COVID-19 Testing Notice

IDPH recommends against testing people with mild illness who can be safely managed at home, unless a diagnosis may impact patient management. This will minimize possible exposures to healthcare workers, patients, and the public, and will reduce the use of medical resources.

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Email: dph.sick@illinois.gov

Phone: 1-800-889-3931

COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Response

Social Distancing and Self-Monitoring

We are entering a phase of the pandemic where social distancing may have the greatest impact on minimizing transmission. All residents of Stickney Township are asked to practice social distancing, meaning that they should stay at home to the extent possible and only leave home for essential tasks. All residents should consider themselves as possibly exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and must therefore self-monitor for the COVID-19 illness – especially those who have had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 and those who are healthcare workers.

More information about community strategies including social distancing and self-monitoring are available from the CDC and IDPH

What To Do If You Think You Are Sick

COVID-19-link illness symptoms include new onset of fever (≥100.4°F or 38.0°C) OR cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat that cannot be attributed to an underlying or previously recognized condition. In children, fever with sore throat may be attributable to conditions other than COVID-19 (e.g., strep throat) and the parent/guardian should consult a healthcare provider to rule out other possibilities.

Factors associated with severe illness include age ≥50 years (children and young adults appear to be less affected) and chronic medical conditions, such as chronic lung disease (e.g., asthma, emphysema) hypertension or diabetes.

You Should Consult With Your Doctor If:

Self-isolation

People who are not hospitalized but who have possible or confirmed COVID-19 should isolate themselves in a private residence. Stay home for:

Testing

Visit CDC for additional guidance https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

IDPH recommends against testing people with mild illness who can be safely managed at home, unless a diagnosis may impact patient management. This will minimize possible exposures to healthcare workers, patients, and the public, and will reduce the use of medical resources.

COVID-19 Resources

Many resources are available at the national, state and local level to help corporations, communities, and families develop preparedness plans and strengthen responses during this crisis.

COVID-19 General Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Protection, Planning & Care for Older Adults https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications/older-adults.html

If You Think You Are Sick https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

10 Ways to Manage Respiratory Symptoms at Home https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/10Things.pdf

Illinois Department of Health – Updated Daily http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

CDC Situation Update – Updated Daily https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fsummary.html

Local Resources

Stickney Township Community Parnters

WIC http://www.stickneypublichealthdistrict.org/WIC.html

FEMA Conference 1

Stickney Township Emergency Response teams participate in medical emergency exercises to help prepare for the unexpected. In this case it was a simulated Anthrax outbreak. Select Township staff portrayed "victims" presenting with a set of scripted symptoms, while others joined with local first responders to dispense appropriate medication. Practicing helps us be better prepared.
FEMA Conference 2

FEMA Conference 1

More than 150 representatives of regional emergency preparedness agencies visited Stickney Township to attend a FEMA conference hosted by the Township in 2015. This was an example of the regard other emergency organizations have for Stickney Township.
FEMA Conference 2