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EFFINGHAM — Changes to COVID-19 contact tracing in Illinois are underway, according to Effingham County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Karen Feldkamp.

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As COVID hospitalizations rise in our communities, HSHS Medical Group and HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital urge community members to get tested for COVID if they are ill, and stay home if you are positive for COVID.

As omicron surges across the state, Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned Monday that hospitalizations are about as high as they were last winter before vaccines were widely available. About 85 percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state are unvaccinated.

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HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is making preparations for a continued surge of COVID-19-related hospitalizations over the next few weeks. Its chief medical officer warns that they could be pushed to their limit at the beginning of January.

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The Effingham County Health Department announced Monday the COVID-related deaths of a resident in their 60s and one in their 90s. They were both unvaccinated. The deaths bring the number of confirmed COVID-related deaths in the county to 109.

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EFFINGHAM — Effingham County Health Department officials emphasized Tuesday the need for continued vigilance against COVID-19 in light of new information showing a stalling in the decline of coronavirus cases.

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SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday that his administration has reached agreement with multiple trade unions requiring certain state workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is extending the deadline for workers to get their first shot to Oct. 26 while negotiations con…

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The Effingham County Health Department announced 28 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday through Sunday.

The Effingham County Health Department announced 31 new positive cases of COVID-19 Friday through Sunday. Those testing positive range in age from children to 90s.

The Effingham County Health Department received confirmation of the COVID-related deaths of three more county residents — an individual in their 70s and two individuals in their 80s, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 92. Only one was vaccinated.

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The Effingham County Health Department announced 90 new positive cases of COVID-19 since Thursday. This is nearly double the 47 new cases announced last Monday, Aug. 30, for the previous three-day period.

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SPRINGFIELD – Masks will be required at all Illinois long-term care facilities, day cares and Pre-K-12 schools, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday amid a nationwide surge of COVID-19.

SPRINGFIELD – Hospitalizations for COVID-19 jumped by more than 13 percent from Sunday to Monday night while intensive care bed usage jumped 15 percent as the delta variant of the virus continued to cause a surge nationwide.

The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults — a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country.

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SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker stressed the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations Monday as positivity rates and hospitalizations continued to decline but variants of the virus have proven to be more transmissible and dangerous to those who are not vaccinated.

This week the Effingham County Health Department received confirmation of two new positive cases of COVID-19, a boy under 10 and a woman in her 30s.

The Effingham County Health Department received confirmation of two new positive cases of COVID-19 — a teen and a male in his 20s.

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SPRINGFIELD – Starting Friday, Illinois will be in Phase 5 of the COVID-19 reopening plan, meaning businesses and organizations can resume normal activity, although some limited restrictions will remain in place.

Lake Land College announced Wednesday that it will be following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines regarding mask requirements effective June 11 in accordance with the Governor’s plan to reopen the state under Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan.