The Effingham County Health Department reported 182 new cases of COVID from Friday through Sunday.
EFFINGHAM — Changes to COVID-19 contact tracing in Illinois are underway, according to Effingham County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Karen Feldkamp.
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.
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.
The Effingham County Health Department reported the COVID-related death of an individual in their 60s who was unvaccinated, bringing the number of confirmed COVID- related deaths in the county to 111.
The Effingham County Health Department announced 67 new cases of COVID from Friday through Sunday. The department also announced 114 new cases from Dec. 13 through Thursday.
The Effingham County Health Department on Friday announced the COVID-related death of an unvaccinated individual in their 70s. This death brings the number of confirmed COVID-related deaths in this county to 110.
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.
The Effingham County Health Department reported two COVID-related deaths, one in their 60s and one in their 70s. They were both unvaccinated.
The Effingham County Health Department warned Friday of a “worrying” increase in COVID patients in the region as the number of local cases jumped from last week.
The Effingham County Health Department announced Monday 20 new COVID-19 cases from Friday through Sunday. Cases range in age from infant to 70s.
The Effingham County Health Department announced Friday the COVID-related death of an individual in their 90s. The individual was vaccinated.
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.
The Effingham County Health Department received confirmation of another COVID-related death of a county resident. The individual was in their 80s and vaccinated.
SPRINGFIELD – An amendment to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act that allows an employer to fire a worker for noncompliance with COVID-19 vaccine or test requirements surfaced Monday ahead of the final three scheduled days of legislative action this year.
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…
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.
The Effingham County Health Department received confirmation of the COVID-related death of another county resident, a gentleman in his 60s, bringing the number of confirmed deaths to 81.
A judge has issued a temporary restraining order that allows three children in the Teutopolis Unit 50 School District to attend class without wearing masks.
An Illinois region reported Monday and Tuesday that it ran out of intensive care unit beds, a milestone that has meant delayed surgeries and, in some cases, longer waits for appropriate care.
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.
The Effingham County Health Department on Friday received confirmation of the COVID-related death of a man in his 70s, bringing the county’s total to 78 deaths since the pandemic began.
SPRINGFIELD – The statewide mask mandate indoors is back, and educators and health care professionals will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday amid an ongoing surge in the pandemic that first arrived in Illinois in March 2020.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday updated guidance about masks in light of new data about the delta variant.
SPRINGFIELD – Masks will be required at driver’s license facilities in Illinois starting Monday, Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he is “looking at all the possible mitigations” amid another surge of COVID-19 infections.
SPRINGFIELD – The state’s higher education agencies released updated COVID-19 guidance this week encouraging all public and private higher education institutions in Illinois to issue mandatory vaccine policies.
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.
The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise — and deplete the nation’s blood inventory.
Illinois enters Phase 5 of the state’s Restore Illinois plan Friday. This phase, called “Illinois Restored,” lifts most pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and event venues, including capacity limits.
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.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois announced that all Catholics across the diocese will be obligated to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation starting June 12, the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
This week the Effingham County Health Department announced there have been no new positive cases of COVID in over 30 days for the 65-and-older age group.
SPRINGFIELD – The state’s COVID-19 metrics continued to improve Monday ahead of Friday’s planned statewide reopening.
The Effingham County Health Department will have a first-dose Pfizer clinic for ages 12 and up on Tuesday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to noon, a first- and second-dose-only Moderna clinic on Thursday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, and a Johnson and Johnson “one and done” clinic on Friday, June 11, …
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