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Will County Health Department closing doors, staff to work remotely

The Will County Health Department on Dec. 22, 2015, in Joliet.
The Will County Health Department on Dec. 22, 2015, in Joliet.

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Will County Health Department will close its doors to both clients and staff starting Monday.

The health department will continue operations during this time, according to a statement released Saturday afternoon.

“For the safety of our clients and staff, and due to the number of coronavirus cases we are working on, we have decided it is safest to work remotely,” Will County Health Department Executive Director Sue Olenek said in the statement.

Staff at the health department's 501 Ella Ave., Joliet, main office, as well as staff at its facilities at 323 Quadrangle Drive in Bolingbrook and 5601 W. Monee-Manhattan Road in Monee will work remotely, according to the statement.

The community health centers at 1106 Neal Ave. in Joliet, and 323 Quadrangle Drive, Suite 335, in Bolingbrook "will continue to see patients," according to the health department statement.

"If patients do not have an appointment, they are asked to call 815-727-8670 ahead of time," according to the statement. "They will be screened at the door, and evaluated on whether or not an appointment is deemed necessary for that day."

Residents in need of essential services can contact the health department answering service at 815-727-8480.

"The Will County Health Department will also continue to operate their COVID-19 Hotline, which can be reached at 815-740-8977 for general information about Coronavirus," according to the statement. "New information and guidance are added daily, so please visit willcountyhealth.org, cdc.gov and dph.illinois.gov."

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