Update

As of Wednesday, September 1, 2021 there have been a total of 4,650 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Stickney Township.

Note that all data reported as cases may be delayed in order to determine they are COVID-19 related and from our area. This means that data is not immediate and may not reflect the most up to date picture of the disease's impact.

Along with the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, the Stickney Public Health District is now reporting 72 deaths. Our condolences to the families who lost someone to this virus.

The Health District’s goal is to balance the needs of the community with the privacy of those affected by the virus. We will do our best to meet this goal. All residents should be aware that these numbers may change over the months ahead but reflect the best current information.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as needed here and on our community partner’s websites. Links to these websites and other resources are available on our Emergency Response page.

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As of 1/18/2021, the dental department will be going back to seeing residents 55+ years of age and residents in grades K through 8 for all the procedures that we performed before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. There will be routine temperatures taken at the door, the rooms will be sanitized completely before patients are seen, and we will be in full protective gear.

  • We do not take "walk-up" appointments- All patients are seen by appointment and all appointments are made over the phone.
  • There will be no indoor waiting for appointments, so please arrive at your appointment time. Early arrivals will be asked to wait outside.
  • Please call to reschedule your appointment if you don't feel well- we will reschedule your appointment if we suspect that you are sick.
  • WIC Program

    More information on changes to the WIC program can be viewed here.

    Transportation Services Continue for Seniors & Disabled

    Be advised that Stickney Township transportation programs continue to operate for medical appointments and trips to the grocery store. More information is available here.

    Stickney Public Health District Services the Community

    Since 1946, the Stickney Public Health District has provided community-based public health services to the residents of Stickney Township. Our service area includes the City of Burbank, the Villages of Stickney and Forest View, unincorporated areas of Central Stickney and Nottingham Park, and parts of the Village of Bridgeview (east of Harlem Avenue). We are focused on making Stickney Township a healthy place to live and work.

    Aligned with our mission, the Stickney Public Health District has goals to promote physical activity and healthy eating; reduce obesity; and decrease the level of untreated high blood pressure in our community. We work together with many partners --- community-based organizations, schools, senior homes to name a few – to develop and implement programs and initiatives that make healthy living easier for our residents.

    Stickney Public Health District Clinics Are Also Open for General Health Issues

    Because of the limitations in services due to COVID-19, many residents may have postponed their regular check ups, labs and medication reviews. It is especially important for persons with hypertension and diabetes who are at an increased risk of COVID-19 complications to make an appointment as soon as possible to prepare for the fall.

    It is more essential than ever to stay on your medicines and keep your blood testing up to date. We will do our best to accommodate everyone in a safe and timely manner utilizing telehealth and in person visits.

    To make an appointment call our South clinic at 708-424-9200 or our North Clinic at (708) 788-9100.

    Stickney Township Public Health District Continues to Offer On-line Virtual Therapy Sessions During COVID-19 Pandemic

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    Feeling Anxious? Need To Talk To Someone?

    The Behavioral Health Division of the Stickney Township Public Health District is offering virtual therapy sessions on-line for Township residents. Adults, couples, families and children, with or without health insurance, may schedule an appointment by calling (708) 237-8946. Fees for those without insurance are charged on a sliding scale based on income — no one is turned away for the inability to pay.

    “During these stressful times we need to pay attention to our emotional health as well as our physical health,” declares Louis S. Viverito, Health District President. “Meeting in person puts our patients as well as our staff at risk for COVID-19. At the same time, isolation may have a negative effect on our health in ways that aren’t just physical. We want to be sure that Township residents have access to the support and services that they need in the safest way possible.”

    Melinda Antoskiewicz, LCPC, Stickney Township Behavioral Health Director, acknowledges that anxiety and depression can effect anyone and urges residents going through a tough time emotionally, whether it’s COVID related or not, to contact her department.

    “People seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Some have experienced anxiety or depression in the past, and the additional stress due to the COVID pandemic may exacerbate those previous conditions. Others may be experiencing increased sadness or anxiety for the first time.” “Feelings can be magnified by the stress or isolation of the pandemic and this may cause a person to struggle,” explains Antoskiewicz. “For some, it may be hard to get out of bed or to stay focused on their job.”

    “Sometimes that first phone conversation can help a person simply by speaking with someone who can offer emotional support. We’ll discuss their concerns and, if seeing a therapist seems like the right approach, we can get the process started right away,” she says.

