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Coping with COVID: April 9

Flossmoor Library is still helping patrons in spite of closure. U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly continues meeting with constituents — virtually. State sets a new record on Thursday for increase in cases. Cases in Homewood and Flossmoor continue to increase. 

Library help is available.  The Flossmoor Public Library is closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reach out to staff. Library Director Jamie Paicely suggests using [email protected] with reference questions and staff can respond with help or advice. “Plus email can be used for any reference or information you’re seeking,” she said. 

Rep. Kelly conducts daily sessions. With Congress away from Washington, Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., who represents Homewood and Flossmoor in Congress, has been conducting daily sessions with various constituencies through conference calls. She has “met” with small business owners, mayors and other elected officials, faith leaders, first responders and farmers and agricultural workers discussing what they and their communities are facing from the coronavirus pandemic and asking how the federal government can respond. Contact Kelly here.

New record for new cases. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Wednesday announced 1,529 new cases of COVID-19) in the state, the largest single-day increase so far. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of IDPH, said the rate of increase is no longer exponential, however, which could be a glimmer of hope. “We hope  we’re getting close to the peak,” she said, noting that the specific time to peak could not be predicted. “We think we’re heading in that direction.” She also reported 82 additional deaths. The state has 15,078 total cases and 462 deaths in 78 counties. 

Local cases increase. Homewood has 54 cases and Flossmoor 32 as reported Wednesday by the Cook County Department of Public Health. Homewood had 26 cases and Flossmoor 24 as of Friday. The rate of cases has increased. Homewood’s rate is 279 per 100,000 people, Flossmoor’s is 338 per 100,000 people.

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