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Coping with COVID: April 30

South Suburban Humane Society has a 50th anniversary to celebrate, so canceling the gala was out of the question. It simply moved online. The COVID-19 case and death numbers continue to rise locally and in the state. South Suburban Small Business Association is recommending a webinar about how businesses can succeed in uncertain times. Rep. Robin Kelly continues a series of town hall events to help constituents deal with the crisis.

South Suburban Humane Society to host virtual gala. SSHS is celebrating 50 years of service, but big plans for a celebratory gala were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, SSHS will host a virtual gala via Zoom. Register for free here. The evening will still include a silent auction and Golden Ticket Raffle to help raise money for the shelter. Click here to bid, buy, and donate now through Saturday night!

“Since we’re all home for a while yet, we think it would be fun to dress up for the event,” according to an announcement Wednesday. “But whether you want to don your cocktail attire or stay in jammies, we want you there! And we’re going to record it in case you can’t join us live!”

Rep. Kelly hears from constituents, offers insights on COVID-19 aid: Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., who represents Homewood and Flossmoor in Congress, held her 12th town hall on Wednesday with CEOs of hospitals in her district. Kelly learned how hospital operations are in flux because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She offered insights into how Congressional legislation is aimed at offering assistance. Kelly’s previous town halls were with school superintendents, small business operators, fire responders, elected officials, mayors and faith leaders.

Homewood, state cases increase. The Cook County Department of Public Health listed three more COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 154. Flossmoor remained at 55. Homewood’s cases have doubled in the past 18 days. Flossmoor’s increased by about 25 percent. The state saw another spike, though not high enough to set records. The number of new cases, 2,539, was 161 short of the record set on April 24. The 141 deaths was three short of the record set April 28.  

Webinar on leadership in uncertain times. The South Suburban Small Business Association is recommending a webinar scheduled for 1 p.m. on May 7, Navigating Long-Term Uncertainty and the Aftermath of Disruption, for area business owners working to plan a way forward during the pandemic crisis. The session is sponsored by Progressive Commercial Insurance. 

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