Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19

 

 This document was last modified: Apr 2, 2020 @ 4:29 pm

IMMEDIATE UPDATE: 3.28.20

WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO CLOSE MAIN OFFICE AND BRANCH DOORS TO STAFF.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER IN JOLIET AND BOLINGBROOK WILL CONTINUE TO SEE PATIENTS

Beginning Monday, March 30th, the Will County Health Department will be continuing operations but closing its doors to both clients and staff.

“Our mission– to prevent disease and promote a healthier environment for all residents, business operators, and visitors– is our top priority,” Olenek continued. “The WCHD is working with our CD (Communicable Disease) division and the IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) to determine the appropriate time to reopen our facilities to staff and the public.”

“For the safety of our clients and staff, and due to the number of Coronavirus cases we are working on, we have decided it is safest to work remotely,” said WCHD Executive Director Sue Olenek. “After our first employee positive test, numerous other staff members were able to be tested at the drive through testing for first responders and health care workers at the Joliet Walmart and Chicago locations,” WCHD Executive Director Sue Olenek explained.

In addition to the WCHD main building at 501 Ella Avenue in Joliet, WCHD staff at 323 Quadrangle Drive in Bolingbrook and 5601 W Monee-Manhattan Road in Monee will also be working remotely.

The Community Health Center locations at 1106 Neal Avenue in Joliet, and 323 Quadrangle Drive, Suite 335 in Bolingbrook, will continue to see patients. If patients do not have an appointment, they are asked to call 815-727-8670 ahead of time. They will be screened at the door, and evaluated on whether or not an appointment is deemed necessary for that day.

The Health Department will continue to respond to the Coronavirus situation, with the Epidemiology staff continuing their work from remote locations as well.

Residents in need of essential services can contact the Will County Health Department answering service at 815-727-8480.

The Will County Health Department has also been working through their Emergency Preparedness and Response Team, with help from Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, to assist with the delivery of masks, gloves, and gowns to various health partners around Will County, as well as supplies to the unsheltered homeless, and to those workers on the front lines. WCHD has been working with the Will County EMA, the United Way, and the Lewis University Nursing Program in these donation efforts.

The Will County Health Department will also continue to operate their COVID-19 Hotline, which can be reached at 815-740-8977 for general information about Coronavirus. New information and guidance are added daily, so please visit willcountyhealth.org, cdc.gov, and dph.illinois.gov.

You can also visit WCHD on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WilCountyHealthDepartment/

and on Twitter at

https://twitter.com/WillCoHealth

 

The Agency will be releasing more information related to each programs operations during this time shortly. Please follow our website and facebook for more up to date information. Thank you for your patience.

 

Geographical Information System Map: Coronavirus, Local Cases

This GIS MAP is being shared to provide general locations in areas of the county. The dots were made large enough so as not to provide any identifiable specific locations.

STAY UP TO DATE: Illinois Department of Public Health Daily Press Conference Updates: Here

Coronavirus symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing or Shortness of Breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Bluish lips or face

*This is not a complete symptoms list, please seek your “medical home” or doctor for testing and treatment options.

What to do if you are sick

The vast majority of those exposed to Coronavirus will not require hospitalization; Symptoms are often mild enough to care at home. However, if you develop threatening symptoms such as shortness of breath, dehydration, changes in mental status, or other complications, call your doctor and seek immediate medical attention.

The Will County Health Department and the Will County Community Health Center are NOT currently testing for COVID-19

Please contact your “medical home” or doctor if you believe you have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, or are experiencing symptoms

IDPH COVID-19 Testing Authorization

CDC Testing Priority 3.31.20

For more information on COVID-19 stability on surfaces visit: a study conducted by NIH provided information on COVID-19 and stability on surfaces, see here: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/new-coronavirus-stable-hours-surfaces

 

“Previous studies have demonstrated that the transmission rate of a virus is significantly weakened in an environment with high temperature and humidity. However, judging from the results of this study, the transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 showed no signs of weakening in warm and humid conditions. We noticed a clustered case occurring in a public bath center with high temperature and humidity.”

