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217 Today: CDC marks Champaign County community level of COVID-19 as high

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • The Illinois Attorney General is warning people to look out for baby formula scams as the shortages continue.
  • A new analysis has found that crop insurance premium subsidies cost taxpayers nearly $40 billion over 20 years across states in the Mississippi River Basin.
  • Beginning in July, all letters, photos and other personal mail for Missouri inmates must be sent to a private, Florida-based company where it will be scanned electronically.
  • Health officials report nearly 600 active COVID-19 cases in Champaign County. Cases have been hovering between about 600 and 800 active cases per day for the past month.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll talk with an epidemiologist about the CDC moving Champaign County to a “high” community level of COVID-19.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Katie Peikes, Shahla Farzan and Emily Hays.

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Farrah Anderson is a Sophomore studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aside from working as an intern with WILL, she is an investigative reporter and editor at The Daily Illini. Farrah started reporting for the Commercial-News and the News-Gazette while in high school in Danville, Illinois.

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