The following message appears in the summer issue of Window to West Chicago.
I would like to take this opportunity to convey my heartfelt sorrow for those in our community who have been touched by the devastating effects of the COVID-19 virus. It has been painful to see the confirmed case numbers rise on the DuPage County Dashboard. These numbers represent mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends and neighbors. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those (as of June 20, 2020) 14 West Chicagoans who have died.
This pandemic has been especially brutal to our Latino community. According to DuPage County Health Department, the positive rate among Hispanic or Latino DuPage County residents is 5.5 times higher than that of non-Hispanic or Latino DuPage County residents.
We have worked hard to pull together and provide education and awareness of best practices to stop the spread in both English and Spanish. Last month, I contacted various community leaders and organizations to ask their help in forming a COVID-19 Communication Network that would assist efforts in reinforcing important messaging through their own channels. I thank all those who answered the call and are amplifying the critical communication that may help to stop the spread.
Resources from the County, State and Federal governments have been shared and distributed in various ways through online platforms, printed fliers, posters and banners. The City devoted a dedicated section of its website for the development of a COVID-19 Communications Center, which offers resources, current news, and updates for residents and businesses. I urge you to bookmark the site, https://westchicago.org/west-chicago-covid-19-communications-center/, and visit it often.
We have all been impacted in some way, some more than others. While we are continuing to recover, reducing our case numbers, reopening our economy, and learning to adapt to a new way of living, I want to share the gratitude and pride I feel for our community’s resilience and my hope for its future.
Stay safe, social distance, wear your masks and wash your hands often. We need to be there for each other.
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