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Mental health experts share lessons from the pandemic with launch of Walgreens expressions challenge

The Covid-19 pandemic changed the world forever. It taught mental health experts some vital lessons and reinforced to Walgreens how the company’s Expressions Challenge is important for the mental health of teenage students. Expressions helped more than 3,500 teens nationwide ...

National blood crisis may put patients at risk

TTW Staff The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Dangerously low blood supply levels are posing a concerning risk to patient care and forcing doctors to make ...

FDA authorizes Pfizer boosters for ages 12 to 15

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to expand the use of a single booster dose to include use in individuals from 12 to 15. The agency announced in a ...

Governor, hospital leaders urge hospitals to postpone non-emergency surgeries during Omicron Surge

To prepare for a likely surge of post-holiday Omicron COVID-19 cases and to prepare for a potential shortage of staffed ICU beds, Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association are urging hospitals to take every possible measure ...

New tactics announced to defeat COVID

President Biden recently announced new actions aimed at protecting Americans and helping communities and hospitals battle Omicron. Among the actions are plans to distribute 500 million free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests beginning in January, which the White House called another ...

Giving blood is the best gift anyone could give

TTW Staff That’s how Lydia Langford views the monthly blood transfusions she gets. “If I don’t get that blood, then I’m going to die,” Langford said. “And it truly, truly, is life or death.” The Problem Since birth, Langford has ...

SHIELD testing offered through JJC to offer students rapid COVID results

Joliet Junior College and SHIELD Illinois will hold a Holiday COVID-19 Screening on Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. The screenings take place in Lower J-Building at Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road.

WNBA & Black Women's Health Imperative spread the word to Take the Shot for the Win this weekend at Chicago's Arne Duncan Classic and Bishop Shepard Little Center

The Times Weekly Newswire Washington - The Black Women's Health Imperative (BWHI) joins forces with players of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) to tackle the growing number of COVID-19 cases impacting communities throughout the Chicago, IL area The organization, ...

Edward, Elmhurst Hospitals named among best in U.S. for maternity care

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Edward Hospital in Naperville and Elmhurst Hospital in its inaugural list of Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals, part of Edward-Elmhurst Health (EEH), are among 237 of 2,700 hospitals in ...

COVID numbers continue to climb in the region

For the second week in a row, COVID numbers for Will County are on the rise, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Rep. Robin Kelly Speaks at First Ever White House Maternal Health Day of Action

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02) on Tuesday attended Vice President Harris’ first-ever Maternal Health Day of Action at the White House.

Will County COVID numbers on the rise

Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox recently reported a total of 54 COVID-related patients, 52 of which were “COVID-positive” and, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the seven-day test positivity rate in Will County rose to 8.6 percent. ...

Donors needed now to address historically low blood supply

TTW Staff Nearly two years into the pandemic, everyone has earned a holiday break with their family and friends. But as the nation gathers again for celebrations this season, the American Red Cross, which provides 40% of the country’s blood, ...

Plainfield Fire Protection to host blood drive

The Plainfield Fire Protection District will host a community blood drive with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois on Wednesday, December 8th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Fire District Administration and Training Facility, 23748 W. 135th Street.

First confirmed case of Omicron variant detected in the United States

thetimesweekly.com The California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health have confirmed that a recent case of COVID-19 among an individual in California was caused by the Omicron variant. According to a news release from the Centers for Disease Control ...

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