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Jun 25, 2020


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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%.

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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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Illinois recorded an additional 673 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, along with 29 new deaths.

Total numbers now show 131,871 positive test results, and 6,289 deaths.

The state says the positive test rate for the previous 7 days (June 6-12) dropped to 3%.

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The rate of increase for Illinois COVID-19 cases continues its slow decline. On Friday, the state reported 595 new cases of the illness, and 77 additional deaths.

Total numbers include 131,198 positive test results, and 6,260 deaths. The state says the positive test rate for the previous 7 days was 4%.

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An additional 766 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Illinois on Thursday, continuing a trend of fewer than 1,000 new reported cases. The new report brings the overall case count to 130,603.

Meanwhile another 91 Illinoisans died connected to COVID-19. The death toll rose to 6,185 on Thursday.

The June 11 announcement also showed the positivity rate among total tests from June 3-June 10 is 4%.

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Illinois continues to report new cases of COVID-19, but the number has remained under 1,000 for nearly a week as of June 10.

On Wednesday, 625 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. In addition, another 78 Illinoisans died.

The announcement brings the overall case count to 129,837 and the death toll to 6,095.

The state's positivity rate from June 3 through June 9 was 4%.

Colleges around the state are working on their plans to host classes on campus this fall. A few outlined their plans while discussing them with the Illinois Board of Higher Education Tuesday.

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Illinois reported nearly 800 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, but leaders say the overall trend is still going down.

With an additional 797 cases, the state's total positive test count sits at 129,212.

Tuesday also saw 95 new deaths from COVID-19, pushing the death toll past 6,000 - to 6,018.

Overall, the positivity rate for Illinois from June 2 - June 8 is 4%.

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