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Illinois lawmakers urge Pritzker to reopen shuttered hospitals

State legislators and community leaders called on Gov. JB Pritzker to reopen shuttered health care facilities in Melrose Park and Springfield during the COVID-19 pandemic. WGN TV

Illinois lawmakers urge Pritzker to reopen shuttered hospitals

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  • Apr 01, 2020
  • News from the Web

937 new cases of COVID-19, 26 more deaths as Pritzker extends stay-at-home order through April 30

The action coincides with 937 more cases of the respiratory disease confirmed in Illinois and 26 new deaths. Daily Herald

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Gov. Pritzker promises state doing all it can to see more prisoners exit system as COVID-19 spreads

The state has made a concerted effort to release prison inmates early to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 behind bars, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday. Chicago Tribune

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Illinois might have 19,000 COVID-19 cases about a week from now. But it could have been worse.

COVID-19 cases in Illinois could exceed 19,000 in about a week, but that’s far less than the 147,000 cases the state could have seen if residents had not retreated to their homes. Chicago Tribune

  • Apr 01, 2020
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‘Everyone is afraid’ as Illinois virus cases spike

Illinois has become another national hot spot for coronavirus, with a surging number of confirmed cases. Most are in Cook County, the region that is home to Chicago. WTTW TV

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Local hospitals begin COVID-19 drug trial

Northwestern Medicine, UIC and Cook County Health are testing an Ebola drug to treat coronavirus patients. Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Local hospitals begin COVID-19 drug trial

Northwestern Medicine, UIC and Cook County Health are testing an Ebola drug to treat coronavirus patients. Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Trump says ‘life and death’ at stake in following guidelines

President Trump warned Americans as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the US even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. Associated Press

  • Apr 01, 2020
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County finances to suffer one-two punch as coronavirus patients ‘swamp the health care system’

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday that girding for an influx of coronavirus patients will have a “profound impact” on the finances of the health system. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Out of Retirement, Into the Coronavirus Fight

As the rising tide of sick people overwhelms hospitals and infects doctors and nurses, officials across the country and around the world have asked retired healthcare workers to help. New York Times

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Illinois: We need medical backup

An emergency call was activated by Illinois officials looking for medical professionals to staff at least one alternate-care site being set up in advance of the COVID-19 peak period. Quad City Times

  • Apr 01, 2020
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COVID-19: Temporary licenses possible for Illinois nursing students

Illinois public health officials announce close to 6,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases across 54 counties, there are renewed calls for more frontline hospital staff. Channel 25 TV

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Chicago hospitals begin to lean on expanded ICU spaces as regular critical care beds fill

Several Chicago hospitals have moved critical care beds into unused spaces to handle an expected influx of coronavirus patients. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Apr 01, 2020
  • News from the Web

Hospital Safety Rules Are Relaxed to Fight Coronavirus

The federal government announced it was relaxing many of its usual safety standards for hospitals so they could expand services to fight the coronavirus pandemic. New York Times

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Help On The Way For Illinois’ Rural Hospitals

Pana Community Hospital – about an hour south east of Springfield – is preparing to treat patients sick with COVID-19. NPR Illinois

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Army corps rushing to convert Elgin hospital site into facility for COVID-19 patients

Work to turn the shuttered Sherman Hospital site in Elgin into a facility for non-acute COVID-19 patients will take place as quickly as possible, officials said. Daily Herald

  • Apr 01, 2020
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How to Donate Personal Protective Equipment in Illinois to Help Combat Coronavirus

Healthcare workers across Illinois and nationwide are in need of personal protective equipment, or PPE, as they work on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. NBC 5 TV

  • Apr 01, 2020
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U of I designs prototype for low-cost, easy-to-build ventilator and offers it free to manufacturers

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engineers created an easily-manufactured, disposable and portable emergency ventilator to help hospitals with COVID-19 patients. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Apr 01, 2020
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As COVID-19 isolates patients, telehealth becomes lifeline for behavioral health

As more Americans are urged to stay at home amid the COVID-19 crisis, it’s not just physical health that’s going largely digital—it's behavioral health, too. Fierce Healthcare

