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COVID-19 Pandemic also creating mental and behavioral health crisis

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Isolation and limited recovery supports increasing risk for relapse and fatal overdose

The prolonged coronavirus pandemic has created many unintended consequences. Sixty-two percent of Americans have reported feeling more anxious this year compared with last year, according to a public opinion poll released recently by the American Psychiatric Association. The COVID-19 pandemic is first a physical health crisis, but it is also fueling a major mental and behavioral health crisis.

Will County employees receive new accreditation

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Two Will County Workforce Services Division employees are among the first in the nation to receive the new Certified Digital Career Strategist credential.
Lisa Borrelli and Pam Rodriguez earned the credential through Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. The new certification focuses on using LinkedIn for job search purposes.

Will County Office Building closed Fri. Feb. 12 and Mon. Feb. 15 in observance of Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents' Day

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The Will County Office Building, located at 304 N. Chicago Street in Joliet, will be closed on Fri. Feb. 12 and Mon. Feb. 15 in observance of Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents' Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tues. Feb. 16.

Will County approves an agreement to create long term revenue source at the county-owned Prairie View landfill

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Earlier today, Will County officials and its construction trade partners signed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the $45 million renewable natural gas (RNG) plant approved for construction at the county-owned Prairie View landfill. The agreement, signed by Will County, Harbour Contractors, Will & Grundy Counties Building Trades Council and Three Rivers Construction Alliance, paves the way for hiring local, skilled craftsman to work on the multi-million dollar project.

COVID-19 Vaccine Supply in Will County does not meet needs of population

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Nearly 100,000 seniors anxious to receive the vaccine, county only receiving shipments in 2,000 doses increments.

Calls to the Will County Health Department COVID-19 hotline are topping more than 800 per day, some days reaching 1,000 calls per day, which is overwhelming the current system as residents in the 1b category, 65+, are trying to schedule appointments for the vaccines.

The Mobile Workforce Center is on the Road!!

Visit one of the six sites across Will County

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The Mobile Workforce Center travels throughout Will County offering a variety of services for job seekers, including computers with internet access for online applications & job searches, the ability to create/revise a competitive résumé and an online job board with listings from Will County businesses. Staff will be available to assist job seekers inside these sites if the Mobile Workforce Center is off the road for maintenance.

Will County offers residents spay/neuter discount for pets in February

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Will County residents who have their pets spayed or neutered at participating veterinary offices in February can receive a $40 county-sponsored discount.

The discount applies for up to two animals per household and is exclusively for pet owners who live in Will County. More than 20,169 pets have been treated since the program originated in 2007.

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

Will County Executive Bertino-Tarrant encourages residents to visit the Community Health Center Dental Clinic for regular services and treatments

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February is often the time people think about heart health. Dental is an equally important part of overall good wellbeing and February is a special time to focus on the dental health of children. The Will County Community Health Center operates a full service dental clinic for children and adults.

Will County Announces New Protocols for Public Access to County Building

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Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is announcing new protocols for public access to the County Office Building on 302 N. Chicago Street in Joliet. The protocols will be following strict CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of both the public and county employees. Bertino-Tarrant strongly encourages residents to call and schedule an appointment prior to traveling to the building.

“Our goal is to have safe, effective procedures to protect the public and our employees while maintaining high quality services for all who live, work, or do business in Will County,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience as we move through the necessary COVID-19 protocols to make our building accessible to the public.”

Will County moves to Tier 1 mitigations in Restore Illinois Plan

Limited indoor service allowed in restaurants and bars, meetings and social gatherings permitted up to 25 people.

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Earlier today, Governor Pritzker announced that Region 7, which includes Will and Kankakee counties, will be moving into Tier 1 mitigations beginning Friday, January 22.

“This is great news for the many businesses who have suffered greatly during the pandemic and it demonstrates our resident’s commitment to observing mitigation guidelines. While we welcome this news, we urge both our business owners and our residents to carefully observe the Tier 1 mitigation guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. “We must still take actions to protect ourselves from the virus – wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.”

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Will County to host ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 911

Will County to host ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 911

Join us as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9-11 and remember those who were lost that day.
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Will County Health Department to celebrate ribbon cutting on Fri. Sept. 10

Will County Health Department to celebrate ribbon cutting on Fri. Sept. 10

Join Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Health Department Executive Director Susan Olenek, Illinois Department of Public Health Assistant Director Dr. Amaal Tokars, and other county and local leaders, and members of the health community to celebrate a ribbon cutting of the Will County Health Complex, located at 501 Ella Ave.
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WILL COUNTY RECEIVED $40.5 MILLION IN RENTAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS FROM LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

WILL COUNTY RECEIVED $40.5 MILLION IN RENTAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS FROM LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant announced today that 3,687 completed applications, totaling $40,531,273 in rental assistance, have been received through the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) to help residents and landlords who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Will County Executive Bertino-Tarrant Recommends 11-District Board

Will County Executive Bertino-Tarrant Recommends 11-District Board

At the September county board meeting, Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant presented her proposed redistricting plan for 11 two-member districts, which reduces the size of the Will County Board by four members.
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