Nearly two years into COVID, worker safety is still a concern at meatpacking plants

DES MOINES — In late October, Debbie Berkowitz, a worker safety and health expert and former senior policy advisor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, shared shocking statistics with the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis about the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on workers at meatpacking plants. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/12/se-plants-politics-mixweb.mp3 Listen to this story […]

Pritzker blames unvaccinated as COVID patients fill Illinois hospitals amid Omicron surge

CHICAGO – Gov. JB Pritzker and other health officials from across Illinois on Monday identified unvaccinated people as the cause for healthcare systems stretched to their limits as the state experiences a fifth COVID wave driven by the virus’ extremely contagious Omicron variant. Five-hundred new COVID patients were admitted to Illinois hospitals between Sunday and […]

With omicron, you need a mask that means business

WASHINGTON — With another coronavirus variant racing across the U.S., once again health authorities are urging people to mask up indoors. Yes, you’ve heard it all before. But given how contagious omicron is, experts say, it’s seriously time to upgrade to an N95 or similar high-filtration respirator when you’re in public indoor spaces. “Cloth masks […]

Residents in congregate care facilities face yet another uncertain holiday season

CENTRALIA — The Murray Developmental Center in Centralia, Illinois, is home to around 250 residents, many of whom are medically fragile. During the pandemic, these residents and their families have been separated by lockdowns, which have continued long after the rest of the country has been opening up. Rita Winkeler, who runs the Murray Parents […]

ISU’s cybersecurity chief says COVID-19 can bring online threats with more people working from home

NORMAL — A cybersecurity expert at Illinois State University says COVID-19 has made our workplaces less safe — from online threats. Dan Taube is the interim chief information security officer at Illinois State University. He said businesses, schools, banks and others that had large numbers of people working from home are especially vulnerable. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s402/audio/2021/10/211012isus-cybersecurity-chief-says-covid-19-can-bring-online-threats-with-more-people-working-from-home.mp3 “It’s […]

COVID-19 Came To Champaign County One Year Ago

URBANA – Champaign County has been living with COVID-19 for one year. Sunday, March 15, 2020, was the day when the first COVID-19 case was announced in Champaign County. The news turned the coronavirus from a headline for county residents, to an eminent danger that has yet to let up. An effort was made to […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Dec. 4, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike are holding daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Nov. 30, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike are holding daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Food Insecurity Disproportionately Affects Certain Regions, U Of I Study Shows

URBANA – Before the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of food insecurity were lower than they had been in more than two decades, according to hunger relief nonprofit Feeding America. Now that trend is reversing, and millions more Americans are facing hunger this year due to loss of employment and reduced access to school meals. Feeding America […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Nov. 25, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike are holding daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Nov. 24, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike are holding daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Nov. 20, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike are holding daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Nov. 19, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike are holding daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Nov. 17, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is returning to his daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent press briefings […]