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Animal Control services are for the residents of East Chicago. During 2002 at least one out of seven residents of the city have used these services.
The Animal Control Department is responsible for controlling stray and unlicensed animals in the community. It is also responsible for assisting in the resolution of other problems relating to animals.
Such problems include:
Any animal that is not licensed nor has received immunizations against rabies and which is reported to have bitten an individual will be impounded. The animal will then be quarantined at the Animal Shelter for a period of ten days:
No person shall keep or harbor any dog/cat of any age within city limits unless a license has been issued. All licenses shall be issued for one year beginning with 1st day of January. The yearly license fee is $2 for a female and $1 for a male or spayed female.
Dogs and cats must wear identification tags or collars at all times when off the premises of the owners.
The owners of every animal shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by his/her animal on public walks, recreation areas, or private property.
Every female cat or dog in season shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure in such a manner that such female cat or dog cannot come into contact with another animal except for planned breeding.
Any animal found running at large will be impounded. Proof of rabies immunizations and impoundment fees well be required in order to release any animal. The Initial fee is $5 for the first day, plus $2 for each additional day the dog/cat has been impounded. After three working days, if the animal impounded has not been claimed by its owner, it will become the property of the Animal Control Division.
The types of animal that are picked up are:
Please call to verify if we can handle your animal trapping case.
The Animal Shelter has cages that can be rented out to those residents who have an animal roaming in their home or around their premises. The rental fee is $25 from which $1 will be deducted per day until the cage is returned. The remaining balance, if any, will be returned to the renter upon the return of the cage.
The animal wardens only capture animal that are out in the open.
To report deer please contact The Department of Natural Resources Customer Service Center at 317-232-4200 or 877-463-6367, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Yes. All East Chicago birth certificates are stamped with the Health Officer signature, and given a textured seal. This certificate is legal and can be used for:
This certificate does NOT include mother's maiden name or time of birth.
This certificate is NOT a long form certificate and NOT valid for an Apostille seal application.
This certificate is NOT valid for dual citizenship applications.
No. Should you need the time of birth or mother’s maiden name to be displayed on your certificate, you must request a long form birth certificate which can only be obtained through the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).
Please contact ISDH at 317-233-2700 for further information.
No. A long form birth certificate can only be obtained through the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).
No. Should you need an Apostille seal to prove dual citizenship or international verification you need to contact the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) at 317-233-2700. The procedure will include requesting the long form birth certificate from the ISDH to then send to the secretary of state for the seal.
Only if you were born in East Chicago, Indiana. If you are purchasing a certificate for yourself, you will need your valid driver’s license or valid state ID. If you do not have valid ID please refer to which documents you will need.
If you are purchasing a certificate for next of kin please refer to acceptable relatives and documents they will need.
Please refer to office hours and acceptable forms of payment.
No. Local health departments are not affiliated with the social security office. Should you need a card for a child or a replacement card, you may seek any social security office near you.
No. An appointment is only necessary if you are getting an amendment to your birth certificate or you are requesting a paternity affidavit.
Visits usually take 10 to 20 minutes. Certificates are printed and given in hand during your visit. Coming into the office, you will fill an application with your information and present your valid driver’s license, valid state ID, or 3 alternative documents. The process will take 10 to 20 minutes depending upon the traffic within the office.
Birth certificates are generally ready in 2 to 3 weeks. So long as the child was born at St. Catherine’s hospital in East Chicago Indiana, the certificate for newborns will be generated between 2 to 3 weeks and parents will need to produce the birth announcement form from the hospital and proper identification.
The announcement form is not absolutely needed, you will need to fill the certificate application instead.
No. As per state, all adoptions are to be taken care of via Indiana State Department of Health 317-233-2700.
You will need to provide a valid license or valid State ID. The minimum documents we require for certificates is a valid driver’s license or valid state ID meaning it has not expired, it is not a photocopy, and it is not a temporary print out. As per state requirement, we do not accept the temporary paper ID. Please refer to alternative documentation if you do not have a valid license or ID.
You will need to provide three alternative documents. If you do not have a valid license or ID we require a minimum of 3 alternative documents. Below is a list of acceptable identification:
If you do not have 3 different documents from the list above please call the department for further information 219-391-8413.
No. As per State law the East Chicago Health Department cannot accept the temporary paper ID.
You must have a valid driver's license, valid state ID, or 3 alternative documents (list found in the FAQ) in order to request the certificates.
State law dictates No aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, ex-spouse, unlisted father, step parent (not listed on certificate), or non-relative may pick up your certificate without power of attorney or direct interest documentation.
The only relative who has the authority to pick up your certificate (with appropriate ID) is :
To verify direct relationship we will cross reference the names on the certificate & ID with who is petitioning for the certificate.
In most institutions and shelters the available social worker or lawyer firm can advocate for your certificate. Please refer to the below items you will need to advocate on behalf of a client.
If you are requesting a certificate on behalf of yourself and find yourself in any of these situations, please call the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8413 to review your case.
The agency or representative is still responsible for sending a formal request on a client’s behalf through office visit, mail, or online order. All methods will require the advocate’s work ID (in place of the individual's license of ID), request on office letterhead, and payment. Contact East Chicago Health DPT 219-391-8413.
Please note that the Health Department does not provide vouchers for birth certificates. The advocating entity or individual is responsible for payment.
No. This office needs to verify who you are with your legal identification. This office does not take payment over the phone.
Yes. Depending on the location you are mailing from we advise the round trip mail to be between 10 and 16 business days. Mail ordering is still dependent upon State Laws concerning valid identification and familiar relation.
Alternatively, you may print the certificate application from the website and mail it with a photocopy of valid driver’s license, valid state ID, or 3 alternative documentation, money order, and self-addressed stamped envelope.
You may call the East Chicago Health Department 7 business days after mailing your forms to see if we have received it and if it has been put back into the mail, 219-391-8413.
