August 6, 2020 Update from the Mayor
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 1,759 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois with 46,668 test specimens reported in the last 24 hours. Laboratories have reported a total of 2,896,063 tests administered in Illinois to date. IDPH has reported a total of 186,471 cases, including 7,573 deaths, including 30 deaths in the last 24 hours, in Illinois. Preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from July 29 through August 4 is 3.9%. There are now 187 confirmed COVID cases in Hickory Hills with 5 related deaths. Two of the deaths were people aged 60-69; 1 death was a person aged 70-79 and 2 deaths were people above 80 years old.
In response to a recent resident inquiry about region based data, another resident was nice enough to send me the following link from the Illinois Department of Public Health that shows COVID data by region (We are in region 10). It breaks down the daily numbers by region with visuals of the data, applies to Positivity Increases, Hospital Admissions Increases, Med Surge Bed availability, and ICU Bed availability. Thanks so much for sharing!
Around Town News
Mosquito Spraying Tonight in Town (8/6/20)
Both the Des Plaines Valley & South Cook County Mosquito Abatement Districts will be out tonight in the City aerial spraying for adult control from 8pm to midnight. This is due to several unspecified areas in the districts currently experiencing increased levels of adult mosquitoes with West Nile Virus. Further inquiries from residents should be directed to each district: Des Plaines (North of 87th Street) 708-447-1765, South Cook County (South of 87th Street) 708-333-4120
Update from Hickory Hills Police Chief Charles Hobart
Like all Police Departments, our officers are out there working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. What has become less common though, we are one of the few local police departments that still has a communication center, which means when you call for help or assistance, you are speaking with someone at your HHPD and our front door is always open. In keeping up with state mandates for dispatching consolidation and trying to stay relevant in changing times, our communication center has taken on some additional dispatching responsibilities for the Villages of Summit and Bedford Park. These additions will allow us to keep our doors open, literally and figuratively, for many years to come. The guys and gals who make up our communication center team are some of the most wonderful individuals you will ever meet and are working hard to provide exceptional service to everyone.
Hills Chamber Hosted Zoom Audio Conference with Democratic Congressional Candidate Marie Newman
Below is an AUDIO LINK to the Zoom Webinar with 6th Congressional District Candidate Marie Newman. The entire clip is approximately 45 minutes. The first portion discusses Marie Newman’s background and the impact of COVID on local businesses, as well as legislative efforts to assist. There is a Q &A over the last 15 minutes or so that discusses other topics.
I will post the Zoom Webinar audio for the Republican Congressional Candidate, Mike Fricilone, as soon as it is available next week.
AUDIO CLIP – MARIE NEWMAN ZOOM WEBINAR
This blind good boy just found a puddle. We don’t deserve them.
Dogs, bruh… pic.twitter.com/Igzl8kz4QP
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 6, 2020
One Minute of Nature
Hills Chamber End of Summer Shopping Contest
|Now more than ever, our locally owned small businesses need to know that our community has their backs. We’re inviting you to show us how you’re supporting small businesses in Hickory Hills and Palos Hills with our End of Summer Shopping Contest!
This local shopping campaign supports the Hills Chamber of Commerce members in Hickory Hills and Palos Hills. It begins August 15 and runs through September 26, 2020. Shoppers can enter to win prizes every week!
How it Works
Customers who spend a minimum of $10 at three (3) or more different local businesses that are Chamber members can enter our weekly raffle. Every week, one lucky winner will receive a $30 gift card to a Hills Chamber member business of their choice
Dates: August 15–September 26, 2020
1. Shoppers who support local merchants, purchase gift cards/certificates, order food (delivery or take-out) or pay for services will be entered to win gift cards to local businesses.
Receipts must be received by 11:59pm, the Friday before the drawing.
Drawing dates are: August 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19 and 26.
5. Please also submit photos of purchases that we can feature on our social media. (This step is optional, but encouraged.)
All these details are available on our website.