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The son of an emergency room doctor in Cape Girardeau is doing what he can to help protect his father from COVID-19.

Saxony Lutheran High School senior Andrew Hyatt built an intubation box for his dad to use while working on patients.


More and more small business owners across Illinois are pushing to convince Governor J-B Pritzker to re-open parts of the economy in places where there are relatively few COVID-19 cases.

Expanded COVID-19 Testing In Southern Illinois

Apr 29, 2020
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Illinois is expanding testing for the coronavirus.

The expanded testing efforts don’t require a doctor’s order. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache or new loss of taste or smell ​can be tested.

SIH: Don't Delay Getting Help In An Emergency

Apr 28, 2020
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Fears of the coronavirus shouldn’t keep people from seeking help in an emergency.

Doctors at Southern Illinois Healthcare said some patients have been hesitant to come to the hospital even when they’re in urgent need of care.

Pregnancy During A Pandemic

Apr 28, 2020
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How can families navigate pregnancy and childbirth during the coronavirus pandemic?

For people who are pregnant and worried about giving birth, Doctor Danielle ​Tomevi, of Southern Illinois OB-GYN has a message: Don’t worry, your doctors are still here for you.

The Murphysboro City Council has approved the adoption of the Murphysboro Economic Relief COVID-19 Event program.

On his Facebook page, Mayor Will Stephens said this City funded program re-purposes $38,000 in grant funding that had previously been earmarked for a business revolving loan fund.

The Jefferson County Health Department says a man in his 70's has died due to COVID-19.

The man had been hospitalized since April 14 and was a resident of a long-term care facility in Jefferson County.


Southern Illinois Senator Dale Fowler says he thinks Governor Pritzker should've taken a regional approach to his modifications to the Stay at Home order.

SIH Recommends Universal Mask Wearing

Apr 23, 2020
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Southern Illinois Healthcare is encouraging residents of southern Illinois to wear masks when out in public.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended universal mask wearing to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. Dr. Matthew Winkleman, a primary care physician with SIH, said mask wearing is especially critical in situations where social distancing is more difficult.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale is canceling summer camps and conference housing for summer 2020 due to ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund has distributed an additional $4.85 million to 18 non-profit organizations across the state, marking the second round of grants since launching.

Anna-Jonesboro High School is hanging onto the possibility of holding graduation for the Class of 2020 on its original date.


The Jefferson County Health Department reports 38 new cases of COVID-19 at a single long-term care facility.

Officials say four others tested positive bringing the total to 42 additional cases in the county within the last 24 hours.

The Murphysboro City Council will be holding a special City Council Meeting this evening to consider the Murphysboro Economic Relief COVID-19 Event.

Mayor Will Stephens says this program would be City funded, and would provide economic relief of up to a thousand dollars for small business owners in Murphysboro.

Groups of Illinoisans are starting to protest Governor J-B Pritzker's ongoing stay at home order as they stress the need to re-open businesses to get the economy re-started.

During Monday's COVID-19 briefing, Pritzker said he is looking at a re-opening the state on a regional basis, since rural parts of the state are reporting fewer cases than urban areas.

The Brown Bag Bistro

A restaurant in the Metro East has come up with a unique way to entice customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker and some state and federal health officials are stressing the need for contact tracing as one of the pillars for helping re-open the economy.

Routine Telemedicine Advances During Pandemic

Apr 16, 2020
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What happens to routine medical care during a pandemic? While most people are concerned about COVID-19, chronic illness and other emergencies haven’t disappeared.

Centerstone Joins Statewide Text Helpline

Apr 14, 2020
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Illinois has launched a new text line for people struggling with concerns during the stay-at-home order.

Illinois continues to try to expand testing capacity across the state.

During the daily briefing on Friday, Governor J-B Pritzker said that includes rural areas.

Jackson County Health Department was notified in the past 24 hours of three new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including the death of a female in her nineties.

This death is the second overall known from the disease in Jackson County.

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Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens participated in a 90-minute conference call with President Donald Trump and other federal officials on Wednesday.

During the call, Stephens says Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Dan Kowalski announced the 12-hundred dollar stimulus checks would start arriving in peoples bank accounts on April 15.

Cape Girardeau County reported its first death from COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center says the victim was a resident in their 80's. No further details are being provided at this time due to privacy laws.

The Jackson County Health Department reports five new cases.

The new positive results include two people in their 20's; one each in their 40's, 60's and 70's.

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry says he's preparing to take steps to help keep local government operating during the state's Stay at Home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a Facebook live session, Henry says he's strongly considering declaring a State of Emergency because some decisions -- that would normally require City Council approval -- need to be made more quickly.

Southern Seven Health Department will implement new measures to keep resident and staff safe from COVID-19.

The State of Illinois' Stay At Home order has caused businesses -- not considered essential -- to shut down for at least the next few weeks.

Gun shops are not among those shutting down. Governor J-B Pritkzer says he believes it's important to keep gun shops open right now.

Illinois continued to share in the nation’s economic pain wrought by COVID-19 with over 178,421 unemployment claims filed last week.

Team USA

WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with U.S. Olympic Hammer Thrower and former Saluki star Deanna Price about the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on her training, the delaying of the 2020 Summer Games and her goals of winning a medal at the games, now set for the summer of 2021.

Arts Illinois Relief Fund

The State of Illinois has launched a new relief fund to support artists and cultural organizations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.