Report Diseases & Conditions
Mandated reporters, such as health care providers, schools and childcare facilities, hospitals and laboratories, by law must report suspected or confirmed cases of certain infectious diseases electronically through Illinois’ National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS). If they do not have access to I-NEDSS, they can report by mail, telephone or fax to the Kankakee County Health Department
The following must be reported immediately by phone:
Report a disease by one of the following methods:
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus not previously seen in humans. COVID-19 was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, that has spread around the world, including the United States and all 50 states.
We strongly recommend continuing social distancing, stay at home procedures and other safety measures which include:
Most importantly stay home if you are sick! Avoid the Emergency Department and other places you seek healthcare if you are not severely ill, unless your doctor advises otherwise. Stay home and keep healthcare access available for others with more severe illness.
If you have a respiratory illness, stay home for 7 days after your symptoms started and for 3 days after your fever has stopped without the use of fever reducing drugs, and your cough or sore throat symptoms have improved (whichever is longer).
When you should consult with your doctor:
Note: You and your provider will decide if you need to come to medical care. You usually do not need to be tested unless you are admitted to the hospital.
Important notes about getting tested:
The Kankakee County Health Department is NOT currently testing for COVID-19.
IDPH and The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Your cloth face covering should:
✔️ Reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils
✔️ Fit snugly against the sides of the face
✔️ Be made of multiple layers of fabric that you can still breathe through
✔️ Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damaging the material or shape
Do not buy surgical masks to use as a face covering. Those are intended for healthcare workers and first responders. Many items you may already have in your home can be used to create face coverings.
Try creating a cloth face covering using bandanas, ski masks, washable napkins, or dish towels.
Kankakee County COVID-19 Hotline 815-802-9311
Confirmed Positive Cases in Illinos
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*Data as current as of 5.29.2020
**Positive Cases by Race will be updated on a weekly basis.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious and potentially life-threatening disease transmitted through the air. While it can affect any part of the body (such as the brain, the kidneys or the spine), TB usually affects the lungs. When first infected with the TB germ, people usually do not feel sick or have any symptoms, which is latent TB infection. However, they may develop active TB disease in the future, so treating the infection is important. Tuberculosis once was the leading cause of death in the United States; today in Illinois, less than 30 deaths a year are attributed to tuberculosis and the number of cases in the state has fallen more than 40 percent in the past 10 years. There are between one and four cases of active TB in Kankakee County each year.
Rabies is a deadly disease that can affect all mammals, and is found in all states, except Hawaii. People usually are exposed to the rabies virus when an infected animal bites them. Exposure may occur if the animal's saliva enters an open cut or mucous membrane (nose, mouth, eyes). The most common carrier of rabies in Illinois are bats. The presence of a bat in a home, or any contact with a bat, represents a possible hazard for rabies. Contact the Kankakee County Health Department immediately if there has been human or pet mammal exposure to a bat. Rabies vaccine may be needed.
What you can do to reduce your risk:
All healthcare providers are required to report animal bites to the Kankakee County Animal Control.