coping with covid

Coping with COVID: Mary Cantway shows the way

April 05, 2021 - 21:58
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Mary Cantway, 106, receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey on Monday, March 29. Shewas accompanied by her daughter and caregiver Linda Cantway-Cook and her husband Bobby Cook. Pharmacist Ayesha Khan administers the vaccine. (Provided photo)

Coping with COVID: Homewood mayor recovers, state reports vaccine progress

January 11, 2021 - 17:26

Homewood mayor recovers. As of Friday, Jan. 8, more than 6% of Homewood's population had contracted COVID-19. That includes Mayor Richard Hofeld.

On Saturday, Hofeld was back in his business office after two weeks of isolation recovering from the infection.

He said the virus hit him pretty hard with chills, fever and loss of smell and taste, which are common symptoms of the disease. 

Coping with COVID: Dec. 4

December 04, 2020 - 22:05

Light at the end of the tunnel (but still a ways to go). The long-awaited vaccines against the virus that causes COVID-19 are expected within weeks. The first two U.S.-developed vaccines, one by Pfizer and one by Moderna, have requested emergency FDA approval. Both are touted as up to 95% effective. 

Illinois is slated to receive its first shipment of 109,000 doses this month, possibly in about two weeks, according to Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

Coping with COVID: Sept. 22

September 21, 2020 - 21:18

Local good news. The rate of new COVID-19 cases has slowed in Homewood and Flossmoor, and there have been no additional deaths reported for either village by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office in the past two months. Homewood has recorded 425 cases since the pandemic began, with eight new cases in the past week. Flossmoor has recorded 190 cases total, with four new cases in the past week.

Coping with COVID: Cook County reaches warning level, state tops 8,000 deaths

August 31, 2020 - 10:13

Cook County is now among 30 counties that have reached the warning level because COVID-19 metrics are nearing the threshold that could trigger renewed restrictions. The state reached a grim milestone recently, passing 8,000 deaths due to COVID-19. Local case numbers continue modest increase but no additional deaths recorded. A better milestone: The state tops 4 million COVID-19 tests administered.

Coping with COVID: State offers new plan to prevent resurgence, county jail cited for containing virus

July 19, 2020 - 20:57

The state announces a new plan to respond to any sign of a resurgence of COVID-19 as case numbers make modest rise. Local case numbers rise, but there have been no additional deaths. A CDC study highlights the effective measures used by the sheriff's department to contain an outbreak in the county jail. A cluster of cases linked to a sports camp in Lake Zurich. 


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