Cook County health leaders hold Q&A as omicron continues to surge

COOK COUNTY, Ill. – Cook County Public Health leaders discussed the county’s new mitigation order and answered questions about the current COVID-19 surge.

Dr. Rachel Rubin said in Cook County, they’re seeing between 10,000 and 12,000 new cases diagnosed every single day.

“I think we’re really teetering on the brink right now,” Dr. Rubin said. “The basic point is that we’re trying to keep everybody safe, we’re trying to save lives with this added mitigation.”

Cook County’s new mitigation order requires everyone over the age of 5 show proof of full vaccinations where food or drink are served or fitness activities. There are some new exceptions, including children in sports.

“Those 18 years old or younger that are involved in sports related activities are exempt from that activity because we are expecting them to follow the state’s all sports guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education,” Dr. Rubin said.

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This impossibly cheesy one-pot copycat Hamburger Helper belongs in your winter recipe rotation

When I was burned out and tired of cooking, figuring out how to make the perfect copycat Hamburger Helper got me excited about being in the kitchen again. 

I then recounted my monthslong journey of trying to recreate this iconic packaged food, which was the best thing for my cooking in 2021. 

“Is it fine dining?” I wrote for Salon Food. “No, but amid a constant flurry of promises from recipe writers and food TikTokers — sheet pan dinners, five-ingredient fixes, no-mess food prep — here was the platonic ideal of the one-pot meal, and I wanted to make it my own.” 

The essay detailed my attempt to create a 100% homemade version of Hamburger Helper that captured the nostalgia inherent to this boxed brand but was made from scratch with whole supermarket ingredients. I previously detailed my process and the lessons I learned (like how buttermilk

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