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The DeKalb County Health Department said they are working with Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center, the site of the county's largest outbreak of COVID-19, to contain its spread.

Lisa Gonzalez is the public health administrator for the health department. She said practicing social distancing, wearing a face covering, and practicing good hand hygiene are essential, but understands these tactics may be challenging in the summer.

DeKalb County Health Department

Members of a northern Illinois health department held a web event Wednesday to answer questions about COVID-19. 

The event, part of Northern Illinois University’s STEM Café series, was an opportunity for the DeKalb County Health Department and the DeKalb County State’s Attorney to address resident concerns. Officials emphasized the importance of social distancing, and offered clarity on county testing, isolation, emergency response and the risk of exposure. The Department’s director of community health and prevention, Cindy Graves, explained: 

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As the coronavirus spreads, local health departments and hospitals are monitoring the situation and making plans. 

To keep abreast of the situation, municipalities are in constant contact with their counterparts across the state. Lisa Gonzalez, Public Health Administrator for the DeKalb County Health Department, explains. 

“We have the Region 1 Health Departments which are the 9 counties in northwest Illinois, but we also work with Chicago region health departments and statewide health departments as well," she said. 

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In the midst of summer’s high temperatures, DeKalb, Winnebago and Boone Counties are ensuring the public is safe in times of extreme heat.

The Rockford City Market is moving many of its vendors inside the market building and under the Rockford City Market Pavilion on Friday due to the ongoing heatwave. 

The DeKalb County Health Department is sharing tips to help the public stay cool, hydrated, and informed.   

The tips include staying in air-conditioned locations, drinking more water than usual and checking local news outlets for extreme heat warnings. 

5 Confirmed Cases Of Mumps At NIU

Feb 10, 2017
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The DeKalb County Health Department says there are five cases of mumps in Northern Illinois University students.

According to a news release, outbreaks have been common across college campuses in the past year. 

It says up to half of people who get mumps experience mild symptoms, so they may not know they're infected. 

Typical symptoms include swollen glands under the ears, fever, headache, and a loss of appetite; it can take up to 25 days for symptoms to appear in an exposed person. 

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The DeKalb County Board voted 18-6 toward putting a property tax hike on the ballot to fund public health.  

The Daily Chronicle reports the proposal would bring in about $500,000 per year through a property tax of $9.57 for every $100,000 of equalized assessed value.  For someone owning a $150,000, this would mean a yearly increase of about $15.  

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The DeKalb County Health Department issued an excessive heat warning until Sunday.

Health officials say the warning especially applies to children, the elderly and those with mental illness and chronic diseases. They also say to stay cool and hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and to not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle – even with the windows down or even for a few minutes.

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Counties across northern Illinois are part of a state-wide test this week for distributing medical supplies in case of a public health emergency.

The mass dispensing plan required by the state will measure how quickly county public health systems can distribute medicine and medical supplies during a public health emergency. State health officials say it will simulate a bioterrorism attack, but similar tactics also can be applied for large-scale disease outbreaks.

Learning Health Insurance-Speak

Nov 6, 2013
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Despite technical obstacles, navigators are still helping people enroll into health-insurance marketplaces. In many communities, that includes helping those who speak little or no English. The northern Illinois region is no exception.

Illinois Prepares For Insurance Marketplace

Sep 30, 2013

Tuesday is the day Americans can begin enrolling in health insurance marketplaces. These online exchanges are a key component of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. In Illinois, efforts continue to help the uninsured prepare to sign up.