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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.

This week the Effingham County Health Department announces that 30% of Effingham County residents are now fully vaccinated. The health department also received confirmation of three new cases COVID-19 over the weekend, ranging in age from 40s to 60s.

This week the Effingham County Health Department announces seven positive cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19); none on Tuesday, four on Wednesday and three on Thursday.

Vaccines are the No. 1 protection against numerous serious illnesses. COVID-19 has proved to have serious and life-threatening effects on the public, which is why the CDC encourages you to get the COVID-19 immunization.

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