Yes. Below are the instructions for online ordering. There will be a difference in price for online ordering versus mail or office visit, and it will require a fax. Online ordering is faster than mail ordering but will come at slight fee increase. There is regular mail shipping (7 to 10 business days) or UPS overnight (2 to 3 business days) shipping available. Without faxing your items to the Health DPT will Not know your order exists and will remain incomplete. You will be charged without receiving the certificate.
Online ordering is still dependent upon State Laws concerning valid identification and familiar relation.
You may call the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8413 to verify we have received your fax.
Depending on the relation to you, different relatives will need different documentation.
Your relation needs to show a direct kinship to you. A relation should have at least one parent similar to the record on file to obtain the certificate.
If your name or any other information is incorrect on your East Chicago issued birth certificate, or you had a legal name change through the courts and you were born in East Chicago, we advise you to call our department 219-391-8413. You will need to bring the official court papers with you to change the certificate, and will only need to pay for the certificate.
You may or may not need to set an appointment to have your name amended depending on your case. Amendments have a fee of $25, and $12 for new certificate.
If you had a legal name change through the courts and you were born in East Chicago, we advise you to call our department 219-391-8413. You will need to bring the official court papers with you to change the certificate, and will only need to pay for the certificate.
No. All birth records are stored by the state and county in which that person was born including overseas military births.
If you were born in a different state you must contact the state health department from the state you were born.
If you were born in a different country, contact the Indiana State Department of Health for more information 317-233-2700.
Yes and No. While East Chicago is within Lake County, the East Chicago Health Department only prints certificates for those born within East Chicago. Call the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8713, which is located at:100 W Chicago AvenueSuite 100 AEast Chicago, IN, 46312
If you were born in the city of Gary you must contact the Gary Health Department 219-882-5565 located at1145 W 5th AvenueGary, IN 46402.
If you were born in Lake County elsewhere than East Chicago or Gary you must contact the Lake County Health Department at 219-755-3655. The Lake County Health Department is located at:2900 W 93rd AvenueCrown Point, IN 46307
Genealogy- Individual named on certificate must be over 75 years old and deceased (Must provide proof of death.)
Per State, the laws surrounding birth amendments will be changing. We advise clients to call our office at 219 391-8413 to review your case.
The Amendment is a legally binding change to your certificate. Once you have signed and should the information be incorrect, the state will consider this legally binding and will not be rectified at the local level therefore after, but will have to be changed through the courts. Once you amend your certificate at the local level you can no longer amend your certificate through the local level and must go through the courts therefore after. You may review the needed documents for the amendment in the next question. You will need 2 different documents, and must be ten years or older. The documents you provide must reflect the correct spelling you want to be displayed on your certificate.
Appointments are only available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for 9 or 10 a.m, except days that fall on the first or the last of the month.
Amendments are $25 and a new certificate is $12.
You will need 2 different documents reflecting your intended name spelling.
Items of documentary evidence to permit amendment of a birth record are listed below. This list does not include all acceptable documents, but includes those most frequently used. The documents must be over ten (10) years old to be acceptable as evidence.
INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Moday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. Click here to see the executive order. Below are frequently asked questions and their answers.
When does the order take effect?
The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
When does the order end?
The order ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.
Where does the order apply?
The Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.
Is this mandatory or a recommendation?
This order is mandatory. For the safety of all Hoosiers, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
How will this order be enforced?
Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and it is the responsibility of every Hoosier to do their part. However, if the order is not followed, the Indiana State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order. The Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce the restaurant and bar restrictions.
Will the Indiana National Guard enforce this order?
No. The Indiana National Guard is aiding in planning, preparation and logistics with other state agencies. For example, the Indiana National Guard assists in distributing hospital supplies the state receives.
What is an essential business?
Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.
A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.
What is an essential activity?
Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.
I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?
Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.
Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?
Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.
Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?
Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.
Can I get my groceries delivered? Can I still get my online orders delivered?
Yes, you can still receive packages, get groceries delivered, and get meals delivered.
How can I get medical care?
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.
If you suspected you have COVID-19, please call the healthcare provider in advance so that proper precautions can be taken to limit further transmission. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.
If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately, but please call in advance if possible. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.
Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.
What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
State-operated developmental centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and community integrated living arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.
If you have specific questions about your support and services, reach out to your provider or individual service coordination agency.
What if I still have to go to work?
You should stay home unless your work is an essential function such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk or first responder. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.
A list of essential businesses can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.
What if I think my business should be closed, but they’re still asking me to report to work?
Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Hoosiers. If you believe your business is nonessential but still are being asked to show up to work, you may discuss it with your employer.
A certain service is essential for me, but the governor didn’t include it. What do I do?
The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers. Although some businesses such as fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. For a list of essential businesses that will continue to operate during the order, visit in.gov/coronavirus.
Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?
Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.
Will roads in Indiana be closed?
No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.
Can I still take a plane out of Indiana?
Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.
What if my home is not a safe environment?
If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and encouraged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so someone can help. You can call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local law enforcement.
What about homeless people who cannot stay at home?
The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Hoosiers, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.
Can I visit friends and family?
For your safety, as well as the safety of all Hoosiers, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.
Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?
You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.
Can I take my kids to the park?
State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.
Can I attend a religious service?
Large gatherings, including church services, will be canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.
Can I leave my home to exercise?
Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.
Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?
No, these businesses are ordered closed.
Can I leave my home to do laundry?
Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses.
Can I take my child to daycare?
Yes, daycares are considered an essential business.
Can I pick up meals at my child’s school?
Yes. Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.
Indiana Department of Homeland Security has issued a travel advisory for the county of Lake County as of March 27th. This level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.
Visit the IDHS link for more information.
As of yet East Chicago Health Department is not testing.
