Get vaccinated, get tested, stay safe

Chicago health officials announced Thursday that there were 5,216 confirmed cases of COVID in the city, the most detected in a 24-hour period. Residents are being urged to get vaccinated, wear their masks and get tested, especially before and after holiday gatherings.

Loretto Hospital offering free COPD screening throughout November

“While there’s no cure for COPD, if it’s diagnosed and treated early, it can be a very manageable condition,” said Dr. Nikhila Juvvadi, Loretto Hospital’s chief medical officer. Free pulmonary function testing is available to Austin residents living in the 60651, 60644, 60624, 60623 and 60612 Zip codes.

Free flu, COVID-19 shots

The Chicago Department of Public Health will be giving free COVID-19 and flu shots from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 1 at 4924 W. Chicago Ave. For more information, call the 37th Ward office at (773) 379-0960.

Watch free screening of film about urban gardening

The screening of “Can You Dig This” will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5628 W. Washington Blvd. After the film, there will be a discussion, and there will also be free snacks and a mini-farmers marekt.