October 26, 2020
Dear Bensenville Park District families,
The Bensenville Park District has been notified of a potential exposure to a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case at the Monster Mash Event held at the Deer Grove Leisure Center. At this time, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) are closely monitoring COVID-19 in Illinois to assess exposures and the level of risk to individuals who may have been exposed. Based on the information known and guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this has been determined to be a low-risk exposure.
For persons without illness in the category of low-risk contacts (e.g., being in the same indoor environment (e.g., a classroom, a hospital waiting room) as a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time but not meeting the definition of close contact, there is currently no movement restriction beyond social distancing recommendations.
Although your risk of COVID-19 from this exposure is considered to be low, in the setting of a pandemic with widespread community transmission in Illinois, you are asked to self-monitor for the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking and chills
- Muscle Pain
- Sore Throat
- New loss of taste or smell
If you develop fever or cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of this exposure, please do the following:
- Stay Home while ill (self-isolation). Practice social distancing by avoiding public areas and gatherings.
- Contact your health care provider to determine if medical evaluation is needed. Since COVID-19 illness is mild in 81% of persons, you may not need to be seen or tested.
- Do not travel on commercial conveyances, such as airplanes, trains, subways and buses until you are no longer symptomatic.
Some actions you can take to help keep you healthy, reduce exposure to COVID-19, and to slow the spread of the disease include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand-sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.,
- Plan ahead for situations such as closure of schools, workplaces, daycares and other public locations.
If you have additional questions regarding COVID-19 and this exposure, please contact the DuPage County Health Department at (630)221-7030. More information is available at the following websites:
Thank you for your cooperation.
Joseph C. Vallez