DuPage County Lays Out What Is Needed To Get Through COVID-19 Pandemic

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- DuPage County officials laid out their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and what’s needed to get through it.

DuPage County Board Chair Dan Cronin said the county started by first with providing the public with information, and then re-tooling to a work at home situation. Since then, he has been working on regional coordination with businesses."We have gone to great lengths in preparing business sectors, utilizing best practices for each industry sector for a gradual reopening," Cronin said.

Still, he said, even with collection drives, they don’t have enough PPE.

Cronin said there has also been a lot of collaboration during this pandemic.

"I have also been collaborating with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. She asked me to join her task force on the COVID-19 Impact," he said.

Mary Keating, DuPage County Director of Community Services said this has taken a toll on non-profits, especially those who serve the homeless, but there is some good news: the county is receiving money through the federal CARES Act and will help with things such as, "assistance to the non-profits for hotel stays for the homeless shelters, there will be some rental assistance for individuals who find themselves unemployed."

Keating said they’re also using the money to help food pantries and for some legal assistance for tenant/landlord issues. 

Karen Ayala, Execuitve Director of the DuPage County Health Department said when it comes to disease investigation and contact tracing, "our annual workload around those issues has been between 3,500 and 4,000 cases per year. For DuPage County, as a reminder, our first case was identified on March 18 and we have accumulated 6,032 additional cases."

Ayala said she needs more investigators and is looking forward to grant money from the Illinois Department of Public Health to expand their footprint in that area.