COVID-19 Contact Tracers Still Connecting Infected People With Support, A Year & Thousands Of Anxious Calls Later

ROCKFORD — Julie Hovland has talked to more people infected with COVID-19 than just about anyone. She’s been a contact tracer for the Winnebago County Health Department for nearly a full year. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s528/audio/2021/07/0728tracef.mp3 Listen to this story here. A former substitute teacher forced indoors by early lockdowns, she was glued to her TV watching daily […]

Ask The Newsroom: COVID-19 Vaccines, Contact Tracing And Data, COVID-19 Prevention

The Illinois Newsroom team is answering questions to help Illinois residents navigate this unprecedented time. Have a question you want to be answered? Ask here. Below you’ll find answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccines, schools and their response to the pandemic, as well as business and government aid.  Please note: This information is accurate as […]

Ask The Newsroom: Schooling, Businesses, Government Aid

The Illinois Newsroom team is answering questions to help Illinois residents navigate this unprecedented time. Have a question you want answered? Ask here. Below you’ll find answers to questions about schools and their COVID-19 response, business and government aid during the pandemic.  Please note the information is accurate as of February 17, 2021. Schooling Q: […]

Ask The Newsroom: Electricity Moratorium, Non-Compliancy, Contact Tracing And More

The Illinois Newsroom team is answering questions from listeners to navigate this unprecedented time. Have a question you want answered? Ask here. Please note, the information is accurate as of Feb. 1, 2021. In today’s edition of “Ask the Newsroom,” we sought answers regarding… Electricity Nonpayment Q: Can my electricity be turned off due to nonpayment? […]

News Around Illinois – June 10, 2020

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A Dialogue On Race Begins With Police In Bloomington-Normal NORMAL – On Saturday, a diverse group of around 60 people gathered in the parking lot of CrossFit Bloomington-Normal to have a conversation about race. Called “The Community Unification Project,” the event was organized by CrossFit owner Chad Hobbs in coordination with the Normal Police Department […]

Champaign County Loosens COVID-19 Testing Criteria

Criteria for COVID-19 testing in Champaign County have expanded to include anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with the disease. Awais Vaid, epidemiologist at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, says previously, the county had limited testing to people with symptoms who met other criteria set by the state’s department of public health and the U.S. Centers for […]