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Beat the Heat

With summer temperatures on a rise, DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) is sharing tips from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to “Beat the Heat:” Stay Cool • Stay in air-conditioned locations. • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight. • Wear loose, […]

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Upsurge in Measles Cases

Measles was declared eradicated in 2000 due to the advancement and citizen compliance of receiving vaccines. In 2019 there is a significant upsurge of measles cases in the United States. From January 1 to April 11, 2019, 555 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 20 states, with many states experiencing outbreaks defined as […]

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DeKalb County Health Department 2018 Annual Report Released

To coincide with National Public Health Week, the DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) released their Annual Report this week, which highlights the ways in which the Health Department works to improve health outcomes in the community. DCHD values community and partner feedback which is why engaging sectors of the community was a highlight of 2018. […]

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DeKalb County Health Department Conducts Drill using Personal Hygiene Items

On Friday, February, 22nd, the DeKalb County Health Department conducted an Emergency Preparedness drill to simulate the collection, sorting, inventorying, and distribution of the items from the personal hygiene collection. Over 25 DCHD staff and Northern Illinois University, School of Nursing, volunteers participated in the drill at the DeKalb County Health Department. This was the […]

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Personal Hygiene Collection

In February, the DeKalb County Health Department will be conducting an Emergency Preparedness drill in effort to not only prepare staff for a public health emergency but also to stock DeKalb County food pantries with personal hygiene necessities. Collections will take place until February 15, 2019 at various drop site locations: • DeKalb County Health […]

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Open Enrollment for Marketplace Insurance

DATE: October 30, 2018 TO: DeKalb County News Media FROM: Lisa Gonzalez, Public Health Administrator FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Open Enrollment for Marketplace Insurance DeKalb County Health Department encourages community members to schedule an appointment with our Certified Application Counselor for open enrollment in the Health Marketplace Insurance. Open enrollment for 2019 coverage begins November 1st […]

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Local health officials advise residents to get flu vaccine

Warnings follow flu season with reported highest death rates in past decade By KELSEY RETTKE Oct. 27, 2018 DeKALB – Local officials are urging residents to get their flu shots, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting by the end of this month. According to a new CDC report released Thursday, the highest rate […]

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Disasters Happen. Prepare Now, Learn How.

DATE: September 10, 2018 TO: DeKalb County News Media FROM: DeKalb County Health Department The DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) has launched a month-long initiative designed to raise public awareness for emergency preparedness in September. The theme for National Preparedness Month is Disasters Happen, Prepare Now. Throughout the month, the DCHD Emergency Preparedness Team encourages […]

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