A study released related to COVID-19 and transmission in humid environments, Read more here: Case Study COVID-19 and Humidity

Similarities: COVID-19 and the Flu

Symptoms

  • Both cause fever, cough, body aches and fatigue; sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Can be mild or severe, even fatal in rare cases.
  • Can result in pneumonia.

Transmission

  • Both can be spread from person to person through droplets in the air from an infected person coughing, sneezing or talking.
  • A possible difference: COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route (see details below under Differences).
  • Both can be spread by an infected person for several days before their symptoms appear.

Treatment

  • Neither virus is treatable with antibiotics, which only work on bacterial infections.
  • Both are treated by addressing symptoms, such as reducing fever. Severe cases may require hospitalization and support such as mechanical ventilation.

Prevention

Both may be prevented by frequent, thorough hand washing, coughing into the crook of your elbow, staying home when sick and limiting contact with people who are infected. Social distancing can limit the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

 

Differences: COVID-19 and the Flu

Cause

COVID-19: Caused by one virus, the novel 2019 coronavirus, now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.

Flu: Caused by any of several different types and strains of influenza viruses.

Transmission

While both the flu and COVID-19 may be transmitted in similar ways (see the Similarities section above), there is also a possible difference: COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route, meaning that tiny droplets remaining in the air could cause disease in others even after the ill person is no longer near.

Antiviral Medications

COVID-19: Antiviral medications and other therapies are currently being tested to see if they can address symptoms.

Flu: Antiviral medications can address symptoms and sometimes shorten the duration of the illness.

Vaccine

COVID-19: No vaccine is available at this time, though it is in progress.

Flu: A vaccine is available and effective to prevent some of the most dangerous types or to reduce the severity of the flu.

Infections

COVID-19: Approximately 351,731 cases worldwide; 35,241 cases in the U.S. as of Mar. 23, 2020.*

Flu: Estimated 1 billion cases worldwide; 9.3 million to 45 million cases in the U.S. per year.

Deaths

COVID-19: Approximately 15,374 deaths reported worldwide; 473 deaths in the U.S., as of Mar. 23, 2020.*

Flu: 291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year.

The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly. Since this disease is caused by a new virus, people do not have immunity to it, and a vaccine may be many months away. Doctors and scientists are working on estimating the mortality rate of COVID-19, but at present, it is thought to be higher than that of most strains of the flu.

*This information comes from the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases map developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Presymptomatic Transmission of COVID-19

“The evidence of presymptomatic transmission in Singapore, in combination with evidence from other studies (9,10) supports the likelihood that viral shedding can occur in the absence of symptoms and before symptom onset.”

To read more from the CDC on presymtomatic Transmission of COVID-19, Click Here: CDC MMWR Presymptomatic Transmission of COVID-19

Protect Yourself

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick to keep from infecting others
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces

Guidance for Worksites

” Illinois Manufacturers Association: If you are an organization with the ability to donate or produce essential supplies, please visit: https://ima-net.org/covid-19/

Evidence shows that the novel COVID-19 is more easily spread than seasonal influenza, get the tips you need for your business below:

IDPH Food Service Enforcement

IDPH Food Service Guide

WCHD Guidance for Food Service Closure and Open

OSHA Guidelines for Worksites

Disinfection Products that are effective against COVID-19

Hotel Fitness Center Guidance 

FAQ for Child Care Providers during COVID-19

IDPH Guidance for Day Care Centers

Guidance for Health Care Facilities

Guidance for Health Care Professionals

Guidance for Laboratories

Telehealth Services Medicare

Telehealth Services Medicaid 

IDPH Guidance for Elective Procedures

HHS COVID-19 Healthcare Checklist

IDFPR Health Care Workers Call To Action

EMS and Fire Service Personnel: What They Need to Know

IDPH Guidance for Large Businesses during COVID-19

Coronavirus Guidance for those Running Homeless Shelters

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Infectious-Disease-Toolkit-for-CoCs-Preventing-and-Managing-the-Spread-of-Infectious-Disease-within-Encampments

WEBINAR SLIDES COVID-19 Response for Homeless

IDPH Guidance for Grocery Stores open during COVID-19

IDPH Guidance for Grocery Stores during COVID-19 2

IDPH Guidance for Blood Drives during COVID-19

ASTHO Guidance for COVID-19

IDPH Guidance for Care for Pregnant Women during COVID-19

CDC Guidance on Sewage and COVID-19

Who is Most at Risk?

  • Individuals with Heart Disease
  • Individuals with pre-diabetes and diabetes
  • Individuals with Lung disease
  • Individuals with Kidney disease
  • Individuals with underlying health conditions
  • Those living in congregate living situations
  • The elderly

Comorbidity contributed to nearly 25% of all Coronavirus hospitalizations in China:

a comorbidity analysis of coronavirus in China, read more here: comorbidity of COVID-19 in China

Will County Coronavirus Website, view in Full Here

 

 

WILL COUNTY Novel Coronavirus Cases reported

The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that a man and women in their 50’s, currently isolated in the hospital, is Will County’s first positive cases of Coronavirus. Governor Pritzker holds daily media briefings to provide all publicly available information about the latest COVID-19 cases. To protect the privacy of patients and their families, where they reside is not released.

The Will County Health Department reminds you that if you believe you have been exposed to Coronavirus:

  1. Isolate yourself and self-monitor for the symptoms. This includes taking your temperature three times daily (morning, afternoon, evening) to check for a fever, along with watching for other symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath.
  2. If you do have these symptoms, you are asked to phone YOUR MEDICAL PROVIDER for an examination, as your medical provider is the one who knows you and your family’s medical condition’s best. ALWAYS CALL AHEAD OF TIME, as your provider may have certain times or areas where they prefer symptomatic patients to go.
  3. Call the Hotline. The Will County Health Department has established a Coronavirus hotline for questions, available from 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday at 815-740-8977.

 

HOTLINE ESTABLISHED AT HEALTH DEPARTMENT

In addition, the Will County Health Department reminds you that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that gatherings of 50 people or more should be put on hold for eight weeks. WCHD asks you to follow these guidelines, not doing so could result in more residents being put at risk of contracting Coronavirus. More information can be found @ www.dph.illinois.gov, www.cdc.gov, www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus.

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak

This tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care

Here: tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620

What To Expect: Typical Reactions

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, such as an infectious disease outbreak, that requires social distancing, quarantine, or isolation …for your behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help.

CDC Tips for Coping 

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Posted by Governor JB Pritzker on Monday, 16 March 2020

The Governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker announced that as of Monday March 16, 2020 at 9pm all restaurants and bars will be closed to dine-in customers until March 30th, 2020.

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Public Health Officials Announce 715 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease
4.2.20
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 715 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 16 additional deaths.- Christian County: 1 male 80s – Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 2 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 4 male 70s, 1 male 80s – DuPage County: 1 female 80s – McHenry County: 1 male 60s – Whiteside County: 1 female 90sLogan, Macoupin, Mercer, Moultrie, and Piatt counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 7,695 cases, including 157 deaths, in 61 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

*All data is provisional and will change.

Public Health Officials Announce 986 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease
4.1.20
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 986 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 42 additional deaths.- Carroll County: 1 male 80s – Cook County: 1 male 20s, 2 males 30s, 2 males 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 50s, 3 males 60s, 2 females 60s, 5 males 70s, 3 females 70s, 3 male 80s, 4 females 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 female 100s. (5 incomplete data) – DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s – Kane County: 1 female 90s – Lake County: 1 male 50s – Sangamon County: 1 male 90s – Will County: 1 male 60s – Winnebago County: 1 male 60sMassac and Vermilion counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 6,980 cases, including 141 deaths, in 56 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.*All data is provisional and will change.
Public Health Officials Announce 937 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease 
3.31.20
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 937 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 26 additional deaths.- Cook County: 2 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 female 60s, 5 males 70s, 2 females 70s, 3 male 80s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s – DuPage County: 2 females 70s – Kane County: 1 male 80s – Lake County: 1 female 60s – McLean County: 1 male 70s – Morgan County: 1 male 80s – St. Clair County: 1 female 30s – Will County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 80Ford and Ogle counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 5,994 cases, including 99 deaths, in 54 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.*All data is provisional and will change.###
Public Health Officials Announce 461 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease 
3.30.20
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 461 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois.  Seven new deaths are also being reported, including the death of an incarcerated man from Stateville Correctional Center.- Cook County: male 50s, male 60s, female 60s, female 70s – DuPage County: male 60s – Kendal County: female 60s – Will County: male 50s, male 60sAdditionally, 12 men who were incarcerated at Stateville are now hospitalized, including several requiring ventilators.  There are 77 more incarcerated individuals with symptoms who are isolated at the facility.  Eleven staff are also being isolated.The Illinois Department of Corrections is taking a number of steps to control the spread of COVID-19 in its correctional centers.  Staff who work with individuals in isolation and quarantine, as well as in the health center, are wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) and all staff are wearing some PPE.  Staff are also having their temperature checked daily as they enter the facility.Correctional centers with a confirmed case are placed on lockdown, which means there is no movement around the facility except for medical care.  Incarcerated individuals who show symptoms are being tested.Clark, Crawford, Marion, Randolph, and Saline counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 5,057 cases, including 73 deaths, in 52 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.  Medically trained professionals able to volunteer are asked to sign up at www.illinoishelps.net.*All data are provisional and will change.
Public Health Officials Announce 1,105 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease
3.29.20
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,105 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 18 additional deaths.- Cook County: male 50s, 2 females 60s, 2 males 70s, 3 females 70s, 2 males 80s, female 80s – DuPage County: male 60s – Kane County: male 40s, 2 males 90s – Kendal County: male 60s – LaSalle County: male 80s – St. Clair County: female 70sBond, Knox, Menard, and Montgomery counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 4,596 cases, including 65 deaths, in 47 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.*All data is provisional and will change.
Public Health Officials Announce the First Death of an Infant with Coronavirus Disease
3.28.20

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported the death of an infant younger than one year in Chicago who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID19).

“There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant.  A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us.”

Older adults are at higher risk of severe illness, and more than 85% of deaths in Illinois are among individuals 60 years of age and older.  However, people of all ages are suffering severe illness.

Today, IDPH reported 465 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 13 new deaths. – Cook County: infant, 2 males 60s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 70s, female 80s, male 80s – McHenry County: male 50s – Kane County: 2 males 70s – Lake County: female 90s – Will County: female 90s

Carroll, Fayette, and Macon counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 3,491 cases, including 47 deaths, in 43 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

*All data is provisional and will change.

Public Health Officials Announce 488 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease 
3.27.20
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 488 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including eight deaths.  Approximately 86% of fatalities are among patients 60 years of age and older.Bureau, Henry, and Iroquois counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 3,026 cases, including 34 deaths, in 40 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.Confirmed Cases by Race • White – 39% • Black – 28% • Left blank – 20% • Other – 9% • Asian – 4%Confirmed Cases by Ethnicity • Not Hispanic or Latino – 60% • Left blank – 33% • Hispanic or Latino – 7%For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.*All data is provisional and will change.
Public Health Officials Announce 673 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease 
3.26.20

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 673 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including seven deaths; a man in his 50s, two men and two women in their 60s, a man in his 70s, and a woman in her 90s.  Approximately 87% of fatalities are among patient 60 years of age and older.

Franklin and Tazewell counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 2,538 cases, including 26 deaths, in 37 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

Confirmed Cases by Race • White – 40% • Black – 28% • Other – 9% • Asian – 4% • Left blank – 19%

Confirmed Cases by Ethnicity • Hispanic or Latino – 7% • Not Hispanic or Latino – 61% • Left blank – 32%

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

*All data is provisional and will change.

 

Public Health Officials Announce 330 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

3.25.20

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 330 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including three deaths; a Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s, and a Will County woman in her 50s.

Douglas, Marshall, and Morgan counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,865 cases in 35 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

Two correctional officers and one man incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center have tested positive as well as a contractual worker at Sheridan Correctional Center.  The two Stateville correctional officers are recovering at home and the individual who is incarcerated is isolated and recovering in the hospital.  Those who have been identified as being potentially exposed are being quarantined and the facility is on a 14-day lockdown.

