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Changeover from COVID-19 individual contact tracing calls to automated case notification begins June 1

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced it is shifting its COVID-19 contact tracing efforts and individual case investigation telephone calls to focus on a more strategic approach of automated case notifications.  Starting June 1, 2022, IDPH no longer will make individual case investigation calls to persons positive[Read More…]

State to close COVID-19 testing, vaccination sites March 31

In response to what it said is a sharp drop in demand, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Friday, March 25, that it will discontinue COVID-19 testing services at the 10 community-based testing sites, including the one at South Suburban College in South Holland, effective March 31.[Read More…]

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District 153 continues its mask mandate

Gabriel Cohn, a fifth grader at Churchill School, urged the District 153 school board to continue its mask mandate. (Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle) The District 153 school board voted at a special board meeting Sunday, Feb. 6, to continue its mask mandate and other COVID-19 protocols for students, staff and visitors[Read More…]

IDPH marks 2-year anniversary of COVID-19 in state

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced on Monday the second anniversary of the first COVID-19 case reported in the state. Two years later, IDPH is reporting more than 30,000 COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic. “On Jan. 24, 2020, when we announced the first case of COVID-19 in Illinois, we[Read More…]

Cook County exceeds 14,000 COVID-19 deaths

Just over two weeks after confirming 13,000 COVID-19 deaths in Cook County, the Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) marked another grim pandemic milestone on Friday, confirming the County’s 14,000th death due to COVID-19 infection. The Office noted that six weeks passed between the county’s 12,000th and 13,000th COVID-19 deaths and more[Read More…]

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