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As we suffer through endless — and daily — muddle and blather from the current president related to COVID-19, locals have come to rely on substantially more immediate and accurate information from our hometown and our state officials.

Local mayors including Hoskins in Forest Park, Abu-Taleb in Oak Park, and Adduci in River Forest have grasped that we'll all deal better and follow the imposed restrictions more closely if we know this virus is all about us. At the city and state level, Lightfoot and Pritzker have been exemplars of plain talk, delivered with context and concern every day at the same hour.

That's why it has been disturbing and confounding to see the Cook County Department of Public Health so thoroughly botch a public-facing website seemingly designed to tell residents across Cook how many COVID-19 cases are in their town and of any deaths linked to their communities.

Our Growing Community Media reporters discovered this largely unknown site last week after tips from local officials. Since then the site has disappeared, reappeared, crashed, provided conflicting information. All the things a good public health communications strategy should avoid.

Can't tell you at this moment the status of the site. Can tell you Cook County residents deserve straight information on a crisis that has upended each of our lives.

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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: April 3rd, 2020 12:51 PM

What will complicate matters worse is that programmers who generally work remotely are not going to be able to figure out what connects to what. This is the misfortune of how some websites are handled and the most interesting thing that I have found to be true through out the years is that programmers come and go which makes a new person have to start from the beginning to unravel how code is written. Do we deserve better is the question and the answer is probably not because we never hold anyone accountable and we always accept when a person says, "I own it", and nothing changes. So good luck to the county and good reporting with the Forest Park Review

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