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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.


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.  

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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.

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.

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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.

The live stream will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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.


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.

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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.

Governor J-B Pritzker says Tuesday’s Illinois primary election will go on as scheduled.

The Coronavirus won’t close the polls…but the governor has this advice.

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.

The Missouri Valley Conference is canceling the Women's Basketball Tournament scheduled in Moline for the well-being and safety of student-athletes, administrators, coaches, media and fans. 

Citing the risk from coronavirus disease, the Illinois Department on Aging is ordering senior centers to close.

SIU-C Addresses Campus Changes Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Mar 12, 2020
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The Chancellor's office took questions on Thursday, March 12th, regarding the changes to SIU Carbondale in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The campus is extending spring break until March 22nd and will be converting classes to online or alternative formats. The campus is still open, however, and dormitories and dining halls will re-open on Sunday for students who decide to return.

Students that elect to return home will be able to move out of their dorms, though the university says refunds will not be offered in those cases.

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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.

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SIU administrators have released a statement about the campus response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Tomorrow will be the first day Illinois residents can start filling out the 2020 U.S. Census form online. State officials said remote technology will help with the count amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker's administration will file emergency rules this week to clarify that individuals unemployed due to the Coronavirus can generally qualify for unemployment benefits to the full extent permitted by federal law.

The atmosphere at this spring's NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments will have an unusual feel to them.

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As confirmed cases of Covid19 rise across the country, local healthcare providers are preparing to respond.

Doctor Moore Connelly, chief medical officer with Southern Illinois Healthcare, said the organization is having regular meeting with public health departments, other healthcare systems, and community partners to stay up to date.

"Different screen recommendations, how to ramp up capacity if we need to do that, PPE, so face masks and gowns and supplies," Connelly said, speaking about what types of issues are being discussed.