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.”
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.
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
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.
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