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.
- STAY HOME. As much as possible, please refrain from any non-essential activities and stay home. If you must go out for essential activities, such as work, to attend school, get tested for COVID-19, get a flu shot, or to shop for groceries:
Wear a mask consistently and correctly over your nose and mouth.
Avoid close contact with others and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others who do not live with you.
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water.
- LIMIT GATHERINGS. As much as possible, please refrain from attending or hosting gatherings with people who do not live in your household. This includes recommendations to postpone holiday gatherings or host virtual celebrations to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- LIMIT TRAVEL. As much as possible, do not engage in any non-essential travel, including vacations or trips to visit relatives or friends.
- WORK FROM HOME. As much as possible, CCDPH is calling on employers in suburban Cook County to re-establish telework protocols for staff who are able to work from home.
“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
– 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:
- All bars and restaurants close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
No indoor service
- All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside
- No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
- Tables should be 6 feet apart
- No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
- No dancing or standing indoors
- Reservations required for each party
- No seating of multiple parties at one table
- Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors
- No party buses
- Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00pm, are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable
Organized group recreational activities & gyms (fitness centers, sports, etc.)
- Continued emphasis on telework for as many workers as possible
- All sports guidance effective Aug 15, 2020 remains in effect
- Outdoor activities (not included in the above exposure settings) continue per current state guidance.
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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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.