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The number of new COVID-19 cases in Illinois was flat on Sunday, down one patient from the day before.

With 672 new cases added on Sunday, Illinois' total positive test results now stand at 132,543.

Nineteen additional deaths were recorded, as well. That brings the death toll to 6,308. 

More than 22,000 tests were processed from Saturday to Sunday, pushing the number of tests in Illinois to 1,190,985 overall. The state says the positive test rate for the previous 7 days (June 7-13) remained steady at 3%.

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Illinois recorded an additional 673 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, along with 29 new deaths.

Total numbers now show 131,871 positive test results, and 6,289 deaths.

The state says the positive test rate for the previous 7 days (June 6-12) dropped to 3%.

Carbondale City Hall to Reopen June 15

Jun 12, 2020

Carbondale City Hall is planning to reopen on Monday, June 15.

Face masks or face coverings will be required to enter City Hall, and there will be plexiglass and social distance markers at locations where employees interact with the public.

The rate of increase for Illinois COVID-19 cases continues its slow decline. On Friday, the state reported 595 new cases of the illness, and 77 additional deaths.

Total numbers include 131,198 positive test results, and 6,260 deaths. The state says the positive test rate for the previous 7 days was 4%.

An Illinois high school sports coach has mixed feelings about the state’s new guidelines on high school athletics.


Despite calls to reopen, Governor J-B Pritzker says Illinois is not ready.

An additional 766 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Illinois on Thursday, continuing a trend of fewer than 1,000 new reported cases. The new report brings the overall case count to 130,603.

Meanwhile another 91 Illinoisans died connected to COVID-19. The death toll rose to 6,185 on Thursday.

The June 11 announcement also showed the positivity rate among total tests from June 3-June 10 is 4%.

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There's a new tool to help both consumers and farmers affected by recent meat shortages.

The Missouri Farm Bureau has launched a new database of farmers who sell their meat products directly to consumers.

Illinois continues to report new cases of COVID-19, but the number has remained under 1,000 for nearly a week as of June 10.

On Wednesday, 625 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. In addition, another 78 Illinoisans died.

The announcement brings the overall case count to 129,837 and the death toll to 6,095.

The state's positivity rate from June 3 through June 9 was 4%.

SIH Distributes First Round Of COVID-19 Relief Fund

Jun 10, 2020

Southern Illinois Healthcare is donating funds to 18 social services agencies to help with relief during the coronavirus pandemic.

A recent SIH community needs assessment found as many as 23.4% of the area’s population is living at or below the poverty line. That assessment was completed prior to the pandemic, and SIH says is likely to have increased due to the coronavirus.

Experts Remind Parents To Keep Up With Immunizations

Jun 10, 2020
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Southern Illinois Healthcare is encouraging parents to bring their kids in for routine immunizations, even though the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing.

Parents may have put off routine visits when the pandemic began, but now that it’s clear the coronavirus will be a concern for a while, SIH wants parents to remember that it’s still important to bring children in for their vaccinations.

Pediatrician Tandy Korte said it’s especially important for babies under 18 months to get all their immunizations on schedule so they are protected from preventable illnesses.

SIH Offers Guidelines For Reopening Businesses

Jun 10, 2020

Southern Illinois Healthcare has released a guide for businesses that are reopening in the age of COVID-19.

The guide includes information on screening workers and what to do if an employee contracts COVID-19. It also includes best practices for staff and customers, instructions on how to use personal protective equipment and how to disinfect offices and equipment.

The guide is available through the Chambers of Commerce in Carbondale, Carterville, Herrin, Jefferson Co., Marion, Murphysboro, Salem, Saline County, and West Frankfort.

Colleges around the state are working on their plans to host classes on campus this fall. A few outlined their plans while discussing them with the Illinois Board of Higher Education Tuesday.

A recent COVID-19 outbreak in Jackson County was connected to a church that held services during the stay-at-home order

The Jackson County Health Department would not confirm the identity of the church when asked. Administrator Bart Hagston said that more than 50 cases were connected to that outbreak.

Illinois reported nearly 800 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, but leaders say the overall trend is still going down.

With an additional 797 cases, the state's total positive test count sits at 129,212.

Tuesday also saw 95 new deaths from COVID-19, pushing the death toll past 6,000 - to 6,018.

Overall, the positivity rate for Illinois from June 2 - June 8 is 4%.

A smaller number of positive COVID-19 cases was recorded on Monday, marking at least three consecutive days where the new case total was less than 1,000.

The total new positive cases on June 8 is 658, and the state also added 23 new deaths.

The overall total infections for Illinois now stands at 128,415, and total deaths at 5,924.

Automobile dealers in Illinois were among the hardest hit businesses during the state’s COVID-19 stay-at-home period.

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In his monthly original nature commentary, Ornithologist Dr. Mike Baltz explores the possibility that  COVID-19 is having an impact on how we look at nature.

Illinois schools are now able to welcome students back for some types of in-person learning during the summer. The State Board of Education has issued guidance to districts to offer several programs.

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Millions of dollars in tourism revenue could go to another state, if Illinois doesn't allow the annual Amateur Trapshooting Association's Grand American competition to be held in Sparta.  

Illinois' tally of COVID-19 cases grew by another 867 on Sunday, bringing the total to 127,757 positive test results. 

The death count also grew - by 43 - to 5,904.

Another 975 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Illinois on Saturday, bringing the overall state total to 126,890.

In addition the state recorded an additional 72 deaths, pushing the death toll to 5,864.

Illinois surpassed one million tests for COVID-19 on Friday, while also announcing an additional 1,156 new confirmed cases of the illness.

The state's total positive cases now stands at 125,915.

Another 59 deaths were also recorded - bringing the death toll to 5,795.

The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors has approved Return to Play Guidelines that provide the first step in IHSA student-athletes returning to participation.

June 4 marked the second day that Illinois' positive COVID-19 tests totaled less than 1,000 - coming in at 929 new cases. The state recorded 116 additional deaths on Thursday.

Illinois' overall total COVID-19 cases is now 124,759, with 5,736 deaths.

The Perry County Missouri Health Department reports its seeing a second wave of COVID-19.

Illinois Allows Carry-Out Mixed Drinks

Jun 3, 2020

Illinois bars and restaurants can now serve mixed-drinks to go.   Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the measure into law Tuesday.  

Local Leaders Discuss Worship Restrictions In Town Hall

Jun 3, 2020

In a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday night, local state representatives discussed the lifting of restrictions on worship services during the coronavirus pandemic.

State representatives Terri Bryant, Patrick Windhorst and Dave Severin were present, along with Peter Breen, attorney for the Thomas More Society. Breen worked on a lawsuit over Governor Pritzker’s ban on religious services with more than 10 people, which ​Pritzker and health leaders say was part of the effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Illinois logged another 982 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 97 additional deaths. 

Overall, Illinois' total positive COVID-19 tests now stand at 123,830. The death toll is 5,621.

SIH Testing New Remote Visiting Procedures

Jun 3, 2020

Southern Illinois Healthcare is piloting a new method to involve patient families in care while visitors are prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently being tested at two facilities, the method involves designating a family member who will be contacted during doctor’s rounds, to stay up to date on patient care.

Facilitating visitation through technology is something the organization has been working on since the pandemic began, said Chief Nursing Officer Jennifer Harre.