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This is a guide to the things we do know, from scientists, doctors and public health experts — a resource that changes alongside our understanding of this virus.

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After a member of his staff recently tested positive for COVID-19, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker  Wednesday gave his weekly  briefing from quarantine, and reported nine out of 11 regions have seen positivity rates decline, over the last two weeks.  But  Region one, in the northwest part of the state, has surpassed a positivity rate of eight percent for three days in a row.  As a result, the Governor says, stricter measures will be in force, including no indoor bar service or dining in that region.

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(September 30) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,273 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 35 additional deaths. The overall number of coronavirus cases is 293,274 since the pandemic began, and the death toll stands at 8,672.

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The state announced Halloween COVID-19 guidance encouraging social distancing while trick-or-treating, and the governor took questions in a virtual news conference Wednesday.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Andrea Stephens, the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator for The Women's Center in Carbondale.

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A staffer who recently traveled with Gov. JB Pritzker has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the governor and others to self-isolate for a period of two weeks, his office announced Tuesday.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about the university's response and plans surrounding COVID-19, and also recent "Conversations of Understanding" and initiatives combatting racism throughout the system.

InFocus: Covid-19

Sep 27, 2020

When the novel coronavirus arrived in Illinois, it forced dramatic changes to the way we all live and work. In this episode of InFocus, we explore how those changes affected policy, education, healthcare, and the arts. We learn more about organizations that are stepping up to fill the gaps for people who need help.

Governor JB Pritzker was upbeat in talking on Wednesday about the latest COVID-19 numbers for Region Four, the Metro East, a region that once had a positivity rate of 10 %.

After weekend protests against postponing many fall high school sports, Gov. JB Pritzker again defended the decision.

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.

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

Illinois is starting to award grants to renters to help them catch up on late payments. But the need far outpaces the funding available and more than 50,000 applicants won't get help.

COVID-19’s effects on learning for Illinois students emerged in a state Senate committee this week.

Robin Steans, president of the education advocacy nonprofit Advance Illinois, said COVID-19 has placed a reliance on remote learning that has put students at a disadvantage.


SIU Medical School Researching COVID-19 And Brain Aging

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Researchers at SIU School of Medicine are exploring possible links between Alzheimer’s Disease and COVID-19.

Kevin Hascup runs a research lab on the effects of aging and Alzheimer’s.His project recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health to study how COVID impacts brain aging.

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Governor JB Pritzker will update the state's COVID response at noon on Wednesday, September 16.

You can watch the governor's update by clicking here.

When the COVID shutdown hit, lots of people lost jobs and couldn’t pay their rent. States and cities responded by putting a moratorium on evictions, but those are ending. Housing advocates are now bracing for a flood of evictions — and a public health problem.

Teaching is already challenging enough without a pandemic shaking up how the classroom operates. As schools reopen, many districts are focused on keeping their staff and students safe from COVID-19. But the pandemic is also taking a toll on teachers’ mental health. 

SIUC's Chancellor says as more testing becomes available, the school may consider mandatory COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff.

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In-person learning is being paused this week for eighth grade students at Murphysboro Middle School.

The district notified parents Monday about a second eighth grade teacher and one eighth grade student who tested positive for COVID-19.

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Schools weren't the only organizations trying to navigate a changing landscape this year.  

Support organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois are making changes this fall to help area students.

COVID Scams Continue to Evolve

Sep 14, 2020

Much like the virus itself, COVID-19 scams continue to spread six months into the pandemic.

Since Wednesday, more than 194,000 complaints related to COVID-19 and stimulus payments have been submitted to the Federal Trade Commission, including roughly 1,200 fraud complaints and 400 identity-theft complaints from Missouri.

Sierra is in a bind. She and her husband have two children — ages three and nine years old — and they live in Urbana, a college town in east-central Illinois. 

COVID-19 cases in Williamson county have been rising significantly since mid-August. On September 10th, the Franklin-Williamson Bicounty Health Department reported 46 new cases in Williamson county.

While some of the cases are connected to outbreaks in long-term care facilities, Director of Health Education Carrie Eldridge said community spread is a significant factor.

While the world fights the pandemic, health experts say there's a chronic epidemic that continues to hide in the shadows. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and in Illinois, one person takes his or her own life, on average, every six hours.

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In his COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, Governor JB Pritzker said nine out of 11 regions in the state are showing decreased positivity rates of the virus.  However, he added, region four, in the Metro East, is continuing to see high rates of community spread.

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Governor JB Pritzker updates the state's COVID-19 statistics and response.

You can watch the event by clicking here.

On a Friday evening in late June, Liliana Quintero received a call from one of the Spanish interpreters working at a COVID-19 testing site in Goshen, Indiana. The area has one of Indiana’s higher Latinx populations and higher rates of COVID-19 cases, according to state data.

“[He was] saying, ‘Liliana I need to inform you that the nurse who is in charge of this site just told me that each time that she sees Hispanics coming to this site, she's going to call the police,’” recalls Quintero, director of the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition, an Elkhart-based health education and advocacy nonprofit.

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The Southern Seven Health Department is hosting a drive-thru COVID-19 testing unit at its Pulaski County office this weekend.

The weekly COVID-19 case count from SIU-Carbondale shows another jump in positive tests from last week.

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