Riverside Employee COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Information for Riverside Employees

Both Kankakee County and Iroquois County publish daily statistics on their websites and make them available on their respective Facebook pages. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Public Health has comprehensive data available for the state, as well as individual counties.

COVID-19 Statistic Resources: 

7-Day Rolling Positivity RatesCOVID-19 at Riverside
State of Illinois: 5.4% (as of 9/3/2021)Positive Inpatient Cases: 17
Region 7: 6.1% (0.3% decrease)Pending Inpatient Cases: 19
  • Region 7 is comprised of Kankakee and Will counties.
  • Region 7 has moved to Phase 5. The details of this phase can be found here.
  • For information on the methodology used by the State of Illinois to determine COVID-19 positivity, click here
  • Percent decrease/increase calculated from the previously reported day.

Top Items to Know

COVID Vaccine Requirement & Updated FAQs

On August 26, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order requiring vaccination of healthcare workers across the state of Illinois. Additionally, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has received full FDA approval. As a result of these two key decisions along with the resurgence of infections, Riverside is now requiring all employed and contracted staff members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. You will need to be fully vaccinated by October 31, 2021.
 
Click the link below to view frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccine and Riverside vaccine requirement.

Proper N95 Sealing with Facial Hair

Ensuring the respirator seal is a vital part of respiratory protection practices. Facial hair that lies along the sealing area of a respirator, such as beards, sideburns, or some mustaches, will interfere with respirators that rely on a tight facepiece seal to achieve maximum protection. Facial hair is a common reason that someone cannot be fit tested.

Pfizer Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval

On August 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.
 
The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Walk into the Riverside Medical Center North Lobby waiting room to get your COVID-19 Vaccine. You will have the choice between Pfizer (two-dose) and Johnson & Johnson (single dose). The North Lobby waiting room will be open for Employee COVID-19 Vaccine clinics on:
 
Friday, August 27
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 
Friday, September 3
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 
Questions can be directed to Katan Winterroth, the Riverside Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, by phone at x31933 or email at kwinterroth@rhc.net.