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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.”

Cook County issues indoor mask requirement effective Aug. 23 (free content)

August 23, 2021 - 22:37
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The Cook County Department of Public Health today announced on Aug. 20 that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask indoors, beginning on Monday, Aug. 23. 

The order requires that all people above age 2 who can medically tolerate a mask to wear one in multi-unit residential buildings and public places, such as restaurants, movie theaters, retail establishments, fitness clubs, and on public transportation.

State health officials announce smaller jump in COVID-19 cases last week

August 22, 2021 - 21:43
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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported on Friday that 24,682 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois were recorded over the past week.

While cases are still going up, the rate seems to be slowing. Last week's number was an increase of 3,348 over the previous week. In the first week of August the cases increased by 5,060. During the second week, the increase was 4,592.

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