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November 22, 2022
For immediate release

DuPage County Health System
Dramatic increase in number of children
Seek treatment for respiratory illness

Lack of beds in children’s hospitals, leading to delays in treatment

DuPage County – Today, throughout DuPage County, there are days when there are no free beds for critically ill children in hospitals serving nearly one million residents of DuPage County.

Hospitals and clinics are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of patients with respiratory diseases such as influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19. Children have been particularly affected, with severely ill children seeking hospital treatment and waiting hours. Transfer to another medical facility may be necessary.

We must work together to stay healthy and reduce the number of people getting sick. As the public health and healthcare leader in DuPage County, our organization works hard to ensure that the healthcare providers and resources needed to care for these individuals are available. Our healthcare system and workers are once again strained and strained. This means there is a risk that the care you need will not be available when you need it.

Thankfully, there are actions we can take to ensure this care is always available. We are asking for your help to improve the situation by taking steps to reduce the spread of the disease in our communities during the holiday season. This keeps people healthy and ensures that the health care system can accommodate those in need, whether they are suffering from serious illness, accidents, or life-threatening conditions.

I hope that in the coming months everyone will have the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones. Unfortunately, winter is also the time when respiratory illnesses increase. We tend to spend more time indoors with large groups. This makes it more likely that sick people will spread the infection to others. Never miss an important moment of the season. Keep everyone safe and healthy with her next three actions.

  1. Stay up to date with all recommended vaccines, including COVID-19 (new coronavirus infectious disease) When influenza.
    • By getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself and prevent the spread of preventable diseases to your family and community.
    • Some people cannot get certain vaccines because they are too young, too old, or have weakened immune systems or other serious health conditions. If you and those around you are vaccinated, you are less likely to get preventable diseases.
  2. stay home when sick.
    • When you are not feeling well, you are more likely to spread illness to others through coughing, sneezing, fever, etc.
    • Stay away until you’re healed, and protect those around you. Ask your healthcare provider if treatments are available and suitable for you.
    • If you are unwell and have any symptoms (runny nose, cough, fever, etc.), please wear a mask if you must be with other people.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • If you are an employer, encourage and support sick people to stay home to keep staff and clients healthy.
  3. Improve your air
    • Respiratory viruses spread through the air. Open windows and improve air filtration in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems (for example, by changing filters more frequently or using filters) to bring in as much outside air as possible and Improve the air Properly installed, it provides higher filtration.
    • Using a Portable High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Cleaner
    • Turn on the exhaust fan and use other fans to improve airflow, or put the thermostat in the “on” position instead of “auto” so the HVAC system provides continuous airflow and filtration will do so.
    • As an extra precaution to protect yourself and others, you can always choose to wear a mask.if you arehigh risk of exacerbationwear a mask indoors and in public,Additional notesWear the best-fitting, most protective mask you can. Wearing a quality mask (such as N95 or KN95) can help protect yourself and others by reducing the chances of spreading respiratory illness.

As the public health and medical leader for DuPage County, I know that health care workers across the county go to great lengths to care for us, our friends, family and loved ones. We are proud of DuPage County’s world-class health and medical organization. Help us make sure you and your loved ones get the care they need when they need it. Take action to stay healthy and keep those around you safe.

Karen J. Ayala, MPH
executive director

DuPage County Health Department

Rashmi Chugh, MD, MPH

medical officer
DuPage County Health Department

Vera Nando, MD, MBA, FACP
chief medical officer
Advent, Great Lakes Region

Roseanne Niese, MSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Defender of the Good Samaritan

William Rose, DO, FACP
chief medical officer
Defender of the Good Samaritan

Donald Hoscheit, MD, FACG, AGAF
chief medical officer
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Daniel Sullivan, MD
Chief Physician Executive
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Robert Peyton, M.D.

vice president

chief medical officer

Edward Hospital

Patricia Fairbanks, RN, MSN

Associate Vice President

chief nursing officer
Edward Hospital

Kimberly Daly, MD, CPE, FACOG

chief medical officer

Vice President of Medical Affairs

Elmhurst Hospital

Mercy Raphaed, RN-BC, MSN, CNS

Associate Vice President

chief nursing officer

Elmhurst Hospital

Kevin P. Most, DO
Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs
chief medical officer
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Suzanne T. McCoy, DNP, RN, NNP-BC, NEA-BC
Vice President and Flynn Family Chief Nursing Executive
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

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