Carle and Aetna Medicare part ways, leaving some patients stranded

CHAMPAIGN – Carle Foundation Hospital will drop Aetna Medicare in January. That’s bad news for Bridget McGill, an Urbana resident who relies on Aetna Medicare Advantage to afford her monthly prescriptions. “I really don’t want to change insurance carriers. Are we going to pay if we go to a hospital, or are we going to […]

Carle Health Adopts COVID Vaccine Requirement For Staff

URBANA — Carle Health has announced it will require staff to get the COVID vaccine or face tougher safety measures. The mandate applies to staff at all Carle Health facilities. The Urbana-based health care system made the announcement Friday and said the new policy takes effect immediately. Carle Health also didn’t rule out a more […]

New Restrictions Begin In Champaign-Urbana Due To Rising COVID-19 Rates

CHAMPAIGN – From schools to restaurants to hospitals, restrictions are once again underway around Champaign County as COVID-19 cases rise. Friday will be the last day for in-person classes at Champaign Unit 4 Schools and Urbana School District 116. Both districts are switching to remote instruction only, starting Monday. At a Thursday news conference, Champaign-Urbana […]

News Around Illinois – April 30, 2020

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Illinois COVD-19 Cases Surpass 50,000 CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced a milestone of surpassing 50,000 COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday, with a total of 50,355. There were an additional 2,253 cases reported in the last 24 hours. 92 new deaths in the last day brings the total fatalities to […]

CU Health Care Providers Sanitizing, Reusing Masks To Conserve Supplies

URBANA – In an effort to conserve supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, some central Illinois health care providers say they are following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to safely reuse N95 masks and other protective gear.  Under normal conditions, protective gear like N95 respirator masks are typically used once and […]

News Around Illinois – March 28/29, 2020

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Updated: Sunday 3:20 p.m. Tornado Damages Homes, Uproots Trees In Northern Illinois OREGON — Weather officials have confirmed a tornado touched down in northern Illinois damaging homes and uprooting trees. The tornado touched down in Ogle County just outside Oregon around 9 p.m. on Saturday. National Weather Service meteorologist Gino Izzi says it was on […]

News Around Illinois – March 19, 2020

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Ill. Virus Cases Top 200, Include 42 Tied To Nursing Home CHICAGO — Illinois officials say an additional 128 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the state, including 20 more individuals living or working at a nursing home in a southwestern suburb of Chicago. The additional results announced Wednesday by the Illinois Department […]

Health Providers Launch COVID-19 Hotlines, Digital Screenings, Drive-Up Sample Collection

Hospitals and clinics across east-central Illinois are seeing an uptick in calls from people concerned about the coronavirus. In response, many are developing online tools to help answer questions and determine whether people need to seek medical care. Carle Health System has created new coronavirus screening tools for people experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as […]

News Around Illinois – March 16, 2020

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Currently, there are 93 individuals in 13 Illinois counties who have tested positive for COVID-19. Click here for a map of the affected counties and other resources from WILL’s Coronavirus Information Center. Champaign County Woman Diagnosed With COVID-19 URBANA – Champaign County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 is a woman in her fifties. She called the […]

News Around Illinois – January 10, 2020

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Michael Madigan’s Friend Dodges Questions About ‘Rape’ Comment In An Email Consummate Illinois Democratic insider Michael McClain dodged questions Thursday about an email in which he sought leniency for a state worker in a disciplinary case, having argued that the man was politically loyal and had stayed silent about “the rape in Champaign.” In his […]