Village Updates on Summer Programs
The Woodridge Park District and Village of Woodridge are excitedly beginning to plan Fourth of July fireworks and the 2021 Oktoberfest celebration in September. The most recent Oktoberfest, in September 2019, honored the 50th anniversary for the Woodridge Park District and the 60th anniversary for the Village of Woodridge. The Woodridge Jubilee festival, an annual family-fun filled community event held in mid-June, is canceled for 2021 due to the current Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DECO) guidelines of the Restore Illinois Plan and the unknown future of any potential COVID restriction changes.
The previous Woodridge Oktoberfest featured Skeleton Key Brewery, live music, German food, German commemorative hats with buttons, and Woodridge Oktoberfest steins. Volunteers from the
Woodridge VFW sold pretzels, and the Woodridge Rotary sold hamburgers and more.
Wednesday, April 14 Update
Will County has several locations and appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. All Will County locations are currently open to all residents who are 16 years or older (18 and older for Moderna). Please visit their website to view the locations and available appointments here https://willcountyhealth.org/vaccine-locations/. Please note that some of these appointment require a voucher code which is listed on the Will County website. Will County also states to check back frequently, as appointments are sometimes added daily.
Monday, April 12 Update
As of Apr. 12, all DuPage and Illinois residents 16+ are eligible for vaccines. Register for vaccination appointments in DuPage County at www.dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccine, or call (630) 682-7400 if assistance is needed with registration. Please note, as with other transitions to more open eligibility, this does not mean there will appointments available immediately for everyone in this newly expanded group. For information on where to get vaccinated, visit https://www.dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccinelocations.
Thursday, March 18 Update
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Opens at Benedictine University: DuPage residents in Categories 1a and 1b can sign up for a vaccination which will be offered at Benedictine University, 5700 College Road in Lisle. The clinic will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registrations can be only be made by email. To register, send an email that includes the registrant’s name, sex, date of birth, address, phone number, and email address to Vaccine@MIDCUSA.com. No walk up appointments and no phone calls will be taken. Registration emails will receive a response from Metro Infectious Disease Consultants (MIDC) with additional information regarding the date and time of the scheduled appointment. Qualifying individuals are also encouraged to sign up on the DuPage County vaccine registration site. Please note that the Village is sharing this as a service to residents and does not have any further information regarding program administration.
Week of 3/15/21 Updates
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released a phone number to assist those without internet access in scheduling a vaccination appointment at 833-621-1284. More information online.
The Village has opened an informal registration list to any Woodridge resident who would like to register with the Village to receive communications on potential future vaccination events sponsored by the Village and/or our sister agency partners. Please click on the link to access the Village of Woodridge COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Registration Form. If there is a future Village-sponsored event, the Village will alert you via e-mail to the eligibility criteria and registration process. The Village strongly encourages all individuals who wish to receive the vaccine, but have not yet been vaccinated, to register with the DuPage County Health Department, and also seek out vaccine appointments through their health care provider, participating pharmacies, or registered mass vaccination clinics (see links below).
Relevant Vaccination Registration Links
DuPage County Vaccination Registration Form*
National Website to search for local vaccinations sites
United Center registration
CDC National Vaccination Finder
State of Illinois Vaccination Portal
PHASE 1B ELIGIBILITY LIST
VACCINATION LOCATION MAP
*DuPage County has a phone line as well (630) 221-7030.
Week of 2/15/21 Updates
DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) released a news release indicating that there are limited numbers of vaccines being allocated to DuPage County over the new few weeks. The news release states, "Until vaccine supply increases, DuPage County will not be expanding to the Phase 1b Part II group announced by the Governor last week that includes individuals ages 16–64 years with co-morbidities and underlying conditions, as well as individuals with disabilities."
Read the full news release here
Find a listing of 2021 news releases from DCHD here
Currently the State of Illinois is in Phase 1B for the vaccination. Find more information here, including the eligibility list for those in Phase 1B. Please refer to the note above regarding DuPage County's expansion of the 1B eligibility list.
UPDATE - Week of 2/8/21
DuPage Fairgrounds Opens As New Mass Vaccination Site: The DuPage Fairgrounds have shifted from being a COVID-19 testing facility and is now operating as a mass vaccination site. Click here for more information.
