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217 Today: Monday, July 19, 2021

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • A child poverty report released today shows major improvement in the last decade, but for kids in many rural pockets of the state, progress was less significant.

  • The Red Cross is urging people to donate blood to help with a blood shortage as patients resume elective surgeries and trauma cases increase across the nation.

  • Local mental health professionals say the psychological impact of the pandemic is something many people are still struggling with, even as life begins to return to normal.

  • The University of Illinois has released updated COVID-19 guidelines for faculty and staff on its Urbana campus this fall.

In today’s deep dive, we meet the founder of a new organization in Champaign-Urbana that aims to provide critical support to local families whose babies spend their first weeks of life in the neonatal intensive care unit. 

Reporting today contributed by Maureen McKinney, Steph Whiteside and Christine Herman.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is the producer intern for the Illinois Public Media/WILL morning podcast 217 Today. She started at WILL in 2021 after contributing to the Illinois Student Newsroom in her audio journalism class. She is from the northwest side of Chicago and is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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