Stickney Township COVID-19 Cases

As of Tuesday, November 17, there have been 2,251 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 39 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.

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.

Employee Rights

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

Stickney Township Urges Residents to Follow Recent Stay-At-Home Advisory

Stickney Township - Due to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission, and to prevent having to implement more restrictive mitigation measures, Cook County Department of Public Health officials are advising all suburban Cook County residents and visitors to follow the guidance below to curb the increased spread of COVID-19 in Illinois Region 10. Over 99,000 people in suburban Cook County have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and positivity rates are over 15%.

This guidance is in alignment with the State of Illinois, and in accordance with public health science. It will take effect Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 at 6 a.m., and will last at least 30 days.

“Now more than ever, we must come together to stay apart,” said Dr. Rachel Rubin, CCDPH Senior Medical Officer and Co-Lead. “We know limiting gatherings with friends and family can be hard, but we also know that virtual celebrations will save lives.”

State COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations Remain in Effect in Suburban Cook County

Mitigations Includes Stickney Township Communities

Stickney Township – Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) established COVID-19 resurgence mitigations in Regions 4 and 10, which encompass the Metro East portion of the State and Suburban Cook County respectively, as of Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

All communities within Stickney Township are included.

The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 2, 2020 – November 8, 2020 is 12.4%.

The sustained increases seen in the regions exceed the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.

Suburban Cook County Mitigations

Mitigation measures which took effect October 28 in Regions 4 and 10 include:

Bars and restaurants:

Meetings, social events and gatherings:


Organized group recreational activities & gyms (fitness centers, sports, etc.)

Get a flu shot.

Public health officials in Illinois urge everyone to get a flu vaccine

SPRINGFIELD – Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever as we brace for a dual outbreak of flu and COVID-19 this fall and winter. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and local health departments across Illinois are challenging everyone to roll their #SleeveUp to get a flu shot and help protect not only themselves, but those around them.

“There is the potential that people could become co-infected with both flu and COVID-19,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Although a COVID-19 vaccine is still being developed and tested, we do have a vaccine to combat this season’s anticipated flu viruses. I want to challenge everyone to roll their #SleeveUp and show us you that you’ve received your flu shot and are committed to protect those around you.”

Show your support by using the hashtag #SleeveUp on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok) and show you care about the health of those around you and are doing your part to #FightFlu. For the IDPH #SleeveUp social media toolkit, please visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sleeveup#imagesLink.

By increasing the number of people who are vaccinated, we can help reduce the number of flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths, which can in turn help reduce the burden on our medical system and save medical resources for patients with COVID-19.

Wearing a mask, washing your hands often, getting a flu vaccine, and watching your distance are four simple actions that everyone, especially people at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, should take to help reduce the spread of flu.

• Mask Up: Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when out in public.
• Lather Up: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
• Sleeve Up: Roll up your sleeve to get a flu shot.
• Back Up: Keep 6 feet of distance between you and others.

The more people vaccinated against flu, the more people protected from flu. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/protect-your-health.html.

Appointments for School Physicals Are Still 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.

State Highlights Importance of Getting Tested Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Administration has Increased Testing Capacity to Average of 50,000 a Day

SPRINGFIELD – Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent announcement on changes regarding COVID-19 testing protocols, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding all Illinois residents of the importance of getting tested, including after close contact with someone who has tested positive. The Pritzker administration’s strategy to combat COVID-19 across Illinois has always relied on increased testing. IDPH state labs were the first labs outside of the CDC to test successfully for COVID-19 early in the state’s pandemic response. Since March, Illinois has tested more than 3.8 million COVID-19 specimens and has expanded testing to areas in the northern, central, and southern parts of the state.

“In the face of increasing infections, we need to promote more testing, not less, to identify new cases and interrupt further transmission,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Given that asymptomatic individuals have been linked to virus spread, we will maintain our more stringent guidance to support testing of any Illinois resident who thinks they may have been exposed, as well as asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed cases 5-7 days post exposure.”

The recent change in federal guidelines on COVID-19 testing does not recommend asymptomatic individuals who come into close contact with a confirmed case be tested for the deadly virus. Many individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have not reported having symptoms. However, scientific studies have proven that those individuals are still able to spread the disease to family, friends, and members of their community who may become sick and require medical attention and even hospitalization, especially for those with underlying health conditions. Illinois will continue advising anyone who comes into close contact with a confirmed case be tested.

There are almost 300 testing sites in Illinois, including 11 state operated community-based testing sites and 12 mobile testing teams that collect specimens at facilities experiencing outbreaks (such as nursing homes and correctional centers) and areas around the state reporting increased cases. Additionally, IDPH is deploying its Wellness on Wheels mobile unit to hotspots around the state to work with local health providers to collect specimens. Testing at state operated sites is at no cost to the individual, as are several other sites. More information about locations, times, and requirements can be found at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing.

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.

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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View a flyer in Spanish here.

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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Stickney Township Public Health District is Hiring!

If you are a registered nurse looking for a part-time or full-time position check out our Employment Opportunity page here.

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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.

    Just how contagious is the COVID-19 virus?

    rate of infection
    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.