COVID-19

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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.

FAQ:  The Essential Coronavirus FAQ
MAP:  The real-time spread of coronavirus
STATE:  Tracking by State

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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.

There remains confusion about how the Illinois Department of Public Health determines if COVID-19 was the primary factor in a person's death.

Some local government leaders across Illinois are asking Governor J-B Pritzker to be more flexible to allow them to re-open their economies ahead of the May 29 target date.

Pritzker says it's important to run the full course in Phase 2 of his Restore Illinois plan.

Illinois health officials suspect a handful of children in the Chicago region have a syndrome connected to COVID-19, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health and a physician on a task force looking into the syndrome.

More than 98,000 Illinoisans have received a positive COVID-19 test result, as the state added 1,545 new cases on Tuesday.

The overall total now stands at 98,030 positive test results out of 621,684 tests performed. Another 146 deaths were also reported on Tuesday, bringing the state's death toll to 4,379.

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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.

Two county health departments are trialing a new “tech-based” approach to COVID-19 contact tracing. Meanwhile, Governor J.B. Pritzker Monday defended rules that lay out penalties for businesses disobeying statewide shutdown orders.

Pritzker’s office announced both St. Clair and Lake County’s health departments will use a “state-of-the-art” software platform that is designed to gather data from infected persons and track the virus in real-time. Another 95 counties will join them over the next few weeks.

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Illinois leaders say they're launching new technological resources to trace COVID-19 cases and contacts, as the state logs another 2,294 cases of the novel coronavirus. Illinois now has had 96,485 positive test results.

Another 59 deaths were also reported, bringing the state's death toll to 4,234.

Area Hospitals Resume Elective Surgery

May 18, 2020
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Local hospitals are taking a step closer to normal operations. Southern Illinois Healthcare, SSM Health and Heartland Regional Medical Center have begun resuming elective surgeries at a reduced volume. Elective procedures include things like hip or knee replacements, some gynecological surgery and pain management procedures.

A health advocacy group said a type of water-borne disease may be spreading at Illinois’ unoccupied workplaces.

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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.

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State officials are blaming a “glitch” in Illinois' new system for processing unemployment benefits for making private information public - but a local lawmaker says she wants answers.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, along with other legislative leaders, are "ready to convene" a special session as early as next week, according to letters sent to lawmakers and shared with the media.

More than 1,700 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Illinois on Sunday, bringing the state's total to 94,191 cases of the novel coronavirus.

Health leaders also reported another 51 deaths associated with COVID-19, pushing the death toll to 4,177.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the state is expanding testing to all frontline and essential workers, including those in health care and first responders.

That will cover employees at a wide range of jobs including those at grocery stores, prison and restaurants.

Illinois reported 2,088 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, along with 74 additional deaths.

The new numbers bring the state's total infections to 92,457, and total deaths to 4,129. Cases have been confirmed in 100 of Illinois' 102 counties.

During Friday's COVID-19 briefing, Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker addressed the whereabouts of some members of his family during the state's ongoing stay at home order.

With more than 2,400 new cases of COVID-19, Illinois surpassed 90,000 infections on Friday.

Colleges and universities in Illinois want their campuses to be open to students in the fall, after classes were forced online in March due to COVID-19.    A state panel is going to recommend the best approach for the fall semester.

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Restaurants across the state have had to transition over to curbside or delivery, it still puts workers and their families at high risk to contracting COVID-19. 


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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 group of downstate Illinois lawmakers are calling again for an alternative plan to reopen the state’s economy.

Those lawmakers said since economic and social interaction levels differ in certain areas of the state, Illinois should be divided into 11 regions instead than the four broad regions already laid out by the state’s public health authority. 

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One southern Illinois county has experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases in the past week.

Union County's total number of cases has nearly doubled since May 7. On the 7th, the county had 57 cases. In just the past week, the county has recorded 51 cases...including 38 on Wednesday.

Lack of Foot Traffic is Hurting Local Restaurants

May 14, 2020
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While the state’s stay-at-home order appears to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the lack of foot traffic is hurting businesses.


More than 3,000 Illinois residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, and more than 100 new deaths were also recorded.

Tips For Managing Blood Pressure During Stressful Times

May 14, 2020
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May is National Blood Pressure Education month and the Southern Seven Health Department wants to remind people to take care of themselves in this stressful time.

Nearly half of all adults have high blood pressure, only a quarter of those have their blood pressure under control. Because stress can make high blood pressure worse, Southern Seven has some tips to help manage stress levels.

Some fear the stress of social isolation, historic unemployment and health fears during the pandemic threatens our mental health. Dozens of national organizations raised concerns to Congress that the U.S. is unprepared to handle what may be a mental health crisis.

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The state Department of Veterans Affairs reports five cases of COVID-19 among residents at the Anna Veterans Home.

Pritzker: "The Pandemic is Far From Over"

May 13, 2020
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As the daily death count from COVID-19 hits a record high in Illinois. Governor J.B. Pritzker is issuing a warning to areas that defy the state's stay-at-home order. 

Local Human Services Agencies Meet With Legislators

May 13, 2020

Representatives from Southern Illinois human service agencies held a meeting with local legislators to discuss issues and concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Leaders from agencies raised topics including issues with reimbursement for remote services, confusion over small-business loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, and ways remote services could continue to benefit Illinoisans in the future.

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