Friday, October 9, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 32
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Don’t Suffer in Silence
Screening for Depression is Available 
This year, National Depression Screening Day was on Thursday, October 8, 2020, during Mental Illness Awareness Week. It focuses on calling attention to the illness of depression on a national level, educating the public about its symptoms and effective treatments, offering individuals the opportunity to be screened for depression, and connecting those in need of treatment to the resources available.  
 
As the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic moves into its sixth month, it is more important than ever for people to examine their mental well-being and recognize when they may feel anxious, sad, or depressed. Generally, depression affects about 16 million American adults every year, but this year its impact may be much greater.  

Depression is more than just feeling down or having a bad day and can interfere with normal, everyday functioning. This illness causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, can complicate other medical conditions, and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide. Therefore, identifying its symptoms and seeking help can improve, even save, someone’s life.

Symptoms of depression may include:  
 
  • Feeling sad or anxious often or all the time
  • Not wanting to do activities that used to be fun
  • Feeling irritable‚ easily frustrated‚ or restless
  • Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Waking up too early or sleeping too much
  • Eating more or less than usual or having no appetite
  • Experiencing aches, pains, headaches, or stomach problems that do not improve with treatment 

CDC Updates
“How COVID is Spread” Webpage
Earlier this week, CDC issued updated guidance to its How COVID-19 Spreads website, which includes information about the potential for airborne spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

CDC continues to believe, based on current science, that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are to a person with COVID-19. This update acknowledges the existence of some published reports showing limited, uncommon circumstances where people with COVID-19 infected others who were more than 6 feet away or shortly after the COVID-19-positive person left an area. In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise. Such environments and activities may contribute to the buildup of virus-carrying particles.

CDC’s recommendations remain the same based on existing science and after a thorough technical review of the guidance.

People can protect themselves from the virus that causes COVID-19 by staying at least 6 feet away from others, wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth, washing their hands frequently, cleaning touched surfaces often and staying home when sick.
COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered
A Webinar from Respiratory Health Association
COVID-19 Vaccine Questions
Answered
Wednesday, October 21 at 12:00 p.m

As COVID-19 spreads, there is continued focus on developing a vaccine. With promises that a vaccine could be available before the end of the year, many of us are left with questions: How can I sign up to participate in a vaccine trial? When will a vaccine be ready? Will I be able to get it? Will the vaccine be safe? Will it have any side effects? 

Karen Krueger, MD, a board-certified infectious disease specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, will answer these and other questions. Dr. Krueger is the Principle Investigator for Northwestern’s COVID Prevention Trials Registry, a database of nearly 10,000 people interested in participating in a COVID vaccination trial. 

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.


Question: If I’ve had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, do I need to be tested?

Answer: Yes. If you have been in close contact, such as within 6 feet of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection for at least 15 minutes during the infectious period of the person with COVID-19, you need a diagnostic test 5-7 days after your exposure to see if you have current infection.
Please consult with your healthcare provider or public health official. Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Because of the potential for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, it is important that contacts of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection be quickly identified and tested. Pending test results, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home and stay separated from household members to the extent possible and use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available.

A single negative test does not mean you will remain negative at any time point after that test.

Even if you have a negative test, you should still stay home for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms. 

  • You cannot “test out of” your quarantine period.

  • If you cannot self-quarantine, or you are a critical infrastructure worker that must work, wear a mask, physically distance, avoid crowds and indoor crowded places, wash your hands frequently, and monitor yourself for symptoms.


 
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
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 Monday through Friday from 7 am until noon or until the daily test capacity of 600 is reached.No appointment, symptoms or insurance is required.

Please note: The DuPage County COVID-19 Testing Site will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in observance of Columbus Day.

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 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 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.
Friday, October 9, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 32
(630) 682-7400 www.dupagehealth.org