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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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Western Illinois University intends to hold in-person classes beginning August 24 in Macomb and the Quad Cities. But the union representing faculty members is fighting that plan.

The nation’s automakers are scrambling to keep assembly lines staffed during the COVID crisis. At a Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio, that means calling on office workers to move to the line. And that has triggered anxiety among some workers.

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Governor JB Pritzker says region that includes the Metro East will have new restrictions this week - aimed at blunting the spread of coronavirus in the area.

More than 1,200 people in Missouri have died from COVID-19. As the toll rises each day, the human aspect can get obscured. Angela Kender is looking to change that.

After losing her mother to COVID-19 in June, Kender started a project to commemorate other victims. She’s collecting their photographs at She has already has dozens of photos, and plans to show them to lawmakers at the Missouri state capitol.

Several members of the West Frankfort Fire Department are in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

Currently, it says everyone is well and are only experiencing mild symptoms, if any.


Another southern Illinois school district is switching to a remote-only learning model to start the academic year.

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The FDA is continuing to warn consumers about contaminated hand sanitizer.

Over 150 hand sanitizers are currently included on the FDA’s warning list. These products are contaminated with methanol or 1-propanol, both of which are toxic if ingested. Methanol can also be absorbed through broken skin on the hands.

Carol DesLauriers with the Illinois Poison Center said there’s a particular concern about young children ingesting these products, which often come in colorful containers or have added scents that smell appetizing.

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A Union County bank branch is temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The Zeigler-Royalton School District is suspending in-person learning for the time being due to rising COVID-19 cases in the school community.

A student at Herrin High School has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a post on the school district's Facebook page, officials say they were notified Thursday morning about the positive test.

Illinois has awarded the first round of emergency funding to small businesses to help them during the pandemic.  

Tuskegee Next Donates 10,000 N95 Masks To SIH

Aug 13, 2020

Face masks are an important part of preventing the spread of COVID-19. But some healthcare organizations are still having trouble keeping them stocked.

The Tuskegee Next Foundation and The Will Group decided to lend a helping hand in our region. 

Illinois businesses hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are starting to receive grants from the state.

46-million dollars in Business Interruption Grants -- or BIG -- are being released now.

The head of Illinois' Department of Public Health is again warning residents about the dangers of rising COVID-19 cases in the state.

Director Dr. Ngoze Ezike says she's not concerned about numbers for number's sake. She says remember numbers increasing represents people infected with the new virus.

Scientists need a lot of safety equipment to study the coronavirus in a research lab: biohazard suits, respirators, custom airflow systems.

Not every lab meets the safety standards to work with potentially lethal viruses — and getting certified can take years.

“There isn't really enough capacity for the current demand to work with SARS-CoV-2, so it’s created a bottleneck,” said Sean Whelan, a microbiology professor and virologist at Washington University.

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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.

The Williamson County Courthouse is set to re-open Wednesday.

County commissioner Brent Gentry reports the courthouse doors will open at 8 a.m.

The Illinois Supreme Court has declined to consider a downstate legal battle over Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19-related orders and moved the case to Sangamon County. It'll be consolidated with a similar case.

The move comes as the first-term Democrat was expected in a Clay County courtroom this week.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane about preparations for the new school year, amid a global pandemic.

The Illinois State University administration has asked the board of trustees to approve spending up to $3.3 million for coronavirus surveillance testing of students on campus through the end of the year.

College and university leaders face many tough decisions this fall about how to contain the spread of COVID-19 on their campuses. And inevitably when there are cases, those same leaders will have to decide how much information to share with their campus community, the public, and the media.


An annual survey is uncovering the pandemic's impact on health behaviors and attitudes.

According to the 2020 UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup Survey, about two-thirds of people said walking is their preferred exercise activity, and it's the most popular among Baby Boomers and Generation X.

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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.

A new partnership is trying to help Illinois schools open as safely as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Southern Illinois still has seven counties in warning status for COVID-19 restrictions, but the list has changed this week.

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Gov. Pritzker joins industry leaders at the James R. Thompson Center to announce new guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Begins at 9:30am.

Commentary: Outrunning the Virus

Aug 7, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, more and more people are searching for ways to stay active -- in a socially distanced manner.

In this commentary, Pete Peterson explains why running can be the perfect sport for the pandemic and how serious runners are still competing virtually.

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Health experts and others have talked about how life won't get back to normal until there is a vaccine.

During a media briefing Wednesday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said he doesn't plan on imposing a vaccine mandate. But, he hopes a high percentage of Illinoisans would want to get vaccinated.

The SIU Fermentation Science Institute is doing their part to keep campus safe by producing “Saluki Sanitizer”.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country hand sanitizer became scarce.

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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. Begins at 2:30pm.