Stickney Township officials congratulate Patricia M. Kulikauskas on her new position as Regional Emergency Response Coordinator with the Illinois Department of Public Health. (l. to r.) Hector Cesario, Stickney Township Clerk; Patricia Kulikauskas; Christopher Grunow, Psy.D., Stickney Public Health Director and Louis S. Viverito, Township Supervisor and President, Stickney Public Health District.
Kulikauskas, who has been in her current position for 15 years, will begin her new job as Regional Emergency Response Coordinator with the IDPH’s Division of Disaster, Planning, and Readiness Office of Preparedness and Response on September 1.
A graduate of Reavis High School and St. Xavier University, Kulikauskas reflected upon her experience at Stickney. “I’ve learned so much here. It was a great opportunity. I plan on taking everything I learned here to the state level and I’m hoping that I can provide a local level perspective. I feel like I’m leaving my family here, but its time for me to take the next step.” “Although we’ll hate to lose her, I’m thrilled that the folks at the State level recognize the skills and talent that one of our own can provide,” said Viverito. “Township government provides real world, boots-on-the ground experience for people like Patti, and that benefits everyone.”
Kulikauskas will be responsible for 13 Health Districts in the West Chicago and Bellwood Region in Northern Illinois, a territory that stretches from Kane County to the City of Chicago and from Lake and McHenry Counties to Kankakee.
In addition to Emergency Response, the Stickney Public Health District and Stickney Township continue to provide essential services to the community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In the face of increasing infections, we need to promote more testing, not less, to identify new cases and interrupt further transmission,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Given that asymptomatic individuals have been linked to virus spread, we will maintain our more stringent guidance to support testing of any Illinois resident who thinks they may have been exposed, as well as asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed cases 5-7 days post exposure.”
The recent change in federal guidelines on COVID-19 testing does not recommend asymptomatic individuals who come into close contact with a confirmed case be tested for the deadly virus. Many individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have not reported having symptoms. However, scientific studies have proven that those individuals are still able to spread the disease to family, friends, and members of their community who may become sick and require medical attention and even hospitalization, especially for those with underlying health conditions. Illinois will continue advising anyone who comes into close contact with a confirmed case be tested.
There are almost 300 testing sites in Illinois, including 11 state operated community-based testing sites and 12 mobile testing teams that collect specimens at facilities experiencing outbreaks (such as nursing homes and correctional centers) and areas around the state reporting increased cases. Additionally, IDPH is deploying its Wellness on Wheels mobile unit to hotspots around the state to work with local health providers to collect specimens. Testing at state operated sites is at no cost to the individual, as are several other sites. More information about locations, times, and requirements can be found at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2020. The Des Plaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District collected a positive mosquito batch on May 31, 2020 from River Forest, Illinois, and North Shore Mosquito Abatement District collected a positive mosquito batch on June 5, 2020 in Evanston, Illinois. No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported so far this year.
“While we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also remember to take steps to protect our health from other illnesses,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Getting outdoors is a great way to combat being cooped up, but you need to take precautions to protect yourself from mosquitoes and the viruses they carry by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.”
Monitoring for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms. People who see a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.
West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a Culex pipiens mosquito, commonly called a house mosquito, that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis, encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 60 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.
The first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in 2019 were collected on May 21, 2019 in Wayne, Illinois. Last year, 46 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case. IDPH reported 28 human cases (although human cases are underreported), including one death.
Precautions to Fight the Bite include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.
• REDUCE - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut.
Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.
• REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a light-colored, long-sleeved shirt, and apply an EPA-registered insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
• REPORT – report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes. The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito larvae.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the IDPH website.
“Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time,” said Health Board President Louis Viverito. “We had hoped we would not see this happen, but have been aware of the risk, especially to older adults. It is important that everyone follows the social distancing measures, not only to protect you and your family but also the most vulnerable in our community. The Health District and Stickney Township will continue to provide essential services and support to the residents of our community.”
Please visit www.stickneypublichealthdistrict.org for the latest information on COVID-19. It is imperative that we all follow social distancing rules, wash your hands frequently and if you are sick stay home.
Illinois older adults are among the highest risk population group for becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. Locations where seniors gather such as congregate meal sites and senior centers may increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19 and community spreading of the virus.
The Illinois Department on Aging is requesting all senior centers to immediately suspend all gathering activities placing our older adults at heightened risk including the provision of congregate meals and social activities conducted in group settings. In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of our participants and ensure continuity of essential services we must suspend all meals at the Townships three senior meal sites and cancel all activities, classes and groups that meet at the three senior center sites effective today.
