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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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As coronavirus cases surge nationwide, Governor J.B. Pritzker introduced a new plan to address a resurgence in Illinois. 

Ali Schroer was just out of college when she started her first teaching job, but her new insurance plan didn’t cover her allergy medication. 

"So this new allergist that I was seeing in Colorado had said, after several go arounds of me asking to take this medication, said, ‘Oh, well actually know that you can just get it online.”'

Governor JB Pritzker says expanding the number of regions for tracking COVID-19 will allow the state to take a more "surgical approach" when responding to outbreaks.


Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngoze Ezike reported 1,187 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, along with eight new deaths attributed to the disease.

The new totals bring the state's overall coronavirus case count to 156,693, with 7,226 deaths.

Yearly Physicals Still Critical During A Pandemic

Jul 15, 2020
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Even during a pandemic, it’s important for kids to get their yearly check-ups.

Dr. Jodi Bryant, with Heartland Regional Medical Center, says kids need to have in-person visits and telehealth can’t substitute when it comes to back-to-school physicals.

Carbondale Library Holds Virtual Summer Reading Program

Jul 15, 2020
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The Carbondale Public Library is offering a virtual reading program this summer.

The theme of this year’s program is Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover. Kids who take part will explore mountain ranges in a variety of ways.

Francine Wine-Frakowski, children’s librarian, said they’ve adjusted the program to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

7-15-20: Gov. Pritzker to give a COVID-19 Update

Jul 15, 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 noon.

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Seth Thompson learned about COVID-19 early.  He’s an engineer in Carthage, Missouri, a town of just under 15,000 that sits along historic Route 66 in the southwest corner of the state. The virus first came to Thompson’s attention in February, when the global firm he works for shut down its offices in China. Back then, the danger seemed remote.


The state added 707 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with 25 new deaths attributed to the disease.

The new totals bring Illinois' overall coronavirus case count to 155,506, with 7,218 deaths.

After reversing course and prohibiting physical contact, the Illinois High School Association is now trying to determine if and how to allow fall athletic events. 

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President Trump holds a news conference as schools grapple with how to reopen and coronavirus cases continue to climb.

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Heartland Women’s Healthcare is selling bandana masks to raise funds for the Women’s Center in Carbondale.

The bandana masks are being sold to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and raise money for a good cause, said founder Michael Schifano. He says they decided to use the masks for a fundraiser because they got so many calls from people wanting to purchase one.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane, as the campus prepares to welcome back students, faculty, and staff for the Fall 2020 semester.

Saluki Athletics is reporting the first positive COVID-19 test among the 127 student-athletes who returned to campus starting last month.


Illinois health officials say another 883 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Monday. The report brings the state's overall total of positive test results to 154,799 since the pandemic began.

In addition, another 6 people died from the coronavirus. The death toll for Illinois is now 7,193.

The state has now crossed the two-million mark for the number of tests administered - and the positivity rate for the past week (July 6-12) is 3%.


Illinois reported 954 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the state's new total of positive test results to 153,916. Another 19 deaths were also recorded, pushing the overall death toll to 7,187.

The state’s seven-day (July 3-11) average rate of positive tests out of all performed is 3%. More than 1.98 million tests have been administered since the start of the pandemic.

Illinois saw a more than $1.1 billion drop in revenues in the fiscal year that ended last month due to the coronavirus’ impact on the state’s economy, according to state officials.


State health officials say nearly 1,200 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health said 1,195 cases have been added to statewide testing results, bringing the total number since the start of the pandemic to 152,962.

Saturday marks the third consecutive day that reported cases in the state topped 1,000. Daily updates to confirmed cases had not been that high since June 5.

Maricel Mendoza is familiar with the work migrant and seasonal farmworkers do. Growing up, her family traveled from Texas to central Illinois every year for her parents’ jobs as contractors with a large seed company. 

“All of my parents’ siblings were migrants, my grandparents were migrants,” Mendoza says. “So it’s just something that was the norm for me.” 

Cape Girardeau Co. Public Health Center

Health officials are sending out a warning about the sustained widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Cape Girardeau County.


Illinois' new COVID-19 cases grew again on Friday - with 1,317 new positive test results. The addition brings the state's overall cases to 151,767.

In addition, another 25 deaths were recorded - pushing the death toll to 7,144 overall.

Over the previous week (July 3-July 9), the positivity rate - a percentage of positive results compared to overall tests - rose three tenths of a point to 2.9%. As of Thursday, Illinois had processed 1.91 million tests since the outbreak began.

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The number of new COVID-19 cases in Illinois crept over 1,000 for the first time in several weeks on Thursday, and total cases since the pandemic began now top 150,000 statewide.

IDPH confirms 1,018 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the overall total to 150,450. In addition, another 20 people died from the coronavirus, pushing the state's death toll to 7,119.

The emergency department at a southeast Missouri hospital is in what it calls crisis mode after two ER doctors tested positive for COVID-19.

SIU Salukis

SIU is one of hundreds of universities trying to figure out how to get athletes back on the field amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some returned to campus recently, and leaders say they're keeping a close eye on things. SIU-C Athletic Director Liz Jarnigan talks with WSIU's Brad Palmer about the situation.


Wednesday's COVID-19 report from Illinois' Department of Public Health shows nearly 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus.

The number of confirmed cases jumped by 980 people, along with 36 new deaths.

Overall, the state's positive test count is now 149,432, with 7,099 deaths - cases logged in all of Illinois' 102 counties.

Southern Seven Health Department
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The CDC reports during the COVID-19 pandemic routine childhood vaccinations have declined.

Southern Seven Health Department operates clinics in the lower seven counties in Illinois.

During the last few months the clinics have seen a 50% drop in childhood vaccinations during Illinois’ stay at home order.

The CDC says it’s important to stay up to date especially during this pandemic because the recommended vaccines give protection from 16 diseases.


Many states have seen large outbreaks of COVID-19 in prisons. The warden at a southern Illinois correctional facility talks with WSIU's Brad Palmer about what his facility is doing to keep inmates and correctional officers safe during the pandemic and beyond.


Illinois logged an additional 587 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and 37 new deaths linked to the disease.

Overall, the state's positive test count is now 148,452, with 7,063 deaths - cases now have been logged in all of Illinois' 102 counties.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams. Communities across the region have lost revenue due to the COVID-19 restrictions, and leaders say they're hopeful as people get back out, there will be a positive economic impact.

Southern Illinois University

SIU Carbondale's new chancellor officially began his tenure Monday, and he says he's building the list of things he wants to accomplish.

Coming to town amid a global pandemic adds to the challenge of the new job. But Austin Lane says he's equal to the task. He says getting students back on campus is his main focus right now, balancing the financial needs of the university with making sure everyone is safe.