Michigan City and Crown Point Franciscan hospital is conducting local testing with restrictions and under preregistration.
If you need more information contact their perspective locations. If you are unsure about testing you may refer down below to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) call center for clarification.
Crown Point Franciscan campus: 219-681-6912
Michigan City Franciscan campus: 219-877-1474
You may refer to Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID hotline for more information.
ISDH Hotline: 317-233-7125
ISDH after hours Hotline: 219-233-1325
ISDH Toll free 24/7 Hotline: 877-826-0011
The COVID-19 map provided by the Indiana State Department of Health will give you a visual on current cases.
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. A novel (new) coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that hasn’t been identified before in humans.
Please call the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 [317-233-1325 after hours] or e-mail email@example.com if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to China or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19.
CDC’s frequently asked questions -> https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#symptoms
People who have traveled to or from China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to China and develop a fever and cough or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return.
As of yet there are no local testing kits available at the Health Department, Please call the ISDH 24/7 Toll free number 877-826-0011 or the Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 [317-233-1325 after hours] or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to China or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19.
The following link has many print friendly resources to pass out for your organization and/or businesses.
If local health officials report that there are multiple cases of COVID-19 in the community, schools may need to implement additional strategies in response to prevent spread in the school, but they should continue using the strategies they implemented when there was no community transmission. These additional strategies include:
Coordinate with local health officials. This should be a first step in making decisions about responses to the presence of COVID-19 in the community. Health officials can help a school determine which set of strategies might be most appropriate for their specific community’s situation.
Implement multiple social distancing strategies. Select strategies based on feasibility given the unique space and needs of the school. Not all strategies will be feasible for all schools. For example, limiting hall movement options can be particularly challenging in secondary schools. Many strategies that are feasible in primary or secondary schools may be less feasible in childcare settings. Administrators are encouraged to think creatively about all opportunities to increase the physical space between students and limit interactions in large group settings. Schools may consider strategies such as:
Consider ways to accommodate the needs of children and families at risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Consider if and how to honor requests of parents who may have concerns about their children attending school due to underlying medical conditions of their children or others in their home.
Additional information about social distancing, including information on its use for other viral illnesses, is available in this CDC publicationpdf icon.
Additional strategies should be considered when there is substantial transmission in the local community in addition to those implemented when there is no, minimal, or moderate transmission. These strategies include:
Continue to coordinate with local health officials. If local health officials have determined there is substantial transmission of COVID-19 within the community, they will provide guidance to administrators on the best course of action for childcare programs or schools. These strategies are expected to extend across multiple programs, schools, or school districts within the community, as they are not necessarily tied to cases within schools or childcare facilities.
Consider extended school dismissals. In collaboration with local health officials, implement extended school dismissals (e.g., dismissals for longer than two weeks). This longer-term, and likely broader-reaching, dismissal strategy is intended to slow transmission rates of COVID-19 in the community. During extended school dismissals, also cancel extracurricular group activities, school-based afterschool programs, and large events (e.g., assemblies, spirit nights, field trips, and sporting events). Remember to implement strategies to ensure the continuity of education (e.g., distance learning) as well as meal programs and other essential services for students.
COVID-19 Touch Point Disinfection Recommendations for Retail Foodservice Customer Areas
Comprise of retail food establishments, grocery, and food events that are visited by the general public. Frequency of disinfection will vary based on customer traffic.
Refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill germs. By removing the germs, it decreases their number and therefore any risk of spreading infection
Works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But killing germs remaining on a surface after cleaning further reduces any risk of spreading infection.
EPA tested sanitizers and disinfectants
Follow all manufacturer’s directions, in particular, mixing chemical concentrations, application and contact time.
An extra layer of protection during cleaning activities is advisable.
Proper handwashing after disinfecting customer areas
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
East Chicago Health Department
100 W. Chicago Ave, Ste. 100A
East Chicago, IN 46312
COVID-19 Foodservice Recommendations
Customer Pick-up and Delivery
Affected Retail Foodservice
Included but not limited to restaurants, food courts, bars, taverns, brewers, wine tastings, coffee shops, bakeries, ice cream parlors, snack bars, concessions, sport facilities.
Retail Foodservice Customer Pick-Up
Other Considerations If Applicable
100 W. Chicago Ave Ste. 100A
East Chicago, IN, 46312
Summary of Recent Changes
Revisions were made on 3/12/2020 to reflect the following:
Who is this guidance for?
This interim guidance is intended for administrators of public and private childcare programs and K-12 schools. Administrators are individuals who oversee the daily operations of childcare programs and K-12 schools, and may include positions like childcare program directors, school district superintendents, principals, and assistant principals. This guidance is intended for administrators at both the school/facility and district level.
Why is this guidance being issued?
This guidance will help childcare programs, schools, and their partners understand how to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 within childcare and school communities and facilities. It also aims to help childcare programs, schools, and partners react quickly should a case be identified. The guidance includes considerations to help administrators plan for the continuity of teaching and learning if there is community spread of COVID-19.
What is the role of schools in responding to COVID-19?
Schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Schools serve students, staff, and visitors from throughout the community. All of these people may have close contact in the school setting, often sharing spaces, equipment, and supplies.
Information about COVID-19 in children is somewhat limited, but the information that is available suggests that children with confirmed COVID-19 generally had mild symptoms. However, a small percentage of children have been reported to have more severe illness. People who have serious chronic medical conditions are believed to be at higher risk. Despite lower risk of serious illness among most children, children with COVID-19-like symptoms should avoid contact with others who might be at higher risk, such as older adults and adults with serious chronic medical conditions.
How should schools prepare for, and respond to, COVID-19?
Schools should be prepared for COVID-19 outbreaks in their local communities and for individual exposure events to occur in their facilities, regardless of the level of community transmission, for example a case associated with recent travel to an area with sustained COVID-19 transmission. The following decision tree can be used to help schools determine which set of mitigation strategies may be most appropriate for their current situation.
