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As of now, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization say the primary way the coronavirus spreads is by hitching a ride on respiratory droplets when people are in close contact.

Respiratory droplets form when someone sneezes, coughs, talks or sings, for example. They don't travel far and fall to the ground quickly.

Critics of Facebook and Twitter — and even some people inside the companies — say dramatic action is needed to counter the way the platforms supercharge false, and sometimes dangerous, claims.

Facebook says it has taken down a network of China-based fake accounts whose posts included content about the U.S. presidential election.

Most of the activity by the more than 180 fake accounts, groups and pages was focused on Southeast Asia, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security policy, said in a blog post Tuesday.

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The Daily Egyptian has filed Freedom of Infomation Act requests to learn more about how many SIU-Carbondale students have been quarantined or isolated because of exposure to COVID-19.

Illinois State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) is calling on Governor JB Pritzker to immediately remove the tightened restrictions on the Metro east, because of what the Senator says, are flaws in the way the Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting the state's COVID-19 cases.  Schimpf says roughly 30 percent of Metro east resident cross the river to Barnes-Jewish Healthcare, in St. Louis, and he says there were reports BJC HealthCare was only reporting positive cases to IDPH.

The City of Carbondale will hold a public hearing at Tuesday night's remote council meeting regarding the City's intent to designate a resident parking pass system for the following areas:

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(September 22) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,531 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with 30 additional deaths. The overall number of coronavirus cases is 277,266 since the pandemic began, and the death toll stands at 8,486.

So far this year, we've experienced extreme forest fires as well as a very active hurricane season.  Brandon Derman is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield.  His new book is Struggles for Climate Justice: Uneven Geographies and the Politics of Connection.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Derman about his book and the environmental, political, and social impact of our changing climate.

WSIU News Morning Update (9/22/2020)

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Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for September 22nd.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing events are being held around southern Illinois in the next several days.

Carbondale Police are investigating gun shots being fired late Sunday night.

At about 10 p.m., officers responded to the area of South Wall and East Mill Streets in reference to a report of shots fired. They learned several shots were fired in the 200 block of North Wall Street causing damage to a residence.

SIU Football to Host SEMO on Oct. 23

Sep 21, 2020

College football is coming to Carbondale.

SIU and SEMO have agreed to play each other at Saluki Stadium next month.

Illinois has reached a COVID-19 testing milestone.  Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike gave the official number on Monday.

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