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Mon
06
Apr

CDHD reports 56 confirmed COVID cases in area

Central District Health Department reports a total of 56 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Central District as of 5 p.m. Sunday, a significant increase from the prior day’s total. This does not include the number of cases being diagnosed by health care providers without COVID testing based on symptoms alone. The total also does not reflect cases of COVID-19 in individuals whose symptoms may be mild enough that they do not seek healthcare.

 

Sat
04
Apr

Hamilton Community Foundation establishes COVID-19 Response Fund

Last week the Hamilton Community Foundation Board of Directors approved the creation of the HCF COVID-19 Response Fund, which is designed to help address immediate needs in the community created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While our hospital, healthcare providers, emergency personnel, schools and local businesses are doing everything in their power to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and meet the needs in the community, our local nonprofit organizations are also preparing to assist our community in a different way during this unprecedented time,” said Tammy Morris, the foundation’s executive director. “HCF is working to move resources to community-based nonprofit organizations directly supporting critical food and housing needs of individuals, families and seniors seeking assistance as a result of COVID-19.”

Fri
03
Apr

Sign of the times

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This sign on Highway 34 near Memorial Community Hospital speaks volumes our how the community, state, nation and world feel about healthcare workers now serving on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. "Heroes Work Here" indeed!

Thu
02
Apr

City park use restricted

As of Thursday Aurora city officials have restricted use of city parks to walking only, as social gatherings and use of playground and other facilities is prohibited due to the growing coronavirus threat.

Wed
01
Apr

Clean-up week postponed at waste site

City officials announced Wednesday that in an effort to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, clean-up week at the waste site will be postponed until further notice.
The city will send out a publication upon the determination of the new dates.

 

Wed
01
Apr

Aurora Mall responds to COVID concern

In response to safety concerns being shared via social media in regard to the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Hamilton County, Aurora Mall management offered a statement: “As of right now we do not know of any of our employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus.”

Wed
01
Apr

First COVID case confirmed in Hamilton County

The global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has reached Hamilton County.

The Central District Health Department reports a total of 15 lab-confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, up from a total of six Monday morning.
Fourteen cases are in Hall County and one case is in Hamilton County. The total number of tests administered is not known since various labs both private and public are processing tests. No additional information is available as to where in Hamilton County the individual is from, or how they might have contracted the virus.

Wed
01
Apr

Aurora natives caught in the COVID-19 epicenter

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Two Aurora natives living in the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic sent the same warning back home this week from New York City -- take this threat seriously.

Tereasa Payne and Erin Whitney grew up in Aurora about 10 years apart and now live in the Big Apple, where the spread of COVID-19 has changed their lives in various ways. Both shared their experiences and perspective, which vary some because they live in different parts of the city.
“I personally know people my age and younger who have died already with no pre-existing conditions,” said Payne, a 1992 Aurora grad. “Some people are saying I’m young and strong, but no one knows if they have it. A lot of this is not symptomatic until you have it, when it’s too late to know that you’re spreading it. This is serious, so the quicker we all comply and stay isolated the quicker we’re going to get rid of it and get back to our normal lives.”

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Wed
01
Apr

Edgerton Center, staff keep education forward during closure

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Even though the doors remain closed at the Edgerton Explorit Center amid coronavirus concerns, the learning hasn’t stopped.
Recently, the Explorit Center began hosting “Let’s Explorit” classes, hosting sessions on Facebook Live during the week as another way for students to keep learning.
The Facebook Live sessions are being held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. on the Edgerton’s Facebook page.
According to Edgerton’s Executive Director Mary Molliconi, these sessions are perfect while the center and schools remain closed.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
01
Apr

Meyer on final lap of education career

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During his time at High Plains Community Schools, Steve Meyer has taught many lessons and seen the school grow and change, but the longtime Storm coach and teacher is looking at the next chapter with plans to retire at the end of the 2019-20 year.
At the beginning of his career, Meyer taught social studies and physical education in Hordville for two years. He noted that the next 13 years he was with Polk-Hordville while his final 20 years were spent at High Plains.
“When I started in Hordville. I taught some social studies classes and all the physical education,” he said. “When I moved to Polk-Hordville I taught mostly all social studies classes. Then when we switched to High Plains, I taught American government and the rest were physical education classes.”

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