When a confirmed case has entered a school, regardless of community transmission:
Any school in any community might need to implement short-term closure procedures regardless of community spread if an infected person has been in a school building. If this happens, CDC recommends the following procedures regardless of the level of community spread:
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Coordinate with local health officials. Once learning of a COVID-19 case in someone who has been in the school, immediately notify local health officials. These officials will help administrators determine a course of action for their childcare programs or schools.
Dismiss students and most staff for 2-5 days. This initial short-term dismissal allows time for the local health officials to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation impacting the school. This allows the local health officials to help the school determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended dismissal duration is needed to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19.
Communicate with staff, parents, and students. Coordinate with local health officials to communicate dismissal decisions and the possible COVID-19 exposure.
Clean and disinfect thoroughly.
Make decisions about extending the school dismissal. Temporarily dismissing childcare programs and K-12 schools is a strategy to stop or slow the further spread of COVID-19 in communities.
Implement strategies to continue education and related supports for students.
Link to CDC document
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
CDC is working across the Department of Health and Human Services and across the U.S. government in the public health response to COVID-19. Much is unknown about how the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in humans and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people, such as with MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in China and some limited person-to-person transmission has been reported in countries outside China, including the United States. However, respiratory illnesses like seasonal influenza, are currently widespread in many US communities.
The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.
To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described below to determine risk of COVID-19. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed COVID-19. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing. Updates are available on CDC’s COVID-19 web page.
The severity of illness or how many people will fall ill from COVID-19 is unknown at this time. If there is evidence of a COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., employers should plan to be able to respond in a flexible way to varying levels of severity and be prepared to refine their business response plans as needed. For the general American public, such as workers in non-healthcare settings and where it is unlikely that work tasks create an increased risk of exposures to COVID-19, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. The CDC and its partners will continue to monitor national and international data on the severity of illness caused by COVID-19, will disseminate the results of these ongoing surveillance assessments, and will make additional recommendations as needed.
All employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread of acute respiratory illness and lower the impact of COVID-19 in their workplace in the event of an outbreak in the US. They should identify and communicate their objectives, which may include one or more of the following: (a) reducing transmission among staff, (b) protecting people who are at higher risk for adverse health complications, (c) maintaining business operations, and (d) minimizing adverse effects on other entities in their supply chains. Some of the key considerations when making decisions on appropriate responses are:
All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from COVID-19 while ensuring continuity of operations. During a COVID-19 outbreak, all sick employees should stay home and away from the workplace, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene should be encouraged, and routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces should be performed regularly.
The 2019 novel coronavirus (C OVID-19) that has heavily impacted China and expanded globally has created health concerns around the globe, including here in Indiana. Schools, working with local health departments, play an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Schools serve students, staff and visitors from throughout the community. All of these people may have close contact in the school building, often sharing spaces, equipment and supplies.
As with other respiratory illnesses, including influenza, COVID-19 typically spreads from person to person among close contacts ― which generally includes a range of about six feet in proximity ― through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. There is currently no vaccine or antiviral treatment for novel coronavirus.
At this time, the risk of individuals who have not traveled or had contact with someone ill with COVID-19 becoming ill from this virus is low, including students and staff in Indiana schools. To mitigate possible community transmission of COVID-19, the most important thing for schools to do now is plan and prepare for the possibility of community-level outbreaks. Schools want to be ready if COVID-19 appears in their communities. To help with that preparation and communication, a parent letter template and guidance for school nurses who may screen students for COVID-19 is attached to this guidance.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COVID-19:
Because there is no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 at this time, the CDC’s
Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) have recommendations to help you plan for community transmission. Although this guidance is geared toward pandemic flu outbreaks, these guidelines are useful for planning for future respiratory disease outbreaks from other pathogens as well, including COVID-19.
SCHOOL GUIDANCE FOR PLANNING AND PREPARING:
SCHOOL GUIDANCE WHEN A CONFIRMED CASE OCCURS IN YOUR COMMUNITY:
SCHOOL GUIDANCE WHEN A CONFIRMED CASE OCCURS IN YOUR SCHOOL:
SCHOOL GUIDANCE WHEN SCHOOLS ARE DISMISSED
On March 12, 2020, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the following actions:
Effective immediately, school corporations will be provided with a 20-day waiver of the required 180 instructional days for use as needed for the remainder of the academic year. The waived days do not need to be used consecutively and can be leveraged as needed.
We know there may be specific situations that arise where you have questions. We encourage schools to call the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center toll-free, 24/7, at 877-826-0011 or email email@example.com. Your state and local partners are ready to assist you with any questions you have.
For more information: More information about COVID-19 is available on the ISDH website at
www.in.gov/isdh; check back periodically for updates. ISDH will provide additional guidance as the situation evolves.
Please share this information with your school health personnel and administrators, and ask them to share with staff, parents and students as needed.
Last revised: March 16, 2020
Guidance on child cares remaining open/closing in light of COVID-19 pandemic March 20, 2020 (LINK)
Visit FSSA for COVID-19 checklist (LINK)
Child care is an essential service. This means that the operations of child care are necessary to continue to support the function of societal operations. Child care may remain open under the following conditions:
1. First priority shall be given to children of first responders, medical professionals and other professionals whose work is essential for the general community to stay healthy and safe. This includes children of workers who provide access to food and/or work in the general supply chain for goods, services and other basic needs.
2. Child care providers/operators who are over the age of 60 should close and should not be providing care. In addition, it is recommended that caregivers who are over the age of 60 and/or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, lung disease or are medically fragile should stay home and should not be providing care to children in a child care setting.
