Friday, September 11, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 28
(630) 682-7400 www.dupagehealth.org
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DuPage County Shows Warning Signs of Increased COVID-19 Risk
DUPAGE COUNTY—The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) risk level in DuPage County has changed from blue to orange on the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) County Level Risk Metrics Map. An orange designation indicates warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the community.

Eight different indicators are used to determine a county’s designation. A county is considered at the orange ‘Warning’ level when at least two of the main indicators are going in the wrong direction. Individuals, families, and community groups should use this information to help inform their choices about personal and family gatherings, as well as what activities they choose to do. To view the IDPH county-level risk map, visit the County Level COVID-19 Risk Metrics webpage. Additional county-level data are available at www.dupagehealth.org/covid19data.

An increase in case rates and deaths from August 30–September 5, 2020 have led to the change to an orange 'Warning' designation for DuPage County:

New Cases Per 100,000 People per Week (Weekly Incidence Rate)
  • There were 89 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people reported last week in DuPage County, an increase from 77 new cases per 100,000 people the previous week.
  • Cases among DuPage County residents aged 10–19 years and 20-29 years have driven the increase in recent weeks.
  • The target established by the state is less than 50 cases per 100,000 people per week.
  • DuPage County weekly incidence rates have exceeded the state’s target since the week ending July 18.

Number of Deaths per Week
  • There were 6 deaths in DuPage County last week, up from 4 deaths the week before.
  • The target established by the state is for deaths to decrease or remain stable.
  • The number of weekly deaths in DuPage County have decreased since mid-June and have remained at 10 or fewer per week since late July.

“These increases tell us too many people are not following public health guidelines. We need everyone to take this seriously. To slow the spread of COVID-19 everybody needs to wear a mask over your nose and mouth, watch your distance and wash your hands often,” said Karen Ayala, DuPage County Health Department Executive Director.

DCHD Offers COVID-19 Educational and Outreach Resources
During this pandemic, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) continues to provide various educational resources for the public. These resources promote preventive actions people should practice, every day, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Some resources have been printed and distributed in the community. Other resources have been shared on digital platforms. Additionally, the materials and resources are available on the DCHD website at www.dupagehealth.org/covid19

To amplify these important messages, the Health Department would appreciate your support in sharing this information within your communities and organizations. For convenience, DCHD has created a comprehensive resource toolkit for stakeholders to access the COVID-19 print and digital resources that are available. View the COVID-19 Education and Outreach Resource toolkit.
September is Suicide Prevention
Awareness Month
Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. In the US, it is the tenth leading cause of death and the second leading cause of death among people ages 15-24. However, suicide is preventable and with the proper education and resources, everyone can become more aware of the warning signs and how to help someone who is at risk for suicide.
If you or a loved one is having thoughts of suicide, or are feeling overwhelmed and alone during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK or the Crisis Hotline (630) 627-1700. All calls received by the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, as well as the Crisis Hotline are answered by clinical staff who are trained in crisis intervention and have the skills to aid callers in distress.

The State of Illinois also offers the Illinois Call4Calm Text Line which provides emotional support to anyone struggling with stress related to COVID-19. Text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish.

For more information:



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 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.

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, September 11, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 28
(630) 682-7400 www.dupagehealth.org