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217 Today: Monday, July 19, 2021

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.

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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois. She’s a senior producer for the Illinois Student Newsroom and regularly covers arts and culture, education, and social justice issues affecting local communities. Along with her work for WILL, she was also the buzz Editor at The Daily Illini and hosts an arts and culture radio talkshow on WPGU 107.1 F.M.

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