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Posted on: July 20, 2020

Health Department Reminds Residents: COVID-19 Is Still Spreading

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As DuPage County hit 10,000 reported COVID-19 cases on July 17, health officials are reminding of the importance of individual-level measures to reduce COVID-19 spread.

The best way to prevent illness and infection is to avoid exposure to this virus. To slow the spread of COVID-19, you should stay home when possible, hold activities outdoors and in small groups, and remember the 3Ws: 

Wear a mask or face covering when you are in public and around people who don’t live in your household;

Watch your distance in order to maintain at least 6 feet from others as much as possible; and

Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.

In addition, anyone with suspected or known COVID-19 infection needs to self-isolate and stay at home (except for medical care) for at least 10 days from their symptom onset date (or first positive lab test date for persons without symptoms). Anyone with close contact to a case, such as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, needs to self-quarantine by staying home for 14 days from their last exposure to the case, and monitor their symptoms. In case symptoms develop, contact your healthcare provider. For more information, visit:  

www.dupagehealth.org/covid19_IsolationQuarantine.

The number of reported COVID-19 cases has risen for several days following the beginning of Restore Illinois Phase 4 on June 26. Since June 23, the 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases reported daily in DuPage County has risen from a low of 33.3 cases per day to 65.4 cases per day as of July 17 (an increase of 96% in less than 4 weeks).

The DuPage County COVID-19 Testing Site on the County Campus off County Farm Road, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 7AM until 400 tests are completed each day, or 2 PM (whichever occurs sooner).

To learn more, visit the DuPage County COVID-19 Community-based Testing Site page: www.dupagehealth.org/covid19testing  

To review the DuPage County COVID-19 Dashboard: www.dupagehealth.org/covid19data

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