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Coronavirus Costs Illinois Behavioral Health Providers $7 Million

This pandemic is expected to drain more than $7 million from llinois's leading community-based mental health, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disability providers. Patch

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Sheltered At Home, Families Broach End-Of-Life Planning

Long before she contracted COVID-19 at a Kirkland, Washington, nursing home, Barbara Dreyfuss made sure to document the wishes that would govern how she died. Kaiser Health News

  • Apr 01, 2020
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Extroverts (and introverts, too) face quarantine challenges

Within days, Vicktery Zimmerman had figured out how to connect with friends and family even as she and her husband shelter in place at their Chicago home. Associated Press

  • Apr 01, 2020
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How the Pandemic Will End

Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. The Atlantic

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Medline resumes ethylene oxide operations, plans to resterilize used N95 masks

Medline said in a statement Friday that it brought three shifts a day back to work at the facility, sterilizing medical devices with ethylene oxide. Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Coronavirus Cases in Illinois Top 5,000 With 73 Fatalities

One day after Illinois saw its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, the state reported yet another climb, topping 5,000 confirmed cases on Monday. NBC Chicago

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Coronavirus test sites added in Illinois, but Pritzker says limited capacity still enormous problem

As Illinois’ confirmed COVID-19 cases eclipsed 5,000 on Monday, Gov. Pritzker said there still aren’t enough tests available even as several new testing sites opened recently. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Pritzker says feds sent wrong masks as Illinois reports 8 more coronavirus deaths

Gov. Pritzker said the White House sent Illinois hundreds of thousands of the wrong masks as the state saw eight more deaths and the spread of COVID-19 into half of its counties. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Mar 31, 2020
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3 new COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County, 1 new death

Sangamon County Public Health officials made the announcement Monday, March 30. WICS/WRSP TV

  • Mar 31, 2020
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134 Detainees at Cook County Jail Confirmed Positive for COVID-19

The Cook County sheriff’s office announced 33 more detainees at the Cook County Jail tested positive for COVID-19, raising the total number of confirmed cases among detainees to 134. NBC 5 TV

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Carol Stream senior living community has 7 cases of COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis in nursing homes has spread to a Carol Stream senior living community grappling with seven confirmed cases of COVID-19. Daily Herald

  • Mar 31, 2020
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How Health Care Providers Are Preparing for COVID-19 Peak in Illinois

The Chicago Medical Society, an organization that represents more than 17,000 doctors, says that as of Monday, Chicago intensive care units are full. WTTW TV

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Telemedicine helps system absorb caseload while fighting coronavirus

Before the pandemic, few Americans gave much thought to telemedicine. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Retired, former doctors, nurses answer call to return to frontline of coronavirus pandemic

As the number of cases rises, Gov. JB Pritzker has put out an urgent call for licensed and retired healthcare workers to volunteer in the fight against COVID-19. WLS

  • Mar 31, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Hospitals Transfer Child Patients To Make Room For The COVID-19 Surge

As hospitals brace for a surge in COVID-19 cases, some are looking to make room by sending their youngest patients elsewhere. WBEZ Radio

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Elgin’s former Sherman Hospital site to become overflow facility to address COVID-19 case increase

Illinois and the US Army Corps of Engineers will convert the former Sherman Hospital in Elgin into a temporary overflow facility to ease the COVID-19 cases strain in area hospitals. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Local Hospitals treating COVID-19 patients

Per IDPH's request, The Tri-County Health Department representatives shared how many cases are being seen at OSF St. Francis and UnityPoint Methodist, Proctor and Pekin. Channel 25 NBC

  • Mar 31, 2020
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NorthShore CEO Gallagher talks COVID-19 preparedness

NorthShore University HealthSystem has canceled elective surgeries, turned outpatient sites into screening centers and aggressively ramped up its testing capabilities. Health News Illinois

  • Mar 31, 2020
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St. Louis-area hospitals are preparing to be overwhelmed by coronavirus patients

The wave of coronavirus that has inundated America’s coasts is about to hit the heartland. Belleville News Democrat

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Hospital Safety Rules Are Relaxed to Fight Coronavirus

The federal government announced it was relaxing many of its usual safety standards for hospitals so they could expand services to fight the coronavirus pandemic. New York Times

