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With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

June 10th, 2022
With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

I thought we were going to make it through. As far as we knew, my son and I had not had covid. Early on in 2020, we were both incredibly sick with something that could’ve been covid, but we weren’t sure because, well, at that point, nobody was testing for covid, and it wasn’t until months later that the symptoms resonated with what was being reported. Both of us are vaccinated. Both of us were pretty darn careful. But as the months of this year started to unfold, and covid faded out of the headlines, we figured we were past it. Nope. About a month back, my son began a weekend... Read More

Western Illinois University Releases New Covid Protocols For Students And Staff

June 9th, 2022
With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

From: WIU Office of Risk Management Subject: WIU COVID-19 Summer Updates Please find the latest updates and information regarding COVID-19 protocols at Western Illinois University. Face Coverings Effective Wednesday, May 18, 2022, face coverings are now optional on WIU’s campuses* (see exceptions below). All members of the University community are still expected to keep a face covering available, and are expected to comply with a request to wear a face covering. COVID-19 related building signage will be removed. Updated signage will be posted prior to the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester. *... Read More

Western Illinois University Offering Spring Vaccine Clinics

January 26th, 2022
With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

The McDonough County Health Department, in cooperation with Western Illinois University, will host two COVID-19 vaccination clinics (including boosters) for WIU faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the general public, Jan. 25 and Feb. 22. Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available at no cost, and an appointment is not needed. Booster recommendations are in place for the COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States. Individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. First and second shots, as well as boosters, will be available at the... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Soaring Again, Will There Be A New School Mask Mandate?

November 21st, 2021
With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

BREAKING NEWS: Iowa covid-19 numbers continue to soar, with the Iowa Department of Public Health reporting 9,132 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, an average of 1,304 per day, prompting some to call for new mask mandates in schools and statewide. There were 102 deaths reported last week as well, bringing the state’s total to 7,268 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. In addition, hospitalizations due to covid also continued to increase, rising to 544, including 123 patients in intensive care and 57 on ventilators. Children under 18 make up over 20 percent of the positive case... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Covid Cases UP 70 PERCENT; More Restrictions On The Way?

November 19th, 2021
With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois covid-19 numbers, up 30 percent over the past week, have exploded and are up more than 70 percent in the last three weeks, according to the latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health. IDPH numbers released today show the state is averaging 3,560 new cases of COVID per day over the last week. That is 72% more than the 2,069 new cases that the state was seeing each day on Oct. 27. Hospitalizations are also rising quickly statewide, with 1,627 patients currently hospitalized with covid statewide, an increase of 36 percent in the last three weeks. There are... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Soaring, Will There Be A Statewide Shutdown?

November 16th, 2021
With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

BREAKING: Iowa covid-19 numbers are heating up as the weather cools down, pushing Iowa into the red zone of “high” contagion and causing some to call for a statewide shutdown and new mask mandates. The 14-day positivity rate of COVID-19 for the state climbed from 8.9% to 9.2% in the last week, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Iowa has had 8,047 new positive cases in just the last week. Of those hospitalized with COVID-19, 75.8% are unvaccinated, while 87.1% of those listed in intensive care with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Numbers from the Iowa Department of Public... Read More

Genesis Releases Its Latest Covid Numbers For Its Quad-Cities Hospitals

November 8th, 2021
With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

Genesis Health Systems released its latest numbers for covid cases in its Quad-Cities hospitals. The release states the following: Genesis Health System COVID-19 Hospitalization Update: GMC-Davenport @ 24 GMC-Silvis @ 7 GMC-DeWitt @ 0 Jackson County Regional Health @ 2 GMC-Aledo  @ 0 Total COVID hospitalization @ 33 COVID Hospitalization In ICU GMC-Davenport @ 6 GMC-Silvis @ 3 Age Distribution 30-39 = 2 40-49 = 4 50-59 = 6 60-69 = 9 70-70 = 7 80+ = 5 Total = 33 Notes: Genesis has extended deadline for employee vaccination or approved exemption to Nov. 15 The percentage of... Read More

Mask Mandates Aren’t Leaving Illinois Any Time Soon, Pritzker Says

November 4th, 2021
With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

Alongside your turkey, pumpkin pie, and mashed potatoes, should we expect to see masks once more at Thanksgiving dinner this year? It’s looking like it. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker talked to the media at an event to showcase him getting his covid-19 booster shot (Pfizer) and didn’t rule that out. Pritzker said there’s a possibility he might lift the statewide indoor mask mandate in time for the holidays, but he doesn’t see it happening any time soon. Given that there’s only three weeks until Thanksgiving, it’s not looking promising. “What we’re trying to evaluate... Read More

Illinois Mask Mandate Could Be Off By Thanksgiving; Will Pritzker Deliver, Or Be A Turkey?

October 20th, 2021
With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

Illinois’ mask mandate could be off the table by Thanksgiving, according to comments made yesterday by Gov. JB Pritzker, allowing families to gather for the holidays without following covid mandates on the holiday to do list. During his weekly covid-19 status update for the state, Gov. Pritzker said he’s hoping to be able to lift mask mandates in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. “State health officials are continuing to watch the numbers to determine when the right time is to remove the mask mandate,” Pritzker said, while noting that he wasn’t going to be doing... Read More

Illinois Gov. Pritzker Doubles Down On Mask Mandate And Covid Restrictions; When Will They End?

October 16th, 2021
With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

As Illinois covid numbers continue to improve, pressure is mounting for Gov. JB Pritzker to remove the covid-19 restrictions and mask mandate which has been in place since August, but yesterday in a press conference Pritzker renewed the mask mandate and said it was still “way too early” to remove it. “If you go look at the hospitalizations — the new hospitalizations, as well as the ones that are, you know, existing in total — they are not dropping at the rate that they were dropping even a couple of weeks ago,” Pritzker said. “So I’m concerned about... Read More