Yesterday afternoon (March 14, 2020) the Governor announced the first confirmed novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in DuPage County.
The DuPage County Health Department has been monitoring and responding to this pandemic since late January. While much work has been to done to contain the spread of this disease, we expected to see cases here in DuPage County at some point. The health department continues to focus on containment of the spread of disease as well as working with our communities to prevent future spread.
Here is what you can do to prepare your family as we see additional cases of COVID-19 in our community.
- Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases. Visit www.dupagehealth.org/covid19.
- Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic:
- Stay home when you are sick
- Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
- Limit movement in the community
- Limit visitors
- Know what additional measures those at higher risk and who are vulnerable should take.
- Implement steps to prevent illness (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).
- Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.
- Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
- Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
- Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
- Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.
For updates on coronavirus response in DuPage County, please visit the DCHD website at www.dupagehealth.org/covid19.