DuPage County Enters Phase 4 - Wednesday, February 3
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that Region 8 (DuPage, Kane Counties) is moving to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Click the link for a comprehensive list of changes. Some of the more notable changes are to capacity limits regarding health and fitness centers, meetings and social events, and restaurants and bars. Supporting local businesses during this time is vital to our community. To keep moving in the right direction with decreased restrictions, it is up to each of us to take personal action to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Please remember to protect yourselves, your families and neighbors by practicing the 3 Ws:
- Wear a mask
- Watch your distance
- Wash your hands
Woodridge Village Hall Reopening to the Public on Monday, February 1
Now that DuPage County has moved to Tier 1, the Village Hall will reopen to walk-in traffic on Monday, February 1. If your preference is to continue to conduct your Village business remotely, we encourage you to do so. Please note, anyone entering the building is required to wear a face covering over your mouth and nose and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Please do not enter the building if you are feeling unwell. Village Hall hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The health and safety of our community is our top priority as we follow public health guidelines for a safe reopening. We thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to navigate the pandemic together.
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
INFORMATION FOR OUR BUSINESSES
Dine Woodridge - Staff is working with local restaurants to highlight Woodridge eateries offing delivery, pick-up, or curbside service. Visit https://www.dinewoodridge.com for a complete listing.
Village Board Authorizes Restaurant Relief Program
The Mayor and Village Board passed a resolution on Thursday, November 5, 2020 to create a Restaurant Relief Program. The program authorized an immediate rebate on-premise liquor license fees to over 20 Woodridge-based restaurants. Additionally, restaurants/breweries who rely primarily on their on-premise dining who have been significantly impacted by dining restrictions are eligible for a $7,500 maximum grant for operating expenses (i.e. payroll, rent, utilities, etc.), and a $15,000 maximum grant for capital expenses (i.e. table and tent rentals for outdoor dining) related to COVID. The funding for this program will be provided via a portion of the Village’s CARES Act allocation and is estimated to distribute $350,000 back into the Woodridge business community. The grant application and information packet is now online via the hyperlinks below.
(2) NAMI DuPage, whose mission is to provide support, advocacy and education in order to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illnesses and their families, has many resources located on their webpage.
-- MENTAL HEALTH
(1) The Illinois Department of Human Services is the State Mental Health Authority and is responsible for assuring that children, adolescents and adults have access to public-funded mental health services. More information here.
(3) The free program, Call4Calm allows Illinois residents to talk to a mental health professional for free. To participate text TALK or HABLAR to 552020. In addition, people can seek guidance on other critical issues by texting keywords (e.g., “unemployment,” “food,” or “shelter” to receive additional info in response.
-- PHYSICAL HEALTH
CDC, IDPH Recommend Wearing Cloth Face Coverings in Public:The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommend 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. Face coverings can also help slow the spread of the virus and help asymptomatic people with the virus from transmitting it to others. For information on masks, visit the CDC website.
What you can do to minimize risk... The Illinois Department of Health has also listed every-day actions that people can take to prevent the spread of disease, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you have questions about Coronavirus you can all the Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline 1(800) 889-3931 or send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV
The resources are available anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Woodridge community is strong and resilient. #WeWillGetThroughThisTogether.
Volunteer Opportunities - there are many social service agencies looking for healthy, able bodies to serve others.
Giving DuPage has created an Urgent Volunteers Needed page located here: www.givingdupage.org/volunteer
DuPage Foundation is accepting donations specifically for local not-for-profit agencies. Learn more here: https://dupagefoundation.org/covid-19.html
The Village has an emergency alert system. Click here or text WOODRIDGE to 99411 to enroll.
The Village issues a weekly electronic newsletter. Enroll in E-news online.
The Center for Disease Control website has information about Coronavirus, situation updates, and information for travelers.
State of Illinois information can be found at coronavirus.illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Public Health
The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and Will County Health Department have important information and case tracking dashboards.
Please refer to DuPage County Health Department website as a resource: https://www.dupagehealth.org/590/Coronavirus-Information