Health Department provides basic tips for staying healthy and preventing spread of virus
“One of the main things that individuals can do right now is help us prevent the spread of the virus,” said County Health Department Executive Director Susan Olenek. “If you feel sick, stay home. Call your doctor and make an appointment, but stay home as much as possible.”
“Will County has a robust response team ready for any potential viral outbreak,” said Will County Speaker Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet). “Our emergency response teams involve many moving parts and include multiple agencies to ensure that all of our bases are covered.”
Winfrey said that at this time there does not appear to be an outbreak of COVID-19 in Will County but that officials are coordinating with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to address what the World Health Organization has deemed a pandemic.
“We are constantly reviewing and updating our action plans based on the direction from the Federal and State government,” said Nick Palmer, Chief of Staff for Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “There are a lot of components to this issue. We continue to monitor the progress on testing suspected cases of infection and taking appropriate mitigation measures. The most important thing Will County government can do is ensure public safety and keep residents informed of new developments.”
One area of special concern has been at the Sunny Hill Nursing Home which is operated by Will County. Nursing home officials have said that it is best for family and friends to limit visits to nursing homes at this point. Sunny Hill Nursing Home residents are being monitored around the clock and extra cleaning and sanitization has been introduced to strengthen existing efforts.
“Our residents tend to be frail and may have multiple illnesses to begin with,” said Sunny Hill Administrator Maggie McDowell. “One of our concerns is that someone who has no symptoms but is a carrier of the virus could bring that bug in to our facility.”
People looking for more information about the coronavirus and Will County’s response can find information at https://willcountyhealth.org/coronavirus-information/.
Information from the Illinois Department of Public Health, which updates Coronavirus information frequently, can be found by calling (800) 889-3931 or emailing: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV