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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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Governor JB Pritzker holds a press briefing on the state’s current response and action plan for managing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Illinois.

Click here to access the video stream. The live stream will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Another 715 positive COVID-19 tests were recorded on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 138,540. In addition, Illinois added 64 deaths - the death toll in the state from COVID-19 is 6,770.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count -  bumped up to 3% for June 17-23. Illinois has processed 1.43 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

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Now that the State of Illinois has released guidelines to help school districts prepare for the return of students to the classroom this fall, the state's leading health official says it's time to get young people ready from a health standpoint.

Southeast Missouri State University has announced what the upcoming Fall 2020 semester will look like amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The State of Illinois rolled out its guidance for in-person school learning to return this fall.

During a special briefing Tuesday, Governor J.B Pritzker said one of the most essential mitigations will be face coverings.

Governor Releases Fall Plans for Schools And Colleges

Jun 23, 2020

Governor J.B. Pritzker wants to see kids in the classroom this fall.  He released guidance Tuesday for students returning to school and college.

Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngoze Ezike says "now is the time to catch up" when it comes to routine wellness checks and immunizations, as the state prepares to move to Phase 4 of reopening at the end of the week.

Another 601 positive tests were recorded on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 137,825. In addition, Illinois added 38 deaths - the death toll in the state from COVID-19 is 6,707.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count -  2% for June 16-22. Illinois has processed nearly 1.4 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

June 23, 2020: House Coronavirus Response Hearing

Jun 23, 2020
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding oversight hearings on the Trump Administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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JB Pritzker holds a press briefing on the state’s current response and action plan for managing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Illinois.

The State of Illinois will enter Phase Four of its pandemic recovery plan this Friday June 26, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced.  The move comes as all areas of the state are meeting metrics for overall levels of COVID-19 and available health services for those seriously ill with the virus.

Boys & Girls Clubs Plan June 24 Reopening

Jun 22, 2020

With Illinois preparing to loosen COVID-19 restrictions later this week, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois is planning on easing into a limited, in-person opening starting Wednesday.

Days ahead of Illinois' next reopening phase, the number of new cases grew by less than 500. IDPH reports 462 new cases of COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon, bringing the statewide total to 137,224 overall positive test results.

Another 26 people died from the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 6,671.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count -  2% for June 15-21. Illinois has processed more than 1.3 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

The pandemic and accompanying stay-at-home orders have greatly affected many regional services, including utilities.

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order and the accompanying months of social distancing have greatly affected what buildings remain open, and where people spend their time. 

Modern life requires electricity, and more people at home has changed how it’s consumed.  Aleksi Paaso is the Director of Distribution Planning at ComEd.  He said the times of day in which people use the most electricity haven’t shifted, but the system’s still been affected.

Daily COVID Update: (June 21)

Jun 21, 2020

Illinois reported an additional 658 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the statewide total for positive test results to 136,762.

Another 23 people died from the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 6,647.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count -  2% for June 13-19. Illinois has processed more than 1.3 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

Daily COVID Update: (June 20)

Jun 20, 2020

Illinois reported an additional 634 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the statewide total for positive test results to 136,104.

Another 45 people died from the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 6,625.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count - remains at 3% for June 13-19. Illinois has processed more than 1.3 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

The coronavirus pandemic brought normal court operations across Missouri to a sudden halt. 

Jury trials were postponed, other court proceedings moved to video conferencing or were done over the telephone, and access to courthouses was strictly limited. Now, the easing of state and local restrictions means courthouses are slowly opening, but it may be a long time before operations fully resume.

Illinois reported an additional 692 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the statewide total for positive test results to 135,470.

Another 44 people died from the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 6,580.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count - remains at 3% for June 12-18. Illinois has processed more than 1.3 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

The University of Illinois plans to reopen campuses for students this fall.  With some caveats.

Thursday's COVID-19 report from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows new cases are holding steady in the state, with 593 new positive tests over the past 24 hours, along with 55 deaths.

Illinois' overall COVID-19 cases now total 134,778, and the death toll is now 6,537.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count - remains at 3% for June 11-17. Illinois has processed more than 1.2 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

  URBANA – Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a saliva-based  COVID-19 test. 

During a webinar hosted Tuesday by U of I Chancellor Robert Jones and other university staff, Martin Burke, a U of I chemistry professor, announced that they had the capacity to test up to 10,000 people per day. 

A list of health and safety guidelines for getting students back in classrooms is scheduled to be released before the end of the month. It will provide rules and recommendations for more than 850 school districts resuming classes this fall.

Another 546 COVID-19 cases were recorded in Illinois on Wednesday, marking 12 days with less than 1,000 new cases.

The additions bring the overall case count to 134,185 positive test results. The state's death toll rose to 6,485, as 87 deaths were recorded on Wednesday.

Still averaging near 20,000 tests per day, the state's 7-day positivity rate remains at 3%.

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This week non-profit agencies in eight southern Illinois counties will receive 400-thousand dollars to help with relief from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds will be distributed in 61 different grants throughout the week.

Just a few months ago, LuAnn Cooper and her client Margie went on lots of outings together — exercising at the gym, grocery shopping, getting ice cream. 

But the pandemic put a stop to those trips.

Margie, who has a developmental disability, hasn’t been able to leave her home in Washington, Missouri, since March. 

Republicans Sue Governor Over Limits On Gatherings

Jun 16, 2020

The Illinois Republican Party is suing Governor J.B. Pritzker over the crowd limitations he imposed during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

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Southern Illinois leaders say they're disappointed with a decision that bars the Amateur Trapshooters Association from hosting their Grand American competition in Sparta this year.


Illinois' COVID-19 positivity rate remained steady at 3% in the week ending June 15.

Data released Tuesday showed 623 new cases of COVID-19, along with 72 additional deaths.

Those totals bring the overall case count to 133,369 and the death toll to 6,398.

More than 1.2 million tests have been administered in the state since the pandemic arrived - labs are testing nearly 20,000 tests each day.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul says he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Illinois residents who have lost income because of COVID-19 now may find it easier to get help paying their bills.  On a visit to West Frankfort on Monday, Governor JB Pritzker noted how the pandemic has hurt many people.

Illinois remains on track to enter the next phase of reopening next week, as the number of new COVID-19 cases on Monday was 473. The overall case count now stands at 133,016.

Another 19 deaths were also announced - bringing the statewide death toll to 6,326.

More than 1.2 million tests have been administered in the state since the pandemic arrived. The Illinois Department of Public Health says the positive test rate for the previous 7 days (June 8-14) remained steady at 3%.

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