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Healthcare providers of Chicago reach out to help underprivileged communities during COVID-19 emergency
Erie Family Health Centers gives incorporated and moderate clinical, dental and social human services for patients all things considered, under one rooftop.
President and CEO Dr Lee Francis joined ABC 7 Chicago remotely to discuss what his organization is doing during the COVID-19 emergency.
Francis told that they saw a spike in cases among minority networks and is currently beginning to descend, but it hasn't dropped enough yet.
He said that these people group are likewise profoundly affected by other chronic conditions and low vaccination rates for youngsters.
They're attempting to contact these people through telehealth. Erie serves over 82,000 patients for each year at 13 areas all through Chicago and the encompassing rural areas, paying little heed to protection status, movement status, or the capacity to pay.
Chicago police announces the public safety strategy for Memorial Day
Chicago Police and other officials announced they are preparing a public safety strategy for Memorial Day Weekend on Friday morning.
At 11 a.m., the Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and representatives from the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Park District, and other agencies made this announcement in a press conference.
To increase the safety for people, Chicago police will increase the number of patrols from Friday. People will be able to see a more significant amount of uniform police officers in and around major transit hubs and thoroughfares.
When it comes to large events, the preparation has to be good, and all the aspects of safety should be considered forming a new operation team. For this, the city is launching a first-of-its-kind Summer Operations Center within the Emergency Operations Center at OEMC. According to officials, SOC will start on Friday, and for every weekend this summer, it will be staffed by representatives from different departments of the city such as the Park District, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Public Schools, Streets and Sanitation and more. This operation aims to reach the most vulnerable parts of the society, and departments and agencies will be able to monitor the city quickly and efficiently with this new center.
Loretto Hospital provide free COVID-19 testing which will help underserved West Side communities
Loretto Hospital is offering free and easy testing for COVID-19, but this offer is turning out to be a danger in itself as people arrive at the center hours before the testing begins for COVID-19 at 9 a.m. on the weekend.
Dr. Nikhila Juvvadi, a chief clinical officer at Loretto, said, "So the process, once you get to in the front of the line, is probably less than three minutes, but it is the waiting process. But we try to do the best we can with how many people we have and the resources."
Lorette is located in the Austin neighborhood and is providing drive-thru and walk-up testing since April. The virus is proving to be more harmful to communities of color.
"Austin is an underserved community in terms of health care in general," said Erin Borders, director of outpatient services. "Most of our patients who come to Loretto and in the community have comorbidity."
Around 300 specimens are collected in Loretto daily and are then sent to state labs for processing. According to hospital officials, it takes 5 days to get reports, and delivery of the results is a challenge in such a time.
The medical workers at testing centers know the risk of their jobs, but without thinking about consequences, keep working to provide help to people.
Hospital officials are varied as they are unable to provide antibody testing; they are only testing for a person who has COVID-19 or not.
Harry Caray’s Chicago restaurant comes up with a creative way to welcome customers amid reopening
While numerous eateries attempt to think of approaches to implement social separating amid state’s reviving economies, one nearby café bunch has discovered an exceptional arrangement.
The Harry Caray’s eatery bunch has incidentally shut down all areas in Chicago, Rosemont and Lombard because of the pandemic.
Be that as it may, the café needs to invite supporters grandly, with vast amounts of cardboard patterns of Harry!
Since Harry cherished being with individuals, they thought having a lot of ‘Harrys’ filling void seats would be an approach to have some Harry-style fun! Visitors could likewise get a special photograph operation while keeping up a sheltered domain.
At the point when eateries at first revive, authorities have said they should hold fast to the six-foot social removing CDC rule, which has provoked a few eateries to go through mannequins or blow dolls to fill void seats.
Explosion and fire at General Iron Industries, Clifton Avenue
A major explosion occurred on Monday morning North Side metal scrap yard. According to Ald. Brain Hopkins, firefighters, quickly responded to the fire.
According to a spokesperson from the company, Randall Samborn, the explosion took place at around 9 a.m. at General Iron Industries, 1909N. Clifton Avenue.
He said that no one got injured in the explosion, and there was no fire after the initial blast.
According to the Chicago Fire Department, firefighters responded to the General Iron Industries site in Lincoln Park after an explosion occurred on its conveyor system. On arrival, the firefighters checked the air quality, and there was no risk for the nearby residents. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is on-site to conduct further testing and evaluation, and the Fire Department is investigating the incident.
Last September, General Iron Industries agreed that the site will soon be vacated and will be moved to the Southeast Side by the end of 2020. Hopkins has called for closure before it starts releasing excessive amounts of pollution in the neighborhood.
Hopkins called Mayor Lori Lightfoot to pass the order to close the plant immediately.
"Permanent and immediate closure of this hazardous facility is no longer a discussion point, it must happen NOW, by executive order," Hopkins said.
Coronavirus update for Illinois on May 17
The number of positive cases is increasing quickly all around the world. The rate is also very high for the U.S. The number of confirmed cases in Illinois has reached 98,030 and 4,379 deaths.
For more updates, stay connected with us.
Gun-buying restrictions amid COVID-19
The terror attacks made gun-buying restrictions more common for the American population to exercise their right to possess weapons.
Be that as it may, top law implementation authorities and gun specialists said there has never been a scramble for weapons as found in Illinois since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Weapon sellers are setting changes to meet expectations as "basic organizations," as customary clients and newcomers the same need new guns, ammo and preparing.
