More Deaths Reported, Ways To Help: Coronavirus In The Southland

Tim Moran

This article originally appeared on the Orland Park Patch

A week ago, the new coronavirus had just hit the south suburbs. Now, it is all over. From the tragic deaths that have already hit the region to the several ways individuals and groups have offered a lending hand, here’s the latest on the pandemic in the south suburbs.

DEATHS

Oak Forest Man Dies Of Coronavirus: Medical Examiner

A 61-year-old man whose home address is the same as the Bjorklund House died Friday at Palos Community Hospital.

Lemont Woman Dies From Coronavirus: Medical Examiner

The 65-year-old woman with the same address as Franciscan Village died from septic shock due to the coronavirus.

Medical Examiner Identifies 3 Chicagoans Who Died of Coronavirus

Cook County Medical Examiner identifies three Chicagoans who died of coronavirus as Illinois death toll climbs.

2 Coronavirus Deaths Reported In Olympia Fields

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed two deaths due to the new coronavirus in Olympia Fields.

2 Coronavirus Deaths Reported In Hazel Crest

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the deaths of a 79-year-old man and 74-year-old man.

Coronavirus Death Reported In Harvey

Among the latest Cook County deaths related to the new coronavirus is a 65-year-old man who died in Harvey.

First Coronavirus Death From Burbank Reported

Cook County Medical Examiner confirms Burbank's first publicly noted coronavirus death.

CONFIRMED CASES

4 Coronavirus Cases At Bjorklund House In Oak Forest: Report

Four residents of an Oak Forest home for adults with disabilities have tested positive, the Daily Southtown reported.

Chicago Heights Police Officer Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The police officer will be in self-isolation for 14 days.

Coronavirus Case Confirmed In Midlothian

The first coronavirus case in Midlothian has been confirmed.

Coronavirus: Franciscan Village Resident Tests Positive

The person was only at the facility for a short time, and resided in a private room.

Confirmed Coronavirus Case In Tinley Park; EMS Crew Self-Isolates

Village officials confirmed Tuesday there's still only one coronavirus case confirmed in Tinley Park.

2 Coronavirus Cases Reported In Orland Park: Village

Two elderly people in Orland Park have tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to village officials.

Coronavirus IL: Will County Confirmed Cases Reaches 26

The Will County Health Department announced five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and that more than a dozen communities have been impacted.

Sandburg Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus

A food service worker who was last at Sandburg High School on March 16 has tested positive for the coronavirus.

TESTED NEGATIVE

EP Activity Program Participant Tests Negative For Coronavirus

A participant in class at the Evergreen Park Activity Center has tested negative for coronavirus, mayor said.

QUARANTINED

Grand Princess Passenger Recounts Coronavirus Quarantine

Gail Egan, her sister and her friend were tested for the coronavirus a few days ago and are awaiting results to see if they can head home.

3 Homewood Paramedics Self-Quarantine After Coronavirus Exposure

The paramedics were exposed to the new coronavirus while responding to a call in Homewood.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Social Distancing At Tinley Board Meeting Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Village trustees used social distancing measures during their most recent meeting.

HOSPITAL REOPENED

Former MetroSouth Hospital Reopened To Treat Coronavirus Patients

Former MetroSouth Medical Center could start receiving quarantined coronavirus patients Thursday after striking deal to reopen with city.

SCIENCE

Argonne National Laboratory Uses Supercomputers To Take On Coronavirus

Dr. Stephen Streiffer of Argonne is among those helping make sense of all the number crunching.

CLOSURES

Homewood Adoption Center Closes; Pets Available At Humane Society

Several pets remain available for adoption at the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights.

Lemont Bank And Trust Temporarily Closed

Wintrust Community Banks, which operates the Lemont branch, has also closed five other suburban locations.

Park District Closes Playgrounds, Bark Park

According to the park district, the Bark Park and other park amenities which require contact with hard surfaces are closed.

Parks And Playgrounds Closed In Homer Glen

Trails and open spaces remain open, but you should practice social distancing when using them, the village said.

Blue Island PD Temporarily Closed, Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus

NBC Chicago reports the Blue Island Police Department has shut down operations after a police officer tested positive for coronavirus.

Lemont Township Offices Closed, Operating Remotely

If you need information on the food pantry, donations, transportation and other township services, call 630-257-2522.

CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS

Gaelic Park Irish Fest Postponed Due To Coronavirus Crisis

Organizers have made an early decision to postpone the Gaelic Park Irish Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in Oak Forest.

Boy Scout Troop Pancake Breakfast Postponed Due To Coronavirus

A makeup date for the annual pancake breakfast set for April 4 has yet to be announced.

Moraine Valley Reschedules Canceled Performances And Shows

Moraine Valley Fine and Performing Arts Center has reschedule shows and performances canceled during the coronavirus emergency.

GOOD DEEDS AND DONATIONS

Coronavirus Can't Spoil Girl's Birthday Thanks To Mini Parade

Car honkers and a mini parade of police and firefighters made a New Lenox girl's 9th birthday special.

100 Free Pizza Slices Will Be Delivered To Seniors: Coronavirus

Barraco's Pizza has partnered with the 19th Ward on the most recent effort to help during the coronavirus crisis.

Effort Begins To Feed Medical Staff At Christ Amid Coronavirus

Residents of the 19th Ward have raised more than $6,000 to provide meals for those on the front lines at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Maple Tree Inn Flips Carryout Orders Into Needed Donations

A modest donation with call-in orders helps #GIFTTHEGLOVES, $6 sends 100 personal protective gloves to local first responders.

D228 Donates Gloves To First Responders During Coronavirus Crisis

The District 228 science department donated gloves to first responders in Oak Forest, Tinley Park, Country Club Hills and Midlothian.

19th Ward Effort To Help Amid Coronavirus Expands To Police, Fire

More than $20,000 has been raised in an effort started by 19th Ward Ald. Matt O'Shea.

'Bedtime With The Bolts': Andrew Athletes Read Children's Stories

Student-athletes at Andrew High School have been reading bedtime stories and sharing the videos on social media.

Facebook Coronavirus Do-Gooder Appears On Dr. Oz

An Oak Lawn mom who started a Facebook page to combat coronavirus hoarding will be on Dr. Oz March 25 after they read her story on Patch.

MORE DONATIONS NEEDED

Coronavirus: Silver Cross Hospital Accepting Supply Donations

If you'd like to donate items, call the Silver Cross Foundation at 815-300-7105.

Coronavirus: Frankfort Fire District Seeks Donations Of Supplies

The fire district said it is accepting donations of N95 masks, N100 masks, surgical masks, gowns, Tyvek suits and health-grade wipes.

Coronavirus: Police Department Seeks Donations Of Supplies

If you have items to donate, you can drop them off at Lemont Police Department, 14600 127th St., in Lemont.

Masks Needed At Primary Care Office In Orland Amid Coronavirus

Masks, gloves and other protective gear are needed at the Dr. Susan Rife & Associates Family Medicine in Orland Park.

Community Face Mask-Makers Needed For Coronavirus Shortage

If you can sew, you can help. St. Gerald's Women's Club launches community initiative to make fabric face masks during shortage.

HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES

Coronavirus: New Lenox Approves Local Business Loan Program

Mayor Tim Baldermann said he and the board came up with the idea after some businesses were forced to close or change operations.

Restaurants In Flossmoor Open For Takeout, Delivery: Coronavirus

The village has shared a table indicating which ones are offering curbside pickup, drive-thru and delivery services.

Where To Order Takeout In Palos During Coronavirus Shutdown

While you're hunkered down at home, support Palos and Hickory Hills restaurants by ordering a meal during the coronavirus shutdown.

THINGS TO DO WHEN THERE’S NOWHERE TO GO

Track Team Encourages Toilet Paper Challenge to Spread Smiles

The Tinley Park High School girls track & field team is getting creative while stuck at home.

Who Says You Can't Play Catch While Social Distancing?

The Evergreen Park Community High School girls softball team makes the best out of a challenging situation in upbeat music video.

Beat Coronavirus Blues With Photos: Will Co. Forest Preserve

Bored and stuck at home? The Will County Forest Preserve is launching a backyard photo contest for local nature lovers.

Forest Preserve Holds 'Tournament Of Birds' On Facebook

The tournament is part of the preserve’s quest to provide diversions during the new coronavirus pandemic and the stay-at-home directives.

Oak Forest Amid Coronavirus: Photographer's Black And White Journal

Kristina Ryon is documenting the shutdown in and near Oak Forest through a series of black and white photos.

'Sidewalk Squares of Hope' Cheer Up Neighbors During Quarantine

St. Linus students impromptu sidewalk art walk cheers up neighbors during coronavirus quarantine.

Most Holy Redeemer Teachers Form Car Parade To Visit Students

Teachers and students from Most Holy Redeemer visit each other from a safe distance during coronavirus shutdown. Watch the video.

Alums Celebrate #WeAreSXU Day From Home

It was still "a great day to be a Cougar" as all "We Are SXU Day" celebrations occurred away from the school.

Coronavirus: Lemont Library Offers Virtual Reference Services

The library is closed, but residents can still apply online for a temporary library card.

STILL THERE TO HELP

Crisis Center Still Helping Victims Through Coronavirus Outbreak

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia has made some changes to make sure their shelter stays virus-free.

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