3. All child care providers should immediately institute the practice of checking the temperature of each child when they are brought into the child care, before the parent leaves. If the child presents with a temperature of over 100.4, the child should not remain at the child care and must return home with the parent. Children who have had symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea should remain home for at least 24 hours after the last episode, and should be fever free for at least 24 hours without being given fever-reducing medications. Families should be informed of this new policy in writing and providers can use the template provided by OECOSL to make this notification.
4. Social distancing practices should be continued with new policies that do not allow more than 20 children within one classroom or area. In addition, it is recommended that when possible programs keep the same children in consistent groups with the same teacher/caregiver. Flexibility can be used for intermittent scheduling when appropriate; however, the overarching goal is to minimize mingling of children.
5. It is recommended that programs adjust their daily schedules to allow one hour per day for deep cleaning when children are not present. This may mean that programs close one hour early or open one hour late and have teaching staff perform deep cleaning of the early education environment. Please reference the cleaning and sanitizing information released by OECOSL for information on how to ensure cleaning practices are safe in the child care environment.
6. If a positive case of COVID-19 has occurred fora child orcaregiver the facilitymust temporarily closeto facilitate cleaning. Those who are direct contacts should self-isolate. The facility shouldcomplete deep cleaning and sanitizing of the child care in order to rapidly reopen.Please see the OECOSL guidancedocumenttitled COVID-19 checklistfor guidance aswell assample templates for notifying staff and families of closures due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Information for Public Facilities and Organizations
Last Updated 3/2/2020 For additional information, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.
WHAT IS COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus. It is not the same as other types of coronaviruses that commonly circulate among people and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
WHAT CAN ORGANIZATIONS DO TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19?
Public facilities and organizations should take everyday preventive measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19. These include:
Additional information and resources for COVID-19 are available at the links below.
COVID-19 Guidance for Providers on School Closings
Last Updated 3/9/2020 For additional information, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.
WHAT IS COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus. It is not the same as other types of coronaviruses that commonly circulate among people and cause mild illness, like the common cold. See attached infographic to share with parents.
HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. See attached infographic to share with parents.
WHY IS MY CHILD’S SCHOOL CLOSED?
The decision to temporarily dismiss K-12 schools is considered on a school-by-school basis, and in consultation and coordinator with school district officials and state and local health officials. If your school is closed, please stay home. It’s out of an abundance of caution that we decided to close the schools to prevent other students from getting sick in a short amount of time. While children typically experience only mild illness from COVID-19, staying home helps prevent spread to those who are more vulnerable, which includes anyone older than 60,those with underlying health conditions, and those who are immune-compromised. Every year we see some schools close during flu season because of high rates of illness. This allows students to remain apart from the school environment and lets schools do deeper cleaning and disinfecting so the environment is healthier when students return. It’s CRITICAL that people actually stay home. This is not a vacation for students. You should not be going out in public places, visiting the movies, taking trips. Stay home.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19?
Parents should take everyday preventive measures to help protect their family from the spread of COVID-19. These include:
COVID-19 Guidance for Providers on School Closings
WHAT SHOULD A PARENT DO IF THEIR CHILD’S SCHOOL OR CHILDCARE PROGRAM IS CLOSED?
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD IS ILL?
The ISDH call center for healthcare providers and members of the public who have concerns about COVID-19 is now staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 317-233-7125. After-hours calls should be directed to 317-233-1325 and will be answered by an on-call epidemiologist.
COVID-19 Guidance for Mass Gatherings
Last Updated 3/11/2020 For additional information, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.
WHAT IS COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus. It is not the same as other types of coronaviruses that commonly circulate among people and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
HOW SHOULD WE PREPARE FOR A COVID-19 OUTBREAK?
A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions designed to limit exposure to COVID-19. Officials may ask you to modify, postpone or cancel large events for the safety and well-being of your event staff, participants and the community.
The details of your emergency operations plan should be based on the size and duration of your events, demographics of the participants, complexity of your event operations and type of on-site services and activities your event may offer.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO IF COVID-19 SPREADS TO OUR COMMUNITY?
WHAT SHOULD WE DO WHEN A COVID-19 OUTBREAK ENDS IN OUR COMMUNITY?
When public health officials determine that the outbreak has ended in your local community, work with them to identify criteria for scaling back COVID-19 prevention actions at your events. Base the criteria on slowing of the outbreak in your local area. If your events were cancelled, work with your venues to reschedule your events.
§ CDC COVID-19 guidance for mass gatherings or large community events: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
§ CDC COVID-19 recommendations for environmental cleaning and disinfection: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
§ CDC steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
§ ISDH guidance for home care: https://www.in.gov/isdh/files/IN_COVID-19_Home_Care_2.28.20.pdf
§ ISDH COVID-19 webpage: https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm
Preparing now for a COVID-19 outbreak is the best way to protect people experiencing homelessness, homeless service
provider staff and volunteers from this disease. An outbreak of COVID-19 in your community could cause illness among
people experiencing homelessness, contribute to an increase in emergency shelter usage and/or lead to illness and
absenteeism among homeless service provider staff.
Develop flexible attendance and sick-leave policies. Staff (and volunteers) may need to stay home when they are sick, caring for a sick household member or caring for their children in the event of school dismissals. Identify critical job functions and positions, and plan foralternative coverage by cross-training staff members.
When public health officials determine that the outbreak has ended in your local community, take time to talk over your
experiences with your clients and staff.
Home Care Instructions for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Last Updated 2/28/2020 For additional information, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.
The following instructions are for people who have or are being evaluated for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and their families and caregivers. If you have or are being evaluated for COVID-19, you should follow the prevention steps below until a healthcare provider, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), or your local health department determines that you can return to your normal activities.
If you are not sure if you have COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider, in consultation with the health department, will determine whether you meet criteria for COVID-19 testing and will determine the most appropriate care plan for you.