  • Mar 31, 2020
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The Nation’s 5,000 Outpatient Surgery Centers Could Help With The COVID-19 Overflow

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, a group of anesthesiologists wants to convert America’s surgery centers into critical care units for infected patients. Kaiser Health News

  • Mar 31, 2020
  • News from the Web

Coronavirus Patients Caught In Conflict Between Hospital And Nursing Homes

A wrenching conflict is emerging as the COVID-19 virus storms through U.S. communities: Some patients are falling into a no man’s land between hospitals and nursing homes. Kaiser Health News

  • Mar 31, 2020
  • News from the Web

FDA shut down at-home coronavirus tests, but will they be part of the solution?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration abruptly shut down sales of at-home coronavirus test kits earlier this month but some companies say they haven’t given up. USA Today

  • Mar 31, 2020
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For Downstate Illinois, coronavirus crisis ‘is going to devastate families’

Transient slaughterhouse workers still fill the rooms at the Budget Inn in the small central Illinois town, but the motel owner admits, beyond that business is very slow. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Hospitals receive help from local business donation

Farmers State Bank in Marion normally deals in cash and coins, but on Monday the only currency exchanged was kindness and care. WSIL TV

  • Mar 31, 2020
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Parade of cars show their support for doctors and nurses dealing with coronavirus

A parade of vehicles pass through the parking lot at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, Illinois to show their support for doctors and nurses during the coronavirus pandemic. Belleville News-Democrat

  • Mar 31, 2020
  • News from the Web

Meet Southern Illinois' sewing warriors. They're making hundreds of masks for front-line workers.

Across Southern Illinois, people are reporting for COVID-19 pandemic duty with an unlikely weapon: their sewing machines. The Southern

  • Mar 31, 2020
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 31

CMS Announces New Waivers and Regulatory Changes  

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Illinois creates action plan to expand and expedite Medicaid coverage

Governor JB Pritzker announced the “Care Comes First” action plan. KFVS TV

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Illinois changes Medicaid, food stamps and unemployment policies in response to COVID-19

After poverty advocates gave Gov. Pritzker a list of recommendations to improve access to healthcare, income supports and housing, state government has moved on a number of fronts. Chicago Reporter

  • Mar 30, 2020
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State education officials say school districts must start remote learning Tuesday

Illinois officials directed districts statewide to implement concrete remote learning plans for all schools starting Tuesday; a new order suspended standardized testing. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Medline reopens Illinois medtech sterilization plant

The Waukegan plant reopening follows an Atlanta Sterigenics EtO plant reopening for 21 days to sterilize devices and products needed during the COVID-19 crisis. Medical Design & Outsourcing

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Illinois sees 1K+ spike in COVID-19 cases in 1 day as state seeks to increase testing capacity

Governor Pritzker says Illinois will soon more than double the number of coronavirus tests it can administer daily as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state surges. ABC 7 TV

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Governor vows to increase testing as COVID-19 cases surge

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Sunday that Illinois will soon more than double the number of daily COVID-19 tests it can administer as the number of cases surged. Associated Press

  • Mar 30, 2020
  • News from the Web

Illinois infant with COVID-19 dies, cause of death unknown

An Illinois infant with COVID-19 has died, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday. Associated Press

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Coronavirus Spreading Inside the Stateville Correction Center

WJOL has learned of a situation that may be growing at the Stateville Correctional Center as it pertains to Covid-19. WJOL

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Abbott receives approval for test that can detect coronavirus in 5 minutes

Abbott announced it received approval for a COVID-19 test capable of delivering positive results in as little as five minutes; it will begin making the tests available next week. CNBC

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Face masks, thermometers among the supplies Illinois manufacturers are racing to produce

Illinois manufacturers are revamping production to make face masks, thermometers and more as the fight against the new coronavirus pandemic escalates. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Why are masks for doctors, nurses in short supply just when needed most? Blame a broken supply chain

The disposable masks, gloves and gowns needed to protect healthcare workers from the highly contagious disease have become a public symbol of the crisis. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

An unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic package supports businesses, gets resources to healthcare providers and helps struggling families during the coronavirus epidemic. Associated Press

