Austin targeted in new city campaign to fight COVID-19

Austin is the only West Side neighborhood city officials are targeting in the campaign, which aims to address the disproportionate impact the global pandemic has had on African American communities. The city will host a tele-town hall for Austin residents this Saturday, April 25 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Austin Coming Together (@act.chicago) will live stream the town hall through its social media platforms.

Stay-at-home order poses challenge for those in recovery

There are programs available in Austin for people who want to continue treatment or seek help for the first time. Austin native Jerome McNutt, who’s been sober for 19 months, says he’s taking things one day at a time and encourages others to do the same. “This is a good time to get your life right.”

Governor pledges more COVID-19 testing on West Side

Four Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Chicago – including PCC Community Wellness Center, which operates two sites in Austin, and the Lawndale Christian Health Center – will expand testing on the West and South sides over the next several days to an additional 400 tests per day.

Coronavirus victim Adrew Betts remembered

Longtime Austin resident, lover of barbecue and community leader Adrew Betts has died from complications of the coronavirus. The longtime member of Greater St. John Bible Church leaves behind three children, six grandchildren and many friends.

Austin’s top cop: Stay inside

While fewer people are illegally gathering than before, 15th District Commander Yolanda Talley says residents must stop congregating outside. “People in our community need to take this a lot more seriously,” Talley said of the state’s nearly 3-week-old, stay-at-home order.

Officials warn Austin hospital in jeopardy

State Rep. La Shawn Ford, Congressman Danny K. Davis and others warned Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic could lead to Loretto Hospital closing. They pleaded for more funding for the hospital, the community’s largest private employer.