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.

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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

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.

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