In June 2020, the DeKalb County Health Department applied for a DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grant offered through the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The request for funding was rewarded with a $2,000 grant. The grant dollars enabled the Health Department to purchase additional plastic barriers to use throughout their building to better protect staff and clients. The Health Department conducts approximately 16,000 face to face visits annually, so the need for barriers was of high importance. Along with the barriers, the funding was also used to purchase COIVID-19 window cling signage for local businesses in DeKalb County. The window clings highlight best practices for prevention and list symptoms to be aware of. 500 window clings were ordered with the intent of distribution to 300 local businesses. Since June, Health Department staff have distributed them to local Chambers of Commerce for further dispersion to businesses for windows and doors. In addition, Health inspectors have distributed them as a part of their health inspections for restaurants.
Looking ahead, the Health Department anticipates contact tracing and vaccination efforts as the priority for COVID-19 in the future months.
The DeKalb County Health Department is a department of the county government. Their mission is to promote optimal health for all county residents. Health promotion includes preventative health services, health protection services, and health education.
Thank you to the many donors whose gifts make grants like these possible! And thank you to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund for the multiple grants that boosted the amount we were able to give in response to local needs.
Funding for this grant program is made possible by the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund, a new component pass through Fund created in collaboration with various local funding partners. The Fund’s purpose is to be a depository for contributions intended to respond to the effects of COVID-19 in DeKalb County by distributing grants that address preparedness, response, recovery, and/or rebuilding efforts.