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217 Today: Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021

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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 to take all necessary COVID precautions ahead of holiday gatherings to help ease the burden on hospitals.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear a conversation with the director of the Vermilion County Health Department about the county’s struggles to keep up with contact tracing as cases rise over the holiday season. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel and Farrah Anderson.

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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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson

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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