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Kendall County Health Department COVID-19 Response

Community Levels

CDC now uses the use of three indicators to measure Community Levels of COVID-19

  1. New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 in the last 7 days
  2. Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients (7 day average)
  3. New COVID-19 cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days

For a more detailed explanation on COVID-19 Community Metrics please click here.

To see the current Community Level for Kendall County please click here.  

Transmission

COVID-19 can spread through the air when an infected person breathes out very small droplets that carry the virus. These droplets and other particles are breathed in by others, or can land in exposed areas such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. In some situations, the particles can also stay on surfaces. Anyone, regardless of symptoms, that is infected can spread COVID-19. 

Exposure

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 CDC recommends you wear a mask for 10 days after last date of exposure. Take extra precautions when around those who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, especially those that are immunocompromised. Get tested at least 5 days after exposure. If negative, continue to take precautions until day 10. If you test positive, isolate immediately for the following 5 days. 

Symptoms

Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and will appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Possible symptoms of COVID-19 Include:

  • Fever or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or Bodyaches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please consider getting tested for COVID-19. Testing sites can be found at local pharmacies and immediate care clinics. CDC has this self-checker to determine if someone needs medical care for suspected or confirmed COVID-19.  If you or a loved one is experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including chest pressure, difficulty breathing, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, please call 911. 

If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate yourself from others for 5 days after initial symptoms. If no symptoms, isolate 5 days after positive test. If you must be around others, wear a mask. A mask should worn from days 6-10. Alternately, with two negative tests 48 hours apart, your mask may be removed earlier than day 10. 

FOR A LIST OF AVAILABLE COVID-19 PCR TESTING SITES, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Prevention

The most important method of prevention at this time is vaccination. Anyone 6 months and older is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It is important to stay up to date with vaccines as they can significantly lower the risk of severe disease. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, ensure basic hand hygiene practices are followed,  avoid contact with individuals who have COVID-19, regardless of if they feel sick, and follow recommendations if you have been exposed. Improving ventilation, or moving an inside activity outside, can decrease the risk of infection as well. Kendall County Health Department offers the COVID-19 vaccine, along with many other locations in Kendall County. Precautions can and should be adjusted based on the current COVID-19 Community Level. At this time, the CDC recommends masking in all healthcare settings regardless of vaccination status. Please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine page to schedule your vaccination. 

THE KENDALL COUNTY COVID-19 TRACKER CAN BE FOUND HERE


For resources related to schools and early-childhood learning, follow the resource here
For strategies related to workplace COVID-19 prevention, follow the link here
For any questions call the Kendall County Health Department at 630.553.9100. 

 

Serving the Residents of Kendall County Since 1966
811 W. John Street, Yorkville, IL 60560   •   630-553-9100