    After an initial screening by phone to determine a potential client’s concerns, arrangements are made to complete registration forms and to receive instructions on downloading the app to be used during the intake appointment. How quickly this happens is usually up to the caller’s needs and Antoskiewicz assures new clients that “we can often schedule the person’s intake appointment within two weeks of the initial phone call.”

    Most patients can use video on their phone to access the virtual sessions.

    If talking with a therapist isn’t sufficient, the Behavioral Health Department is linked to a network of professional services. “In some instances, the person may require services that the Behavioral Health Division does not provide. In those cases, we can provide referral resources that best fit the person’s needs,” says Antoskiewicz.


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    21,787 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Reported Statewide Over The Past Week

    September 24, 2021 UPDATE

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 21,787 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 239 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, September 17, 2021.

    More than 80% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 63%% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of Illinois’ total population, almost 68% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 53% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated.

    The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from September 17-23, 2021 is 3.7%.

    Currently, IDPH is reporting that there have been a total of 1,612,129 cases, including 24,783 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

    Illinois COVID-19 Vaccine and Mask Requirements Effective August 30th

    Healthcare Workers, Pre-K-12 Teachers and Staff, Higher Education Personnel and Students Effected

    All Illinois Residents Are Required to Wear Masks Indoors, Regardless of Vaccination Status

    CHICAGO - As COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates across the state continue to increase, particularly in downstate communities with the lowest vaccination rates, Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced vaccination requirements for individuals in high risk settings. All healthcare workers, including nursing home employees, all pre-k-12 teachers and staff, as well as higher education personnel and students will now be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Employees in all of these settings and higher education students who are unable or unwilling to receive the vaccine will be required to get tested for COVID-19 at least once per week, and DPH and ISBE may require increased testing in certain situations.

    The Governor and Dr. Ezike also announced a statewide indoor mask mandate for all Illinois residents, regardless of vaccination status, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates continue to increase. The masking requirements are effective Monday, August 30th. The public health requirements come as regions with low vaccination rates continue to see a surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations. In IDPH region 5, Southern Illinois, with the lowest vaccination rate in the state at 44 percent, only 3% of ICU beds are available as the region experiences the highest case rate in the state. Since August 1st, local health departments across the state have reported 27 COVID-19 outbreaks at schools and currently hundreds of schools are being monitored for potential COVID-19 exposures.

    COVID-19 Vaccination

    From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pritzker administration has implemented policies and guidelines in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to slow the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of residents. With the Delta variant causing a rapid increase in infection rates across the state and nation and downstate hospitals in Illinois approaching capacity for hospital and ICU beds, employees in high risk settings will now be required to receive the vaccine or be subject to routine testing. Earlier this month, the administration announced that employees at all State-run congregate facilities would be required to be vaccinated.

    To lower the number of breakthrough cases that require hospital admission, the majority of whom are 65 and over or immunocompromised, all healthcare workers, including workers at public and private nursing homes, must get vaccinated. Teachers and staff at pre-k-12 schools as well as personnel and students at higher education institutions are required to receive the vaccine. Workers and students in applicable settings must receive the first dose of a two-dose vaccination series or a single-dose vaccination by September 5, 2021. Second doses of the vaccine must be received by 30 days after the first dose.

    Workers who do not receive the vaccine or those who opt out for medical reasons or based on a sincerely held religious belief must follow a routine testing schedule to detect cases early and prevent further spread. Testing will be required a minimum of once per week in schools and healthcare facilities. The frequency of testing may be required to increase in the event of positive cases.

    Healthcare, school workers, and higher education personnel and students attending in-person classes who do not provide proof of vaccination will be prevented from entering healthcare and educational facilities unless they follow the required testing protocol.

    Mask Requirement

    To slow the spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, all Illinois residents over the age of two will be required to wear a mask in all indoor settings, effective Monday, August 30th. The requirement is applicable to both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents statewide. Countless studies have demonstrated the efficacy of masks at preventing the spread of COVID-19, with the CDC identifying at least 10 that confirm the benefit of universal masking via community level analyses - including two U.S. states - in addition to observational, economic, epidemiological, and cross-sectional survey studies.

    While face coverings are not required outdoors, masks are strongly encouraged in crowded outdoor settings like festivals and concerts as well as for activities that require close contact with people who are not vaccinated.

    These latest vaccine, testing, and mask requirements are a floor in the state's efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employers, schools, and other organizations can take additional health and safety steps to help bring an end to the ongoing pandemic. Governor Pritzker previously announced more stringent requirements regarding vaccination and testing for state employees at state run 24-7 congregate living facilities to protect the state's most vulnerable residents. Leaders in the private sector are encouraged to follow suit. Vaccination is the key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and returning to normal life. All Illinois residents over the age of 12 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost and proof of immigration status is not required to receive the vaccine. To find a vaccination center near you, go to vaccines.gov.

