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Update From Pritzker's Stop in Murphysboro.

Mar 18, 2020
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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker stopped in Murphysboro on Wednesday March 18th, 2020 to give an update on the Coronavirus situation in Illinois.

Pets and COVID-19

Mar 18, 2020
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Experts are recommending people practice social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But what about pets?

As far as scientists know right now, pets don’t get sick from the form of coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 

But they can carry the virus on their fur or collars, so if you’re in isolation or quarantine, be careful about letting others interact with your cat or dog, said Olivia Rudolphi, veterinarian and president of the Illinois State Veterinary Medicine Association. 

Cancellations continued to rise across the Midwest, as more states took aim at gyms, theaters, hair salons and other places where people gather. The coronavirus also was interfering with planned elections, including the Ohio presidential primary, which is being rescheduled.

Despite fear and uncertainty amid a global pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Illinois voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary election. Overall, however, turnout was down significantly compared to the last presidential primary in 2016.

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The American Red Cross said it needs healthy people to now donate blood.

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Southern Illinois Healthcare is doing drive through testing for the Coronavirus, at three locations in southern Illinois.  The sites are located in Jackson, Williamson and Saline counties.

As widespread disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the country, Illinois retailers are asking residents not to buy more supplies than they need.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker Tuesday announced Illinois’ first COVID-19 death – a Chicago woman in her 60’s with underlying medical conditions.

Area Hospitals Restrict Visitors

Mar 17, 2020

Local hospitals are changing visitor policies as the state tries to stop the spread of coronavirus. As the situation evolves, this information may change.

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Entry to the hospital will be limited to the main and emergency room entrances. All visitors will undergo a health screening. Only visitors over 18 will be permitted and only one visitor per patient.

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The Kentucky Derby was postponed and many other events in the Midwest were canceled, as officials tried to stem the spread of coronavirus. Indiana and Kentucky saw their first fatalities this week, as the number and severity of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the Midwest. Here's a state-by-state summary of the news:

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UPDATE: As the case count continues to rise, information on this story is moving quickly and may be out-of-date. We recommend checking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for ways to stay safe and this John Hopkins tool for the most recent data

Side Effects has received many questions seeking medical information about the new coronavirus and the disease it causes: COVID-19. For answers, we turned to Tom Duszynski, an epidemiologist with the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and Ram Yeleti, Chief Physician Executive with Community Health Network. (This is the second set of questions from the March 11 All IN show from Indiana Public Broadcasting.)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is ordering the cancellation of any event with more than 50 people. It’s the latest mandate in the ongoing effort to slow the spread of coronavirus disease.

The Illinois House on Monday postponed its session in Springfield until danger from spreading COVID-19 abates. 

UPDATE: As the case count continues to rise, information on this story is moving quickly and may be out-of-date. We recommend checking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for ways to stay safe and this John Hopkins tool for the most recent data

As some schools close, workers are told to telecommute and the Indianapolis-based NCAA shuts down tournaments, coronavirus is having a broader impact on our lives. To answer your questions about the changes, we got some help from Tom Duszynski, an epidemiologist with the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and Ram Yeleti, Chief Physician Executive with Community Health Network. They   joined Indiana Public Broadcasting’s All IN on March 11.

Carbondale Police Alter Protocols Due To Coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020

The Carbondale police department is modifying protocols in an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The department will be handling non-emergent calls over the phone, rather than dispatching an officer. The public is being urged to telephone police with non-emergent matters rather than coming to the police department.

Non-criminal fingerprinting and car seat installation are also suspended.

Illinois' U.S. Senator, Dick Durbin, said the Senate will vote soon on the latest deal to address a nationwide outbreak of COVID-19.

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Starting Tuesday March 17th, Murphysboro CUSD 186 will be providing food through the State Board of Education Free Breakfast and Lunch Program. These meals will be sack lunches for people to grab and go. ALL school age children will be provided a meal at the following locations and times.

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Here is a list of southern Illinois restaurants offering curbside or deliveries.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIH Public Information Officer Rosslind Rice about the organization's response and preparation for COVID-19:

Following the confirmation of more COVID-19 cases in Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker is ordering bars and restaurants closed to customers.

At the end of business Monday March 16, all establishments will be prohibited from having customers inside through March 30th.  

Governor J.B. Pritzker says the work of Illinois government will continue during the COVID-19 outbreak.  But changes are coming for many state employees.  

Updated 9:50 p.m. Saturday, March 14

On Saturday evening, Sangamon County health officials announced there are two confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Springfield.

The Southern Illinoisan's Molly Parker details precautions being taken at local community colleges in response to the global Coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is closing all schools in Illinois — public and private — for two weeks. It’s the latest way the state is trying to prevent local spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker told schools superintendents Friday he is closing all K-12 schools starting on March 17.

A local food pantry is responding to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Jackson County Health Department Prepares For Coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020

While no cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in southern Illinois, local agencies are preparing to handle any that appear.

Carbondale Announces Coronavirus Precautions

Mar 13, 2020
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In response to coronavirus, the city of Carbondale has announced efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.

Carbondale City Hall will be closed to the public through the end of the month. Residents who need to pay bills may do so online, via mail or at a dropbox at City Hall. All events planned for the Civic Center or Town Square Pavillion will be canceled, except for voting. The Carbondale City Council meeting scheduled for March 24th is also canceled.

Carbondale Leaders Prep for Coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry, along with City Manager Gary Williams, stopped by the WSIU Studios on Friday, March 13th, 2020.

Citing concerns about coronavirus disease, the Illinois General Assembly is cancelling session for next week. Authorities are also restricting other large gatherings in the Capitol building.

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