COVID-19

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.”

COVID-19 cases continue to rise statewide and locally

September 03, 2021 - 21:57
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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday, Sept. 3, reported 30,319 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, up from 25,636 new cases the previous week.

Cases rose in Homewood and Flossmoor, too, as the Delta variant surge continues, although the trends diverge. Homewood has seen a 12% increase in cases in the past two weeks compared to the previous two-week period. Flossmoor has seen a 34% decrease over the same periods.

Local school districts will work to meet Gov. Pritzker's vaccine and mask mandates (free content)

August 26, 2021 - 22:16
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Officials in Homewood District 153, Flossmoor District 161 and Homewood-Flossmoor High School will be working to meet Gov. J.B. Pritzker's directive announced on Thursday, Aug. 26, that K-12 teachers and staff will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested weekly. He also issued an expanded mask mandate, now requiring everyone to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

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