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Relief package billions can’t buy hospitals out of shortages

The billions of tax dollars headed for hospitals and states won’t fix the problem facing doctors and nurses: a critical shortage of protective gowns, gloves and masks. Associated Press

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Trump now urging U.S. to hunker down through April

Trump referred several times to researchers' earlier projections that as many as 2.2 million people could die in the US, a worst case scenario if the US took no steps to fight COVID-19. Politico

  • Mar 30, 2020
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‘It’s no different from New York’: Urban centers nationwide gird for catastrophic virus outbreak

In Chicago, the Army Corps of Engineers was preparing to erect 2,500 patient quarters throughout McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. MSN News

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Coronavirus May Add Billions to the Nation’s Health Care Bill

A new analysis says healthcare premiums could increase as much as 40 percent next year if the pandemic results in millions of Americans needing hospital stays. New York Times

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Army Corps of Engineers work to convert McCormick Place into a 3k-bed COVID-19 hospital by April 24

The Army Corps of Engineers is working to convert Chicago’s McCormick Place into a makeshift hospital for around 3,000 coronavirus patients, a top agency official said. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Surgeon general: Chicago among ‘hot spot’ cities for virus

Chicago is among several large American cities identified as hot spots for COVID-19 and will see the number of local cases rise, the US surgeon general said Friday. Associated Press

  • Mar 30, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Chicago prepares for the coronavirus storm, hoping to stay above the surge

Twice a day a psychiatry professor at the University of Chicago checks his inbox for the latest count of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients at the university's medical center. Yahoo News

  • Mar 30, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Mercyhealth’s Rockford hospitals ready for potential COVID-19 surge

Mercyhealth is prepared to ramp up hospital staffing and bed capacity if the region faces a surge of patients who require hospitalization for COVID-19. Journal Standard

  • Mar 30, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Carle Hospital offering COVID-19 testing on site

Starting Friday, Carle Hospital will start offering COVID-19 testing on site. WAND TV

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Coronavirus response | UI-Carle team creates prototype emergency ventilator

Researchers at Carle and the University of Illinois have developed a prototype emergency ventilator that could help fill a commercial ventilator shortage across the U.S. News Gazette

  • Mar 30, 2020
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UI’s efforts include help with testing, sanitizer, modeling effects

The University of Illinois is heavily involved in the US' effort to combat COVID-19, including testing, supercomputing resources, hand sanitizer and modeling the pandemic’s impact. News Gazette

  • Mar 30, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

McHenry County adds hospital bed capacity in COVID-19 preparations

McHenry County entities have been working together to prepare and increase hospital capacity if more beds are needed as the COVID-19 pandemic expands in the area. Northwest Herald

  • Mar 30, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Area hospitals prepare for potential COVID outbreak

Knox County reported its first case of COVID-19 and experts wonder whether hospital systems will be able to handle massive influxes of patients infected with the virus. The Register Mail

  • Mar 30, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Just in case: Local hospitals prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 influx

Riverside Healthcare’s top official said the hospital is ready for an influx of patients should there be a surge in local COVID-19 cases. Daily Journal

  • Mar 30, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

IDPH and Quincy Area EMS call for volunteers

Illinois Department of Public Health and Quincy Area EMS are looking for volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. WGEM TV

  • Mar 30, 2020
  • News from the Web

Morris Hospital Staff "In Awe" of Public Support

Members of the community have stepped up to help support staff members of Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. WCJS Radio

  • Mar 30, 2020
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Hospital Ask Volunteers To Sew Masks

As coronavirus spreads through the U.S., one local hospital is seeking help from the community. WSIU/NPR

  • Mar 30, 2020
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They’re not seeing coronavirus patients, but Chicago medical students form volunteer teams to help

Staying at home has proven difficult for antsy Chicagoans who are suddenly spending large spans of time indoors in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 30, 2020
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15 Heroic First-Hand Stories From the Coronavirus Front Lines

In 1990, the Federal government declared March 30 to be “National Doctors’ Day,” enshrining into law a day that had already been unofficially celebrated since 1933. Forbes

