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  • 2 Sep 2021 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SPRINGFIELD – The statewide mask mandate indoors is back, and educators and health care professionals will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday amid an ongoing surge in the pandemic that first arrived in Illinois in March 2020.

    Beginning Monday, people will be required to wear masks indoors, Pritzker announced.

    The vaccine requirement, which goes into effect Sept. 5, will apply to “all P-12 teachers and staff, all higher education personnel, all higher education students, and health care workers in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, urgent care facilities and physician's offices,” Pritzker said at a news conference in Chicago.

    “Effective Sept. 5, individuals working in these settings who are unable or unwilling to receive their first dose of vaccine will be required to get tested for COVID-19 at least once a week, and IDPH and (the Illinois State Board of Education) may require more frequent testing in certain situations, like in an outbreak,” he said.

    Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said the state is seeing 220 hospital admissions per day, a number on par with a surge in May. Pritzker said 98 percent of cases, 96 percent of hospitalizations and 95 percent of deaths since January have been among unvaccinated people.

    While vaccines are the best defense, Ezike said, “wearing a mask continues to be one of the simplest, cheapest ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

    Intensive care bed availability in southern Illinois is at 3 percent, he said.

    “That's because the regions with the lowest vaccination rates are the regions where there are fewer hospitals, and lower hospital capacity,” Pritzker said. “And those hospitals are sometimes the least well equipped to handle cases as they become more acute.”

    He added, “We are continuing to rely on experts at the (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and (Illinois Department of Public Health), but you don't need to be an epidemiologist to understand what's going on here. This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

    The current vaccination rates – nearly 53 percent of the state’s population is vaccinated – “are not enough to blunt the ferocity of the delta variant,” which has led to hospitals “again fighting the battle that we had hoped would be behind us by now.”

    Republicans, meanwhile, continue to call on the governor to further involve the General Assembly in his COVID-19 response.

    House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, of Western Springs, shared a letter he sent to Pritzker on Monday, noting he got a call from the governor Wednesday night seeking input on a potential response amid the new COVID-19 wave.

    But, according to the letter which his office shared with members of the media, Durkin said he received a breaking news brief shortly after the phone call which outlined Pritzker’s planned announcement for the Thursday news conference.

    “I will reiterate my plea on our call yesterday to please make your experts available to the General Assembly so that we can examine their data and plans, review the results of your many previous mandates and together plot a course of action that will work,” Durkin said in the letter. “You have the authority to call for a special session of both chambers to address this very critical issue, and I am imploring you to do so immediately.”

    Pritzker said he’s “always been available” to GOP leadership and rank-and-file members, and “when the legislature talks to me, I listen.” 

    Capitol News Illinois is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news service covering state government and distributed to more than 400 newspapers statewide. It is funded primarily by the Illinois Press Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

    Jerry Nowicki

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  • 23 Aug 2021 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine received FDA approval. 

    "Today, 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."

  • 1 May 2021 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    The Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) sent out a fact sheet with misinformation to their member dentists and also to IL Senators discussing the dental hygienists of Illinois, and also IDHA's intentions of the recent access to care legislation regarding the PHDH certification. This misinformation was toted and boasted about even further during a recent publicized meeting called the 2021 Capitol Conference held by ISDS on April 28, 2021.

    Please review the Fact Vs. Fiction sheet created by IDHA to help squash this misinformation and bring to light the facts regarding what a PHDH is and can do. IDHA also addressed further disparaging remarks directed towards dental hygienists in IL.

    Let's put this misinformation to rest once and for all and move forward with professionalism like the true professionals us dental hygienists are.

  • 12 Apr 2021 10:48 PM | Anonymous

    Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association and the Public Health Dental Hygienists of Illinois need YOUR'S and your friends/family's help with getting this Senate Bill passed in Illinois that will allow an expansion of practice settings to allow the PHDH to see patients in nursing homes- where dental care is vastly over looked and the elderly at high risk for aspiration pneumonia (and death from) of the oral bacteria from poor oral health. Very simple to sign a witness slip stating that you are in support of this bill passing into law.  We need you to sign the slips stating PROPONENT for SB 2561! Instructions available here.

    See here for the FACT SHEET regarding what this bill is about.

