Judge rules Vermilion County teachers, parents must follow state COVID-19 rules in schools

DANVILLE — Protestors from the group Vermilion County Health Advocates stood outside the Vermilion County Courthouse on Friday afternoon holding signs and wearing t-shirts saying “Unmask our Children” while cars honked in support.  Meanwhile — inside the courthouse — Judge Karen Wall ruled against both Danville District 118 teachers and parents from Hoopeston Area School […]

Immunocompromised People Produce Fewer Antibodies When Vaccinated, May Need Boosters

ST. LOUIS — As new coronavirus infections continue to climb and fast-spreading variants sweep the U.S., millions of Americans with autoimmune diseases are at risk. Patients with these chronic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, often take medications that tamp down on their immune response — rendering some vaccinations less effective. New research from […]

Amid Rising COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Nurses Face Increasing Risk Of Burnout

IOWA CITY — Bridget Otto has been dreading watching her hospital COVID unit fill up once again. “The last shift that I was there, we lost several people that were very young,” Otto said. “There were multiple times on our shifts that we just bawled. Like, we just gave each other hugs and cried.” https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/08/se-nursing-edit-withintro.mp3 […]

Colleges Preparing Nursing Graduates For Stressful Work Environment

CARTERVILLE — The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful on everyone, but health care workers may be affected more than anyone. Some nurses are burnt out and planning to leave the profession. Meanwhile, colleges are preparing new graduates to take their place — and deal with the pressures of the job. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/08/20210819-sestudentnursesweb.mp3 Listen to this story […]

With A COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Months Away, St. Louis Doctor Has Advice For Parents

ST. LOUIS — More children and adolescents are testing positive for the coronavirus in the U.S., with the number of new weekly infections quadrupling since late June. In Missouri, where more than 61,000 children and adolescents have tested positive for the virus and five have died from COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, infections […]

The CDC Updated Its COVID-19 Guidance. Here’s What You Need To Know

UPDATED on Thursday, July 28, 2021 — Illinois Newsroom’s Christine Herman spoke with Champaign-Urbana Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde about what changes people can expect to see locally. Listen to that interview here: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday reversed course on its mask guidance, once again suggesting all individuals wear […]

Pandemic Anxiety Looms Large For Some, Even After Getting Vaccinated

ST. LOUIS — For some, being vaccinated against COVID-19 has provided a dizzying sense of freedom after a year of isolation — opening the door to everything from baseball games to haircuts. But not everyone is ready for the transition. As life gradually inches back to normal, many are struggling with anxiety about resuming certain […]

Rare Coronavirus Mutation Can Complicate COVID-19 Testing, St. Louis Researchers Report

ST. LOUIS — A rare coronavirus mutation can affect COVID-19 testing reliability, new research from Washington University has found. Identified in a handful of St. Louis patients last year, the mutation may make it harder for certain commercial tests to detect an infection. But researchers emphasize that the vast majority of COVID-19 tests target multiple […]

Indian International Students Reflect On Ongoing COVID-19 Surge In India

URBANA, Ill. – In recent weeks, India has seen a surge in positive COVID-19 cases. Hospitals are crowded and oxygen supplies have dwindled. As of Thursday, the Indian Health Ministry is reporting a record 412,262 new cases and 3,980 new deaths in the past 24 hours. More than 21 million people in India have been […]

217 Today: April 30, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021 Today’s Headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker has made public a long-awaited investigation into a COVID outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home last fall that killed 36 residents.  A new report from the Illinois Department of Public Health finds Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white […]

217 Today: April 23, 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinoisans who want to own guns would have to be fingerprinted before getting or renewing their concealed carry license under a measure advancing in the Illinois House. The Illinois House Thursday night voted unanimously to pass a measure ending the use of isolation time out rooms in schools and […]

Muslims Observing Ramadan In Champaign-Urbana Adapt To COVID-19

URBANA – For the second year in a row, Muslims in the Champaign-Urbana community are observing Ramadan in the middle of a pandemic. During Ramadan 2020, it was difficult to adjust the usual Ramadan traditions to the new norms set forth due to the pandemic, such as social distancing, says Waleed Jassim, president of the […]

Quarter of Illinois’ Population Fully Vaccinated

SPRINGFIELD — Nearly one quarter of the state’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data released Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health. With more than 3.18 million state residents fully vaccinated, the percentage of fully vaccinated Illinoisans has reached 24.95 percent as of Thursday. The state has administered 7,779,290 doses of […]