"It’s a weird mix of ‘there’s no COVID, but also there’s COVID.’”
Appointments have been filling up fast in Champaign County for the new omicron-fighting bivalent booster shot for COVID-19.
Organizations that want a piece of federal recovery funding from the city of Urbana can start applying now, city officials announced Friday.
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has expanded first eligibility for the new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster shot to age 50 and older.
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will begin making the new bivalent booster shot for COVID-19 available Sept. 12.
Just days after local public health and University of Illinois officials urged everyone to resume wearing face masks, the number of COVID-19 cases in Champaign County shot up substantially.
The booster shot designed to target COVID-19’s omicron subvariants will likely be available in Champaign County in about two weeks, a public health official said Wednesday.
For the most part, it’s been a mask-free summer for many who regard the COVID-19 pandemic as largely over. But the numbers tell a different story of a virus still very much around.
"It’s a weird mix of ‘there’s no COVID, but also there’s COVID.’”
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is now strongly recommending that everyone wear a mask in indoor public places due to the high level of COVID-19 transmission.
“Based on case data and trends, this time period is critical as we expect our on-campus cases to peak,” Chancellor Robert Jones said in a mass-email Sunday night.
A Champaign County woman in her 70s has died of COVID-19, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has dozens of homemade air purifiers available, and they're free for the asking.
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will discontinue contact tracing for COVID-19 starting Aug. 15.
COVID-19 deaths among Champaign County residents rose again by one, a man in his 70s.
For the second year in a row, COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing is required for University of Illinois students and staff. At the Urbana-Champaign campus, other layers of its pandemic response will be removed or reduced to start the fall semester.
Other requirements, such as masks, will be made by each campus based on conditions and requirements in their communities, according to new guidance from President Tim Killeen.
You may have heard the news of treatments for dealing with COVID-19 beyond getting vaccinated.
The governor, who is fully vaccinated and double boosted, said he is experiencing mild symptoms and will follow CDC guidelines and work from home.
The number of Champaign County residents who have died of COVID-19 has grown to five this month.
Seven to eight faculty will consult Chancellor Robert Jones as he picks the successor for Andreas Cangellaris, four-year provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
COVID-19 transmission is at an elevated level throughout East Central Illinois, with Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar and Coles counties among 50 in the state considered to be at a high transmission level, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health Friday.
Some of Illinois’ COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements are being relaxed, and that’s going to have a mixed impact in the local area for now.
A Champaign County man in his 70s became the 300th county resident to die of COVID-19.
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois will soon have a new Department of Public Health director and its first electric vehicles coordinator after Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced those appointments in recent days.
COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise again as new variants continue to pick up steam.
Two more Champaign County residents, both women in their 70s, have died of COVID-19, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced Friday.
Residents of Inman Place, a senior independent living facility in downtown Champaign, were expected to remain in quarantine in their apartments until next week due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
A Champaign County man in his 80s has died of COVID-19, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
Champaign, Ford and Douglas counties were at a high community transmission level for COVID-19 as of Friday.
SPRINGFIELD — A state audit released Thursday found nearly $2 billion in federal money intended to help unemployed Illinoisans during the pandemic was lost to fraudulent claims in Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN — Getting her 4-year-old son vaccinated for COVID-19 is a big priority for University of Illinois epidemiologist Rebecca Smith.
The blessing box in the alley behind Vine Street Christian Church in Arthur has been, well, a blessing for everyone involved.
Most of East Central Illinois is at a medium level of COVID-19 transmission, but state health authorities are advising everyone to be cautious about Father's Day gatherings this weekend.
SPRINGFIELD — At least 16 residents and six staff members at the state-run veterans home in Manteno have tested positive for COVID-19, and one positive resident who was in hospice died Wednesday morning, according to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Free COVID-19 testing through SHIELD Illinois is, again being offered to every public school in the state outside Chicago for the 2022-2023 school year, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday.
Champaign County is, once again, at a high community transmission level for COVID-19.
Parents anxiously waiting to get their young children vaccinated for COVID-19 may not have to wait much longer.
Walgreens spokeswoman Kris Lathan said in communities with staffing shortages, the chain has adjusted hours with the goal of creating minimal disruption to customers and patients.
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed yet another casualty — the restaurant Scott Glassman has operated in downtown Urbana for 19 years.
The News-Gazette got to look at the last five fiscal years (July 1-June 30) of Champaign’s parking-meter revenue data, courtesy of Champaign Public Works.
Several local area counties are now considered to be at the medium transmission level for COVID-19.
A woman in her 70s became the 296th Champaign County resident to lose her life to COVID-19.
At least two local medical providers have discontinued a former requirement for patients about to undergo medical procedures to be tested beforehand for COVID-19.
Several COVID-era additions from the university — like the classroom mask requirement and building door checkers — have melted away for the summer term.
Newly-approved COVID-19 booster shots for kids 5-11 will be available through the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District starting Monday.
The COVID-19 transmission level in Champaign County has been raised from medium to high, and public health officials are advising everyone to take additional precautions.
A major renovation of Garfield Park and Garfield Municipal Pool is another step closer now that the Danville City Council has approved the use of about half the city’s federal coronavirus relief funding to cover the costs.
With more Illinois counties at an elevated transmission risk level for COVID-19 and a new omicron offshoot gaining a foothold across the country, local public health officials are planning to make sure upcoming summer camps in the area are supplied with plenty of rapid tests.
LINCOLN — The final graduation at Lincoln College was supposed to be a moment of joy mixed with a bit of sadness.
Awais Vaid, an 18-year employee of Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, will start working at the campus medical hub in July, pending approval from UI trustees.