After consulting with IDPH, the Department of Corrections determined staff and men incarcerated at the Sheridan facility were at low to medium risk for potential exposure.  The facility also was placed on a 14-day lockdown.

For updates on IDOC’s response to COVID-19,visit https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/Covid19Response.aspx

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

 

Public Health Officials Announce 250 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease 

3.24.20
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 250 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including four deaths; a Chicago resident in his 50s, two Cook County residents both in their 60s, and a DuPage County resident in her 90s.

Grundy County is now reporting a case.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,535 cases in 32 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.  Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

 

Public Health Officials Announce 236 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease 

3.23.20
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 236 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including three deaths in Cook County; two men in their 80s and a man in his 90s.

Monroe is now also reporting a case.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,285 cases in 31 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.  Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Public Health Officials Announce 296 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease 

3.22.20
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 296 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including an infant. IDPH also announced three deaths.  The deaths included a Cook County man in his 80s, a Chicago man in his 80s, and a McLean County woman in her 70s.  Jo Daviess, Livingston, Rock Island, and Stephenson counties are now also reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,049 cases in 30 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

Health officials are still learning about this new virus and information and guidance is rapidly evolving.  At this time, it is still unknown if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  In these cases, which are a small number, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.

Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

For donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Public Health Officials announce 168 New cases of Coronavirus

3.21.20

SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 168 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including another death; a Cook County man in his 70s. DeKalb County is now also reporting a case. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 753 cases in 26 counties in Illinois (percentage of case by county below). Cases have occurred in ages 3 to 99. 

During this unprecedented public health emergency, stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care providers are being used rapidly. To aggressively address COVID-19, the availability of critical resources such as gloves, gowns, eye protection, and N-95 or surgical masks is essential.

To maximize the state’s availability of PPE, IDPH released guidance to limit non-essential adult elective surgery and medical and surgical procedures, including all dental procedures, until further notice. IDPH is now encouraging surgery centers, veterinarians, and anyone with unused PPE that is not immediately needed to donate it to assist health care providers, health care facilities, and first responders who are on the front line actively responding to COVID-19.

For donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

 

Public Health Officials Announce 163 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease 

3.20.20
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 163 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including the death of a Cook County woman in her 70s.  Three additional counties are now reporting cases; Adams, Christian, and McLean counties.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 585 cases in 25 counties in Illinois.  Cases have occurred in ages 3 to 99.  Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

As the number of COVID-19 cases being reported continues to rise significantly each day, the State of Illinois is working to increase testing capacity by working with Illinois hospitals to implement testing within their facilities.

Additionally, the State is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens to set up drive-thru testing sites in the hardest hit areas of the state. These facilities will focus on senior citizens, first responders, and health care workers.

Hospital capacity is another area we are focusing on by identifying resources and ways to increase our bed capacity in Illinois to treat those who contract the novel coronavirus.  The State has been working with other jurisdictions and businesses to re-open recently closed hospitals.  We are currently doing assessments at four hospitals in Illinois to determine the current condition of the facility, medical resources available, staffing levels, and what else is needed to open these facilities in order to provide medical care for individuals with COVID-19.

We are finalizing these plans now and hope to announce more in the coming days.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.  IDPH Press Release 3.20.20

Public Health Officials Announce the Deaths of Three More Individuals in Illinois with Coronavirus Disease 

3.19.20

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced the death of three people in Illinois with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  The individuals include a Will County resident in his 50s and a Cook County resident in her 80s, and an out-of-state resident in her 70s who was in Sangamon County.

“I am saddened to announce three more people in Illinois with coronavirus disease have passed away,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “We ask everyone to please, stay home as much as possible so we can reduce the number of people who are infected and potentially suffer serious illness, including death.”

There are 136 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois.  Five additional counties are now reporting cases; Jackson, Kankakee, LaSalle, Washington, and  Williamson counties.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 422 cases in 22 counties in Illinois.  Cases have occurred in ages 9 to 99.  Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website

Public Health Officials Announce 128 News Cases of New Coronavirus in Illinois

3.18.20
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 128 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois.  Two additional counties are now reporting cases; Kendall and Madison counties.

