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WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT & COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

Public Announcements

Governing Council We Need You!

CHC Seeking Governing Council Members

The Will County Community Health Center is seeking leaders to serve on its Governing Council to assist in promoting the voices of traditionally underserved populations.

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What to do After a Flood

Has your home experienced flooding recently? The Illinois Department of Public Health's "After the Flood" brochure helps flood victims protect themselves against diseases and other hazards in the days and weeks following a flood.

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Free Narcan Traning

Free NARCAN Virtual Training

The Will County Health Department, in partnership with the New Lenox Safe Community Coalition, will be presenting FREE Narcan® training on Monday, February 26, 2024 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, via Zoom.

Learn more and reserve your spot.

Photo of home with temperature icon: Will County Warming Centers

Will County Warming Centers

With temperatures dropping and sub-zero wind chills being forecasted, here is a link to Will County's warming centers provided by local governments for those having issues with properly heating their homes.

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Stay Happy & Healthy This Winter

Stay Happy & Healthy This Winter

Discover new ways to stay happy and healthy this #Winter. Follow these tips to ensure you have the most fun and safe season yet!

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2023-24 COVID-19 Vaccine Available!

COVID-19 Vaccine Available at WCHD & CHC

The Will County Health Department and Community Health Center both have the updated 2023-24 COVID-19 vaccine

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CHC Tree Dedication Ceremony

As part of National Health Center Week, the Will County Community Health Center held a tree dedication ceremony on August 11 to celebrate Dr. Daniel Gutierrez’s 57-years in medicine and his service to the Will County Health Department and Community Health Center.

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Community Health Center’s Blood Pressure Program Earns Honors

The Will County Community Health Center’s blood pressure monitoring program has been honored for Excellence in Transforming Patient Outcomes from CAREMINDr.

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Need an Immigration Physical?

The Will County Community Health Center is not authorized to perform immigration physicals. To find a civil surgeon, visit www.uscis.gov, click on tools and select “Find a Civil Surgeon”.

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Get Your Shot! three convenient locations

WCHD Now Offers Vaccinations at Three Locations

Will County Health Department now offers Adult & Child Vaccines and FREE COVID vaccines for all ages at both of our branch offices in addition to our main office location. Medicare and Medicaid are accepted, and low-cost vaccinations are available for the uninsured or underinsured.

Call 815-740-8143 to book your appointment.

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2022 WCHD Annual Report

The Will County Health Department’s 2022 Annual Report is now available.

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Learn about the WCHD’s Medical Reserve Corps

The Will County Health Department’s Medical Reserve Corps is actively recruiting new members. View the video above to learn more about the Medical Reserve Corps.

Federal Government to Offer Free COVID Tests

The federal government is offering free COVID-19 at-home tests this winter. Every U.S. household is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests.

Visit covidtests.gov to order your free at-home tests.

Environmental Health Division Newsletter

Read the 2024 first quarter newsletter from the Will County Health Department’s Environmental Health Division.

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Preventing Respiratory Illness

Stay Safe From Respiratory Illnesses this Holiday Season

No one wants to be ill during the holiday season. With cases of the flu, COVID-19 and RSV on the rise, the Will County Health Department has tips on keeping you and your loved ones safe from respiratory illnesses this holiday season.

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Have You Tested Your Well Water?

Have You Tested Your Well Water?

Even if you’ve never gotten sick from your well water, it is your responsibility to properly maintain your well and regularly test it to ensure you have safe drinking water. See the Fact Sheet on well testing from the IDPH.

Our Environmental Health Lab can test for bacteria and nitrate well also testing chlorine, fluoride and hardness.

Learn more about our EH Lab here.

Rabid Bats Found in Will County

Rabid Bats Found in Will County

The Will County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding the public to be aware of the potential for exposure to rabies from infected animals. Rabid bats have recently been detected in Joliet, Plainfield and Homer Glen.

Photo of mosquito with text: First human case of West Nile Virus in Will County

First Human Case of WNV Found in Will County

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Will County. The Will County Health Department’s Environmental Health Division has also reported that mosquito batches in ten different communities have tested positive for WNV this summer.

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Photo of mosquito on skin with text First Cases of Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus Detected in Will County

West Nile Virus Detected in Will County

The Will County Health Department’s Environmental Health division announced that mosquitoes trapped in Bolingbrook, Crete, Mokena, Frankfort and Plainfield have tested positive for West Nile virus.

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Community Health Center earns The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

The Will County Community Health Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Primary Care Medical Home, Ambulatory Health Care and Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards

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Community Health Center Celebrates New Behavioral Health Suite Grand Opening

The Will County Health Department and Community Health Center kicked off national Behavioral Health Awareness Month by hosting a grand opening event for a new behavioral health suite at the Will County Community Health Center (WCCHC) in Joliet on May 1.

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New Mpox Texting Program

New Mpox Texting Program

The Illinois Public Health Association has introduced a new texting program to stay up-to-date on Mpox.

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Pharmacy in Community Health Center Closed

Basinger Pharmacy at the Will County Health Center has closed. A new pharmacy is coming soon, but in the meantime, here is a list of other 340B participating pharmacies you may bring your prescription to.

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Become a Health Hero with the Medical Reserve Corps!

You can become a Community Health Hero by joining the Will County Health Department’s Medical Reserve Corps. View the video above to learn more.

Keep Cool During Extreme Heat

Keep Cool During Extreme Heat

With an upcoming stretch of high temperatures expected in Illinois, the Will County Emergency Management Agency is advising residents of measures they can take during severe heat conditions to stay safe and healthy. These measures include being mindful of heat-related illnesses and being aware of the availability of local cooling centers.

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First Cases of Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus Detected in Will County

First Cases of Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus Detected in Will County

The Will County Health Department’s Environmental Health division announced that mosquitoes trapped in Mokena, Frankfort and Plainfield tested positive for West Nile virus [WNV]. These results represent the first WNV positive mosquitoes identified in Will County this year. Will County residents are reminded to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.

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Denise Bergin Named Will County Health Department Assistant Executive Director


Denise Bergin Named Will County Health Department Assistant Executive Director


Will County Health Department Executive Director Elizabeth Bilotta has announced the promotion of Denise Bergin to Assistant Executive Director, effective on April 17, 2023. Bergin takes over the Assistant Executive Director position following Bilotta’s promotion to Executive Director after Sue Olenek’s retirement in February. Bergin has spent nearly 30 years working at the Will County Health Department in the accounting and finance departments.

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Will County Health Department Offers Free Pace Vouchers For Well-Woman Visits

Will County Health Department Offers Free Pace Vouchers For Well-Woman Visits

The Will County Health Department (WCHD) is offering free Pace Suburban Bus vouchers for women seeking preventative medical care. The vouchers are available to any woman of child-bearing age (18-44) who is impacted by a transportation barrier and can be used for a preventative care visit and/or follow up visits. The bus vouchers include full day rides for multiple trips/transfers in that day, as well as single ride vouchers.

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