Stickney Township COVID-19 Cases

As of Tuesday, April 13, there have been a total of 4,086 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 63 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.

Additional Area Vaccine Providers Offer Saturday Hours

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March 22, 2021– In addition to appointments available through the Township, Osco and Walgreens Pharmacies may have Saturday appointments based on availability of vaccines. The Illinois National Guard Mass Vaccination sites are another option. You can find locations on the IDPH vacination location site here.

Links to other sites:
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As of 1/18/2021, the dental department will be going back to seeing residents 55+ years of age and residents in grades K through 8 for all the procedures that we performed before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. There will be routine temperatures taken at the door, the rooms will be sanitized completely before patients are seen, and we will be in full protective gear.

  • We do not take "walk-up" appointments- All patients are seen by appointment and all appointments are made over the phone.
  • There will be no indoor waiting for appointments, so please arrive at your appointment time. Early arrivals will be asked to wait outside.
  • Please call to reschedule your appointment if you don't feel well- we will reschedule your appointment if we suspect that you are sick.
  • Winter Updates for the WIC Program

    The WIC Program during COVID-19 is continuing to provide services through Phone Appointments. Due to wintery weather temperatures and conditions, we are suspending the Curbside Service during inclement weather. Let’s hope for a very mild winter!

    Participants picking up eWIC cards and those needing to provide additional information will be given instructions on where to enter the building and meet up with WIC Staff. As a reminder, Masks are required. If you and/or a family member are COVID positive and/or in the process of being quarantined, please inform Staff so that we may reschedule your appointment.

    As a reminder, WIC Eligibility guidelines are required for participation. If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please contact our office at: 708-424-9200 x2158
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Update

    Stickney Public Health District has temporarily paused their administration of Johnson and Johnson. Those currently scheduled for a J&J vaccine will be contacted when SPHD has received further guidance from the CDC, FDA, and IDPH. Updates will be forthcoming.

    Stickney Township Public Health District Announces Expanded Eligiblity for COVID-19 Vaccinations

    April 9, 2021– All adults who live and/or work in Stickney Township are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Stickney Public Health District’s current vaccine supply is restricted to persons age 18 and over. Call the Township COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 708-634-4500 and follow the instructions.

    In addition to making vacinations available Monday through Fridey, the Stickney Township Public Health District began offering vaccination appointments to eligible residents and those working in Stickney Township on alternating Saturdays starting on March 27.

    Virtual Therapist

    Feeling Anxious? Need To Talk To Someone?

    Stickney Township Public Health District Offers On-line Virtual Therapy Sessions During COVID-19 Pandemic

    The Behavioral Health Division of the Stickney Township Public Health District is offering virtual therapy sessions on-line for Township residents. Adults, couples, families and children, with or without health insurance, may schedule an appointment by calling (708) 237-8946. Fees for those without insurance are charged on a sliding scale based on income — no one is turned away for the inability to pay.

    “During these stressful times we need to pay attention to our emotional health as well as our physical health,” declares Louis S. Viverito, Health District President. “Meeting in person puts our patients as well as our staff at risk for COVID-19. At the same time, isolation may have a negative effect on our health in ways that aren’t just physical. We want to be sure that Township residents have access to the support and services that they need in the safest way possible.”

    Melinda Antoskiewicz, LCPC, Stickney Township Behavioral Health Director, acknowledges that anxiety and depression can effect anyone and urges residents going through a tough time emotionally, whether it’s COVID related or not, to contact her department.

    “People seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Some have experienced anxiety or depression in the past, and the additional stress due to the COVID pandemic may exacerbate those previous conditions. Others may be experiencing increased sadness or anxiety for the first time.” “Feelings can be magnified by the stress or isolation of the pandemic and this may cause a person to struggle,” explains Antoskiewicz. “For some, it may be hard to get out of bed or to stay focused on their job.”

    “Sometimes that first phone conversation can help a person simply by speaking with someone who can offer emotional support. We’ll discuss their concerns and, if seeing a therapist seems like the right approach, we can get the process started right away,” she says.

    After an initial screening by phone to determine a potential client’s concerns, arrangements are made to complete registration forms and to receive instructions on downloading the app to be used during the intake appointment. How quickly this happens is usually up to the caller’s needs and Antoskiewicz assures new clients that “we can often schedule the person’s intake appointment within two weeks of the initial phone call.”

    Most patients can use video on their phone to access the virtual sessions.

    If talking with a therapist isn’t sufficient, the Behavioral Health Department is linked to a network of professional services. “In some instances, the person may require services that the Behavioral Health Division does not provide. In those cases, we can provide referral resources that best fit the person’s needs,” says Antoskiewicz.

    Covid-19 Testing

    Stickney Public Health District Announces New COVID-19 Testing Restrictions and Modified Location

    Changes to the requirements and location of COVID-19 testing offered by the Stickney Township Public Health District at the District’s South Clinic, 5635 State Rd., Burbank, were recently announced by Louis S. Viverito, Public Health District President.

    Due to scheduling capacity, COVID-19 testing and services offered by Pillars Community Health will now be restricted to people showing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had close contact with a confirmed exposure. Close contact is defined as having been within 6 feet for at least 15 consecutive minutes or 15 minutes over the course of a day.

    In addition, COVID-19 testing has moved to the State Road entrance of the South Clinic. Testing will continue through the winter months, according to Viverito.

    Limited tests are available. An appointment is required. Call 708-PILLARS (708-745-5277) and follow the prompts; messages will be returned within one business day. Insurance will be billed.

    Hours at the Burbank location are Wednesdays 1 pm-4 pm and Fridays 8:30 am-11:30 am. For the time being, testing on Mondays will no longer be offered. Hours and location may be adjusted based on demand and weather. If you would rather seek testing at a free testing site, look for Chicago area locations by visiting https://pillarscommunityhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Free-testing-sites.pdf

    COVID-19 and The Sunshine Vitamin

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    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.

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    HIV/STI Screenings Available

    In cooperation with Howard Brown Health, a free walk-in HIV and STI testing is available at the South Clinic, 5635 State Road, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 3:30-7PM. More information here.

    Free At Home Prevention Supplies and HIV/STI Screening

    More information here or by contacting Howard Brown Health directly at PreventionSupply@howardbrown.org

    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?

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    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.

    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.

    Employee Rights

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