Update

Stickney Township COVID-19 Cases

As of Tuesday, August 11, there have been 788 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Stickney Township.

Along with the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, the Stickney Public Health District is now reporting 27 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.

New Updates for WIC

The WIC Program during COVID-19 is providing services through Phone Visits and Curbside Service.

All certification and follow-up appointments are now completed on the Phone and we have Curbside Service for coupons to be distributed without having to leave your car! This process has turned out to be very successful, safe and an efficient way to continue to provide services to our families.

Have an upcoming appointment and want to know about the new process?
Interested in signing up for WIC?
Please contact us at (708) 424-9200 x2158.

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.

Fight The Bite Mosquitoe
In an effort to battle West Nile virus The Stickney Township Health District has begun spraying to kill adult mosquitoes throughout the Township. Details can be found on the Environmetal Health page.
attention dental patients

In the interest of preventing exposure and spread of COVID-19, and in response to the guidelines set forth by the Illinois State Dental Society on 3/16/2020, and in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC, the Dental Department of the Stickney Public Health Department is limiting its treatment of patients to EMERGENCY TREATMENT ONLY.

Routine dental exams and basic restorative procedures will be temporarily discontinued at this time. This policy will remain in effect until further notice.

Additionally, for patients age 65 and up, this policy will also extend until further notice. As we obtain more information about the progression of the disease, we will make changes to this policy accordingly.

Coping With Stress During The Virus Outbreak

One way or another, many of us are feeling stressed as we try to cope with the changes in our normal routine. As a resource, the Stickney Public Health District Behavioral Health Department webpage has some information here. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Resources has a pdf on the topic here.

Stickney Township Senior Congregate Meals and Group Social Activities Temporarily Suspended Due To COVID-19 Risk

For more information read this important notice from Louis S Viverito, Township Supervisor

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.

Testing

You do not need to see your doctor and you do not need to get tested just because you think you have been exposed to COVID-19. You do not need to be tested if you are feeling fine and have no symptoms.

  • If you are mildly ill and your Doctor does not think you need to be tested, please follow their instructions. This is because getting tested will not change how your doctor will take care of you. If you do not feel better in three to four days, call your Doctor.
  • CDC and IDPH recommend against testing persons with mild illness who can be safely managed at home, unless a diagnosis will impact patient management.
  • We need to minimize possible exposures to healthcare workers, patients and the public and reduce the demand for personal protective equipment, so that these resources are there for the very sick.
We are in this together! Take care of yourself, your family, your friends and the community. Following this advice helps you and everyone else.

Employee Rights

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

Appointments for School Physicals Are Now Available

Call now to make an appointment for school physicals, sports physicals and vaccines. Appointments are currently available but will fill up fast. Book now to avoid the late summer rush.

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.

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.

Cook County Public Health issues emergency travel guidance for travelers to suburban Cook County from COVID-19 hotspots

Guidance mirrors action taken in Chicago and other states to prevent disease from spreading

Oak Forest, IL – Cook County Department of Public Health officials today issued emergency travel guidance directing travelers entering or returning to suburban Cook County from states with surging COVID-19 rates to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact within the identified state.

The guidance is consistent with Chicago’s July 2nd order, and applies to states that have greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents per day, over a 7-day rolling average. There are exceptions for essential workers traveling for work purposes and other specific circumstances.

While Cook County, including Chicago and suburbs, and Illinois have seen steep declines in new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, other parts of the country are seeing a surge in new cases, and the country overall, is setting new highs for daily COVID-19 cases.

“We have come a long way in Cook County and Illinois and we want to keep it that way,” said Cook County Department of Public Health Co-Lead and Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Rachel Rubin. “It is summer and we know people want to travel, but we have to remain vigilant to keep our gains and avoid having to close places we’ve only just reopened.”

Travelers from the following states, including suburban Cook County (except Evanston and Skokie) residents returning from these states, will be directed to quarantine upon arrival to:

The list of included states will be updated on the CCDPH website at www.cookcountypublichealth.org every Tuesday afternoon.

As of July 16, there were 156,693 cases in Illinois, 40,805 cases in suburban Cook County and 55,857 cases in Chicago.

“Our positivity rates are quite low, but that can change, as we have seen in neighboring states,” said Cook County Department of Public Health Co-Lead and Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Kiran Joshi. “Prevention is the best medicine. We ask everyone to avoid travel to the most affected areas. If you must travel, quarantine for 14 days to protect others and help us stop the spread of COVID-19.”

For answers to frequently asked questions, please visit www.cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance.

Drive up COVID testing Available in Stickney Township

Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020, Pillars Community Health and Stickney Public Health District began offering drive-up testing in Burbank. Appointments are required and specific location information will be provided upon appointment confirmation. You do NOT have to be an existing Pillars Community Health patient or a Stickney Township resident.

Testing is available on a first-come, first served basis to anyone regardless of symptoms.

Limited tests are available and an appointment is required; please call 708-PILLARS (708-745-5277) and follow the prompts. Appointments will be scheduled in the following time slots: Mondays and Fridays, 9 am-12:30 pm, or Wednesdays, 1 pm-4 pm. Insurance will be billed; if you do not have insurance, please call Pillars Community Health at 708-PILLARS (708-745-5277) to discuss options.

Stickney Township residents who have general questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) not related to testing may call 708-424-9200.

Click here to learn more about Pillars Community Health services amid the coronavirus outbreak: www.PillarsCommunityHealth.org/coronavirus

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COVID-19 and The Sunshine Vitamin

Graphic of the United States showing level of lower sun exposure.

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.

Stay Home and Self-Monitor

EVERYONE should consider themselves at risk for exposure to COVID-19. That means that everyone should stay home as much as possible, even without any symptoms of COVID-19. While at home, EVERYONE should self-monitor. Self-monitoring means you check yourself for fever with a thermometer and remain alert for cough, shortness of breath or sore throat.

If You Are Sick STAY HOME


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Clinic Services Update

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.

    Just how contagious is the COVID-19 virus?

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    An in depth look at how COVID-19 compares to other viruses can be found here.

    Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    The CDC reported that one individual died and another was critically ill after ingesting non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate, a chemical for aquarium use that is commercially available for purchase at stores and through internet websites.

    Do not ingest aquarium use products or any other chemicals that contain chloroquine phosphate. These chemicals are not intended for human consumption and can lead to serious health consequences, including death.

    Medications like chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate should be taken only when prescribed by and under the supervision of your healthcare provider and always according to the instructions provided.

    IDPH Releases Recommendations on Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Large Businesses

    View the recommended guidance here.