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Blood collection agencies said donors are urgently needed because thousands of blood drives have been canceled nationwide due to concerns about the novel coronavirus. And the agencies said the need for blood and blood products never ends.

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Emergency physicians across Illinois are bracing for an onslaught of patients sick with the coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker announced new measures to help businesses stay afloat during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


The Des Moines County Public Health Department said the Iowa Department of Public Health has confirmed a case of novel coronavirus in Des Moines County. The person is self-isolating at home.


Just a few weeks ago, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker offered up a spending blueprint for Illinois.  But that was before the COVID-19 pandemic was on the radar. 

For the first time, an infant was among the newly discovered cases of COVID-19 announced daily by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Officials on Sunday said they’d confirmed 296 new cases of coronavirus disease, though official tallies are thought to significantly understate the actual number of infections.

Rich Egger

So far, much of western Illinois has managed to steer clear of the novel coronavirus. But Dr. Ed Card, Chief Medical Officer at McDonough District Hospital, said residents must remain vigilant to prevent the spread of the disease.

Eric Stock

Service industry employees who have lost work due to the COVID-19 response could possibly find employment in one job sector that is rapidly hiring to meet demand: grocery stores.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide stay-at-home order starting Saturday at 5 p.m. through April 7 to slow the spread of COVID-19. State public health officials reported Illinois’ fifth death from the virus Friday.

Local, state, and federal government agencies are working to help individuals and businesses get through the coronavirus pandemic. TSPR has accumulated a list of links you might find helpful and informative.

As widespread disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the country, Illinois retailers are asking residents not to buy more supplies than they need.

The worst pandemic in recent history, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the 1918 so-called “Spanish flu” pandemic, caused by a virus “with genes of avian origin.” This was caused by a different virus than COVID-19 – coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, hopkinsmedicine.org. Spanish flu hit America in the spring of 1918 and wasn’t finished with us until the summer of 1919. 

Illinois health officials announced a surge of new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The state’s Department of Public Health has confirmed 128 new cases across 17 counties, bringing the total to 288.

Local Announcements/Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 17, 2020
Courtesy the CDC

Many events and activities have been postponed or canceled in the tri states as the region tries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  Some organizations/agencies have made adjustments to their operations continue to serve the public.  Here is our latest information.

Rich Egger

The ball was in Dr. Martin Abraham’s court last week.  It was up to Western Illinois University’s interim president to decide what course of action to follow as concerns about the spread of the coronavirus increased rapidly.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is ordering the cancellation of any event with more than 50 people. It’s the latest mandate in the ongoing effort to slow the spread of coronavirus disease.

Governor J.B. Pritzker says the federal and state governments are working to blunt the blow of a two-week bar and restaurant closure as much as possible. 

Courtesy WGLT

The Illinois primary will still be held on Tuesday, March 17. But many other events and activities have been postponed or canceled in the tri states as the region tries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

As the coronavirus pandemic forces the nation to disconnect from usual routines, communities of faith tried all the harder to hold on to each other and offer solace. Many turned to worship online, some as a regular part of the program, others for the first time, using meeting programs such as Zoom.

Courtesy of the CDC

Schools, arts centers, and other places are closing their doors in an effort to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.  Here is our latest list of cancellations and other announcements, updated Sunday afternoon, March 15:

Courtesy WNIJ

Illinois is taking the precautionary measure of closing all of its schools March 17-30. The state said day care centers will remain open and will follow strict health and safety guidance.

Citing the risk from coronavirus disease, the Illinois Department on Aging is ordering senior centers to close.

Courtesy of WGLT

Western Illinois University, Monmouth College, and other institutions are rearranging plans for the remainder of the Spring semester. The changes are in response to the coronavirus crisis, which the World Health Organization is now calling a pandemic.

Citing concerns about coronavirus disease, the Illinois General Assembly is cancelling session for next week. Authorities are also restricting other large gatherings in the Capitol building.

Tomorrow will be the first day Illinois residents can start filling out the 2020 U.S. Census form online. State officials said remote technology will help with the count amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

With a fourth case of COVID-19 announced in Illinois Monday, coronavirus continues to dominate headlines. But experts say there’s another, more common disease that ought to be getting more attention.


State public health officials announced Tuesday that Illinois has become the first to conduct in-state testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus.