UICOMP COVID-19 – Update
April 2, 2021
Dear UICOMP Family,
We’ve turned the calendar to a new month! April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, and our own Pediatric Resource Center is hard at work with community advocacy surrounding their services to support young patients who are victims of abuse and/or neglect. The increase in child abuse, neglect, and exposure to family violence, is a widely reported and researched consequence of the pandemic. PRC findings in central Illinois reflect that trend during the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic. To support their important work, the PRC is holding its annual Kick Abuse 5K Run/Walk event virtually, and registration information can be found here.
As 2021 continues, COVID-19 cases in Illinois are on the rise once again. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported, as of today, April 2, 2021, 3,535 new confirmed and probable cases. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from March 26-April 1, 2021 is 3.5%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 26-April 1, 2021 is 4.1%. Although more vaccines are becoming available it is important to stay diligent with following safety protocols. Continue to wear your mask, social distance, and avoid large gatherings.
Vaccination Eligibility Update
Tri-county and the surrounding health departments continue to administer vaccines to their communities. Beginning April 5, anyone 18 years of age or older in Peoria, Woodford and Tazewell counties can be vaccinated. Mason and Logan counties are currently vaccinating anyone over the age of 18. For vaccination clinic information, click on the link associated with your county: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Mason, Logan.
Vaccination Dose Savers
Instead of making an appointment to receive the vaccine, Peoria and Woodford counties have also created “dose saver” short lists to help counties ensure vaccines are not going to waste. By signing up for this service, you may be called near the end of the day to take the place of a person who missed or cancelled their appointment. To sign up for Peoria County’s dose saver program, click here. For Woodford County, click here.
Center for Wellbeing Hosts Course Series, Resilience and Wellbeing in (spite of) Healthcare
Free to UICOMP employees, the Center for Wellbeing created a course series to provide evidence-based strategies and tactics for cultivating resilience and compassion to deal with everyday burdens encountered by healthcare providers. There are 7 unique modules, 1.5 hours each. You can take one or any number of modules in any sequence.
For more information visit: https://peoria.medicine.uic.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2021/03/flyer-for-resilience-and-wellbeing.pdf.
To register, please contact Tiara Thomas at 309-495-1683 or CenterForWellbeing@uic.edu.
UIC Urban Forum on Wealth Gap and Equity Concerns Due To COVID-19, April 14
UICOMP employees are invited to attend UIC’s virtual 2021 Urban Forum, titled “Closing the Wealth Gap,” scheduled April 14 from 9 a.m. – noon. This forum will take on the complex matter of closing the wealth gap by focusing on equity. COVID-19 has brought attention to various disparities in American cities and the growing divide between rich and poor. While many strategies have been proposed to close the wealth gap – raising minimum wage, housing integration and education – it’s generally agreed that a simple solution does not exist.
Register for April Professional Development Webinars
UICHR Organizational Development provides professional development opportunities by delivering all of our instructor-led course offerings virtually. Register to attend April webinars facilitated by UIC Human Resources (FREE to UIC employees unless specified; check with your supervisor prior to enrolling for sessions with fees). For more information and course descriptions visit the UIC Human Resources website and the HR Training Calendar.
Reminder: Saliva Testing Available and Encouraged
Saliva testing for UICOMP students, faculty and staff is available by appointment on Thursdays (3:30 – 6 pm) and Fridays (7:30 – 11:30 am). The saliva testing protocol follows the process and guidelines set forth by UI Health and in accordance with UIC policy. To be tested, students and paid faculty and staff should pre-register for an appointment anytime time before 3 pm Thursday for appointment times that day (Thursday) or the following day (Friday).
Complete information as well as directions to the testing site are available here.
Staff Town Hall
Monday, April 5, at 12 Noon
Emails with Zoom link were sent.
Faculty Town Hall
Thursday, April 15, at 12 Noon
Topic: “Community Engagement and Collaboration to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance”
Vaccine Administration Numbers*– 4/2/2021
State of Illinois: 6,043,292 vaccines
Long-term Care Facilities: 368,124
7-Day Rolling Average of Daily Vaccine Administration: 108,811 doses
*Source: Illinois Dept. of Public Health
Sources for Current Coronavirus Numbers
United States – https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
Illinois – https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19
Tri-County Area – https://www.pcchd.org/289/COVID-19-Coronavirus
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
– Helen Keller
As the upcoming weeks bring many religious observations and celebrations, safely enjoy time with those closest to you. Thank you all for your commitment and diligence as we continue the important work of UICOMP. Your hard work and adaptability are noticed and appreciated. Please continue to be good to yourselves and support one another.
Stay healthy and be safe.