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Posted on: July 20, 2020

COVID-19 Information Update

The Village would like to share information regarding case numbers in our area reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and contact tracing efforts by the Cook County Department of Public Health.

Data by Zip Code:

Some residents have expressed concern due to a recent increase in positive cases in our area. Residents can monitor COVID-19 data for 60558 on the Village website at: https://il-westernsprings2.civicplus.com/572/7463/COVID-19-Stats?activeLiveTab=widgets, which includes information uploaded from the Chicago Reporter, using daily data from IDPH (the data takes a few seconds to upload and unfortunately, will not display correctly using Internet Explorer).

Contact Tracing: 

Contact tracing is a multi-step process of identifying, assessing and managing persons exposed to a positive COVID-19 case and connecting exposed persons to resources to assist them during quarantine – and is an important component of containing the spread of the virus. Contact tracing falls under the purview of Cook County Department of Health (CCDPH), and their initiative is described here: https://cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/contact-tracing/ .

CCDPH currently has about 25 contact tracers for the 2.5 million people who live in suburban Cook County (excluding Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park, and Stickney Townships, which have their own state-certified health departments). With significant grant funding for this purpose, CCDPH hopes to expand its contact tracing workforce to 400 people by early August. The expanded contact tracing program will reach 90% of contacts of persons who test COVID-19 positive within 24 hours. If you would like to be considered as a contact tracer, please go to https://redcap.dph.illinois.gov/surveys/?s=KWKJL93TM7 .

For more information about contact tracing, and other commonly asked questions, see the CCDPH FAQs at: https://cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/frequently-asked-questions/ .

Additional information, including the recent travel guidelines issued by the CCDPH, is available on the Village’s COVID-19 page, at: http://wsprings.com/563/Covid-19-Information .


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