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At the Orr Building at the corner of the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Lisa Scacco — sporting an “I got my COVID-19 vaccine” sticker — spends the observation period after her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation that would protect nursing homes and other businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits.

COVID-19 variants are now becoming commonplace.

Saturday's torrential rains did not stop people from coming out to the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic in Macomb.

The McDonough and Schuyler County Health Departments are partnering with McDonough District Hospital to hold a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

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One year into the coronavirus pandemic, Iowa has seen more than 350,000 cases of COVID-19. As of Wednesday, 5,743 Iowans have died of the condition. And scores of survivors haven't recovered, earning them the name "long-haulers."

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood says he's now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But for those hesitating to roll up their sleeves, he said not to take his word for it.

Illinois State University and other public higher education institutions want the Illinois Department of Public Health to require students be vaccinated for COVID-19 if they attend classes in the fall.

Some states are saying they won’t use Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine to immunize vulnerable, harder-to-reach populations, including agriculture workers, over concerns about equity and perceptions of how well it protects against COVID-19. 

Reynolds Says COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Might Expand to All Adult Iowans on April 5

Mar 18, 2021
Natalie Krebs/Iowa Public Radio News

Gov. Kim Reynolds says an anticipated increase in vaccine supply from the federal government means eligibility could open in early April.

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Illinois’ first reported death from COVID-19. In the next 12 months, Illinois would go on to report nearly 21,000 more confirmed COVID-19 deaths, while more than 1.2 million Illinoisans have been infected so far.

Elizabeth Tesson remembers the exact moment she lost her sense of smell, the day after she tested positive for COVID-19.

“I got a very odd feeling in my nose, like a burning sensation in my sinuses and along my cheeks,” said Tesson, who lives in St. Louis County. “About an hour and a half later, I went to take a shower, and I couldn’t smell the soap.”

That was almost five months ago — and her sense of smell still hasn’t returned.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday afternoon launched a COVID-19 vaccine hotline — something advocates have been asking Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration to do for months.

Photo provided by Mayra Ramirez

In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayra Ramirez contracted the virus and ended up in the ICU on life support. She was 28 years old.

At this point in the pandemic, OSF HealthCare says it will not turn away the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine "if it's the only option" available for patients.

Gov. JB Pritzker's Facebook page

Illinois residents 16 years of age and older with underlying conditions are now able to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in the state's latest expansion of vaccination Phase 1B.

LaHood: More COVID Vaccine Doses Needed

Feb 24, 2021
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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) said the Biden administration should negotiate with COVID-19 vaccine makers to boost production. LaHood said that's the only way the U.S. will achieve herd immunity this summer.

People in Des Moines County who have been waiting for a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine might not have much of a wait left. Health Department Director Krista Poggemiller said they're closing in on the end of their waiting list for the vaccine after administering 1,000 doses per week.

Weeks into Vaccine Rollout, Some Worry Vulnerable Iowans Will Be Left Behind

Feb 23, 2021
Natalie Krebs/Iowa Public Radio News

Iowa is now weeks into Phase 1B of distributing the coronavirus vaccine. That phase includes more than a half million Iowans ages 65 and older. With vaccine demand still far outstripping supply, many Iowans are struggling to get an appointment and are frustrated. But some worry the state’s most vulnerable residents are also at risk for getting left behind.

More and more Illinois school districts are offering in-person options as COVID-19 positivity rates continue to drop. 70% of students are now in a hybrid learning format. But many parents are turning to their school districts to ask for more in-person time.

SPENCER TRITT

This school year, schools identified around 420,000 fewer homeless students than last year. That would normally be a hopeful sign, but not during the pandemic. Advocates say there aren't fewer students experiencing homelessness. It's just that schools can't find them.

Commentary - Planfulness is a Privilege

Feb 10, 2021

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted the certainty that many of us enjoy during more "normal" times. What I'm thinking about today is the fact that certainty and the ability to be "planful" is a privilege that most humans in the world do not have, at any time.

Public university presidents recently wrote Gov. JB Pritzker, asking him to make higher education a priority area for COVID-19 vaccinations. But with only a limited number of doses available, Pritzker said he made the decision to place higher ed staff and students in the 1C class--or at least behind K-12 students.

Rich Egger

The presidents of Illinois' public universities believe the state should make it a higher priority to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for higher education's faculty, staff, and students.

Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, did not allow a Democratic representative to speak during a debate Tuesday evening because she violated the chamber dress code by wearing jeans. She said she was testing Grassley's claims that he can't enforce a mask mandate.

I don’t know about you all, but I am beyond exhausted.  This isn't pandemic fatigue, but full on pandemic burn out.  Pandemic fatigue is being tired of wearing my mask.  Pandemic burnout is not being able to envision ever not wearing my mask.  I had hoped that by the beginning of 2021 we would have had COVID somewhat under control.  But, the new B.1.1.7 strain of the virus appears to be more contagious and at this point is moving faster than our ability to distribute vaccines.  

Rich Egger

An expert believes the economy will look different as we rebound from the pandemic-related recession, and he said some post-pandemic economic trends are already beginning to emerge.

The head of the Illinois High School Association says political pressure may have helped prompt state public health officials and the Pritzker administration to allow basketball and other high-risk sports to resume.

For more than a decade, Saraí has been a farmworker, cultivating corn and soybeans in the fields of central Illinois. She moved to the U.S. from Mexico to find work that would allow her to better support her family.

CDC

The McDonough and Schuyler County Health Departments said they will begin administering the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, February 1, 2021.

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