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State health officials recommend COVID-19 booster for everyone who is eligible (free content)

November 20, 2021 - 08:00
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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to open COVID-19 booster shots to all, is recommending anyone 18 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose six months after receiving their second Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, or two months after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Park employees at 97% vaccination rate

November 13, 2021 - 16:50
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The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District has a 97% compliance to its new COVID-19 employee vaccine mandate.

When the board unanimously approved the new personnel policy Oct. 19, it was estimated between 80-90% of staff already were vaccinated. The policy went into effect Nov. 3 by which time employees had to report getting their first of two required COVID vaccine shots. The policy covers both full- and part-time employees.

Governor announces statewide campaign to increase COVID-19 booster rates among older residents

October 23, 2021 - 22:12
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Millions of Illinoisans soon will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster shot and in the coming weeks, Governor JB Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced a statewide effort to increase uptake rates.

Illinois Department of Public Health adds partnership to expand K-12 school COVID-19 testing

October 09, 2021 - 07:58
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To help increase capacity and facilitate faster access to COVID-19 testing in schools across the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has partnered with the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Midwest COVID-19 Testing Coordination Center (MCC) to provide testing to all public and private schools that are now seeking to establish a testing program.

Homewood loses 2 more residents to COVID-19 but Delta surge reaches plateau

September 19, 2021 - 19:26
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The surge of COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly transmissable Delta variant may have reached a plateau, locally and statewide, although Homewood lost two more residents to the disease since Sept. 3.

One, Cherie Garza, a former Homewood District 153 teacher, died on Sept. 13, four days after her 40th birthday.

Local COVID-19 cases jump, state numbers decrease for the first time this summer

September 13, 2021 - 22:52
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Statewide, there was some good news last week as the number of new COVID-19 cases was less than the previous week for the first time since mid-June. Locally, parents remain concerned about infections among school children. Most elementary school students do not qualify to receive vaccines.

D161 hears more concerns regarding COVID-19 mitigation; talks construction near Parker

September 06, 2021 - 20:57
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Flossmoor School District 161 parents are continuing to raise COVID-19 concerns as the 2021-2022 school year progresses this fall.

Pam Jackson, a parent of twins in fourth grade and a kindergartener at Western Avenue Elementary School, was one of two parents to speak Aug. 30 during a board of education meeting about COVID-19 mitigation concerns.

“This is not an easy thing to deal with,” Jackson said. “I appreciate the changes you have made.”

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