An additional 20 individuals at the long-term care facility in DuPage County experiencing an outbreak have tested positive, bringing the total to 42 (30 residents and 12 staff).

Currently, IDPH is reporting 288 cases in 17 counties in Illinois.  Cases have occurred in ages 9 to 91.  Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up to date information.

Social distancing measures everyone can take include: • Staying home as much as possible • If gatherings are necessary, limiting the number of people to 10 • Calling to check on family, neighbors, and older adults instead of visiting • Checking with your provider about telehealth options

For information on actions you, your school, workplace, and community can take, please visit Steps to Stay Safe from COVID-19.  For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov. Press Release here: 03.18.20 COVID-19 Update IDPH

IDPH Releases First Illinois Death due to Coronavirus

3.17.20

Public Health Officials Announce First Illinois Coronavirus Disease Death
Officials closely monitoring outbreak at long-term care facility in DuPage County
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first death of an Illinois resident who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  The individual was a Chicago resident in her 60s who tested positive earlier this month and had contact with a known COVID-19 case.

“I am deeply saddened by the news that we’ve dreaded since the earliest days of this outbreak: the first COVID-19 related death in Illinois,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “All of Illinois stands with this patient’s family and loved ones in mourning her loss and honoring her memory. May her memory be a blessing. There are going to be moments during the next few weeks and months when this burden feels like it is more than we can bear – this is one of those moments, but we will get through this together.”

 

 

Passenger Health Update

Pace ADA Paratransit customers should reconsider travel

The safety of our passengers and personnel is Pace’s top priority and working diligently to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Pace stated they are working closely with local, state and federal agencies to monitor the situation and respond in accordance with CDC guidance.

We are making every decision with the well-being of our passengers, our employees, and our communities in mind, and following the directives of state and federal officials.”

To that end, Pace is recommending that ADA paratransit riders consider postponing non-essential travel. If you have a reservation for a paratransit ride and wish to cancel it, please call 1-800-606-1282 to cancel as early as possible.

Thank you for your patience as we manage this situation. If you have any questions about Pace’s paratransit service or Pace’s response to COVID-19, please email Passenger.Services@PaceBus.com.

Updates from Pace will be posted to this page.

 

Urgent Update:

Due to recent concerns surrounding the spread of Coronavirus and the safety of our staff, our (CCAP) Child Care Resource and Referral lobby will be closed to the public.

However, we will have someone available to receive and print paperwork.

For all questions or case updates please call our hotline at 815-741-4622. We have made more specialists available to accommodate the increase in calls.

What’s up with the Mask?

Respirators

  • Should I wear a respirator in public?
    • CDC (Center for Disease Control) does not recommend the routine use of respirators outside of workplace settings (in the community). Most often, spread of respiratory viruses from person-to-person happens among close contacts (within 6 feet). CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as avoiding people who are sick, avoiding touching your eyes or nose, and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue. People who are sick should stay home and not go into crowded public places or visit people in hospitals. Workers who are sick should follow CDC guidelines and stay home when they are sick.
  • What is a respirator?
    • A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on the face or head and covers at least the nose and mouth. A respirator is used to reduce the wearer’s risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles (including infectious agents), gases or vapors. Respirators, including those intended for use in healthcare settings, are certified by the CDC/NIOSH.
  • What is an N95 filtering facepiece respirator (FFR)?
    • An N95 FFR is a type of respirator which removes particles from the air that are breathed through it. These respirators filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 FFRs are capable of filtering out all types of particles, including bacteria and viruses. For more on respirators:UnderstandDifferenceInfographic-508

For more information on respirators

 

The Following Informational Links are available for Coronavirus Information:

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

CDC Recommends Cancellation of Events with 50 or More People for Next Eight Weeks

General Information

Information for Your Household

Community Preparedness

Travel Health Notices

Advice for Schools

Avoid the Spread of Germs via Coughing, Sneezing, or Unclean Hands

More on the Importance of Healthy and Clean Hands

For Pregnant Women and Breastfeeding Women

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THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Information for K-12 Schools

Information for College and Universities

What we Already Know about Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus?

For Pregnant Women

Fitness Center and Hotel Guidance