COVID-19

June 15, 2020 Update from the Mayor

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There are now 123 confirmed COVID cases in Hickory Hills with a 4th death.  Due to medical privacy laws, Illinois Department of Public Health information is limited, but 2 of the deaths were between 60-69 years old and the other 2 were over 80 years old.

As reported by Mike Ewing of the Chicago Tribune earlier today, the daily number of COVID deaths remain at its lowest level since early April. Excerpts of Ewing’s article immediately below:

There have been 133,016 cases of COVID-19 and 6,326 related deaths confirmed in Illinois. State health officials estimate 93 percent of cases have recovered. There are 1,914 patients hospitalized with a confirmed or potential case of the disease, including 562 in intensive care and 328 on ventilators.

All regions of Illinois remain on track for the next phase of reopening, according to the latest state data, with most reporting either a declining or low positivity rate of COVID-19 tests. The statewide positivity rate remains at a low of 3 percent as well.

As the search for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments continues, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday it’s revoking its emergency authorization of malaria drugs for treating COVID-19 amid growing evidence they don’t work and could cause deadly side effects.

Bars and breweries in Chicago can also start offering outdoor service starting June 17, although they must stop selling alcohol for on-premise consumption at 11 p.m. The Lakefront Trail will reopen on June 22, while Millennium Park and some other park areas will reopen soon as well. Casinos in Indiana will also be allowed to reopen for the first time in months.

The above positive trends are indicative of the great job most Illinoisans have done to follow the Stay at Home Order and continued public health directives.  With an alarming number of other states experiencing dramatic increases in COVID cases, I heard an epidemiologist say earlier today, “many may be tired of dealing with the COVID-19 virus, but the virus is not tired of us.”   Please remain cautious about your activities and public locations that you visit.

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Mayor Mike