Illinois Man Dies Of Rabies After Apparent Bat Bite

SPRINGFIELD — A northern Illinois man has died of rabies after apparently being bitten by a bat — the first human case of rabies in the state since 1954. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Tuesday in a release that the diagnosis has been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

CDC Issues New Eviction Ban For Most Of US Through Oct. 3

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new moratorium on evictions that would last until October 3. The Biden administration is trying to quell intensifying criticism that it was allowing vulnerable renters to lose their homes during a pandemic. The new moratorium could help keep millions in their homes as […]

Are Face Masks Here To Stay?

DEKALB — The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention states that those who are fully vaccinated can forego wearing a mask except when required by law or other regulations. The World Health Organization recommends that everyone wears a mask regardless of their vaccination status. A Northern Illinois University psychology professor says some people are just […]

Pritzker Warns COVID-19 Delta Variant Could Dominate In Illinois By Fall

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker stressed the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations Monday as positivity rates and hospitalizations continued to decline but variants of the virus have proven to be more transmissible and dangerous to those who are not vaccinated. The governor cited a central Illinois youth camp that has led to more than 85 associated […]

Rural Areas Lag In Vaccination Rates, CDC Report Shows

COVID-19 vaccination rates are lower in rural counties than in urban counties, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Nationwide, the vaccination rate among adults in urban counties is 45.7%, but only 38.9% of adults are vaccinated in rural counties. The disparity persists among different age groups and genders. […]

Fully Vaccinated Illinoisans Can Ditch Their Masks In Most Circumstances: Pritzker

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday said Illinoisans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face masks in most circumstances. Pritzker’s announcement follows updated guidelines released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The updated executive order allows vaccinated people to ditch their masks, both outdoors […]

Fully Vaccinated People Can Stop Wearing Masks Indoors And Outdoors, CDC Says

Updated May 13, 2021 at 4:53 PM ET WASHINGTON  — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that fully vaccinated adults can safely resume activities indoors or outdoors without masks or distancing, in gatherings large or small. The announcement marks a major milestone in the effort to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic in the […]

Illinois Prisons To Restart In-Person Visits, Over A Year After COVID Stoppage

SPRINGFIELD – Within a month, Illinois prisons will be allowing in-person visitation again. It’s been over a year since the Illinois Department of Corrections stopped visitation to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Department spokesperson Lindsey Hess said plans to restart visitation have been in the works for months. IDOC has been working with the Illinois Department of […]

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine And Blood Clots: What You Need To Know

Updated 12:50 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — Federal health officials have called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, after reports that six women who got the vaccine developed blood clots afterward. Close to 7 million people have gotten this vaccine in the U.S. to date. The Centers for Disease Control […]

First Case Of South African Variant Of COVID-19 In Rock Island

SPRINGFIELD — A Rock Island resident is the first in Illinois identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have contracted a variant of COVID-19 first identified in South Africa. Cases of the variant were first reported in the U.S. at the end of January. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi […]

Illinois To Allow COVID Vaccine For Pre-existing Conditions

QUINCY — Illinois residents under 65 years old with pre-existing medical conditions will be eligible to receive vaccination to protect them against COVID-19. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday expansion of the Phase 1B distribution plan on Feb. 25 will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for vaccinating pregnant women and people with diabetes, […]