  • Mar 27, 2020
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State report: Illinois could enter major economic recession

Forget what you thought you knew about the state of Illinois' economy, because the impact may be even worse than the 2008 recession. ABC 20 TV (WICS/WRSP)

  • Mar 27, 2020
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7 new deaths in Illinois, 673 more infected with coronavirus

Illinois experienced its largest single-day death toll from the coronavirus outbreak Thursday as state health officials reported seven more people have died. Daily Herald

  • Mar 27, 2020
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Pritzker has issued 12 exec orders

Gov. JB Pritzker is on a pace to set a modern-day record for issuing the most executive orders by an Illinois governor. Star Courier
 

  • Mar 27, 2020
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Trump approves Illinois disaster declaration as COVID-19 cases surge to 2,538; total deaths now 26

President Donald Trump issued a federal disaster declaration for the State of Illinois Thursday, as health officials say there are now 2,538 cases of COVID-19 across the state. WGN TV

  • Mar 27, 2020
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President approves major disaster declaration for Illinois

FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available for Illinois to supplement the state, tribes and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019. WCIA

  • Mar 27, 2020
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U.S. House leaders determined to pass $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill

U.S. House of Representatives leaders are determined to pass a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill on Friday to provide the quickest help possible as deaths mount and the economy reels. Reuters

  • Mar 27, 2020
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In Coronavirus Relief Bill, Hospitals Poised To Get Massive Infusion Of Cash

Congress is on the verge of approving a massive funding bill that would steer cash to the nation’s hospitals that are or soon will be struggling to cope with COVID-19. Kaiser Health News

  • Mar 27, 2020
  • News from the Web

Durbin, Duckworth break down what Illinois would get from $2 billion coronavirus relief bill passed

The $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed by the Senate includes $4.9 billion in direct assistance to Illinois’ state and local governments, US Sens. Durbin and Duckworth said. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 27, 2020
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Some Chicagoans report lengthy delays on coronavirus test results

After spiking a fever and suffering an intense cough, Stuart Nissenbaum said he was tested for the coronavirus at a local drive-thru screening site on March 18. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 27, 2020
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Coronavirus ventilator shortage prompts healthcare workers, manufacturers to get creative

Doctors and nurses face a critical shortage of ventilators and health officials have given them and equipment manufacturers the go-ahead to get creative with other breathing equipment. ABC 7 News

  • Mar 27, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

BroMenn, Eureka erect tents outside ER to handle possible surge of patients

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and Advocate Eureka Hospital in Eureka have erected tents to handle a possible surge of patients as COVID-19 spreads in Central Illinois. Pantagraph

  • Mar 27, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Four lessons for hospitals implementing COVID-19 drive-through testing

As more cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to spread throughout the United States, health care leaders are jumping into action to help test patients and treat those affected. AHA

  • Mar 27, 2020
  • News from the Web

UIC testing antiviral drug against the coronavirus as hospital sees ‘surge’ of cases

UIC at Chicago is on the front line in the fight against COVID-19 after staff began testing an antiviral drug Wednesday that could help hospitalized patients. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Mar 27, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

‘Stay at Home’ initiative, virtual screenings helping OSF Healthcare hospitals be prepared for COVID

OSF Healthcare doctors are actually seeing a smaller number of patients amid the COVID-19 outbreak. WMBD Radio

  • Mar 27, 2020
  • News from the Web

Blessing working with its vendors to assure staff has supplies, equipment

Our world turned upside down on Jan. 19, when the first positive coronavirus case was reported in America. The Herald Whig Letter to the Editor

  • Mar 27, 2020
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Du Quoin seamstress churning out masks for medical personnel

Amanda Ramsey of Du Quoin is no stranger to hospitals. DuQuoin Call

  • Mar 27, 2020
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Review: Virus could close Illinois community health centers

Illinois health facilities that serve low-income and minority communities face financial chaos because they’ve canceled most routine doctor visits in an attempt to stymie COVID-19. Associated Press

  • Mar 27, 2020
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Coronavirus could kill 81,000 in U.S., subside in June - Washington University analysis

The number of hospitalized patients is expected to peak nationally by the second week of April, though the peak may come later in some states. Reuters