INFORMATION FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS WHO ARE NOT HOSPITALIZED
1. Stay home except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
2. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people in your home. If possible, use a separate bathroom. If you must be in the same room as other people, wear a facemask to prevent spreading germs to others. Although there have not been reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19, you should also avoid contact with animals or pets while you are sick.
3. Call ahead before visiting your doctor and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19 so they can prepare for your visit and take steps to keep other people from being exposed or infected.
4. Wear a facemask. You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
5. Cover coughs and sneezes. To prevent spreading germs to others, when coughing or sneezing cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can, and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. You should use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
6. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available and if hands are not visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
7. Avoid sharing household items. Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items with other people or pets in your home. These items should be washed thoroughly after use with soap and warm water.
8. Monitor your symptoms. If illness gets worse (e.g., trouble breathing, pain in chest), get medical care right away. Before you visit a clinic or hospital, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or might have, COVID-19. This will help your provider take steps to keep other people from getting infected. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.
These recommendations should be followed until your healthcare provider and/or the health department confirm that you do not have COVID-19 or determine that you are no longer contagious.
Last Updated 2/28/2020 For additional information, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.
INFORMATION FOR CAREGIVERS AND HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS OF COVID-19 PATIENTS
1. Limit visitors to only people caring for the patient. As much as possible, anyone who is not caring for the patient should stay in another home or stay in other rooms. They should also use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if possible. Keep elderly people and those who have weak immune systems or chronic health conditions away from the person.
2. Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good air flow. Open windows or use an air conditioner, if possible.
3. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. You should use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
5. Wear a disposable facemask when in the same room as the patient.
6. Wear a disposable facemask and gloves when you touch or have contact with the patient’s blood, body fluids and/or secretions, such as saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, urine, or diarrhea. Throw these away after use and do not reuse. When removing, first remove and dispose of gloves, then immediately clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Next, remove and dispose of the facemask, and immediately clean your hands again with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
7. Avoid sharing household items. Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items the patient. Follow the cleaning instructions below.
8. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day using household disinfectants. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, body fluids and/or secretions or excretions on them.
9. Cleaning Instructions: • Follow the recommendations provided on cleaning product labels, including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves or aprons and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
• Wash laundry thoroughly. Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood, body fluids and/or secretions or excretions on them. Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items and keep soiled items away from your body. Wash your hands immediately after removing your gloves. Read and follow directions on labels of laundry or clothing items and detergent. In general, wash and dry with the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.
• Place all used disposable gloves, gowns, facemasks, and other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Wash your hands immediately after handling these items.
10. Monitor the patient’s symptoms. If they are getting sicker (e.g., trouble breathing, pain in chest), call their medical provider and tell the medical staff that the person has, or is being evaluated for, COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected. Ask the healthcare provider to call the local or state health department for additional guidance. If the patient has a medical emergency and you need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that the patient has, or is being evaluated for, COVID-19.
11. Monitor your own health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop any of these symptoms. Call your provider before going to a hospital or clinic to describe your symptoms and let them know that you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
This depends on the city of death. You would seek the local health department in the city/state in which that person passed away in.
If the person passed in East Chicago you would contact the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8413
The East Chicago Health Department located at:100 W Chicago AvenueSuite 100 AEast Chicago, IN 46312
You can obtain the certificate with 3 methods; office visit, mail, or online. Refer to how you can obtain the certificate.
If the person passed away in Gary you would contact the Gary Health Department at 219-882-5565. The Gary Health Department is located at:1145 W 5th AvenueGary, IN 46402
If the person passed away in Lake County elsewhere than East Chicago or Gary, you must contact the Lake County Health Department at 219-755-3655. The Lake County Health Department is located at:2900 W 93rd AvenueCrown Point, IN 46307
This depends on relation.
State law dictates No aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, ex-spouse, step parent (not listed on certificate), or non-relative may pick up a certificate without power of attorney or direct interest documentation.
You will need appropriate documentation in order to receive someone’s death certificate. You will also need to know the exact date or a specific range of dates of the death. All death records are stored by date, not name of the deceased. If you are not sure of the date, you may contact the cemetery for the burial date. The Health Department does not provide vouchers for certificates.
No aunts, uncles, cousins, niece, nephew, ex-spouse, or non-relations may obtain a death certificate unless you have a legal letter from an agency that lists both your name and the deceased such as:
Two to four weeks or depending on the circumstances of the passing the hospital, attending physicians, or coroners will generate the certificate when the mode of death or investigation has concluded. The funeral home is the responsible party for all details on the certificate, the health department is only responsible for printing the certificate. Call our office at 219-391-8413 to verify if the certificate has been generated.
Call the attending funeral home. The East Chicago Health Department is not responsible for generating any details on the certificate. Details are generated by those directly involved in the procedures. Contact the attending funeral home if any detail is incorrect.
If you are unsure of who to contact call the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8413 for direction.
You can only come into the office if the deceased passed away in the city of East Chicago. Depending on your relation to the person you will need different documents. Refer to who can obtain a death certificate and what you will need. If you do not have valid ID, please refer to which documents you will need.
To request a death certificate via the mail, submit the following to the Health Department:
Mail ordering is still dependent upon State Laws concerning valid identification and familiar relation.
You may print the following certificate to include in your mail items: English Death Certificate Spanish Death Certificate
Depending on the location you are mailing from we advise the round trip mail to be between 10 and 16 business days.
There will be a difference in price for online ordering versus mail or office visit, and it will require a fax. Online ordering is faster than mail ordering but will come at slight fee increase. There is regular mail shipping or UPS overnight shipping available.
Genealogy certificates are records that are 75 years or older.