    See here for the ISDS FACT SHEET with misleading and incorrect information about this bill and what the PHDH does, also what IDHA is trying to accomplish. IDHA will post the correct information in direct response shortly. The ISDS version was sent to their members and sent to legislators as an incorrect statement to create fear that dental hygienists want independent practice. Illinois dental hygienists are not in any way looking to gain independent practice, in fact the PHDH must be directly employed (and paid) by the dentist they hold a collaborative agreement with. Expansion of practice settings is meant to assist with the Federal health initiative of Healthy People 2030.

  • 15 Mar 2021 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    "Did you know" that you can read this month's IDHA President's Message here?

  • 8 Mar 2021 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Take action now and encourage your Illinois House Representative and Senator to support these bills to expand the practice settings of the Public Health Dental Hygienist! 

    HB3068 is a bill adding Prisons as an additional PHDH practice setting.
    HB3087 is a bill that adds Mobile Dental Vans as a PHDH practice setting.
    Please call and/or email your Illinois State Representative today and ask them to SUPPORT or CO-SPONSOR these bills. Having additional Representatives as bill co-sponsors provides a stronger case for our legislation when it is being heard in a committee hearing.
    Attached below are separate fact sheets to provide your Representative to support the additional practice settings.
    Mobile Vans Fact Sheet
    Prisons Fact Sheet
    Use this link to find your IL State Representative. Please email to their Springfield address. 

    Here is a sample email that you can use to send to your Representative.

    Please help to spread the word to fellow colleagues so that they may assist with these advocacy efforts on behalf of dental hygienists in Illinois! 

    "It's amazing what we can accomplish, when we're in it together." - Author Unknown

  • 15 Feb 2021 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Click here to read this month's message from IDHA President Sherri Foran.

  • 17 Jan 2021 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    Saehae bok mani badeuseyo or Happy New Year!  It is a Korean tradition to eat tteokguk or rice cake soup to celebrate the new year.  It symbolizes adding another year to your age, and since the rice cakes are in coin-like shape, it also symbolizes prosperity in the new year.  Although it is a tradition to eat this soup on New Year’s Day, this hot, hearty soup will also hit the spot on cold, winter days.


    This is a great traditional recipe that is very similar to my mother’s recipe.

    Another plus about this soup is that there are a lot options and varieties from the kind of broth you can use to adding dumplings or other vegetables to your soup.  I grew up eating this with beef broth, but you can substitute with chicken or anchovy broth, or even vegetable broth for vegetarians and vegans. I like to add pork or kimchi dumplings to my soup.  This should be added and almost cooked before adding the sliced rice cakes, or else your rice cakes will be too mushy.

    Pictured is one I made with chicken broth and chicken and cilantro dumplings I brought from Costco.

    I can’t wait to hear how your soup turned out.  Let me know what you thought about this traditional soup, and how you made it your own.

    Lydia Park


    2021 IDHA President-Elect

  • 12 Jan 2021 8:20 PM | Anonymous

    Hello fellow Illinois dental hygienists!

    Did you know that the Illinois Dental Practice Act under the definition for “dental responders” (225 ILCS 25/54.2) allows a dental hygienist who is deemed a dental responder to be acting within the bounds of his or her license when providing disaster immunizations, mobile and humanitarian care during a declared, local, State or national emergency? 

    To that point, 2021 is already bringing very exciting initiatives for the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association (IDHA).  We have been busy working alongside the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) to form a united front in the fight against COVID-19.  IDHA has requested to be included in the mass vaccination efforts to administer the SARS-CoV2/COVID-19 vaccine, per our Dental Practice Act. This opportunity would include licensed dental hygienists’ who possess certification in local anesthesia and take the Just in time (JIT) training  This initiative expands the scope of practice for licensed dental hygienists’ who wish to serve as vaccine injectors at mass vaccination events and aids in bridging the gap between dentistry and medicine.

    Our Association's leaders are always working on new and innovative ways to achieve our professional goals and bridge the oral systemic link.  Goals that include increasing access to care and always advocating that dental hygienists’ work to their highest scope.  

    Your voice is important.  Please encourage all dental hygienists to join our professional organization.  A growing membership will increase the IDHA’s ability to advocate on behalf of all 9035 licensed dental hygienists’ in the state of Illinois, as we present oral health initiatives to Illinois Government where health care decisions are made. 

    May we serve as one with purpose,

    Sherri S Foran, RDH, BSDH, MPA, PHDH

    President 2020-21 

    Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association


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