Watch: Biden to announce free COVID tests, aid for hospitals to deal with omicron

Updated December 21, 2021 at 7:42 AM ET With COVID-19 again surging in the U.S. because of the omicron variant, the White House will announce on Tuesday several new steps to address the risks posed by the highly contagious variant. Most notably, the government plans to buy a half-billion at-home COVID test kits and mail […]

Public health officials warn of coming ‘tsunami’ of COVID infections

CHAMPAIGN — Public health officials in Champaign County are sounding the alarm as the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads across the country.  Hospital officials say they already have more COVID patients than at any time this past year.   Champaign-Urbana Public Health District administrator Julie Pryde says we’re already in a wave of infections from […]

217 Today: Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 Today’s headlines: The Illinois Department of Public Health reported a new record number of COVID cases for 2021 on Monday. The University of Illinois announced Monday that it will delay the start of in-person spring classes on its Urbana campus by one week. Public health officials are pleading with the community […]

U of I delays start of in-person spring classes by one week

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

URBANA — The University of Illinois announced Monday that it will delay the start of in-person spring classes on its Urbana campus by one week. Chancellor Robert Jones said in a mass email to faculty, staff and graduate students that the first week of classes next semester will be online starting Tuesday, Jan. 18. U […]