Stickney Township COVID-19 Cases

As of Thursday, May 28, there have been 452 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 20 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.

Important Changes to Board Meetings

Until further notice, all meetings of the Stickney Public Health District and Stickney Township will be closed to the public in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders which prohibit all meetings of more than 9 persons. Written comments and testimony may be e-mailed no later than 4:00 p.m. on a meeting date to cgrunow@stickneypublichealthdistrict.org or sent by fax to 708-424-9267. Written testimony may also be dropped off to Louis S. Viverito, Township Supervisor, no later than 4:00 p.m. on the meeting date at 5635 State Road, Burbank, IL 60459. All comments submitted will be read at the meeting.

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.

Walk For Mental Health Postponed

Out of an abundance of caution, and as a result of the current COVID19 social distancing guidelines, the Annual Walk for Mental Health originally scheduled for May 15, 2020, is postponed.

Township Services Continue - New Procedures in Effect

The Township is continuing to provide essential services to the community, including Health Services, WIC program, Behavioral Health, Office on Aging, and Environmental Health. New guidelines and procedures for these essential services have been set in place and may change the way you receive services. Please call ahead with any questions or for updates regarding how to utilize these services.

South Clinic 708-424-9200
North Clinic 708-788-9100

Clinic Sign In and Appointment Procedures

The clinics of Stickney Public Health District will be changing 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 assessed by phone prior to entering the building. Dental and podiatry clients will need to call upon arrival to be admitted. Please do not arrive excessively early for any appointment as the waiting room will not be available.

Please call when you arrive for an appointment and someone will let you in.

Dental & Podiatry Clients: 708-237-8941

Employee Rights

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

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

View a flyer in Arabic here.

View a flyer in English here.

View a flyer in Polish here.

View a flyer in Spanish here.

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

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


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.

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 Supervisor

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. 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.

Opening for RN Position

See the Stickney Public Health District Employment Opportunity Posting here.

Beware of Non FDA Approved Blood Tests

Many media outlets are reporting on blood tests for COVID-19 antibodies. As of this week (April 20)there is only one FDA approved test, and many of the other tests being promoted are not FDA approved. The Stickney Public Health District does not currently offer any testing for COVID-19 and encourages all residents to be careful when going for testing. Always inquire about FDA approval and reliability before paying for any test.

An unreliable test is worse than no test at all. The best course of action is to practice social distancing and effective hand and face hygiene. We are hopeful that these tests will be more widely available and more accurate over the next few months.

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.

    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.

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

    View the recommended guidance here.

    DCFS Offers Emergency Licenses for Daycare Centers

    DCFS announced an option for daycare centers closed by the Governor's Executive Order to apply for emergency licenses. Such licenses allow daycare centers to offer services to those individuals allowed to continue working under the Executive Order. Day care homes (as opposed to centers) may continue to operate (without a license from DCFS) with up to 6 children.

    DCFS Emergency Rules governing this action can be found here. Additional resources related to providing emergency day care services can be found at this link.

    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.

    The Stickney Public Health District is not offering testing for the Coronavirus at this time.

    More information and links to resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic see the Stickney Public Health District Emegency Response page.