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IDPH director urges caution when choosing COVID-19 testing site (free content)

As the Omicron variant adds gasoline to the COVID-19 fire, access to testing is becoming a challenge, with home kits scarce and some testing sites overwhelmed with people.

During a media briefing on Monday, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike urged people to get tested if they have even mild symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, but she also suggested being cautious about popup testing sites, noting that some might not be doing what they advertise.

"Some communities are seeing popup testing which are helping fill the demand for testing," she said. "We do want . . .

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Fall events

Saturday, Sept. 24

  • Homewood Fall Fest and Chili Cook-off, noon to 9 p.m. Chili tasting is open to the public for a donation from 3 to 5 p.m. Three live music performances, plus horse-drawn wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, crafts and other activities.

Saturday, Oct. 15

  • Dia de los Muertos in downtown Homewood. Details to follow.

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