The most common way that lead enters drinking water is through the corrosion of lead or galvanized iron plumbing. Across the country, lead and galvanized iron was a common material used for plumbing in many older homes. In a large percentage of these older homes, lead plumbing can be found in the service line, either in the utility portion of the service line from the main to the curb-stop or in the customer portion of the service line from the curb stop to the interior piping. However, lead can also be found beyond the service line in the interior house piping, lead solder, and brass or chrome-plated brass faucets. Though galvanized steel and copper became more popular as plumbing pipe materials in the 1960s, lead piping and solder was not federally banned until 1986 and faucets could contain up to 8% lead until 1996.
The Environmental Protection Agency did these tests on a pilot basis for the first 43 homes that were excavated in zones 2 and 3. Street or construction work can sometimes disturb the “service lines” that carry water from the mains in the street through the yard into the home. When lead (or galvanized iron) service lines are disturbed, there is a chance that small particles of lead can break off and get into drinking water.
Like many older cities across the nation, East Chicago has a large percentage of service lines made of lead. It is likely that many homes in East Chicago have service lines that are made of - or contain – lead. In addition, lead plumbing components in some homes could also cause increased lead levels.
The water utility owns the service lines from the water main to the curb stop. The homeowner owns the service lines from the curb stop to the interior plumbing.
Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t have enough information to determine whether excavation is impacting lead levels in zones 2 and 3. However, EPA’s preliminary data shows that, before excavation, 18 homes had lead levels in tap water that exceeded the action level of 15 parts per billion. There is no safe level of lead exposure.
EPA has notified the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the City of East Chicago of these results. IDEM has been actively working with the City to optimize the dosage of the current corrosion control treatment. The treatment reduces lead leaching by forming a protective coating on the interior of the pipes, with the ultimate goal of reducing lead levels in your home.
As part of the pilot, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) installed filters on kitchen taps of participants. EPA recommends that participants continue to use the filter for drinking, cooking, and brushing your teeth until further notice.
Aerators should be cleaned on weekly basis. Filter cartridges should be replaced regularly. Unfiltered tap water can be used to wash dishes, clothes, and clean homes. It can also be used for showers and children’s baths.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can reduce or eliminate your exposure to lead in drinking water by using a water filter certified to remove lead for cooking, drinking, and baby formula or by running the kitchen tap on cold for at least 5 minutes before using any tap water for drinking or cooking. Children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead.
Hot water can contain higher levels of lead, so use only cold water for eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. Boiling water will not remove lead.
More information can be found at Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
Yes. The City of East Chicago has been in full compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency's “Lead and Copper Rule” since 1993. The City meets all applicable federal and state rules concerning lead and copper in drinking water.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has been working with the City to ensure that the corrosion control treatment is being introduced into the water at a high enough level to increase the coating of the lines to reduce lead leaching from the pipes, therefore reducing lead levels in your home. The City of East Chicago routinely tests for lead in drinking water and you can view the lead testing results on your Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).
The required compliance testing done the by City is different from Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) sampling for the pilot project in zones 2 and 3. Compliance testing measures lead levels throughout the City’s entire drinking water distribution system. The sequential sampling for the pilot project measures lead levels throughout an individual’s homes piping system from the water main to the street to the tap which is more rigorous series of tests.
On a national level, EPA is actively considering potential revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule. The primary goal is to improve the effectiveness of the rule in reducing exposure to lead and copper from drinking water. EPA anticipates proposed rule changes soon.
The Environmental Protection Agency performed sequential sampling for many different chemical contaminants and is also conducting other water quality testing to comprehensively evaluate the effects of excavation at the superfund site. All of the final results will be shared with participants, the City, and the state.
Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. It may not have obvious symptoms, so people might not realize they have too much lead in their bodies. For young children, exposure to lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities. The only way to know if you have lead in your body is to get tested. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that there is no known safe blood lead level in children.
Residents interested in getting their children’s blood lead level tested can contact the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8467.
Yes. Your skin does not absorb lead in water. Bathing and showering in unfiltered water is still safe for children and adults. It is safe even if the skin has minor cuts or scrapes. However, never drink bathwater, and do not allow babies and children to drink bathwater.
Yes, but dry items after. Wash dishes, bottles, and toys with unfiltered soapy water. Dry before use.
Lead in water will not be absorbed by porcelain, metal, or glass. Clothes washed in plain tap water will not contain enough lead to cause harm.
The Environmental Protection Agency tested the use of filters and confirmed they are effective in removing lead from drinking water, even at high levels. Please note that filters are effective when used properly - only cold water should be filtered. Cartridges must be replaced on a regular basis per manufacturer’s instructions.
A whole-home filter may not be effective because it does not treat water that flows through interior pipes, brass, and leaded-solder, which can contaminate the water with lead even after it has passed through a whole-home filter. Any water treatment filter used should be National Sanitation Foundation Standard 53 (NSF-53) certified to remove lead and should be located at the end of the plumbing right before the tap, so that all water that flows through home plumbing is treated. The certification label is typically displayed on the package and the filter.
You can have your home’s water tested for lead on your own by contacting a laboratory certified by the Indiana State Department of Health for analysis of lead in drinking water.
A list of those laboratories can be found on Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Drinking Water at Lead webpage.
If the plumbing in your home is accessible, you may be able to inspect your own plumbing. Otherwise, call your water provider or hire a plumber.
More information can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
No. It is not possible for lead from contaminated soil to get into your tap water. If there is elevated lead in your tap water, it is most likely due to the presence of lead in your service lines and/or the plumbing in your home.
If the child was born at St. Catherine’s in East Chicago you will need to set an appointment with the health department to establish paternity. This affidavit is a legally binding document meaning you need to read and verify each section of information. Once you have signed and should the information be incorrect, the state will consider this legally binding and will not be rectified at the local level therefore after, but will have to be changed through the courts.
You may contact the Vital Records division at (219) 391-8413 to make an appointment.
Appointments are only available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for 9 or 10 a.m, except days that fall on the first or the last of the month.
Both parents need to come on the day of their appointment with their valid driver’s license or state ID, and social security cards.