Changes are evident at Maxon Shooter's Supplies and Indoor Range in Des Plaines since COVID-19. Clients enter individually and are required to deliver their Firearm Owners Identification card, otherwise called a FOID card.
Supporters should likewise pull down their face covers so a camera can catch their image for security to demonstrate they are who they state they are.
There is yellow tape to stress on social separating, through the business region and at the indoor shooting range where just every other path is presently utilized.
Proprietor Dan Eldridge said they've needed to restock supplies and business is energetic.
Eldridge likewise told that during the previous nine weeks, they had been scarcely ready to stay aware of interest for weapons, ammo and preparing, with most of the purchasers being first-time firearm proprietors. Hand firearms are the top dealers.
Konrad Skarzynski got his first firearm this past April at Maxon's.
Skarzynski bought a 9mm self-loader hand firearm and has been taking instructional courses at Maxon's.
The 36-year-old truck driver told that he got his Firearm Owners ID card quite a while back and wasn't constrained to purchase a weapon up to this point. He fears the pandemic could prompt common distress.
As indicated by the official executive of the Federal Licensees of Illinois, Todd Vandermyde, his interests are not unreasonably remarkable.
Vandermyde stated that various individuals out there who are incredibly concerned, regardless of anything else, will be all alone for their very own security. New state records got by the ABC7 I-Team uncover an unprecedented flood in personal investigations required to purchase guns in Illinois.
While the state doesn't follow genuine buys, these historical verifications are utilized as an indicator.
Since the pandemic lockdown from mid-March to early May, there has been a close to 60% expansion in historical verifications contrasted with a year ago; over 100,000 got and handled over the most recent two months.
Those record numbers additionally reflected the nation over. As indicated by the latest FBI information dissected by the I-Team, in March, those individual verifications bounced by right around 1 million from the earlier month.
Burglary, a man tried to get into two homes in Northwest side of Chicago
An incident of burglary took place in Northwest Side of Chicago on Thursday in Logan Square. The police are asking the people of the area to be aware.
According to Chicago Police, a man tried to get into two homes through the rear window on May 14. The first incident occurred at about 12:20 p.m. in the 2000 block of North Sawyer Avenue, and he was confronted and ran off.
Just about 20 minutes later, a second similar incident occurred in the 2100 block of North Mozart Street. Police said that the person threatened the victims and implied he had a weapon. He ran away with the property.
The description tells about the man to be around 20-30 years old. His height was around 5'7" to 5'9" and weighed 150 pounds to 160 pounds approximately.
If you have any information related to the incident, call Area Five detectives at 312-746-7394.
Chicago Archdiocese announced timeline and guidelines to reopen the churched in Chicago
As the coronavirus continues to spread, the Archdiocese of Chicago had announced guidelines to reopen the churches considering the safety of people slowly.
The reopening plan will start from May 18, where parishes will start training "non-vulnerable" volunteers, which will be finished by the end of the week via webinar.
From May 23, churches can reopen for baptism, reconciliation, weddings, and funerals. The number of people will be limited to only 10, assuming they pass an archdiocesan-required certification of readiness to open.
From May 30, the churches could be reopened for private prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 people inside the church, said the archdiocese.
The archdiocese said that the second phase of reopening would allow churches to have masses of larger groups inside the church, but that phase of the plan still awaits approval from state officials.
Church officials said that the second phase of reopening will require permission from city and state civil authorities.
The Archdiocese of Joliet is also following a similar pattern of reopening for their churches.
Weekend shootings - 23 shot, 4 fatally, in Chicago
In gun violence that happened in Chicago, four people died while 19 others were injured. In the recent attack, a male became the victim of open firing in an alley in the 5500-block of West Cortland Street. He died on the scene. Another person was killed in Fifth City on the West Side. He too died the same way at 4:27 a.m. in the 3400-block of West Adams Street. Then on Saturday, one got injured in West Pullman on the Far South Side. The incident was similar but in this case, one of the victims suffered injuries in the thigh and abdomen while the other suffered in the foot.
The 25-year-old victim was identified as Bobby Berry by the Cook County medical examiner's office and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center. He died there while the 26-year-old has been stabilized at Roseland Community Hospital.
In another call to which the officer’s responded, a 21-year-old was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound. He was identified as Robert Sims by medical examiner's office.
Non-fatal cases -
A teenage girl was injured critically in Englewood on the South Side on Saturday night. She is 17 and suffered injuries in the face and neck about 10:30 p.m. She was dropped by two males at Holy Cross Hospital and was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital.
A 21-year-old man was riding a bicycle in the 4400-block of West Jackson Boulevard at 4:55 a.m. when he was fired upon. He was shot in the hand and the leg. He was admitted to Stroger Hospital and currently is in good condition.
A shot casualty was brought to an emergency clinic Sunday morning in Ukrainian Village. On Saturday night, a man was shot close to a police headquarters in Gresham on the South Side. A lady was shot Saturday evening while at the same time passing through Back of the Yards on the South Side. Saturday evening, two ladies were touched in Little Village on the Southwest Side. Another man and a lady were shot soon after 12 PM in Golden Gate on the Far South Side. Late Friday night, another man was shot while driving in Park Manor on the South Side. Seven others were injured by gunfire across Chicago between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday. A weekend ago, 46 individuals were shot over the city, four of them lethally.