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Will County Executive Bertino-Tarrant encourages residents to seek help for mental health challenges during COVID-19 pandemic

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The impact of the pandemic on social determinants of health, such as employment, income levels, and housing and food security has led to a growing concern regarding the long-term impact on mental health. These factors are also leading to new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. During the pandemic, four in 10 adults in the U.S. reported symptoms of anxiety or depression.

Will County to Create Second Grant Program for Small Businesses

Program to prioritize businesses in areas impacted most by COVID-19

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Building on the success of its recently completed small business grant program, Will County has taken steps to begin creating another program designed to provide financial assistance for small businesses.

The Will County Board approved the move during a special meeting on Friday, Feb. 26.

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.
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Will County Executive Bertino-Tarrant encourages residents to seek help for mental health challenges during COVID-19 pandemic

Will County Executive Bertino-Tarrant encourages residents to seek help for mental health challenges during COVID-19 pandemic

The impact of the pandemic on social determinants of health, such as employment, income levels, and housing and food security has led to a growing concern regarding the long-term impact on mental health. These factors are also leading to new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. During the pandemic, four in 10 adults in the U.S. reported symptoms of anxiety or depression.
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