The fee for an Affidavit is $50. The fee for new birth certificates is $12. Please refer to acceptable payment options.
No. This affidavit does not include a DNA test. This division does not receive DNA establishing papers from any agency, nor does this facility administer DNA testing. The affidavit is legally binding regardless of test findings.
If the paternity was completed with the East Chicago Health Department you may obtain a copy in office or through mail for $2 per copy. Please view acceptable forms of payment.
No. the Program is limited to an owner-occupied residence. The occupant must have fee simple title to the property being proposed for rehabilitation. Your parents could make application to participate in the Residential Repair Program at their primary residence within the City of East Chicago, Indiana.
Due to the large interest in the Residential Repair Program, a first-come first-served waiting list is utilized. There is an approximate one-to-two year cavity between the time an application is currently received and thereby pulled for processing. In special situations where safety of property or persons is confirmed, priority may be authorized to serve that particular need of an eligible homeowner in the Emergency Repair Program, for which the homeowner would incur a 100% loan for the cost of the repair.
No. The homeowners are not allowed to personally perform any non-emergency home repairs during the Residential Repair Program construction period. Homeowner repair projects that begin before the start of the Residential Repair Program construction period are required to be complete, including, if applicable, city inspection reports indicating proof that homeowner’s previous project is code compliant.
The elevated levels of lead and arsenic in the soil are left over from contamination that occurred years ago by the operations of several lead smelting facilities that were located in this area until the 1960s.
Contaminated soil can enter the body if it is swallowed or breathed in. Soil generates small dust particles that can settle on clothing, on toys, and in the home. It can enter the home on the soles of shoes and other items such as bike tires.
Children may swallow the dust when they put their hands and toys in their mouths. Young children (under the age of 6) are at the greatest risk of exposure to the lead and arsenic dust because they play in soil and put soil-covered toys and hands in their mouths. In fact, children get about twice as much soil in their bodies from their activities as do adults.
Most of us have some lead and arsenic in our bodies from exposures in everyday life. It is not possible to determine whether the lead and arsenic in your body is from your exposure to the contaminated soil or another source. The East Chicago Health Department and others have been conducting blood testing for lead and have found that more children have elevated blood lead levels than would normally be expected. This may be from the soil.
Testing for arsenic in the body is not reliable and is reserved for cases of high-dose poisoning rather than exposure from the environment. It is usually conducted by poison specialists.
Over time, lead can damage children’s nervous systems which may result in small changes to IQ and behavior. Since the brain develops before birth but continues for the first several years of life, pregnant women and children six years of age and under are at higher risk than older children and adults.
Children and adults exposed to high levels of arsenic may have irritation of the stomach and intestines, blood vessel damage, skin changes, and reduced nerve function. Long-term exposure in children may lead to learning disabilities and other neurological effects. High levels of arsenic can also increase the risk of developing cancer.
Children and pregnant women who live in West Calumet Housing Complex should have their blood tested for lead. You or your child’s health care provider or the East Chicago Health Department (ECHD) can perform the test. ECHD is located at:100 W Chicago AvenueEast Chicago, IN 46312
For more information, contact ECHD at 219-391-8467.
All children less than 6 years old who receive Medicaid are required to be tested for lead yearly.
This is a difficult question to answer. We know that even low levels of lead can cause small changes in a child’s growing brain. However, we are unable to predict which children will have problems in the future due to their lead exposure. Some lead exposed children seem to do fine.
About 2.5% of children in the United States have a blood lead level equal to or above 5 micrograms per deciliter, which is considered elevated. Most children test lower than 5 micrograms per deciliter, however very few are close to zero. Elevated blood lead is most typically the result of contact with lead-based paint in the home.
Here are some comparison levels to help you understand you or your child’s blood lead results:
Medicine to remove lead from the body has its own risks and therefore is not prescribed until blood lead levels are greater than 45 micrograms per deciliter. Low levels of lead will be removed from the body over time (through the urine and stool).
Regardless of your child’s lead level, you should speak with your child’s health care provider to have your child further evaluated if he or she does not seem to be developing normally.
There are activities you can do with your child that will stimulate his or her brain as it is developing and may counteract the possible damage caused by lead. These activities include:
Tips for preventing lead and arsenic from entering your child include:
Many older homes have gutters and sump pumps connected directly to the sanitary sewer. This means that rain from the roof and ground water from the pumps runs directly into the sewer. Not all downspouts are connected to the sanitary sewer, some may discharge into a storm drain. Contact Stormwater Management at 219-391-8773 to find out if your connected downspout and sump pumps discharges into the sanitary sewer.
The problem is too much water. Sanitary sewer systems can only handle a certain amount of water. During a rainstorm, water gets into the sewer from connected downspouts and sump pumps. In a neighborhood of 200 homes it only takes six to eight sump pumps working full time in wet weather to cause sewer backups. When there is too much water for the system, the excess has to go somewhere, and that somewhere is often somebody's basement, a manhole, or the Grand Calumet River.
The City of East Chicago has a legal requirement, (Ordinance Number 2835) which was passed on May of 1964 to stop rain water from flowing to our sanitary sewers. With an increase in water flow, this becomes a problem, because the wastewater treatment plant has to treat the extra water.
Sewage overflows are messy, costly, and a threat to health and the environment.
The Sanitary District ends up treating the extra water. The utility may also have to pay fines when raw sewage is released to the environment.
Disconnection is usually a simple, relatively inexpensive process. Stormwater Management will be able to tell whether your downspouts and sump pumps are connected to the sanitary sewer.
If you are not familiar with plumbing work, please contact a licensed and bonded plumber or Stormwater Management for assistance at 219-391-8773.
Stormwater management is directly related to our water quality, and water quality affects us all. Managing stormwater properly protects wildlife, maintains a healthy environment around us, and ensures quality drinking water.