“I think the state is really encouraging anyone over the age of 12 to get the vaccine, so that is why they’re not pushing blended learning for middle and high school students,” Superintendent Jennifer Ivory-Tatum said during Tuesday night's school board meeting.

“Family members said instead of everyone coming together on that day, every time they would go somewhere and saw somebody they hadn’t seen, it would just be brought up: ‘Oh, sorry for your loss,’" says St. Joseph funeral home director David Patton. "It was just harder for the closure process for the families, and for the people who knew someone for their whole lives, and you’re not able to go pay their respects.”

The Happy Horse Hangout has been a popular part of the parking lot outside Windsor Road Christian Church in Champaign for a number of years.