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With just a few weeks to go before some schools are set to begin their fall semester, the Illinois Federation of Teachers issued a recommendation on Monday that called for students to begin the academic year learning remotely.  It is part of a larger union statement on the new school year.  

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Illinois' COVID-19 cases grew by another 1,173 on Monday, pushing the overall total to 162,748. In addition, six more deaths were attributed to the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 7,301.

This story was updated on July 24, 2020 to include additional information on deaths in group homes.

One of the ways Mikaela Coppedge has coped during the COVID-19 pandemic has been through writing poetry. Her poem “The Fear That Is COVID-19," starts: 

“Since the coronavirus outbreak and then the quarantine beginning, life as we know has all somewhat gone to hell.” 

Coppedge has a rare brain disease called Rasmussen’s encephalitis. As a treatment, half her brain was removed when she was three years old.  

Daily COVID Update: (July 18)

Jul 18, 2020
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Since Friday, July 17th, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported another  1,276 cases of COVID-19, as well as 18 new deaths attributed to the disease.

These new totals bring Illinois' overall case count to 160,610 and 7,290 deaths.

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Another 1,384 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Illinois on Friday, along with 22 new deaths attributed to the disease.

The new totals bring the state's overall case count to 159,334, with 7,272 deaths.

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An additional 1,257 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Illinois on Thursday, and the state added 25 more deaths from COVID-19.

The new totals bring the state's overall case count to 157,950, with 7,251 deaths.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois was already fighting a public health crisis - the opioid epidemic. Clinicians at two drug rehab centers said more patients have been admitted to their facility since the coronavirus pandemic. 

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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%.

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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.

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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.” 

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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.

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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.

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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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After a holiday weekend, Illinois leaders say an additional 614 coronavirus cases were recorded - as well as six more deaths.

The new statewide total for positive cases sits at 147,865, with 7,026 deaths linked to COVID-19.

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A day before the Independence Day holiday, state leaders urged Illinoisans to use caution when celebrating this weekend.

State offices were closed Friday, so new COVID-19 statistics were not released. But Governor JB Pritzker and Public Health Director Dr. Ngoze Ezeke warned the virus remains in the community, and is growing rapidly in other states.

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Illinois confirmed an additional 869 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, along with 36 more deaths.

The daily announcement brings the overall number of positive tests in the state to 144,882, with 6,987 deaths.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

How Redlining, Racism Harm Black Americans' Health

Jun 26, 2020

Systemic racism has a huge impact on the health of Black Americans, and not just in the doctor’s office. In a Facebook Live event, Side Effects Public Media reporter Darian Benson spoke with three experts on topics ranging from generational mistrust to the impact of COVID-19. 

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