An alternative to the congregate meal is offered as a drive thru option on the following days and locations:
Monday - Friday
Louis S. Viverito Senior Center
7745 S. Leamington Ave.
Tuesday and Thursday
North Senior Center
6721 W. 40th St.
All other services for seniors are available by appointment by calling (708) 636-8850.
Additional details can be found in this Senior News Bulletin.
According to the EPA, Stickney Township is using about 1,904,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, providing residents in the aggregation program 100 percent green energy. The EPA requires partners to meet at least 25 percent of the Stickney Township’s electricity use. This green power comes from wind, solar and other renewable sources. By using renewable energy and setting this goal, Stickney Township is helping advance the voluntary market for green power and development of those sources.
“This is a huge honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Township Supervisor Louis Viverito. “Using green power helps our community lower its emissions footprint, while also sending a message to others across the country that green power is an affordable, accessible choice.”
By moving the needle in the voluntary green power market, Stickney Township and other Green Power Partners are helping to reduce the negative health impacts of air emissions including those related to ozone, fine particles, acid rain, and regional haze. Together, Green Power Partners are collectively using more green power annually than the electricity consumed by Montana and Utah combined.
Under the leadership of Supervisor Viverito, Stickney Township has used its energy consultant, Illinois Energy Aggregation LLC (IEA) to solicit quotes for the township’s residential aggregation program and the electricity supply for the township’s own buildings. IEA Managing Member Robert Streit praised Supervisor Viverito’s vision and the entire board’s commitment to green energy.
“Supervisor Viverito had a vision for 100 percent green energy and the entire board of Trustees was committed to not only using green energy at the township’s facilities but also providing this product to the residents to allow homeowners and small businesses to be part of protecting the environment for future generations,” said Streit.
Streit also thanked Eligo Energy, which is the alternative retail supplier of the green energy for the township’s aggregation program and the building supply. “Eligo has been a great provider for the township,” stated Streit. Officials from both IEA and Eligo presented a Certificate of Partnership to Supervisor Viverito and the Stickney Township Board on Monday, January 27th at a Township Board Meeting.
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has almost 1,500 Partners voluntarily using more than 60 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.
Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito recognized Veterans of our Armed Services during the 2019 Stickney Township Salute to Veterans Event held this past December at the LSV Senior Center and at the Township's North Clinic building.
Veterans were encouraged to bring photos and memorabilia from their time in the service.
Children from the Township Pre-K program distributed thank you cards they made for the Veterans.
Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito looks on as children from the Pre-K program at North perform patriotic songs for the Veterans.
Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito was joined by Township Trustee Louise Zelinski and Township Trustee Frank Pajak for the Stickney Salute to Veterans Event at the North Clinic Building.
Stickney Township elected officials joined staff in distributing informational material, along with tee shirts and ice cream, to promote township services during the 2019 Township Day.
Stickney Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito greeted area families at the annual event.
A Truck Rodeo featured Township service vehicles and an opportunity for kids to see them from a different point of view.
Blood pressure and blood tests were available from the Stickney Township Public Health Department. Township Clerk Hector Cesario is pictured getting his check up.
Seniors excercise during Senior Day, June 7 at the North facility. The event offered a close up look at the services offered by Stickney Township.
Stickney Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito welcomed seniors at the Stickney Township Council on Aging meeting which opened the day.
Representatives from various Township Services were on hand to answer questions.
Various age appropriate exercise demonstrations were held during the day. Supervisor Viverito and trustees Donna Galaher and Louise Zelinski joined seniors in getting a work out. The demonstration was led by Rosemarie Guleiva.
Meditation and yoga demonstrations addressed both mind and body health.
Supervisor Viverito thanks the attendees during the closing luncheon.
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The Stickney Township Public Health District has been notified that NCHS personnel will be conducting the survey in Southern Cook County starting April 28, 2019 through July 4, 2019. A sample of about 627 people from the area will be asked to participate. Data is collected through household interviews and standardized medical examinations in a survey mobile examination center.
The sample for the survey is selected to represent the U.S. population of all ages. To produce reliable statistics, NHANES oversamples people 60 and over, African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics.
Since the United States has experienced dramatic growth in the number of older people during this century, the aging population has major implications for health care needs, public policy, and research priorities. NCHS is working with public health agencies to increase the knowledge of the health status of older Americans. NHANES has a primary role in this endeavor.
All participants visit the physician. Dietary interviews and body measurements are included for everyone. All but the very young have a blood sample taken and will see the dentist. Depending upon the age of the participant, the rest of the examination includes tests and procedures to assess the various aspects of health listed above. In general, the older the individual, the more extensive the examination.
NHANES is designed to facilitate and encourage participation. Transportation is provided to and from the mobile centers if necessary. Participants each receive compensation and a report of their medical findings. All information collected in the survey is kept confidential. Privacy is protected by public laws. More information can be found on the cdc website here.