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Beat the Heat

DATE: June 14, 2022 TO: DeKalb County News Media FROM: DeKalb County Health Department FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Very hot and humid conditions are in the forecast the next few days, which may lead to an increased risk of heat related stress and illness, particularly for individuals who are very young, elderly, and participating in strenuous […]

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DeKalb County Animal Control is advising pet owners to protect their pets from canine distemper

DeKalb County Animal Control is advising pet owners to protect their pets from canine distemper. The department has seen an increase in cases of confirmed canine distemper virus found in raccoons and skunks tested after displaying abnormal neurologic signs. Canine distemper outbreaks in local raccoon populations can signal increased risk for pet dogs in the […]

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COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests (May)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests Through our partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) has received an additional supply of over-the-counter iHealth COVID-19 antigen rapid tests for distribution to our community. Rapid, self-administered testing has potential to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 that occurs when people […]

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Health departments in Northern Illinois to the public: COVID knows no boundaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2022 Media Contact: Lindsey Salvatelli Cell: 815-236-3238 Email: mcdhmedia@mchenrycountyil.gov Health departments in Northern Illinois to the public: COVID knows no boundaries Public urged to work together and follow CDC guidance for medium community level Local health departments belonging to the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (NIPHC) are advising people who […]

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COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests   Through our partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) has received a supply of over-the-counter iHealth COVID-19 antigen rapid tests for distribution to our community.   Rapid, self-administered testing has potential to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 that occurs when […]

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April 4-10 is National Public Health Week (NPHW)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4-10 is National Public Health Week (NPHW) During the first full week of April each year, the DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD), along with other local health departments, supports the NPHW initiatives by promoting local contributions to public health and highlighting their services in the community. During this week, DCHD encourages […]

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STATEMENT BY THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS PUBLIC HEALTH CONSORTIUM (NIPHC) ON TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER SUSPENDING MANDATED MASKING FOR SCHOOLS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lindsey Salvatelli (815) 236-3238/ LRSalvatelli@mchenrycountyil.gov February 6, 2022 Statement by the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (NIPHC) on Temporary Restraining Order Suspending Mandated Masking for Schools The Local Health Departments of the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (NIPHC) are aware of the most recent judicial ruling impacting schools in our local […]

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REGION 1 LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND HOSPITALS URGE PUBLIC TO TAKE STEPS TO ADDRESS THE HIGH HOSPITAL PATIENT VOLUMES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Northern Illinois Rockford Region Public Information Officers Media Contact: Katherine O’Toole, Media Liaison, 815-720-4213 December 17, 2021 This is a joint news release issued by the Northern Illinois Rockford Region (Region 1) Public Information Officers. Region 1 serves Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties. REGION 1 […]

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DeKalb County’s Holiday Lights Recycling Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DeKalb County’s Holiday Lights Recycling Drive Year after year residents find themselves testing bulbs and replacing fuses. When that does not work, the lights often end up in the garbage. With this program, DeKalb County can divert all holiday lights from the landfill, as recycled goods. One strand of lights may seem […]

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Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination – DeKalb County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination – DeKalb County Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s (ACIP) recommendation for the use the of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age. This follows the FDA’s authorization last Friday of the emergency use […]

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