    IDPH Launches Online ‘Vax Verify’ System

    Check your COVID-19 vaccination record on new immunization port

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching a new immunization portal, Vax Verify, that will allow Illinois residents 18 years and older to check their COVID-19 vaccination record. Vax Verify can be accessed at https://idphportal.illinois.gov.

    “As more businesses, events, organizations, and others require proof of vaccination, Illinois residents will be able to confirm using Vax Verify that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “With the current surge in cases, more people are making the decision to get a COVID-19 vaccine and this new tool will aid residents in confirming their vaccination where needed.”

    Illinois State Fair concert goers with tickets for the grandstand track area (also known as Standing Room Only) are required to provide a print or digital copy of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours. Ticket holders can register in Vax Verify to check their immunization record for documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.

    More and more companies, such as United, Google, Netflix, Morgan Stanley, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ascension Health, and Lyft, are instituting vaccine requirements for at least some of their employees.

    The verification system follows best practices to protect confidential health information. In order to download proof of vaccination, residents will go through a brief, one-time identity verification process to gain access to their immunization history. The State of Illinois utilizes Experian® as its identity verification service provider. Individuals who have placed a freeze on their credit will need to unfreeze their credit with Experian® and wait 24 hours before completing the registration process. After completing registrations, individuals can re-freeze their credit by contacting Experian®.

    After the verification process, individuals can see their own record in the Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry Exchange (I-CARE).

    Immunization records are kept confidential and only the individual can access their vaccination history. Parents should talk with their child’s provider to confirm their vaccination status. Some individuals with very common names will need to take additional steps to securely prove their identities.

    Go to vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 to find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you.

    Cook County Department of Public Health Officials Announce “Destination: Vaccination” -- Free Rides to Vax Sites

    County Teams With Kaizen Health, Community-Based Organizations to Provide Free, Flexible, Accessible Transportation Options

    Forest Park, IL—Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) launched its “Destination: Vaccination” program August 2, which will provide free rides to many vaccination locations throughout suburban Cook County. The program will enable individuals with limited mobility or transportation issues to easily get vaccinated, removing a key barrier for many residents.

    “Transportation is a critical barrier for those in traditionally underserved communities. We want to eliminate this barrier for residents who otherwise want to receive vaccinations,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “Destination: Vaccination” is a partnership between CCDPH, Kaizen Health, and several Community Based Organizations (CBOs), to provide transportation for residents who need assistance getting to nearby vaccination clinics.

    “We are providing additional access, education and outreach to encourage more individuals to receive the vaccination, but many barriers still exist. This partnership is an effort to bridge a gap that has continues to impact individual access to healthcare,” said Israel Rocha, CEO of Cook County Health. “We thank Kaizen and our CBOs for this partnership to help us provide a life-saving vaccine to Cook County residents.”

    Residents who need a ride to a vaccination location can call 833-308-1988 to schedule a ride. The program is open to suburban Cook County residents, as well as Chicago residents who wish to utilize a Cook County Health location within the city. Kaizen can provide vehicles to accommodate most residents, including those in wheelchairs or those who require child seats. Though advanced scheduling is preferred, residents can call for a ride and one should arrive between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on time of day and fleet availability. This service is provided at no cost.

    COVID-19 and The Sunshine Vitamin

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    Information From Stickney Public Health District Medical Director Dr. Frances Strulovitch

    Also known as vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin” is made when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Research has shown that vitamin d is an active component of immunity thru out the respiratory tract. Deficiencies are associated with recurrent upper respiratory infections, chronic sinusitis with polyps, otitis media, enlarged adenoids and tonsils, sepsis, and the development of ARDS leading to death.

    ARDS is a complication of COVID-19 that is responsible for 93% of the COVID-19 deaths in one study from Wuhan. In all causes of ARDS there is a 60% mortality rate in older patients.

    Risk factors for vitamin d deficiency include the elderly, obesity (BMI >30) having darkly pigmented skin, and living in a northern latitude.

    Above the 37th parallel you will not make enough.

    The amount of vitamin D in food is only adequate to prevent rickets, the most obvious manifestations of deficiency. Therefore, oral supplements are the only way to ensure you are getting enough to help prevent colds, the flu, COVID-19 and its deadly complications. D3 is recommended. Infants need less than 2000IU/day.

