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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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State of Illinois

May 13 saw Illinois' COVID-19 cases grow by another 1,667, adding another county reporting infection.

Rural Hospitals Brace For COVID-19

May 13, 2020
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues, some of the biggest outbreaks have been concentrated in urban areas, like New York City and Chicago. But rural America isn’t immune to the virus — and many rural areas are already dealing with a scarcity of health care.

Ferrell Hospital, in Eldorado, is bracing for coronavirus. While most of Illinois’ cases have concentrated in the Chicago area, Dr. Joseph Jackson, a physician at Ferrell, said the virus spreading to rural areas like the ones his hospital serves is inevitable.

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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.

Southern Illinois Healthcare has opened a new COVID-19 testing site at the former Region’s Bank building at Rt. 13 and Poplar in Carbondale.

The drive-through location is in addition to a similar testing site at SIH Urgent Care in Marion. Both are open seven days a week.

State of Illinois

Illinois' May 12 update included more than 4,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 100 additional deaths.

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A Southern Illinois fundraiser to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic announced its first round of grant recipients.

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee is hearing from leaders of the Trump administration's coronavirus response about safely reopening the country. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are among those testifying. Watch the proceedings live.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn about COVID-19's effects on university commencement, along with plans for Fall 2020.


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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 Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has created a mutual aid fund that will give out grants of up to $500 for Illinoisans who are homeless, have been without a home or are at risk of being unsheltered.

CCH grassroots leaders – people who have experienced homelessness and work in partnership with CCH staff – run the fund and will decide what requests should be supported.

A senior Pritzker administration staffer tested positive for COVID-19, and all employees in the Governor’s office are now working from home as a precaution.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health is tracking COVID-19 cases at the state's veteran's homes.

IDPH director Dr. Ngoze Ezike says there are 30 residents and ten workers at Manteno and one resident in the LaSalle facility who have tested positive.

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Illinois' COVID-19 totals continue to grow, and the state says it's keeping a close watch on Veterans Homes.

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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.

Illinoisans won’t be able to eat at restaurants until the end of June at the earliest, under the governor’s plan to reopen the state. The statewide association representing restaurants is pushing to move that up to the end of May.

The Carbondale Warming Center is seeking donations.

The facility is staying open through the warmer months to help those in need of a place to stay during the state's stay at home order.

City of Carbondale spokesperson Roni LeForge says the center needs men's clothing.

Illinois recorded 1,656 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state's overall total to 77,741.

Editor's Note: As of May 29, Illinois is in Phase 3 of the plan, moedified to include restaurants offering outdoor seating; and some offices, salons, barbershops and gyms can open with capacity restrictions and public health precautions. Read more here. 

More than two-thousand new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Illinois on Saturday, raising the overall total past 75,000.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale is among scores of colleges and universities hosting "virtual" commencement ceremonies or other celebrations to honor graduates, as stay-at-home orders remain in place across the country.

Illinois has processed more than 20,000 COVID-19 tests in one day for the first time since the pandemic began. The state ranks fourth among all fifty states in testing availability and completion, behind California, Texas, and New York. 

Cape Girardeau To Conduct COVID-19 Study

May 8, 2020

Cape Girardeau County, Missouri is conducting a study to help determine many residents have had COVID-19.

The study will involve performing an antibody test on about 2,000 residents in the county. Participants will be selected after filling out an online survey with questions about themselves and any symptoms they may have had.

Illinois Public Health Director Doctor Ngoze Ezike announced 2,887 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, with an additional 130 deaths.

The state's total confirmed cases now stands at 76,760, with 3,241 total deaths.

Five Southern Illinois health centers will receive funding to expand COVID-19 testing.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds a press conference on the plan to re-open Chicago.

Select Shawnee National Forest Areas are Open.

May 8, 2020

The Shawnee National Forest is reopening two popular recreation areas today (Friday).

On its Facebook page, the Forest announced Garden of the Gods and Bell Smith Springs will be open to the public, as long as people practice social distancing guidelines

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Centerstone was awarded a $360,000 grant from the State of Illinois and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.

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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 Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Dental Society no longer recommend limiting dental procedures to emergencies.

The early May guidance is that dentists can again perform routine procedures – that is if they follow a series of checks with lawyers, insurers and occupational directives. 

Illinois Road Projects Could Suffer Due To COVID-19

May 7, 2020

There may be fewer road construction projects and repairs around Illinois in the coming year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

It started with the governor’s stay-at-home-order in late March.   Since then, fewer motorists have been hitting the roads. 

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