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After Three Years, Covid Finally Caught Me. This Is What It’s Been Like.

November 4th, 2022
After Three Years, Covid Finally Caught Me. This Is What It's Been Like.

It finally caught up with me, the jerk. For the last three years, I’ve been dodging covid. I’ve written about it, I’ve known dozens of people who have gotten it, and spent an entire week at home around my son 24/7 while he had it, and throughout it all, I never caught it. Until this week. It hit pretty hard and fast, and unexpectedly. I’m double-vaxxed, although didn’t get boosters, and I’m in pretty good health overall. I don’t have any mitigating factors, no diabetes or anything like that. I also like long walks on the beach, sushi, and good conversations... Read More

BREAKING: Covid Numbers Rampaging Across Illinois, Will There Be More Shutdowns?

July 23rd, 2022
BREAKING: Covid Numbers Rampaging Across Illinois, Will There Be More Shutdowns?

BREAKING NEWS: Covid numbers are rampaging again across Illinois, causing individual business shutdowns in the Quad-Cities and elsewhere, as there’s increasing nervousness over bigger statewide shutdowns especially as fall school start dates loom. Thursday, Illinois reported its single-highest daily total of new COVID cases since late May, with 6,636 new probable and confirmed cases. In addition, people are testing positive for longer periods of time, and are becoming infected again after infections much more quickly. “I wouldn’t say the incubation period is shorter… it’s... Read More

BREAKING: Covid-19 Numbers Spiking Again In Illinois, Could Masks Return?

May 16th, 2022
BREAKING: Covid-19 Numbers Spiking Again In Illinois, Could Masks Return?

BREAKING NEWS: Covid-19 numbers are starting to spike again in Illinois, as this week, the state was seeing an average of 5,154 new cases per day over the last seven days, IDPH data revealed. That represents an increase of 41.6% in the last week, climbing from 3,639 cases per day as of last Monday. Over the last month, daily case rates in the state have increased by more than 180%, according to IDPH data. While hospitalizations had been flat going into the spring, they’ve leapt over the past couple of weeks. They jumped 21 percent last week. There are 777 hospitalized patients in the state that... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois In Danger Of Masking Up Again As Covid Rises?

March 11th, 2022
A greater portion of people in Scott County have been fully vaccinated than Rock Island County -- 58% compared to 50%.

BREAKING NEWS: Could Illinois be in danger of having to mask up again as covid begins to rise in some areas of the state? Businesses, schools, and people in general have been happy but cautious since the statewide mask mandate was lifted Feb. 28, but as covid-19 numbers decline overall statewide, some parts of the state are seeing numbers spike up again and some are in the high risk transmission area that could see local officials tell those Illinois residents to mask up again. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has ruled out returning to a statewide mask mandate as long as covid numbers remain at low levels.... Read More

Iowa COVID Numbers Remain Dangerously High; Should Reynolds End All COVID Precautions?

February 4th, 2022
Iowa COVID Numbers Remain Dangerously High; Should Reynolds End All COVID Precautions?

Iowa covid numbers remain high overall, with a positivity rate over 20 percent, leaving some to wonder if Gov. Kim Reynolds should be so quick to end all covid precautions. Over the last seven days, there were 19,161 positive tests reported. That’s down from 23,461 at last report on Monday, but still a high number. In addition, while the state’s 14-day positivity rate fell from 22.9 percent, it only slipped a bit to 21.5 percent. Other covid numbers continue to fall, but not a huge amount. For example, there are currently 794 patients hospitalized with the virus, down from 849 on Monday. Just... Read More

BREAKING: Is Iowa Over Covid? Governor Reynolds Ending Covid Websites And State Emergency

February 3rd, 2022
BREAKING: Is Iowa Over Covid? Governor Reynolds Ending Covid Websites And State Emergency

BREAKING NEWS: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says the state is over the hump in terms of covid, and she’s taking down the covid websites and letting the Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation for the state expire. Reynolds announced Thursday that she has signed the final extension of Iowa’s Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation, letting it expire at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Reynolds first issued the public health emergency proclamation on March 17, 2020, as covid first began to bloom and spread throughout the U.S.  Iowa’s covid numbers continue to remain problematic,... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Remain In Danger Zone; Omicron Continues To Spread

December 27th, 2021
BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Remain In Danger Zone; Omicron Continues To Spread

BREAKING NEWS: Iowa’s covid numbers for infection, deaths and hospitalizations remained in the danger zone again this week, with the omicron variant spreading to 10 Iowa counties, as shutdowns increase nationwide, including in neighboring Illinois. Omicron has now been identified in over three dozen patients in ten Iowa counties, including Black Hawk, Des Moines, Dubuque, Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson, Linn, Polk, Scott and Story counties. The more virulent variant is spiking along with new cases of previous variants, as Iowa Department of Public Health has reported 9,506 positive tests per... Read More

Illinois Covid Numbers Skyrocket To New Record; Shutdowns, Vaccination Mandates Begin Soon

December 24th, 2021
Illinois Covid Numbers Skyrocket To New Record; Shutdowns, Vaccination Mandates Begin Soon

Illinois once again saw its covid numbers skyrocket to a new record, as shutdowns of schools and businesses are starting to seep through the state, and vaccination mandates are coming to the northern part of the state, prompting speculation about another statewide shutdown. For the third time in a week, Illinois covid numbers set a new record high. Almost 19,000 more new cases of covid were confirmed over the last 24 hours, according to figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health, whose data showed 18,942 cases of the virus were diagnosed. The seven day average for the state covid infection... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Shatters Covid Record; Harsher State Restrictions Coming?

December 23rd, 2021
BREAKING: Illinois Shatters Covid Record; Harsher State Restrictions Coming?

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois decimated the record for single-day cases of covid over the past 24 hours and the last week, as harsher covid restrictions were announced for Chicago and Northern Illinois counties, more schools and events were postponed, and officials hinted at harsher restrictions coming statewide. Illinois’ one-day covid infection record was shattered yesterday as 18,942 new cases were diagnosed in the last 24 hours, ripping past the old record of 16, 581 set all the way back on Wednesday. The statewide average on cases is 12,573 per day over the past seven days — also a new... Read More

BREAKING: Omicron Ripping Through Iowa, Covid Numbers Soaring; New Restrictions Coming?

December 19th, 2021
BREAKING: Omicron Ripping Through Iowa, Covid Numbers Soaring; New Restrictions Coming?

BREAKING NEWS: The omicron covid variant has begun ripping through Iowa, with the number of confirmed cases leaping across seven counties, as for the third week in a row covid numbers have soared across the state, prompting some to wonder if new restrictions including mask mandates and remote learning for schools may be on the way. Omicron has now infected people in Black Hawk, Jefferson, Johnson, Linn, Polk, Scott and Story counties, according to the latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health. The total number of confirmed infections has gone from one to almost two dozen in a little... Read More