    Children 1-18 need 1000 to 4000IU/day. Adults should take at least 2000 IU/day.

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    HIV/STI Screenings Available

    In cooperation with Howard Brown Health, a free walk-in HIV and STI testing is available at the South Clinic, 5635 State Road, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 3:30-7PM. More information here.

    Free At Home Prevention Supplies and HIV/STI Screening

    More information here or by contacting Howard Brown Health directly at PreventionSupply@howardbrown.org

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    Clinic Services Update

    Be ready to connect with our Doctors before your next visit, download the 8x8 Meet app on your smartphone or check out their website at 8x8.com to learn more!

    Instructions for a Video Visit with Doctor

    1. YOU MUST FIRST call the clinic to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT and speak to a nurse.

    2. After speaking to a nurse, she will give you the time when the doctor will video call you. You will receive a TEXT from the Clinic: You are invited to join a meeting: (with the HYPERLINK). CLICK ON THE LINK.

    3. The link will take you to 8 X 8 app, Click LAUNCH IN WEB – you DO NOT need to download the app.

    4. You will receive a message; 8 X 8 would like to access the microphone and camera. Click ALLOW. Please allow microphone access in order for you to be able to speak with the doctor and camera access in order for the doctor to see you.

    5. Enter your full name (patients name) and then click JOIN MEETING

    The Township is continuing to provide essential services to the community, including Health Services, WIC program, Behavioral Health, Office on Aging, and Environmental Health, while observing the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. New guidelines and procedures for these essential services have been set in place and may change the way you receive services.

    Clinic Sign In and Appointment Procedures

    The clinics of Stickney Public Health District have changed sign in and appointment procedures to minimize use of the waiting rooms. Residents seeking medical services will be asked to wait outside of the building after sign in and will be contacted by phone prior to re-entering the building. Dental and podiatry clients will need to call upon arrival to be admitted. During this time please note the following:
    • You must call ahead to make an appointment for services.
    • If you have a fever, respiratory symptoms or had contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case- call first. Do not come directly to a clinic.
    • After checking in for an appointment, be prepared to wait in your car or outside the building until called.
    • Everyone, including children older than 2, must wear a mask when entering the building.
    • Observe social distancing within the building.
    • A complete vaccine record is necessary in order to schedule a school physical.
    • If a patient is a minor only a parent or legal guardian will be allowed to accompany the child.
    • Video visits are now available. Proof of Stickney Township residence will be required.
    Please call ahead with any questions or to make appointments.

    South Clinic 708-424-9200
    North Clinic 708-788-9100
    Dental & Podiatry Clients: 708-237-8941

    Face Covering Do's and Don'ts

    Face Covering Do's and Don'ts

    IDPH has launched a COVID-19 texting platform

    Please help us spread the word so Illinoisans can receive reliable information daily on the coronavirus.

    To opt-in, text the word COVID to 312-500-3836 for English; or COVID ESP for Spanish.

  • You will receive a welcome message from IDPH and a second text letting you know you will receive updates about COVID-19 in Illinois
  • you will also receive a link to the IDPH Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • You will receive COVID-19 texting twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening.
  • You can opt-out of receiving messages at any time by texting STOP to reply.
  • For more information visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/daily-communications.

    IDPH ha lanzado una plataforma de mensajes de COVID-19

    Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz y así de esa forma Illinoisans puedan recibir cada día información fiable sobre el coronavirus.

    Para incluirte, envía la palabra COVID a 312-500-3836 para Inglés; o COVID ESP para Español.

  • Recibirás un mensaje de bienvenida de IDPH y un segundo mensaje para hacerte saber qué recibirás actualizaciones acerca de COVID-19 en Illinois.
  • También recibirás un enlace a la página de Preguntas Frecuentes de IDPH.
  • Recibirás mensajes de COVID-19 dos veces al día, uno en la mañana y uno en la noche.
  • Puedes excluirte de recibir mensajes en cualquier momento con solo enviar PARAR como respuesta.
  • Wondering What To Do If You Start To Feel Sick? CDC Has A Self Checker

    The CDC has posted a self check link on their COVID-19 webpage. You can find it here.

    Appointments for School Physicals Are Available

    Call now to make an appointment for school physicals, sports physicals and vaccines. Appointments are currently available but will fill up fast.

    To make an appointment call our South clinic at 708-424-9200 or our North Clinic at (708) 788-9100. If you are a new patient with us you will need to provide shot records and any other pertinent information.

    Employee Rights

    Information regarding employee rights during this critical time can be found here.