  • Mar 27, 2020
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Trump says feds developing new guidelines for virus risk

In a letter to the nation's governors, Trump said new guidelines are meant to enable state and local leaders to make decisions about social distancing and other measures. Associated Press

  • Mar 27, 2020
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Retired health workers cautiously stepping up to help with COVID-19 response

After 43 years as a family physician in Mount Prospect, Dr. John Sage decided to hang up his stethoscope more than a year ago for a quiet life in retirement. Daily Herald

  • Mar 27, 2020
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 27

House Passes COVID-19 Relief Package

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • News from the Web

Illinois General Assembly cancels third consecutive week of session

Illinois state lawmakers have canceled their scheduled session for next week. The General Assembly was expected to come back to the Capitol on March 31. WGEM TV

  • Mar 26, 2020
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Senate passes $2.2 trillion economic coronavirus relief bill on unanimous vote

The Senate passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press

  • Mar 26, 2020
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Congress gives hospitals $100B they demanded in coronavirus package

The Trump administration will have wide latitude to distribute $100 billion in emergency funding to hospitals bracing for the coronavirus under a massive stimulus package. Politico

  • Mar 26, 2020
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Sen. Durbin says stimulus package puts hospitals and healthcare professionals first

Illinois US Sen. Durbin said a $2.2 trillion federal stimulus package to offset some of the economic damage caused by COVID-19 puts our hospitals and healthcare professionals first. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • News from the Web

Pritzker: 3 deaths, 330 more COVID-19 cases in Illinois; tax filing deadline extended

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced 330 more cases of COVID-19 in Illinois and three deaths at a Wednesday briefing where he also extended the state's April 15 tax filing date by three months. Daily Herald

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • News from the Web

Chicago could shut down parks, lakefront if residents ignore stay-at-home coronavirus guidelines

With a heavy hand, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reminded residents the stay-at-home order is not an option during a Wednesday afternoon update on the COVID-19 pandemic. ABC 7 TV

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

State hospitals now ‘shoring up’ resources

IHA and its 200 member hospitals and nearly 40 health systems, called on Illinoisans to help hospitals prevent a surge of COVID-19 patients by protecting themselves, their neighbors. Star Courier

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • News from the Web

Area hospitals have 'surge plans' in place should there be an uptick of patients

La Salle County has had three confirmed cases of COVID-19 — and each individual is said to be recovering at home in isolation. The Times

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • News from the Web

Four more hotels agree to rent rooms to ease strain on Chicago hospitals during pandemic

Four more Chicago hotels have agreed to rent rooms to isolate patients who test positive for the coronavirus or have been exposed to someone who has. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • News from the Web

Millions of COVID-19 tests to be made in suburban Chicago as Abbott, FDA worked at breakneck speed

Millions of coronavirus tests will be produced in suburban Chicago, the result of breakneck work by scientists and the decision of FDA to approve new products. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Mar 26, 2020
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Premature at-home COVID-19 test kit makers probed by Congress

Three companies that marketed and sold unauthorized COVID-19 test kits are under congressional scrutiny, U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi said Wednesday. Daily Herald

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • News from the Web

Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients

The Washington Post spoke to doctors throughout the country who say shortages of medical equipment and supplies could cost lives. Washington Post

  • Mar 26, 2020
  • News from the Web

'Our front-line heroes': How the suburbs are supporting health care workers

Residents and community leaders are organizing meal deliveries. Daily Herald

  • Mar 25, 2020
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 25

State Offers Economic Help During COVID-19 Crisis

  • Mar 24, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Blessing Health System expands virtual office visits as part of COVID-19 response

Blessing Physician Services, Hannibal Clinic and Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, IL, are offering telehealth visits for those with appropriate conditions. KHQA TV

  • Mar 24, 2020
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 24

CMS Approves Illinois’ 1135 Waiver Request

  • Mar 23, 2020
  • Press Release

Help Us Help You: A Message From Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems During COVID-19 Pandemic

IHA along with its 200 member hospitals and nearly 40 health systems called on all Illinois residents to help hospitals prevent a surge of COVID-19 patients.

  • Mar 23, 2020
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 23

Gov. Pritzker Purchases Millions of PPE

  • Mar 20, 2020
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 20

Governor Orders Illinoisans to Stay at Home

  • Mar 19, 2020
  • News from the Web

Two area hospitals explain fiscal impact on state

Hospitals make a great impact on an area, on a community, and it’s not just in keeping people healthy and safe. Times-Republic

  • Mar 19, 2020
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Gateway Regional Medical Center prepared for coronavirus cases

“We work closely with our local health department to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Ed Cunningham, CEO of Gateway Regional Medical Center. Advantage

  • Mar 19, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospitals Issue Plea for Medical Supplies

IHA issued a plea to the construction industry, dentists, veterinarians and other groups that may be able to help Illinois’ more than 200 hospitals protect staff as they care for COVID-19 patients.

  • Mar 19, 2020
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 19

Wilhelmi Asks for N95, Face Mask Donations

  • Mar 18, 2020
  • News from the Web

Illinois Hospitals Lack Beds Needed to Care for the Number of Residents Projected to Get COVID-19

Illinois hospitals face the possibility of widespread bed shortages if the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 continues to spread through the state. Propublica Illinois

  • Mar 18, 2020
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 18

Action Needed: COVID-19 Advocacy Alert

  • Mar 16, 2020
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Trump scrambles to broaden coronavirus testing options

The Trump administration scrambled to broaden COVID-19 testing with a flurry of new measures, and public confusion persisted over who should be tested and how to get checked. Associated Press

  • Mar 16, 2020
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Chicago-area hospitals place visitation limits as Illinois COVID-19 outbreak spreads

Hospitals across the Chicago area have begun restricting visitors amid the state’s COVID-19 outbreak to protect the health of patients and limit the virus’ spread. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Mar 16, 2020
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COVID-19 Testing Still Limited In Springfield — 'We're really having to make some tough decisions'

Testing for the novel coronavirus is still restricted in Sangamon County on Sunday, despite the first two confirmed cases being announced Saturday evening. NPR Illinois

  • Mar 16, 2020
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A Suburban Chicago Hospital System Can Now Test For COVID-19

NorthShore University HealthSystem can now rapidly test its own patients for COVID-19, the first medical network in the state with the ability to do so as the disease spreads. WBEZ Radio

  • Mar 16, 2020
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OSF HealthCare launches digital educational tool for COVID-19

OSF HealthCare has launched an updated digital solution to help educate and triage people who are concerned about COVID-19. Rockford Register Star

  • Mar 16, 2020
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Morris Hospital makes preparations as state COVID-19 cases grow

"The State is taking aggressive measures to help limit the spread of the virus as the number of positive cases we report each day is increasing,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. Morris Herald

  • Mar 16, 2020
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COCA Call for Long-Term Care Facilities Today

During a CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity Call, presenters will focus on current information about COVID-19 as it relates to long-term care facilities, including nursing homes

  • Mar 16, 2020
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Patients slip through healthcare's safety net amid Medicaid financing debate

A patient receives attention at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Modern Healthcare

  • Mar 16, 2020
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Feds look into county Medicaid payment backlog

Rush University Medical Center is among providers that have complained the county owes them money. Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Mar 11, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Teenager from McHenry County, and woman from Kane County confirmed cases

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington is treating a McHenry County teenager who has tested positive for the first of two cases of coronavirus outside of Cook County. Northwest Herald

  • Feb 26, 2020
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MAPS PSO Releases White Paper on Top 10 Patient Safety Issues for 2020

MAPS PSO has released Patient Safety Focus: Top 10 Safety Issues for 2020, a white paper offering strategies to address some of healthcare’s top challenges.

  • Jan 02, 2020
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Illinois Health and Hospital Association Elects New Board

IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2020 Board of Trustees. Board officers serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

  • Dec 20, 2019
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Pritzker Administration Behind On Hiring Spree To Tackle Medicaid Application Backlog

Democratic Gov. Pritzker’s administration is lagging behind on a promised hiring spree to help tackle Illinois’ backlog of applications for the government-run Medicaid health insurance program. WBEZ

  • Dec 16, 2019
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Holiday Plants Are Not on the Menu

The Illinois Poison Center--the nation's oldest poison center--warns of gastrointestinal distress from three common holiday plants.

  • Nov 18, 2019
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Illinois’ Rural Hospitals Celebrate National Rural Health Day

Over 1.4 million Illinoisans live in rural regions and rely on their local hospital as a vital—and often only—source of care. IHA and ICAHN are proud to recognize National Rural Health Day on Nov. 21.

  • Nov 15, 2019
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Bill to cap insulin costs passed by Illinois Senate, heads to governor's desk

The Illinois Senate passed a bill Thursday afternoon that would cap the cost of insulin in the state. WIFR

  • Nov 04, 2019
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MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award to a Rush Copley Medical Center Employee

MAPS PSO awarded Suzanne Khoury, a senior medical technologist at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, with the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award for preventing patient harm.

  • Oct 07, 2019
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Is That a Mouse In Your House?

Nation’s oldest poison center offers rodent removal and prevention safety tips

  • Sep 26, 2019
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IHA Honors Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems for Quality Initiatives with Significant Impact

Hospitals and health systems in Illinois devote significant resources to advancing patient care and safety. IHA recognizes those dedicated efforts through its Quality Excellence Achievement Awards.

  • Aug 07, 2019
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Doctors Argue Plans To Remedy Surprise Medical Bills Will ‘Shred’ The Safety Net

Chances are, you or someone you know has gotten a surprise medical bill. Kaiser Health News

  • Aug 06, 2019
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Medicaid managed care reforms signed into law

Gov. Pritzker said people applying for Medicaid benefits in Illinois will see those applications processed more quickly and healthcare providers will be paid more promptly. Capitol News Illinois

  • May 01, 2019
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Illinois Hospital Leaders Urge Legislative Action on Needed Medicaid Managed Care Reforms

Hospital and health system leaders from across Illinois are urging the General Assembly to pass legislation on needed reforms to the state’s Medicaid managed care program before it adjourns May 31.

  • Apr 04, 2019
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Illinois Hospital Leaders to Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives at the State Capitol

4th Annual IHA Quality Advocacy Showcase on April 3 highlights statewide efforts to advance patient care, improve communities and reduce costs.

  • Feb 28, 2019
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March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month

This week, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) kicks off Illinois Poison Prevention Month, which serves as a timely reminder of the substantial harm poisoning can cause to people of all ages.

  • Feb 21, 2019
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IHA Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Award Presented

Patients in Illinois are benefiting from reduced sepsis infection rates and enhancements in antimicrobial stewardship due to the efforts of two exceptional IHA members.

  • Feb 15, 2019
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Comprehensive Medicaid Managed Care Reform Legislation Will Strengthen Illinois Medicaid Program

A comprehensive legislative package of Medicaid managed care reform bills strongly backed by the IHA and the hospital community has been introduced in the General Assembly.

  • Feb 15, 2019
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Karen Harris Named IHA Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Karen Harris will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective March 1.

  • Jan 28, 2019
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IHA's Longest Serving Employee Retires

On Jan. 31, IHA will lose its longest serving employee.

  • Jan 02, 2019
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IHA Elects New Board

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association is pleased to announce its newly elected 2019 Board of Trustees.

  • Dec 17, 2018
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IHA Statement on Texas District Court Ruling on the ACA

Illinois hospitals and health systems are extremely deeply disappointed by the district court's decision. This ruling threatens access to healthcare coverage for one million Illinoisans.

  • Nov 19, 2018
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Illinois Poison Center Warns About "Silent Killer" in Homes

The Illinois Poison Center notes an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter.

  • Oct 17, 2018
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Sarah Macchiarola Named IHA Vice President, Federal Government Relations

Sarah Macchiarola will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association as its Vice President, Federal Government Relations, effective Nov. 29.

  • Sep 20, 2018
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Statement from A.J. Wilhelmi Re: Illinois Supreme Court Ruling in Oswald v. Beard

We are pleased that the Illinois Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the state’s hospital property tax exemption law.

  • Jun 06, 2018
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MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award

The Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Patient Safety Organization (PSO) awarded Valerie Skroch of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers with the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award.