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Coping with COVID-19: April 4

South Suburban Humane Society converts East Open House bake sale into online cook book project. Homewood starts new promotion to help local businesses, a community scavenger hunt. More Homewood events canceled as pandemic continues. New cases break state record Saturday. 

Hidden in Homewood. Homewood announced on Saturday morning a new (safe if done right) pandemic activity, a community scavenger hunt contest. Download the list of clues  and see how many you can find. Winners receive a gift card to a local business. Participants will take selfies with the items on the list. Prizes will be awarded, while supplies last, to those who find at least 10 items. The contest ends Saturday, April 11. “Participants are required to have fun while practicing social distancing,” village officials said in the announcement.

South Suburban Humane Society bake sale becomes cook book. With the SSHS Easter Open House and bake sale canceled because of the pandemic, the organization is creating a downloadable cook book instead. Submit your dessert bake sale recipe using this form. Recipes will be compiled into a cook book that will be available download for a small donation. Submit recipes by 5 p.m. Monday, April 6.

Homewood update. In the weekly video update on Friday, Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld announced that village events would be canceled through June, including the farmers market, Rail Fest, Public Works Open House, Artisan Street Fair, Memorial Day parade and Pride Fest in order to continue encouraging physical distancing. “You can’t be too safe,” he said.


Spike in cases. Illinois saw the biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, breaking the record set on Friday with 1,209 new cases in the previous 24 hours. On Saturday, the number of new cases reported was 1,453. Homewood had 26 cases and Flossmoor 24 as of Friday, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. Homewood’s rate of infection is 134 per 1,000 residents. Flossmoor’s is 253 per thousand.

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