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217 Today: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Urbana firefighters are trying to figure out what caused an explosion at a privately-run residence hall on the University of Illinois campus Monday night.

  • A Champaign County Board committee holds a study session Tuesday to gather input on improving local broadband service.

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at a summer camp in western Illinois that’s now expanded to 85 known cases, and at least one unvaccinated young adult has been hospitalized.

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 95 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered Sunday in Champaign County. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 566.

In today’s deep dive, Illinois and states around the country are concerned about the Delta variant, a variant of the coronavirus that is thought to be more transmissible, and thus more dangerous. In many places, it could become the majority of cases.

Reporting today contributed by Reginald Hardwick, Jim Meadows, Hannah Meisel and the 21st show.

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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