Illinois Department of Public Health monitoring new coronavirus variant

January 01, 2021 - 20:18

Illinois health officials announced on Thursday that they are keeping an eye on a new development in the coronavirus pandemic.

A new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been identified in the United Kingdom. Cases have been reported in two U.S. states and are not known to be linked to travel, which could indicate community spread. 

No cases caused by this new variant have been confirmed in Illinois yet. 

From the Chronicle: Thank you, H-F!

June 19, 2020 - 00:00

All business are being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Homewood and Flossmoor residents are doing what they can to help all our small businesses in survive the crisis.

The Chronicle is no exception. We saw advertising revenues drop for our April print edition and we expect May and June, at least, will be difficult months.

Coping with COVID: May 15

May 15, 2020 - 21:15

Homewood's Fourth of July parade has been canceled for this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Same for garage sales. Veterans interview show offered as some compensation for canceled Memorial Day parade. Health officials continue to tout use of face coverings but not gloves as personal protection for the general public. Aunt Martha's gets $1.02 million grant to aid its testing services. 

Coping with COVID: May 10

May 11, 2020 - 01:13

A good day and good trends. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been quick to caution people not read too much into daily swings in COVID-19 statistics, urging instead attention to longer term trends. On Sunday, though, the daily numbers and trends seem to be going in the right direction. The day saw the fewest new cases in the state, 1,656, since April 21. It was only the third time since then that new cases have been under 2,000, but it was the third day in a row that they dropped. 

Local hospital staff rise to the occasion of pandemic

May 11, 2020 - 00:34

Healthcare workers at Franciscan Health in Olympia Fields have faced the overwhelming demands of the COVID-19 pandemic without becoming overwhelmed, according to one administrator. 

It hasn't been easy.

In a recent interview with the Chronicle, Mari Lynn Ross, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Franciscan Health's Olympia Fields hospital, said the staff was bearing up well.


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