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As the calendar turned to July, Illinois' total COVID-19 cases grew to 144,013, and its death toll rose to 6,951.

The new totals included 828 new cases Wednesday, and 30 new deaths from the virus.

The last day of June saw 724 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, and an additional 23 deaths..

The state's overall COVID-19 total is now 143,185, and its death toll 6,923.

Illinois reported 738 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, along with 14 additional deaths.

Monday's report bring's the state's overal COVID-19 total to 142,461, and its death toll to 6,902.

When physician Erik Martin left his home in southwest Missouri to help with New York’s COVID-19 outbreak in April, his county had fewer than 10 confirmed cases of the virus. Now he’s back — and watching those numbers skyrocket. More than 400 Jasper County residents have tested positive, and more than 800 are in quarantine.

“I never expected that within such a short period of time, my home town would become a COVID hotspot, as it has now," Martin says. He was alarmed when he learned a patient who tested positive worked at the Butterball poultry processing plant in nearby Carthage. After seeing a second Butterball worker, Martin alerted the county health department to the potential outbreak.

On the first day of Phase 4 for Illinois' reopening plan, the state confirmed another 857 new cases of COVID-19, and 39 additional deaths.

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The White House coronavirus task force, led by Vice President Pence, is holding a briefing at the Department of Health and Human Services. Watch the remarks live.

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Jun 25, 2020


The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Illinois grew again on Thursday, the day before the state is slated to enter Phase 4 of Governor JB Pritzker's Reopening Plan.

More than 31,000 tests were logged from June 24-25, and 894 came back positive. An additional 41 people died, as well.

Transgender Healthcare Is A Challenge In Rural Areas

Jun 25, 2020
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June marks Pride Month each year. Previously, we published a conversation between a local doctor and his patient on transgender healthcare. One of the topics they discussed was the learning curve doctors face when treating patients in the trans community.

Other doctors echo this point, saying they’ve had to do their own research and training to be able to treat the patients who’ve come to them for care.

Another 715 positive COVID-19 tests were recorded on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 138,540. In addition, Illinois added 64 deaths - the death toll in the state from COVID-19 is 6,770.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count -  bumped up to 3% for June 17-23. Illinois has processed 1.43 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

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Effingham County Health Department:

Now that the State of Illinois has released guidelines to help school districts prepare for the return of students to the classroom this fall, the state's leading health official says it's time to get young people ready from a health standpoint.

Colon Cancer Cases Rise in Younger Adults

Jun 24, 2020
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According to the American Cancer Society, the overall rate of colon cancer declined by 3.6 percent annually among adults 55 and older from 2007 to 2016.

That’s the good news. But during the same period of time, that number increased by 2 percent among people under the age of 55.

Governor Releases Fall Plans for Schools And Colleges

Jun 23, 2020

Governor J.B. Pritzker wants to see kids in the classroom this fall.  He released guidance Tuesday for students returning to school and college.

Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngoze Ezike says "now is the time to catch up" when it comes to routine wellness checks and immunizations, as the state prepares to move to Phase 4 of reopening at the end of the week.

Another 601 positive tests were recorded on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 137,825. In addition, Illinois added 38 deaths - the death toll in the state from COVID-19 is 6,707.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count -  2% for June 16-22. Illinois has processed nearly 1.4 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

Boys & Girls Clubs Plan June 24 Reopening

Jun 22, 2020

With Illinois preparing to loosen COVID-19 restrictions later this week, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois is planning on easing into a limited, in-person opening starting Wednesday.

Days ahead of Illinois' next reopening phase, the number of new cases grew by less than 500. IDPH reports 462 new cases of COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon, bringing the statewide total to 137,224 overall positive test results.

Another 26 people died from the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 6,671.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count -  2% for June 15-21. Illinois has processed more than 1.3 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

Daily COVID Update: (June 21)

Jun 21, 2020

Illinois reported an additional 658 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the statewide total for positive test results to 136,762.

Another 23 people died from the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 6,647.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count -  2% for June 13-19. Illinois has processed more than 1.3 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

Daily COVID Update: (June 20)

Jun 20, 2020

Illinois reported an additional 634 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the statewide total for positive test results to 136,104.

Another 45 people died from the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 6,625.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count - remains at 3% for June 13-19. Illinois has processed more than 1.3 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

The coronavirus pandemic brought normal court operations across Missouri to a sudden halt. 

Jury trials were postponed, other court proceedings moved to video conferencing or were done over the telephone, and access to courthouses was strictly limited. Now, the easing of state and local restrictions means courthouses are slowly opening, but it may be a long time before operations fully resume.

Illinois reported an additional 692 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the statewide total for positive test results to 135,470.

Another 44 people died from the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 6,580.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count - remains at 3% for June 12-18. Illinois has processed more than 1.3 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

Thursday's COVID-19 report from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows new cases are holding steady in the state, with 593 new positive tests over the past 24 hours, along with 55 deaths.

Illinois' overall COVID-19 cases now total 134,778, and the death toll is now 6,537.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count - remains at 3% for June 11-17. Illinois has processed more than 1.2 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

  URBANA – Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a saliva-based  COVID-19 test. 

During a webinar hosted Tuesday by U of I Chancellor Robert Jones and other university staff, Martin Burke, a U of I chemistry professor, announced that they had the capacity to test up to 10,000 people per day. 

A list of health and safety guidelines for getting students back in classrooms is scheduled to be released before the end of the month. It will provide rules and recommendations for more than 850 school districts resuming classes this fall.

Another 546 COVID-19 cases were recorded in Illinois on Wednesday, marking 12 days with less than 1,000 new cases.

The additions bring the overall case count to 134,185 positive test results. The state's death toll rose to 6,485, as 87 deaths were recorded on Wednesday.

Still averaging near 20,000 tests per day, the state's 7-day positivity rate remains at 3%.

Just a few months ago, LuAnn Cooper and her client Margie went on lots of outings together — exercising at the gym, grocery shopping, getting ice cream. 

But the pandemic put a stop to those trips.

Margie, who has a developmental disability, hasn’t been able to leave her home in Washington, Missouri, since March. 

Illinois' COVID-19 positivity rate remained steady at 3% in the week ending June 15.

Data released Tuesday showed 623 new cases of COVID-19, along with 72 additional deaths.

Those totals bring the overall case count to 133,369 and the death toll to 6,398.

More than 1.2 million tests have been administered in the state since the pandemic arrived - labs are testing nearly 20,000 tests each day.

Demonstrations are flaring up across the country to protest the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police. They’re also calling attention to broader inequalities. One of those areas—health disparities—kills Black Americans in massive numbers.

Illinois remains on track to enter the next phase of reopening next week, as the number of new COVID-19 cases on Monday was 473. The overall case count now stands at 133,016.

Another 19 deaths were also announced - bringing the statewide death toll to 6,326.

More than 1.2 million tests have been administered in the state since the pandemic arrived. The Illinois Department of Public Health says the positive test rate for the previous 7 days (June 8-14) remained steady at 3%.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Illinois was flat on Sunday, down one patient from the day before.

With 672 new cases added on Sunday, Illinois' total positive test results now stand at 132,543.

Nineteen additional deaths were recorded, as well. That brings the death toll to 6,308. 

More than 22,000 tests were processed from Saturday to Sunday, pushing the number of tests in Illinois to 1,190,985 overall. The state says the positive test rate for the previous 7 days (June 7-13) remained steady at 3%.

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The conservative Thomas More Society this week filed a lawsuit that in effect charges Illinois’ Reproductive Health Act violates the right to freedom of religion by forcing employers to pay for abortions.

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