February 2, 2021 Update from the Mayor
Illinois on Monday announced 2,312 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 16 additional fatalities. On Sunday, only 14,422 coronavirus vaccines were administered in Illinois, well below the seven-day rolling average of 43,378 doses. Health officials contend that the low number are attributable to the weekend winter storm. There are now 1063 confirmed cumulative cases of COVID in Hickory Hills and 21 related deaths Though the positivity rate is trending in the right direction, please continue to practice good social distancing, hygiene and mask wearing.
We currently are in Phase 1B of vaccine distribution This classification includes all seniors over 65 years old and essential workers. Probably like many of you, I have experienced the frustration of the constant “no available appointments” message as I try to sign my mother up for her first vaccination appointment. Even though it is quite likely that you will receive the same message at the links below due to the current shortage of vaccine and high demand for appointments, I am sharing these websites with you as they may become more helpful to you when greater quantities of vaccine are delivered.
Illinois Department of Public Health
Cook County COVID Vaccination Sign Up
Past Weekend Snow-Message from Public Works Director Sue Lehr
The great residents of Hickory Hills fought the snow storm this weekend like champs. Now we just are waiting for it all to melt away, right? With this amount of accumulation that might be awhile. It becomes challenging to find the right spot where you are able to pile up that snow when clearing it away. With this in mind; kids walking to school, customers shopping, postal workers, emergency workers and even the Amazon delivery driver all have one thing in common – they depend on residents and business owners to make sure there is a clear pedestrian path on sidewalks adjacent to their property. Whether it be the sidewalk, path to your front door, mailbox or the fire hydrant, if you are able, please take a few extra minutes to shovel these areas. Be someone’s Snow Angel and provide safe passage.
Homeowners With Fire Hydrants in Front Yards
I know we are all rather tired of snow removal, but if you have a fire hydrant in your front yard, please check to see that it is visible and not buried in snow. If buried, it would be most appreciated if you could find the time to clear enough snow away so that our responding fire fighters can visually identify hydrant locations in the event of an emergency.
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