U Of I Medical Student Writes Children’s Book About Pandemic

We hear countless stories about COVID-19 and the health workers fighting the disease on the front lines every day, but very few of those stories are geared toward children. That inspired a University of Illinois medical student to write a children’s book, “Heroes of a Pandemic.” Illinois Newsroom’s Brian Moline speaks with U of I […]

Ask The Newsroom: COVID-19 Q&A With Local Public Health Officials And Medical Doctors

A Spanish translation of this story is available here. WILL and Illinois Newsroom hosted a “COVID-19 Q&A” Facebook Live discussion on Thursday, May 14, which gave people the opportunity to ask questions of our panel of local public health officials and medical experts. Topics included: Status updates from local public health administrators and medical doctors  […]

C-U Public Libraries Plan For Day They Can Welcome Back Public

The public hasn’t been allowed in Illinois’ public libraries for about two months, due to fears of spreading the coronavirus. Contact with public libraries has been limited to online services. But eventually, libraries will reopen to the public. And the staff at the Champaign and Urbana libraries are making plans for welcoming their patrons, while […]

Free COVID-19 Testing Offered At Champaign Mall

CHAMPAIGN – A new drive-through COVID-19 testing site opens Tuesday at the Market Place mall in Champaign. Officials say the state-supported site supplements local testing efforts and aims to increase access for those in marginalized communities. The site is located at the Market Place shopping mall on North Neil Street, outside the J.C. Penney’s wing. […]

COVID-19 Testing Widely Expanded

CHICAGO – Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the state is expanding testing to all frontline and essential workers, including those in health care and first responders. That will cover employees at a wide range of jobs including those at grocery stores, prison and restaurants. “Testing, testing, testing. That’s what every epidemiologist, every immunologist, every responsible business […]

Ask The Newsroom: Restore Illinois Explained, Dental Care Reopening And More

The Illinois Newsroom team is answering questions from listeners to navigate this unprecedented time. Have a question you want answered? Ask here. In today’s edition of Ask the Newsroom, we’ve answered questions about the Restore Illinois plan, dental care in Illinois and protections for meatpackers. Please note, the information below is accurate as of May […]

Already Struggling Rural Hospitals Now Deal With Coronavirus Challenges

Rural hospitals have been planning for the arrival of the coronavirus, but the preparations for a virus that has not yet come are putting some already struggling rural hospitals in danger. Mike Gruenberg, director of disaster preparedness at Salem Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access care facility, said getting ready for coronavirus patents meant making […]

Foxconn’s Belkin Licenses U Of I Emergency Ventilator

URBANA — Work began two months ago at the University of Illinois on an emergency ventilator to treat COVID-19 patients. Now, the new design has found a manufacturer. U of I mechanical engineering professor Bill King oversaw the team that designed — and tested prototypes — of the Illinois Rapidvent ventilator, all in about three […]