COVID-19 Drive-up Testing and Services Available in Burbank
Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020, Pillars Community Health and Stickney Public Health District will be 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 with symptoms of COVID-19; anyone with a known exposure to COVID-19 (have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19); or asymptomatic, high-risk patients, first responders, health care workers, or essential workers who wish to be tested.
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
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
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
- Avoid the Emergency Room and other places you seek healthcare if you are not severely ill, unless your doctor advises otherwise.
- Stay home and keep healthcare access available for others with more severe illness.
- If you have a respiratory illness, stay home for 7 days after your symptoms started and for 3 days after your fever has stopped without the use of fever-reducing drugs, and your cough or sore throat symptoms have improved (whichever is longer).
- Most illness caused by COVID-19 is mild.
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.
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 Superviso
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. Minimally, this policy will remain in effect through 5/4/2020, but could be extended if need arises.
Additionally, for patients age 65 and up, this policy will extend minimally through 5/15/2020, or longer should the need arise. As we obtain more information about the progression of the disease, we will make changes to this policy accordingly.
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.