Kzoo native throwing out first pitch at Wrigley Field

Dr. Allison Arwady is being celebrated for her role in fighting COVID-19.

A Kalamazoo Public Schools alum is getting a moment in the limelight thanks to her work in fighting the coronavirus pandemic in Chicago.

Dr. Allison Arwady is the commissioner for Chicago’s Department of Public Health. She, along with Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, will get to throw out the first pitches at the Chicago Cubs’ home opener on April 1.

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Arwady is a graduate of Loy Norrix High School. She went from there to Harvard, then Columbia, then Yale before working with infectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

She was appointed commissioner in January of 2020, just weeks before COVID-19 shut down much of the country. She quickly became known for daily briefings online in Chicago, a series called “The Doc Is In: Ask Dr. Arwady.” She’s continued to lead the city’s health response, virtually and literally, ever since.

The game kicks off at 2:20pm.

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