests that up to 40-45% of people with COVID-19 may never show symptoms but are infected and can still spread the virus. People infected who are asymptomatic, or do not show symptoms, may account for more than 50% of transmission events in COVID-19 outbreaks.

Since people can spread COVID-19 without experiencing symptoms, it is recommended that everyone should wear a mask to control the spread of the virus.

Source: JAMA. Published online October 26, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.21946   

Why is testing offered to people who are not experiencing symptoms? 

Not all individuals with COVID-19 experience symptoms, therefore, symptoms alone cannot solely determine if someone needs testing. If a person has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, even if they are not symptomatic, they should get tested 5-7 days after exposure to a person with COVID-19.

What should you do while you wait for your COVID-19 test results?

  • Self-isolate at home except for medical care.

  • Inform your work supervisor you have been tested for COVID-19 and note the date of testing.

  • If you are a health care worker or first responder, request guidance from your supervisor on any potential work and patient care restrictions until you know your test results.

What should I do if I live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 and I cannot avoid close contact?

You should avoid contact with others outside the home while the person is sick, and quarantine for 14 days after the person who has COVID-19 meets the criteria to end home isolation.
COVID-19 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Flu Vaccine Voucher Program DuPage County
This year, it’s more important than ever to make sure everyone in your family gets a flu vaccine. Getting your flu shot will help to keep you, your family, and your community safe and can help you avoid co-infection of COVID-19 and the flu.

The DuPage Health Coalition is joining partners in DuPage County to make it easier for all of individuals to stay healthy and flu-free. With funding provided by DuPage County, DHC is offering free flu vaccine vouchers to uninsured DuPage County residents whose financial circumstances make it difficult to get their annual flu shot. 

Vouchers will be sent to individuals who request them (by email or mail) and can be redeemed at any DuPage County Walgreens until December 31st, while supplies last.

Learn more at www.accessdupage.org/flu
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.

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

Testing is available on Tuesdays from 8:30 - 11 am and Thursdays from 8:30 - 11:30 am 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.

Please note, testing is available at Anne M. Jeans School by appointment only. 

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, October 30, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 35
(630) 682-7400 www.dupagehealth.org